3.2 Albums released by The Moody Blues
The following are the albums released by the band as a whole. This is not meant to be a complete discography. For the most complete discography, consult Higher & Higher magazine issues #4, #7/8, #11/12 and #17 (see Section 3.6). The following Moody Blues albums were never released as LPs: Legend Of A Band, and all releases starting with A Night At Red Rocks With the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
1966 - The Magnificent Moodies
This release contained 12 tracks by the Denny Laine-era Moodies. Later released in 1988 with 25 tracks (see below).
1966 - Go Now (USA)
The "stereo" version of this album isn't! This is not the same as the British LP, although they have some tracks in common. The liner notes by Donovan were taken from the British LP.
1967 - Days of Future Passed
The first album with Justin Hayward and John Lodge. The original album had no track spaces, with one song smoothly cross-faded into the next. However, seven tracks were listed on the album cover. When released on CD, the same 7 tracks were marked, so that "Tuesday Afternoon" was grouped with "Time to Get Away"; "The Sun Set" was grouped with "Twilight Time" and "Nights in White Satin" was grouped with "Late Lament" through to the gong.
1968 - In Search of the Lost Chord
First album with all instruments (30) played by Moodies. The original album had no track spaces, with one song smoothly cross-faded into the next. However when released on CD, it was divided into 11 tracks.
1969 - On the Threshold of a Dream
First album with lyrics included (these were in a booklet). The original album had no track spaces, with one song smoothly cross-faded into the next. However when released on CD, it was divided into 13 tracks.
1969 - To Our Children's Children's
First album on Threshold records, the band's own record company. The original album had no track spaces, with one song smoothly cross-faded into the next. However when released on CD, it was divided into 13 tracks.
1970 - A Question of Balance
An effort to return to music that could be reproduced on stage without any additional instrumentation. The original album had no track spaces, with one song smoothly cross-faded into the next. However when released on CD, it was divided into 10 tracks.
1971 - Every Good Boy Deserves
EGBDF, of course, are the letter names of the lines on a staff of music with a G-clef. E-G-B-D-F are also the first notes heard in "Procession." The original album had no track spaces, with one song smoothly cross-faded into the next. However when released on CD, it was divided into 9 tracks.
1972 - Seventh Sojourn
Last album before they took a break for several years. The original album had no track spaces, with one song smoothly cross-faded into the next. However when released on CD, it was divided into 8 tracks.
1974 - This Is The Moody Blues
Two-album, 26-track compilation featuring songs from "Core 7" albums (Days of Future Passed through Seventh Sojourn).
1977 - Caught Live +5
Fourteen tracks from a live concert at Royal Albert Hall, London on December 12, 1969, plus five previously un-released studio cuts (which were later included on the Prelude CD, released in 1987). Caught Live + 5 was first released as a double album and re-released on October 22, 1996 as a single CD.
1978 - Octave
Ten tracks. Last album with Mike Pinder. Last album produced by Tony Clarke.
1981 - Long Distance Voyager
Ten tracks. The band's biggest international success. The first album with Patrick Moraz on keyboards and the first to be produced by Pip Williams.
1983 - The Present
Ten tracks. Last Moodies album to be produced by Pip Williams.
1984 - Voices in the Sky
Compilation of previously released songs. The CDs (U.S. release has the "boy-on-grass" cover, U.K. release has solid light blue cover) and U.K. LP (solid light blue cover) have the same track listing, which include "After You Came," "Never Comes the Day" and "Talking Out Of Turn." It also lists "Driftwood" as "Driftwodod". The U.S. LP ("boy-on-grass" cover) and Argentina LP ("Moodies-in-leather" cover) have the tracks rearranged and do not have these three songs but do have "Sitting at the Wheel." To further confuse things, the Canadian LP substitutes "Sitting at the Wheel" for "Talking Out of Turn;" otherwise, the song lineup is the same as the UK version.
1986 - The Other Side of Life
Nine tracks. This album signaled a dominance in the studio by Justin Hayward and John Lodge that has continued through Strange Times. First album produced by Tony Visconti.
1987 - Prelude
Nine tracks. This CD includes all of the non-album recordings to that time made by the Hayward/Lodge configuration of the band, including both sides of their first two singles ("Fly Me High" / "Really Haven't Got the Time" and "Leave This Man Alone" / "Love and Beauty"), plus "Cities" (the flip-side of the "Nights in White Satin" single) and "A Simple Game" (the European flip-side of the "Ride My See Saw" single). The next 5 tracks are the studio tracks from Caught Live +5 and "Late Lament" from Days of Future Passed closes out the CD.
1988 - The Magnificent Moodies
The CD version of this album has 25 tracks, including the entire original British LP released in 1967 (see above) and the remainder of the Denny Laine-era band's non-album recordings, some of which were on the American LP.
1988 - Sur La Mer
Ten tracks. Although listed as a band member on the liner notes, Ray Thomas did not participate on this album.
1989 - The Moody Blues Greatest
A compilation with "stained glass" cover art released on both LP and CD that was re-released in 1990 as....
1990 - Legend of a Band
Intended as a companion to the video of the same name. The video (see Section 8.1) includes interviews with the Moody Blues. The CD also includes versions of "Question" and "Isn't Life Strange," which were re-recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra. First album to release in the US exclusively as a CD (not as an LP).
1991 - Keys of the Kingdom
Eleven tracks with three different producers and three different keyboardists. It was the last album with Patrick Moraz, and the first (and only) studio album with Bias Boshell and Paul Bliss. "Highway" was produced by Tony Visconti during the recording sessions but not included in the album's release (see Time Traveller below). Released as an LP only in Canada.
1993 - A Night
At Red Rocks With the Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Fourteen songs (plus an edited version of the Overture) of a live concert performed at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado on September 9, 1992. Also available as a video and DVD (see Section 8.1), with four songs not heard on the CD. The fifth bonus disk of the Time Traveller box set (see below) contains the remaining eight songs performed at the concert and not included on the Red Rocks CD. On March 4, 2003 a 2-CD "Deluxe Edition" of A Night At Red Rocks was released which reconstitutes the concert in the correct running order and restores the complete 7-plus minute "Overture". For a complete set list, and which songs are available on which audio or video, see www.toadmail.com/~notten/34_RR92.htm
1994 - Time Traveller
4 CD box set covering Moody Blues music from 1966 to 1994, plus "Forever Autumn" and six tracks from Blue Jays. Also includes "Highway," which was recorded during the sessions for Keys of the Kingdom but was omitted from the album. Initial copies of the box set included a fifth bonus CD, which wasn't included in later releases. The bonus CD included the eight live tracks from the Red Rocks concert that were not included on the CD A Night at Red Rocks ("The Story in Your Eyes", "Voices in the Sky", "New Horizons", "Emily's Song", "Bless the Wings", "Say It With Love", "Legend of a Mind", and "Gemini Dream") plus "This Is the Moment," which was previously only available on Soccer Rocks the Globe (see Section 9.7).
1997 - The Very Best of the Moody
This 17-track compilation CD was originally released in the UK with the "dove over a star field" cover. It was the first compilation to include "Go Now" with the band's later recordings. It was later released as....
1997 - The Best of the Moody Blues
An "international" release with the album title written in a spiral, duplicating the track listing of the UK version (The Very Best of the Moody Blues) described above.
1998 - Master Series
Released by PolyGram and made available only in Europe (available through Threshold Records, (see Section 3.8) this 17-track CD includes the usual hits, but also includes some rarities. Included are: the 7:31 minute remix of "Sitting at the Wheel" (previously only a 12-inch single in Germany); radio edits of "No More Lies" and "Nights in White Satin;" the Anne Dudley orchestral version of "Bless the Wings (That Bring You Back)" (previously only on CD single); "Highway" (previously released only as a single in Europe or on the Time Traveller box set); "I Dreamed Last Night" from Blue Jays; "Gimme A Little Something" from Caught Live + 5 and Prelude; "A Simple Game" from Prelude; and the orchestral version of "Question" re-recorded for Legend of a Band. Liner notes are by John Tracy. Re-released in 2000 with the name Classic Moody Blues or Universal Masters Collection.
1998 - The Moody Blues Anthology
This 2 CD, 33-track set covers the Moody Blues hits chronologically, plus songs from Blue Jays and Justin Hayward's solo ventures. The CD set was released with the "dove over a star field" cover art that was also used on the 1997 The Very Best of the Moody Blues. Re-released in 2001 with the name Moody Blues - The Collection.
1999 - Strange Times
Fourteen tracks, with all four Moodies having song-writing credits and their first studio album since Keys of the Kingdom in 1991. The first self-produced Moodies album and the first studio album in which Graeme speaks his own poetry since In Search of the Lost Chord in 1968. Band members have mentioned in interviews that 18 or 19 tracks were recorded, but the remaining tracks are, as yet, unreleased. The first single released was "English Sunset." Some early cassette versions were released with some song title errors on the cassette, although the correct titles are listed in the liner notes. (see Section 5.4) These cassettes also flattened the bottom of the nautilus shell on the cover art. The Japanese release in 2000 included bonus tracks "Highway" and "This is the Moment". Last studio album with Ray Thomas.
2000 - 20th Century Masters: The
"Moodies in Leather" cover art but with Moraz cropped out. Includes 11 tracks of the greatest hits and also "Blue World", perhaps the only song from "The Present" to be included on a "greatest hits" package.
2000 - Hits and Strange Times
This pairing of a The Very Best of (see above) with Strange Times sold well, and at the time of the filming of the concert at the Royal Albert Hall on May 1, 2000, it had reached number 9 in the UK charts.
2000 - Classic Moody Blues
or Universal Masters Collection
A renaming of 1998's Master Series (see above).
2000 - The Moody Blues Hall of
Fame: Live from Royal Albert Hall
A live concert performed May 1, 2000 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Also available as a video and DVD (see Section 8.1), The 14 songs on the CD are the same as those performed on the video and DVD.
2000 - The Moody Blues - Singles
A release from Holland, 43 tracks spanning "Go Now" to Sur La Mer, including all 21 of the Billboard chart hits plus some Justin Hayward solo and Blue Jays tunes.
2001 - Moody Blues - The Collection
A renaming of 1998's "Anthology" (see above).
2001 - Journey Into Amazing Caves
Soundtrack CD accompanying IMAX movie of the same name (see Section 8.1 for information on VHS and DVD releases.) - The Moody Blues (in this case, Hayward and Lodge with samples of Thomas' flute and Edge's drums) provide the new songs "We Can Fly" and "Water" (instrumental with Hayward and Lodge only), and re-worked versions of "Nights in White Satin", "Question", "I Know You're Out There Somewhere", "Your Wildest Dreams", and a live concert version of "Ride My See Saw" (which was in the movie, but not included in the soundtrack CD) for the soundtrack of this film. Justin Hayward also provided incidental guitar work. The soundtrack CD was released April 24, 2001.
2003 - Say It With Love
16-track compilation of the love songs of the Moody Blues.
2003 - "Deluxe Edition" A Night
At Red Rocks
This 2-CD set reconstitutes the 1992 concert in the correct running order and restores the complete 7-plus minute "Overture". For a complete set list see www.toadmail.com/~notten/34_RR92.htm
2003 - December
The Moodies' first Christmas album is made up of five original compositions and six covers. Norda Mullen is credited with the flute parts on "In the Quiet of Christmas Morning" and "The Spirit of Christmas". Justin Hayward and John Lodge produced this first studio album since Ray Thomas' retirement.
2003 - Moody Blues: The Ballads
A 2-CD UK release pairing December (see above) with a 17-track compilation CD of ballads which has eight tracks in common with the US release Say It With Love.
2004 - HitStory
An 18-track compilation, including Denny Laine era songs "Go Now" and "From the Bottom of My Heart", as well as songs which don't usually appear on compilations, like "Procession", "Have You Heard (part 2)", "Watching and Waiting", and "And the Tide Rushes In". The cover is a band photo circa 1978.
2005 (March 1) - Gold
A 2-CD, 34-track compilation including "December Snow", "Forever Autumn" and a couple of Blue Jays tracks.
2005 (November 15) - The Moody Blues: Lovely to See You (Live) A 2-CD, 20-track complete set list from the June 11, 2005 show at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California. This is the Moody Blues' first live CD without an orchestra since 1977's Caught Live + 5. For a complete set list see www.toadmail.com/~notten/n09_Sm05.htm
In addition, members of the band have released the following solo albums:
Justin Hayward and John Lodge:
1975 - Blue Jays
Ten tracks. When released on CD, it included the bonus track "Blue Guitar" which was actually a Justin Hayward solo song.
1977 - Songwriter
Ten tracks. When first released on CD, Songwriter included bonus tracks "Marie" and a cover of Buddy Holly's "Learning the Game". The 2004 CD re-release has all the tracks on the first CD along with "Wrong Time, Right Place" and "Heart of Steel" as additional bonus tracks.
1980 - Night Flight
Ten tracks. When first released on CD, Night Flight did not include any bonus tracks. However, the 2004 CD re-issue included the single version of "Bedtime Stories" and a live version of "Forever Autumn" (from Justin Hayward Live at San Juan Capistrano) as bonus tracks.
1985 - Moving Mountains
Nine tracks. Originally released on LP and cassette on the Towerbell label with triangular "mountains" on the cover. A short time later, it was released on the Anchor label as CD and cassette with a cover photo of Justin, apparently taken during the "Silverbird" video shoot, and with "The Lights Are Low" as a bonus track. The Anchor version was also released on LP in Canada (on the Attic label, under license from Anchor) and re-released on CD in 1996. See Section 5.3 for musical differences in these releases.
1989 - Classic Blue
Thirteen tracks of cover songs.
1994 - Frankfurt Rock Orchestra
(FRO) Classic Moody Blues Hits featuring Justin Hayward &
Also released in Canada as Moody Blues - Classic Hits Unplugged and Justin Hayward and Friends Sing the Moody Blues Classic Hits; and the U.S. Classic Moody Blues Hits performed by the Classical Rock Orchestra featuring Justin Hayward & Friends (this version contains only 10 songs, compared to 14 tracks for the other FRO releases); and in the UK as Under the Moon of Love with a 2000-ish vintage photo of Justin, although the CD itself has the usual title. An "import" (to the U.S. with an unknown country of origin) was also listed on eBay with the title Justin Hayward and Friends and the Frankfort (sic) Rock Orchestra Sing the Hits of the Moody Blues, also with the 2000-ish vintage Justin photo on the cover.
1996 - The View From The Hill
Eleven tracks, eight of which are new Justin Hayward-penned songs, although he shares writing credits on "Sometimes Less is More" (with Dennis Lambert) and "Children of Paradise" (with Mickey Feat, who also sang and played bass on the album). "The Promised Land" and "Something to Believe In" were written by Phil Palmer and Paul Bliss, who also participated in the album.
1999 - Justin Hayward Live at
San Juan Capistrano
Eighteen songs, recorded live over two nights (April 3-4, 1998), at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. It's also available as a video and DVD (see Section 8.1). For a complete set list see www.toadmail.com/~notten/12_Sp98JH.htm. The video includes 4 songs and between song banter not heard on the CD, and the DVD includes everything on the video plus a a backstage interview with Justin, a clip of Justin receiving the ASCAP Golden Note award and doing an acoustic version of "Nights in White Satin", and videos for "Silverbird" and "The Way of the World".
1977 - Natural Avenue
Ten tracks. Re-released on CD in 1987 with the original album artwork and the bonus track "Street Cafe". Re-released in 1996 with a second bonus track, "Threw It All Away" and a (then) current photo of Lodge on the cover. Re-released again as a limited-edition LP in 2000 with the same cover art and track listing as the 1996 CD.
1975 - From Mighty Oaks
Nine tracks, all of which were co-written by Ray Thomas and Nicky James except "I Wish We Could Fly", which is credited to Ray Thomas alone
1976 - Hopes, Wishes and Dreams
Ten tracks, all of which were co-written by Ray Thomas and Nicky James except "In Your Song", which is credited to Nicky James alone and "The Last Dream" which is credited to Ray Thomas alone
Graeme Edge (The Graeme Edge Band):
1975- Kick Off Your Muddy Boots
Ten tracks all co-written by Graeme Edge and Adrian Gurvitz
1977- Paradise Ballroom
Eight tracks all co-written by Graeme Edge and Adrian Gurvitz
1976- The Promise
Nine tracks. Re-released in 1996 with two bonus tracks and available commercially or through One Step Records. (see Section 3.5.)
1993 - Off the Shelf
1994 - Among the Stars
Ten tracks. (Available through One Step Records, see Section 3.5
1995 - A Planet with One Mind
Eight children's stories told by Mike Pinder with background music. This album was a finalist for the Publishers Marketing Association's prestigious "Benjamin Franklin Award" for children's audio, a finalist for the National Association of Independent Record Distributors and Manufacturer's Award for Children's Storytelling and was awarded the Parents Choice Approval.
1996 - A People with One Heart
Pinder's second children's album with 7 stories. This album was also a finalist for the Publishers Marketing Association's "Benjamin Franklin Award" for children's audio.
1996 - "Shining Lights" (CD single)
This was originally available to members of the Friends of Mike Pinder (FOMP) fan club. Now available through One Step Records, see Section 3.5).
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