The Moody Blues
Progressive rock pioneers turned synthesizer driven rockers,
The Moody Blues have created over 50 years of exhilarating and significant music that has influenced countless musicians and rocked fans around the world.
Formed in 1964, the Moody Blues quickly rose to fame as a R&B based rock band, and within the year they had scored their first hit single in the U.K., “Go Now.” What happened next is one of the all-time great transformations in rock and roll history.
With the formation of the classic lineup in 1966, featuring Ray Thomas, Mike Pinder, Graeme Edge, John Lodge and Justin Hayward, the band worked with producer Tony Clarke to record the landmark concept album Days Of Future Passed. The record mixed symphonic orchestrations with a psychedelic rock band singing soaring melodies, spawned the hit single “Nights In White Satin,” and is considered one of the very first progressive rock albums.
This new sound influenced an entire generation of musicians, including Yes and Genesis. Throughout the adventurous explorations of the next nine albums, the Moody Blues produced numerous hit songs that became staples of FM radio.
In 1986, the Moody Blues teamed with veteran producer Tony Visconti to record The Other Side Of Life, and their innovative use of synthesizer timbres and textures opened up a new sonic palette to explore. The album yielded the top 10 hit “Your Wildest Dreams,” and the band suddenly had a new teenage fan base watching on MTV.
In 2013, a Rolling Stone reader poll listed the Moody Blues as one of the top 10 bands that need to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So, whether you are a fan of progressive rock Moodies from the 1960s, the band’s synthesizer-driven rock sounds of the 1980s, or have recently seen them playing for multiple generations of rock and roll fans, one thing is clear – the Moody Blues have created more than 50 years of exhilarating and significant music.
“Go Now,” The Magnificent Moodies (1965) • “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Nights In White Satin (The Night),” Days Of Future Passed (1967) • “Ride My See-Saw,” In Search Of The Lost Chord (1968) • “The Voyage,” On The Threshold Of A Dream (1969) • “Question,” A Question Of Balance (1970) • “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band),” Seventh Sojourn (1972) • “The Voice,” Long Distance Voyager (1981) • “Your Wildest Dreams,” “The Other Side Of Life,” The Other Side Of Life (1986) • “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” Sur La Mer (1988) • A Night At Red Rocks With The Colorado Symphony Orchestra (1992)