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The Moody Blues 11/3/2015

Review

The pre-psychedelic Moody Blues were represented in England by this album, which is steeped in American soul. The covers include songs by James Brown, Willie Dixon, and Chris Kenner, plus the chart-busting "Go Now" (originally recorded by Bessie Banks), interspersed with a brace of originals by lead singer/guitarist Denny Laine and keyboardist Mike Pinder, and one Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich number, "I've Got a Dream." The shouters, like "I'll Go Crazy" and "Bye Bye Bird," will be the big surprises, showcasing the rawest sound by the group, but "I've Got a Dream" shows a lyrical, harmony-based sound that is vaguely reminiscent of the Four Tops (which is ironic, as that group later cut a single of the latter-day Moody Blues original "So Deep Within You"), while "Thank You Baby," a Laine/Pinder original, offers them doing a smooth, dance-oriented number with some catchy hooks. The group's sound is good and loud, and Laine was a phenomenal singer, though the band lacked the charisma and built-in excitement of such rivals as the Rolling Stones and the Animals. This album is more interesting than its American equivalent, but also not as good, since it leaves off such single sides as "Steal Your Heart Away" and the Pinder/Laine "From the Bottom of My Heart," the latter being the best side this version of the group ever recorded. ~ Bruce Eder
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 I'll Go Crazy The Moody Blues 2:8
  3. 2 Something You Got The Moody Blues 2:50
  4. 3 Go Now The Moody Blues 3:9
  5. 4 Can't Nobody Love You The Moody Blues 4:0
  6. 5 I Don't Mind The Moody Blues 3:25
  7. 6 I've Got a Dream The Moody Blues 2:49
  8. 7 Let Me Go The Moody Blues 3:10
  9. 8 Stop The Moody Blues 2:3
  10. 9 Thank You Baby The Moody Blues 2:26
  11. 10 It Ain't Necessarily So The Moody Blues 3:18
  12. 11 True Story The Moody Blues 1:43
  13. 12 Bye Bye Bird The Moody Blues 2:53
  14. 13 Lose Your Money (But Don't Lose Your Mind) The Moody Blues 1:57
  15. 14 Steal Your Heart Away The Moody Blues 2:12
  16. 15 Go Now! [First Version] The Moody Blues 3:46
  17. 16 It's Easy Child The Moody Blues 3:10
  18. 17 I Don't Want to Go on Without You The Moody Blues 2:42
  19. 18 Time Is on My Side The Moody Blues 3:1
  20. 19 From the Bottom of My Heart (I Love You) The Moody Blues 3:24
  21. 20 And My Baby's Gone The Moody Blues 2:18
  22. 21 Everyday The Moody Blues 1:46
  23. 22 You Don't (All the Time) The Moody Blues 2:18
  24. 23 Boulevard de Madelaine The Moody Blues 2:52
  25. 24 This Is My House (But Nobody Calls) The Moody Blues 2:32
  26. 25 People Gotta Go The Moody Blues 2:31
  27. 26 Life's Not Life The Moody Blues 2:33
  28. 27 He Can Win The Moody Blues 2:23

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