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The Moody Blues — Lovely To See You
Album: On The Threshhold Of A Dream
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Released: 1969
Length: 2:32
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A wonderful day for passing my way.
Knock and my door and even the score
With your eyes.

Lovely to see you again my friend.
Walk along with me to the next bend.

Dark cloud of fear is blowing away.
Now that you're here, you're going to stay
'cause it's

Lovely to see you again my friend.
Walk along with me to the next bend.

Tells us what you've seen in faraway forgotten lands.
Where empires have turned back to sand.

Wonderful day for passing my way.
Knock and my door and even the score
With your eyes.

Lovely to see you again my friend.
Walk along with me to the next bend.
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OK.

Brothers in Arms - Dire Staits
Somethin Else - Cannonball and Miles
All this Wandering Around - Ivan and Alyosha
All Day and All of the Night - Kinks
Lovely To See You - Moody Blues

We're in the 9 time.

For Jeez sake, I gotta get some writing done!
 DanFHiggins wrote:
No Kidding

Still goose bumps! Yes very good  !!!!



Thank You guys
 

the definition of "Next Level"
 Bozo wrote:
Smokey fraternity house bedroom:  definitely a go-to album.  Moodies for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!!

 
I don't suppose that anybody made it to classes that day.
This song takes on a whole new meaning when you just got the news that your childhood friend was diagnosed with inoperable cancer.
{#Cry} 
 VV wrote:
I really miss these guys.

 
There was nothing polarizing about these guys back in the day.  Everybody loved them.  Their music easily stands the test of time IMHO. So sad that we recently lost Ray Thomas.  We'll always have the music.
Glad to see these guys FINALLY getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Attn: Bill - this album was released in 1969, not 1997.

Must be a typo?
 coloradojohn wrote:
This song was always so great to hear; it still is! They were so good at putting a screaming guitar out front, then building sweet melody, harmonies and tangents around it. Each song was like a novel, and the result was so uplifting, even when the lyrics were melancholy. They balanced nostalgia and blues with such positive vibes, catchy guitar work and impeccable orchestration. Veteran cosmic rockers!

 
Well said, CoJo...and even this late in their careers I feel they still had that something special about them....maybe owing to how different the MBs are to pretty much every other "rock" group out there.  As a 9-10 year old, when Wildest Dreams came out, is when I first liked the MBs, and as I got older I found their earlier work and fell in love with it.  Great stuff and different.  Long Live RP!


I really miss these guys.
No Kidding

Still goose bumps!

Thank You guys
 vanillagorilla wrote:
More Moodys and Iron Butterfly man!

 
Nice attempt at humor.  Come to think of it, it's really not a very good attempt.
This song was always so great to hear; it still is! They were so good at putting a screaming guitar out front, then building sweet melody, harmonies and tangents around it. Each song was like a novel, and the result was so uplifting, even when the lyrics were melancholy. They balanced nostalgia and blues with such positive vibes, catchy guitar work and impeccable orchestration. Veteran cosmic rockers!
More Moodys and Iron Butterfly man!
 LowPhreak wrote:

Ain't it the truth. When a new album came out by the great bands (and some that were still unknown) it was something...and often shaped thinking and attitudes about the issues of the day. The songs had an impact and people talked about them and what they meant.

Now it's just meh...flip to the next easy access thing on your phone. Generic pap.

 
Music that was part of the cultural fabric of the time (the zeitgeist). Now there isn't even a culture; although Trump seems to be building a counter-culture.
 buddy wrote:
The Moodie Blues....a group way ahead of their time....and way beyond the time of today's so-called hipsters....it's not that they don't get it, it'd that they can't.  IMHO.

The Moodies were a part of the fabric of a wonderful time that meant something in the evolution of popular music, when music used to help shape the times.  I guess you truly had to be there.  I'm so glad I was.  There's nothing remotely like it in these times.

...
 
Ain't it the truth. When a new album came out by the great bands (and some that were still unknown) it was something...and often shaped thinking and attitudes about the issues of the day. The songs had an impact and people talked about them and what they meant.

Now it's just meh...flip to the next easy access thing on your phone. Generic pap.
R&R Hall of Fame!  I mean, c'mon man!!!!!
Thanks !
 Ericocean wrote:
Yes and the Moody Blues - two horrible bands that just won't go away until the baby boomers do.

 
The days of talentless riff-repeaters will certainly come soon enough once musicians pass away.
The Moodie Blues....a group way ahead of their time....and way beyond the time of today's so-called hipsters....it's not that they don't get it, it'd that they can't.  IMHO.

The Moodies were a part of the fabric of a wonderful time that meant something in the evolution of popular music, when music used to help shape the times.  I guess you truly had to be there.  I'm so glad I was.  There's nothing remotely like it in these times.

I saw them once (post Pinder unfortunately, but with Patrick Moraz, no slacker) at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.  A white satin night to remember to be sure.

In the end, they were just the singers in a rock and roll band. 
 Ericocean wrote:
Yes and the Moody Blues - two horrible bands that just won't go away until the baby boomers do.

 
Yeah, great isn't it? {#Guitarist}

{#Bananajam}Loving it but the production of this version is pretty poor - recorded underwater?

More Moody Blues please


 philinnz wrote:


ah well, only 40 more years, us baby boomers will live till 100 and as we get deafer we will play Moody Blues and Yes louder and louder. Turn up the Volume Baby

 
Agreed my friend! {#Bananajam}
 Ericocean wrote:
Yes and the Moody Blues - two horrible bands that just won't go away until the baby boomers do.

 

ah well, only 40 more years, us baby boomers will live till 100 and as we get deafer we will play Moody Blues and Yes louder and louder. Turn up the Volume Baby
Smokey fraternity house bedroom:  definitely a go-to album.  Moodies for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!!
Lovely to hear this again, my friend....
Not really a big MB fan, but I do dig the trippy stereo panning stuff on this song that was contributed by the mix engineers...



                                                                           {#Chillpill}
 Cynaera wrote:

Oh, man... I was having a definite bad day, and I'm home now, and this song is playing, and suddenly, my "I-wish-I-could-do-this-day-over" day just turned platinum. God, it's amazing what the Moody Blues can accomplish long-distance! {#Sunny}{#Sunny}
 

Miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this song...
 
Oh, the Moody Blues. How many times must I have heard this. My older brothers used to play their LP's over and over.

I thought it was music for old people. I was right. I am beginning to like it.
Did I hear, "You're going to scrape a zit"?
Gorgeous sounds!!{#Daisy}
Love it.
Lovely to hear you again, my friend.
Lovely
Wonderful and classic! That sound and aesthetic really penetrates.
 amyjpr wrote:
There are stretches of pure transcendence with radio paradise for me, when it seems that Bill is reading my mind and even working from my music collection. And then there are times when I cannot change the station fast enough, like now.
 
I just love this comment. I would have plus oned it, liked it, tweeted it etc - but in the end say it made my wife and I laugh out loud!
 jagdriver wrote:
Great stereo separation and L/R panning made a lot of these Moody tracks great ear candy with headphones a headfull of cosmic meanderings.

 
 
Remastered and remixed in 1997... I liked the original '69 vinyl mix better.
 Why don't you just go away then?

Ericocean wrote:
Yes and the Moody Blues - two horrible bands that just won't go away until the baby boomers do.
 


Great stereo separation and L/R panning made a lot of these Moody tracks great ear candy with headphones a headfull of cosmic meanderings.

 
Released 1997? I think not.
Yes and the Moody Blues - two horrible bands that just won't go away until the baby boomers do.
I've been listening to this music since childhood and it never fails to move me.
There are stretches of pure transcendence with radio paradise for me, when it seems that Bill is reading my mind and even working from my music collection. And then there are times when I cannot change the station fast enough, like now.
 smackiepipe wrote:
I've always hated that this is only around a 2 minute song.
 

But if you play the album it leads right into Dear Diary.
Another great song.
My goodness - I have to dust this one off and play it loud while lying in the hammock on a summer day.  What a wonderful album! 
 HazzeSwede wrote:

I say..screw all rules..play it from start to end,like it's supposed to be heard.{#Smile}
 


I just love this.
Fantastic song, and nice sentiment as well.
 jools wrote:
Best album cover ever!!
 
I've always found their cover art to be pompous and childishly kitschy, but to each his own.  Good tune, though - even with the sudden blast of cavernous reverb on the chorus.  I prefer their tunes where I can actually hear guitars instead of just that mellotron smothering every other instrument.
Best album cover ever!!
another shrill up the spine song
Lovely to see you again, my friend!
 HazzeSwede wrote:

I say..screw all rules..play it from start to end,like it's supposed to be heard.{#Smile}
 
Ain't that the truth about the Moodies! Has any album been played from beginning to end-especially a concept album? Anyhoo, this is the marquee song on this album for me-amazing memories associated-and yes, I CAN remember, I think....there I go man....
 84MacGuy wrote:
I agree.  Released in 1997 hit me as rather odd since I remember if from way, way long ago.  Maybe the album got on one of those faster than light particles the Europeans just discovered and passed through time.
 
balko wrote:
1997? More like 1969.
   
Maybe it's a remaster?

I agree.  Released in 1997 hit me as rather odd since I remember if from way, way long ago.  Maybe the album got on one of those faster than light particles the Europeans just discovered and passed through time.
 
balko wrote:
1997? More like 1969.
 


 PA1749 wrote:
You know what I like about older music? It simple, elegant, and doesn't need drama in it to be appreciated. Thanks to television, kids today don' t think they have an exciting, or even normal, life if there isn't drama in it. Too bad...
 
Maybe your nostalgia is clouding your memory.  Older music (and culture) had plenty of drama (real or contrived) in it.  Few bands were as "dramatic" (or even melodramatic) as The Moody Blues, with their mellotrons, gongs, 26-part harmonies, and of course, their "mystical" lyrics and album titles.  I think a lot of people (not you per se) like "older music" because they have heard it hundreds of times - they're used to it and there is nothing challenging about it - it's like an old sweater.  Televisions have been in most American homes since the 1950's, though the content has certainly changed since then, but adolescents have always sought drama - that's nothing new.
Most things are more simple when one is a child and I still like this tune.

 PA1749 wrote:
You know what I like about older music? It simple, elegant, and doesn't need drama in it to be appreciated. Thanks to television, kids today don' t think they have an exciting, or even normal, life if there isn't drama in it. Too bad...
 
Did you miss the whole prog rock movement back in the 60s and 70s?

________________________________________________

Bwaha ... even "prog" rock (not a term in use back then such as Bloodrock or DOA or off the wall creative like Hendrix or Spirit were infinitely, infinitely better than most of the more popular junk today like Tupac or any of the "booty bouncer" female singers.  They just don't have the creativity and will be largely forgotten in about 10 years while here we are today raving about the Moodies who hit it big ... what ... 40 or 50 years ago and we still like them ..... The Moodies take me back to when life was more direct, more honest and more elegant ... long hair hippies and all ..... {#Good-vibes}

I've always hated that this is only around a 2 minute song.
 PA1749 wrote:
You know what I like about older music? It simple, elegant, and doesn't need drama in it to be appreciated. Thanks to television, kids today don' t think they have an exciting, or even normal, life if there isn't drama in it. Too bad...
 
Did you miss the whole prog rock movement back in the 60s and 70s?
 HazzeSwede wrote:

I say..screw all rules..play it from start to end,like it's supposed to be heard.{#Smile}
 
YES! {#Clap} {#High-five}
 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:


I still find this exciting.

What I don't understand... why is this the only cut played off of this album here on R. Paradise??

At least "Never Comes the Day" should be added to the playlist.
Or be eclectic... "Have You Heard (Part 1), The Voyage, Have You Heard (Part 2)"
.

 
I say..screw all rules..play it from start to end,like it's supposed to be heard.{#Smile}
1997? More like 1969.

 PA1749 wrote:
You know what I like about older music? It simple, elegant, and doesn't need drama in it to be appreciated. Thanks to television, kids today don' t think they have an exciting, or even normal, life if there isn't drama in it. Too bad...
 

I still find this exciting.

What I don't understand... why is this the only cut played off of this album here on R. Paradise??

At least "Never Comes the Day" should be added to the playlist.
Or be eclectic... "Have You Heard (Part 1), The Voyage, Have You Heard (Part 2)"
.

{#Wave}
You know what I like about older music? It simple, elegant, and doesn't need drama in it to be appreciated. Thanks to television, kids today don' t think they have an exciting, or even normal, life if there isn't drama in it. Too bad...
Lovely to see you again, my friend!
Walk along with me to the next bend.
(So much in those few words.)

BUT IT STOPPED TOO SOON!!

Lovely to hear you again my friends!
"smiles for miles"
 Dillinquent wrote:
I've miles and miles
and pretty files
of your forefather's fruits,
and now to suit
our great computer
you are magnetic ink
 
Prophetic! {#Frown}
I've miles and miles
and pretty files
of your forefather's fruits,
and now to suit
our great computer
you are magnetic ink


no, no I'm more than that!
 Cynaera wrote:

Oh, man... I was having a definite bad day, and I'm home now, and this song is playing, and suddenly, my "I-wish-I-could-do-this-day-over" day just turned platinum. God, it's amazing what the Moody Blues can accomplish long-distance! {#Sunny}{#Sunny}
 


Yes, this song is always lovely to hear...  love it...

 
 hippiechick wrote:
Always lovely to hear the Moodies!  {#Bounce}
 
Oh, man... I was having a definite bad day, and I'm home now, and this song is playing, and suddenly, my "I-wish-I-could-do-this-day-over" day just turned platinum. God, it's amazing what the Moody Blues can accomplish long-distance! {#Sunny}{#Sunny}
Lovely to hear you again my friend........
 countyman wrote:
 
The Rock 'n Roll HOF should be renamed the Music HOF.
How many musicians in it aren't of the R 'n R genre?
It's a popularity contest.

Groups like the Dave Clark Five get in (deservedly or not) so it looks good for the board members.

 
Of course it's a popularity contest.  What hall of fame is not? 
From the R&R Hall of Fame site:

Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Criteria include the influence and significance of the artist's contribution to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll.

The Foundation's nominating committee, composed of rock and roll historians, selects nominees each year in the Performer category. Ballots are then sent to an international voting body of about 1,000 rock experts. Those performers who receive the highest number of votes, and more than 50 percent of the vote, are inducted. The Foundation generally inducts five to seven performers each year.


Ahhh...the unnamed rock & roll historians...
 LastChance wrote:
Lovely to hear this again.
 
I second that!
Always lovely to hear the Moodies!  {#Bounce}
Lovely to hear this again.
 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:

I listen to this station probably more than anybody else here. {#Mrgreen}

Yes, Bill does have a moderate playlist of the Moody Blues.
This is the only song off of this album he's plays.
I was just saying I wish he played a few more off of it.
I uploaded "Never Comes the Day" many years ago.
It got the boot.

I just love that one.

 
That's a shame.  "Never Comes the Day" is one of my favorite songs.  Lyrics full of anxiety and uncertainty while the music soars over them into the stratosphere.  I always thought that was the perfect metaphor for the early stages of love with the new stranger.

 LaurieinTucson wrote:
In the fifth grade we had a record player with 5 sets of headphones coming off it. We listened to this album over and over again while doing our math and spelling and so forth. But get this—the first time we played it, we mistakenly played it on 45, so from then on, whenever we played this one, it had to be at 45!

 
Interesting. I used to play the Eagles song "Take It Easy" at 45 instead of 33. As I recall it sounded better (to me) at that speed.

Got me dancing around the office!
 jagdriver wrote:
So there I was...Sunday afternoon after the conclusion of the Goose Lake Int'l Rock Festival ('72), sittin' with Dr. Tim in the OD tent smokin' everything in sight that had been left by the departing throngs...

Was it just my imagination, runnin' away with me?
 
No. No. That was The Temptations.

 macadavy wrote:
Hey Kurt, great story!
You'll want to listen to RP more often,
Bill & Rebecca love Moody Blues
almost as much as I do!
(click here)

 
I listen to this station probably more than anybody else here. {#Mrgreen}

Yes, Bill does have a moderate playlist of the Moody Blues.
This is the only song off of this album he's plays.
I was just saying I wish he played a few more off of it.
I uploaded "Never Comes the Day" many years ago.
It got the boot.

I just love that one.

 kcar wrote:

I gotta disagree somewhat. Yes, the Moody Blues could get pompous and preachy but they had a great sound and put out some same amazing albums when that meant you were supposed to create some structure and meaning behind the collection of songs. 

Yes, the sound is dated. Some of the songs are head-bangingly bad. But (I know I'm repeating myself here) you wouldn't have a complete history of Rock without bands like the MB, Yes, Jethro Tull, early Genesis, etc. Folk, rock and escapist fantasy combined, I guess. Early-70s Pink Floyd and David Bowie weren't that far away from that group bands. 

I just looked at the Hall of Fame inductee list very quickly.

https://www.rockhall.com/inductees/alphabetical-list/

If AC/DC, The Bee Gees and the Dave Clark Five(?!?) get in, then the Moody Blues should get in. I don't see how John Mellencamp is in, but he's not as god-awful as he used to be. 

 

The Rock 'n Roll HOF should be renamed the Music HOF.
How many musicians in it aren't of the R 'n R genre?
It's a popularity contest.

Groups like the Dave Clark Five get in (deservedly or not) so it looks good for the board members.



A classic. At the time they were amazing. Everything is easy to criticize in retrospect
Lovely to hear this song again.
 alux wrote:

I wouldn't put them in the Hall either.  Occasionally catchy but overblown songs that never amounted to much.  
 
I gotta disagree somewhat. Yes, the Moody Blues could get pompous and preachy but they had a great sound and put out some same amazing albums when that meant you were supposed to create some structure and meaning behind the collection of songs. 

Yes, the sound is dated. Some of the songs are head-bangingly bad. But (I know I'm repeating myself here) you wouldn't have a complete history of Rock without bands like the MB, Yes, Jethro Tull, early Genesis, etc. Folk, rock and escapist fantasy combined, I guess. Early-70s Pink Floyd and David Bowie weren't that far away from that group bands. 

I just looked at the Hall of Fame inductee list very quickly.

https://www.rockhall.com/inductees/alphabetical-list/

If AC/DC, The Bee Gees and the Dave Clark Five(?!?) get in, then the Moody Blues should get in. I don't see how John Mellencamp is in, but he's not as god-awful as he used to be. 

 

 jimbaca wrote:
Can somebody tell me why this band has not been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
 


Gee, could it be because the consensus is that they don't rate it?
Wow, haven't heard that for 40 years. Please play it again in another 40.
 alux wrote:

I wouldn't put them in the Hall either.  Occasionally catchy but overblown songs that never amounted to much.  
 
Yeah, Like Madonna.
And her career SCREAMS {#Yell} Rock 'n Roll.

OM flippin' G!
 stkman wrote:
Haven't heard this in awhile, time to drag out the record and play whole damn thing, and as far as them not being in R&R Hall of Fame, think bureaucratic hall of shame is more like it
 
I wouldn't put them in the Hall either.  Occasionally catchy but overblown songs that never amounted to much.  
Not bad.
So good to hear the Moodies!  Hope they come back to DTE this year . . .
Haven't heard this in awhile, time to drag out the record and play whole damn thing, and as far as them not being in R&R Hall of Fame, think bureaucratic hall of shame is more like it
They are still playing, at least Justin, John and Graeme anyway, Ray retired a few years ago.
Can somebody tell me why this band has not been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
There is hope... I'm bouyed by the positive comments for this. I was expecting to see a plethora of smartass dismissals. RP, you rock!
So there I was...Sunday afternoon after the conclusion of the Goose Lake Int'l Rock Festival ('72), sittin' with Dr. Tim in the OD tent smokin' everything in sight that had been left by the departing throngs...

Was it just my imagination, runnin' away with me?
I kinda like their song Shells in White Cheddar, er...I mean Knights in White Satin.


In the fifth grade we had a record player with 5 sets of headphones coming off it. We listened to this album over and over again while doing our math and spelling and so forth. But get this—the first time we played it, we mistakenly played it on 45, so from then on, whenever we played this one, it had to be at 45!

 acupunk wrote:
For me it evokes a time and place in my life that I cherish. This a fabulous album.

 
Ditto!

{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}
lwilkinson wrote:
Since you were 10 or so did you know that once upon a time in The Music World where they used to actually engage in creativity, that the Moody's in addition to other groups used to do an entire album around a theme. Each song tied to the other in a coherent manner and if you put on headphones and paid attention to the words and let your mind wander, you were in the middle of a story. :meditate: My. How times change to the point to where today groups do one song and upload it to the web to be sold. Creativity limited to one song only, showing the lack of real creativity. Tsk, tsk. How I miss the Moody's and other groups like them. :sad: Now get off my lawn!
Mojo_LA wrote:
Takes me back to being a kid in Memphis, and remembering my mom taking us to our first ever rock concert -- the Moody Blues at the Mid-South Coliseum. I guess I was 10 or so.
Since you were 10 or so did you know that once upon a time in The Music World where they used to actually engage in creativity, that the Moody's in addition to other groups used to do an entire album around a theme. Each song tied to the other in a coherent manner and if you put on headphones and paid attention to the words and let your mind wander, you were in the middle of a story. :meditate: My. How times change to the point to where today groups do one song and upload it to the web to be sold. Creativity limited to one song only, showing the lack of real creativity. Tsk, tsk. How I miss the Moody's and other groups like them. :sad:
Takes me back to being a kid in Memphis, and remembering my mom taking us to our first ever rock concert -- the Moody Blues at the Mid-South Coliseum. I guess I was 10 or so.
This is what I meant a couple of days ago--re Days of Future Passed--that they should have let Lodge and Hayward do all the songwriting...
Wild Bill is Moody with the Blues.........
So nice to hear something from the Moody Blues. Fun band to listen to and to watch in concert. And, they keep performing! Thanks for the treat.
KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:
It's hard to believe this is the only song off of the album that Bill allows to be played here. :think: "Never Comes the Day" is one of my mostest favorites.
Hey Kurt, great story! You'll want to listen to RP more often, Bill & Rebecca love Moody Blues almost as much as I do! (click here) :biggrin:
The best song from an overrated band. But yes, this one is rather nice. crnkan wrote:
Great song from a very under-rated band
shanester wrote:
I still have an original "In Search of the Lost Chord" vinyl album purchased back in the 60's by my father. Man, I'm old. Heck with that... he's old! Excellent album.
I rode my Schwinn Sting Ray to the local record store and purchased this album (my first one) with my saved lunch money. I still have the Schwinn and the album. And I'm old. I just don't act like it. It's hard to believe this is the only song off of the album that Bill allows to be played here. :think: "Never Comes the Day" is one of my mostest favorites.
Great song from a very under-rated band
Kurt_from_La_Qui wrote:
:yes: What a great album.
:wave: :yes:
:dancingbanana: :dancingbanana_2: :bananasplit: :bananajam: :drummer: :bounce: :jump: :guitarist:
These guys were cutting edge ("razors") in the beginning (pun :-)) I say them in San Antonio in the '70's and they played the concert in Quadio (today known as surround sound) and this was almost 35 years ago.
They must be one of the first rock & roll bands, if not THE first to add an orchestra set to their songs. Some beautiful stuff & some cheesy stuff, but most of it still sounds great.
I still have an original "In Search of the Lost Chord" vinyl album purchased back in the 60's by my father. Man, I'm old. Heck with that... he's old! Excellent album. The band is pretty good in concert, but the ticket prices has shot up to close to $100 in the Denver area to see these old guys. I guess the ol' hippies wanted the $$ after all. Still worth it to see them play "Just a singer" at the end of the set.
This set leads me to believe that Bill thinks it's summertime and we're all lounging about in the sun, chowing shrooms.
Yes, I agree that Moody Blues has not kept up as well as the headliner prog peers from the period. But I still love the music and the sound. Somewhere in the mid-1970s, the Moody Blues and the blue Canadian Rocky mountains together burned a permanent place in my memory. Besides I can see RP spinning this Moody Blues material to please a relatively large audience, and not wanting to touch the more exotic material from Yes' exquisite Relayer album, for example.
Deadwing wrote:
I was just remarking to a friend the other day how dated the Moody Blues sound to me. I still think they wrote some absolutely gorgeous songs- . . . . I don't know why their music strikes me that way. Could it be something as trifling as production values?
It's very definitely a style of arranging and recording that belongs to a particular era--like big band, or rockabilly. That said, I still love the Moodies, and IMNTBHO they've aged a lot better than many of the other prog-rockers.