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Michael Jefferson
2.23.09, 12:00 PM
Octave (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/B001HZ9ABM/w3pgcoffeeroomss)
3.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed for Coffeerooms by Mike Jefferson

Long Distance Voyager (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/B001HZ9ABM/w3pgcoffeeroomss)
3.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed for Coffeerooms by Mike Jefferson


Breathe deep in the gathering gloom,
watch lights fade from every room.
Bed-sitter people look back and lament,
another day's useless energy's spent.
Impassioned lovers wrestle as one,
lonely man cries for love and has none,
New mother picks up and suckles her son,
senior citizens wish they were young.
Cold-hearted orb that rules the night,
Removes the colors from our sight,
Red is gray and yellow white,
but we decide which is right...And which is an illusion?
("Late Lament" from "Knights In White Satin" by The Moody Blues)

Prophets, poets, and masters of symphonic rock, The Moody Blues' music enlightens, entertains and educates.

Two of the Moody Blues' lesser known but gratifying albums have been remastered and re-released for your astral traveling pleasure: 1978's "Octave," the last album featuring founding member Mike Pinder, and 1981's "Long Distance Voyager," which marked the first appearance of keyboardist Patrick Moraz.

Unlike their progressive rock contemporaries such as Genesis, Flash, or Yes, the Moodies had not one, but four singers capable of taking a lead vocal: matinee idol handsome guitarist Justin Hayward; deep-thinker and revolutionary keyboardist Mike Pinder; upper crusty flautist Ray Thomas, and bassist John Lodge, possessor of a deafening and occasionally flat falsetto. Hayward and Lodge had joined the band after the departure of guitarist/vocalist Denny Laine and bassist Clint Warwick in late 1966. Laine had voiced the group's #1 U.K. single, "Go Now," back when the "Blues" in the group's name accurately described the type of music they played. The band was unable to come up with a follow-up hit, and Laine, feeling the urge to go now, departed. (He was recruited into Ginger Baker's Airforce and eventually partnered with Paul McCartney to form Wings.) Warwick, a family man, retired to raise a family. Hayward and Lodge came on board when the group's fortunes were at an ebb and the band was playing small clubs to make ends meet.

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ridrfan
2.25.09, 5:10 PM
wow. Take me back.. love the song The Voice.