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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Oct 15, 2021 8:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: APRIL 69 4/5 Tull, Moody Blues, CTA

APRIL 1969

Before doing this project, I had no idea how far back this song went . It was a single recorded before their 2nd album , “Stand Up” it was a # 3 single in the UK . It didn’t get released in the US till it was on the compilation album of the same name was released in late 1972 , where it became a #11 hit .

The third of the “classic 7” Moody Blues albums . This was the first not to be aconcept album, though it has elements of one . The album is divided between a mostly shorter rock songs on the first side, with the best being Hayward’s “Lovely To See You Again My Friend .” The second side starts with another, great one from Hayward, “Never Comes The Day” ,I’d say the best song on the album . “Lazy Day” is Ray Thomas doing a bit of domestic portraiture, that owes a bit to Ray Davies . “Are You Sitting Comfortably” brings us so spacey fantasy . The album ends with a big mostly instrumental work“Have You Heard” by Pindar that is both innovative with its use of mellotron, and boundry breaking at the time, and a bit pretentious, that goes with Moody Blues territory . In all an enjoyable Moody Blues record, that has dialed back some of the psychedelia , but not totally . An aural delight , as always .

The first in their long (numbered or not) career . Not too many band s started with double album (Zappa’s Freak Out) , and none had a three in a row . The band’s mix of jazz influxes pieces, pop songs, arty, more experimental things, and some hard rock was fairly unique , and at lest for the early part of their career (debate on when this period ended ) pretty interesting . This album has all those things I mentioned . They got a lot of airplay on this album, AM and FM . “Does Anybody Know What Time It Is? ?, and Beginnings” were big hits. But you also heard “Questions 67 & 68”, and their heavy version of the Spencer Davis Group’s “I’m A Man” (featuring Terry Kath’s guitar) got play . The rest of the album went from arty ,and even blues -rock , in “Southern California Purples “ . Hendrix herd them early on and was impressed, he said that Kath played better guitar than he did . Sure like this more than where they would go by the end of the 70’s .
I’m a Man live fro the next year .

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Poster: gmcgill Date: Oct 16, 2021 5:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: APRIL 69 4/5 Tull, Moody Blues, CTA

Very interesting about the "Living in the Past" song. Didn't know that. I was a big fan of the first "Chicago" album (still am). I remember going to see them live (first and only time) just after Chicago III was released. It was the first time I was able to drive my own car to a concert (got my driver's license and an old car that year).

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Poster: Nomed70 Date: Oct 18, 2021 5:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: APRIL 69 4/5 Tull, Moody Blues, CTA

I apologize for being late to the party but I had a weekend event.
The Moody Blues hold a special place in my tribes heart. Thanks again for reminding us. And, like Mr. Zappa, the Moody Blues embraced discreet quadraphonic as soon as possible. I've pulled out the 49 year old tape and tried out my new digitiziationating machine.
At the link is two channels of "Lovely to See you". Sort of an unplugged version. The verbal spoken intro crosses into the other channels so you do not hear the full dialog.
I'm uncertain if this violates any copyright laws as it is only half the 4 discreet channels but so be it if its pulled down.

PS. The email account for me is non-functional.

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Poster: BasicBlack Date: Oct 17, 2021 8:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: APRIL 69 4/5 Tull, Moody Blues, CTA

Love the B side to "Living In The Past"
"Driving Song"

On The Threshold Of A Dream is certainly my least favorite from the Moodys. Just doesn't seem to get wherever its going.

CTA still gets plenty of play around here. My only complaint is they left "25 or 6 to 4" off for the Chicago album.

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Poster: larryemma00 Date: Nov 19, 2021 5:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: APRIL 69 4/5 Tull, Moody Blues, CTA

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 19, 2021 7:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: APRIL 69 4/5 Tull, Moody Blues, CTA

C'mon, man. This post didn't have the requisite "But check this out" nomenclature. Sure, who doesn't love the smell of pseudo-quasi-meat frying in a pan, but at least make it easier to identify.

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Poster: liammorris00 Date: Oct 28, 2021 2:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: APRIL 69 4/5 Tull, Moody Blues, CTA

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Oct 16, 2021 11:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: APRIL 69 4/5 Tull, Moody Blues, CTA

I saw the Moodys in '81, they were great, really great. They have so many great tunes. One of my favorite non-Dead shows.

Even the "new material" was pretty good.

I saw Tull on their "A" tour. Very enjoyable.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Oct 16, 2021 4:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: APRIL 69 4/5 Tull, Moody Blues, CTA

I got to see Jethro Tull with my kid in the late 90s I think. Bumbershoot! Even then he was frickin awesome. And a great band. Never could figure out how you could play the flute looking like a 🦩.