The Moody Blues has enjoyed a lengthy career, performing in a variety of styles and with a mixture of personnel. Only the members of the original group are listed above.
Despite the fact that the group were mostly from the Midlands and came together in Birmingham, they soon based themselves in London. Their first single did nothing, and is now a collector's item, but their second release rapidly went to the #1 spot. This was 'Go Now' a magnificently made cover of the Bessie Banks original. Despite this early rise to the top they struggled to repeat the success but were rewarded with only lowly chart positions on their subsequent singles.
|Sadly, the EP shown here is the only one released in the UK during their 1960s recording career. It is, however available in two slightly different versions. The original record has the Decca logo in large unboxed letters, but a later version with the same catalogue number has a 'boxed' Decca logo. The former is much more sought after by serious collectors, and usually much more expensive to buy. In either case, the songs are wonderful to listen to.
By 1966 Denny Laine and Clint Warwick decided to quit and were replaced by Justin Hayward (b. 14th October 1946, Swindon) and John Lodge (b. 20th July 1945, Birmingham). Laine reappeared some years later as an important member of Paul McCartney's Wings. This major change in the group's personnel made no immediate improvement in the process of making hit records.
However the reformed group did produce the highly regarded 'Nights In White Satin' which reached the #19 spot on its first release. Its re-release in 1972 would reach UK #9 and US #2 spots. The new line-up diverted from the more conventional R&B of their earlier work and pursued an ambitious, if not controversial, path blending a classical style into their output. They consequently became respected as one of the most innovative and long lasting groups to emerge during the 1960s.
|Steal Your Heart Away/ Lose Your Money
|Go Now/ It's Easy Child
|I Don't Want To Go On Without You/ Time Is On My Side
|From The Bottom Of My Heart/ And My Baby's Gone
|Everyday/ You Don't (All The Time)
|Boulevard De La Madelaine/ This Is My House (But Nobody Calls)
|Fly Me High/ Really Haven't Got The Time
|Love And Beauty/ Leave This Man Alone
|Nights In White Satin/ Cities
|Voices In The Sky/ Doctor Livingstone, I Presume
|Ride My See-Saw/ A Simple Game
|Never Comes The Day/ So Deep Within You
|Watching And Waiting/ Out And In
|"The Moody Blues"
|Go Now!/Loose Your Money(But Don't Loose Your Mind) [sic]/I Don't Want To Go On Without You/Steal Your Heart Away
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