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The Very Best of the Moody Blues

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The Moody Blues 6/4/2002

Review

This single-CD compilation doesn't do too much more than scratch the surface of the band's sound at its most popular points, but it does do one thing that no prior Moody Blues compilation ever did -- it includes "Go Now," which, as the notes point out, is still the group's top-charting single in England. What it doesn't do is get "Go Now" in really good sound (no one seems to have a proper master source) or include their even better follow-up single, "From the Bottom of My Heart." Still, this body of work is pleasing and, thanks to its extension back to the original lineup, even a little bit informative, and it was the first Moody Blues compilation to be mastered in 20-bit audio. The dominant personality is Justin Hayward, who has provided the band with most of its hits, followed somewhat distantly by John Lodge, whose songs began to shine as the '70s dawned -- a pair of Hayward/Lodge songs and one solo Hayward release fill out the 17 tracks, which showcase the soulful, the mystical, and the psychedelic aspects of their music in equal parts. It's a good intro to their history, and anyone who wants more can jump to the Time Traveller box. ~ Bruce Eder
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Go Now The Moody Blues 3:9
  3. 2 Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon) The Moody Blues 4:9
  4. 3 Nights in White Satin The Moody Blues 4:23
  5. 4 Ride My See-Saw The Moody Blues 3:40
  6. 5 Voices in the Sky The Moody Blues 3:28
  7. 6 Question The Moody Blues 5:43
  8. 7 The Story in Your Eyes The Moody Blues 3:2
  9. 8 Isn't Life Strange The Moody Blues 6:3
  10. 9 I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock & Roll Band) The Moody Blues 4:13
  11. 10 Blue Guitar The Moody Blues 3:36
  12. 11 Steppin' in a Slide Zone The Moody Blues 5:25
  13. 12 Forever Autumn The Moody Blues 4:27
  14. 13 The Voice The Moody Blues 5:11
  15. 14 Gemini Dream The Moody Blues 4:3
  16. 15 Blue World The Moody Blues 5:10
  17. 16 Your Wildest Dreams The Moody Blues 4:48
  18. 17 I Know You're Out There Somewhere The Moody Blues 6:33

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