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The Moody Blues

The Moody Blues
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The Moody Blues is an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1964. The group's career spans from blues rock through psychedelia to being one of the first bands to successfully fuse rock with classical music. The original lineup of Graeme Edge (drums, percussion), Denny Laine (guitar, vocals), Mike Pinder (keyboards, vocals), Ray Thomas (vocals, harmonica, tambourine), and Clint Warwick (bass, vocals) recorded a number of singles and one album to some success, but it was in 1966 when Justin Hayward and John Lodge replaced Laine and Warwick that the band's classic configuration took shape. This quintet recorded the eight albums that form the core of the band's work. Pinder left in 1978 and was replaced by Patrick Moraz, and the band enjoyed some commercial success in the 80s. Moraz departed in the early 90s, by which time the band's trademark sound of four-part vocal arrangements and symphonic textures was replaced with a simpler synth-pop style. With Thomas's retirement in 2002, the band was reduced to Edge, Hayward, and Lodge with various sidemen; Edge was the sole remaining original member. Most of the band's members have released solo material, with Hayward in particular seeing some success.
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The Chemistry Set — Lovely Cuppa Tea The Chemistry Set — Lovely Cuppa Tea
(Fruits de Mer Winkle 30, 2017, 7")
Various Artists — Higher and Higher: A Tribute to the Moody Blues Various Artists — Higher and Higher: A Tribute to the Moody Blues
(Mellow MMP-481-ABC, 2006, 3CD)
The Moody Blues — December The Moody Blues — December
(Universal B0001563-02, 2003, CD)
The Moody Blues — Strange Times The Moody Blues — Strange Times
(Threshold 012 153 565-2, 1999, CD)
Various Artists — Supernatural Fairy Tales Various Artists — Supernatural Fairy Tales
(Rhino Records R2 72451, 1996, 5CD)
The Moody Blues — Keys of the Kingdom The Moody Blues — Keys of the Kingdom
(Polydor 849-433-2, 1991, CD)
The Moody Blues — Sur la Mer The Moody Blues — Sur la Mer
(Polydor 835 756-2, 1988, CD)
The Moody Blues — The Other Side of Life The Moody Blues — The Other Side of Life
(Polydor POLD 5190, 1986, LP)
The Moody Blues — The Present The Moody Blues — The Present
(Threshold TXS 140, 1983, LP)
The Moody Blues — Long Distance Voyager The Moody Blues — Long Distance Voyager
(Threshold TXS 139, 1980, LP)
The Moody Blues — Octave The Moody Blues — Octave
(Decca TXS 129, 1978, LP)
The Moody Blues — Seventh Sojourn The Moody Blues — Seventh Sojourn
(Threshold THS 7, 1972, LP)
The Moody Blues — Every Good Boy Deserves Favour The Moody Blues — Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
(Threshold THS 5, 1971, LP)
The Moody Blues — A Question of Balance The Moody Blues — A Question of Balance
(Threshold THS 3, 1970, LP)
The Moody Blues — On the Threshold of a Dream The Moody Blues — On the Threshold of a Dream
(Deram SML 1035, 1969, LP)
Moody Blues — To Our Children's Children's Children Moody Blues — To Our Children's Children's Children
(Threshold 844 770-2, 1969/1997, CD)
The Moody Blues — In Search of the Lost Chord The Moody Blues — In Search of the Lost Chord
(Deram SML 711, 1968, LP)
The Moody Blues — Days of Future Passed The Moody Blues — Days of Future Passed
(Deram SML 707, 1967, LP)
The Moody Blues — Go Now - The Moody Blues #1 The Moody Blues — Go Now - The Moody Blues #1
(London PS 428, 1965, LP)
The Moody Blues — The Magnificent Moodies The Moody Blues — The Magnificent Moodies
(Repertoire REP5077, 1965/2006, CD)

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