If you never really rated Mike Pinder's song writing, why therefore do you think that
"this, (Seventh Sojourn) was just about the Moodies last worthwhile effort"? Answer,
because Mike left the band during the recording of Octave, and were pretty well semi
-detached before then.
Without Mike's song writing and arrangement skills, Nights In White Satin would not
be the phenomena it is, Mike wrote the magical inner parts, as Justin is happy to
admit.......Listen again to the introduction of You and Me, the chamberlain part over
Justin's guitar, its a completely different theme to the main song, composed by Mike.
It is repeated 3 times in the first minute and doesnt re-appear again, but what a diff
-erence it makes!! Justin relied on Mike to "make-sense" of his tunes, and without
him.........well, I can forgive the Moodies anything for the core 7.
Mike Pinder was the heart and soul of this band, a father figure, until he edited him
self out of their future. Without him, the other band members had no one to look up
to, and nobody to impress, so they stopped trying...........
I have an anecdote for you: in Nov 1972, I rushed home with this album and couldnt
get beyond Lost In A Lost World, it is so mighty. Listen to the rhythm, its advanced
for the 1980's, but for 1972, extraordinary! Not one contemporary review that I read,
understood it. Up yours, the NME. It is as unique as the Moodies were unique, now
turn on the radio, and its virtually all acute rhythms or scratchy guitar against
a soaring string or synth sound. The Moodies sound has had so many re-treads,
created by others, that today's musicians dont even know the origin of the sound.
Well, that origin aint Kraftwerk. The main protagonist is Mike Pinder.
Perhaps you might change your mind about Mike's talents........