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Moody Blues

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The Present

 

    Close the door, cue up The Present, and entire decades suddenly melt away as the air is filled with timeless, displaced music. It's just the Moody Blues, painting another eccentric series of set pieces evoking a charmed, illusory world where imagination and nostalgia hold sway.

Justin Hayward and John Lodge, the band's ace songwriting team, have managed to come up with another batch of courtly, quietly reflective folk-and-roll numbers. Overall, though, the Moodies' muse was less generous than on the group's last LP, Long Distance... Read More

Voyager, and the careful embroidery of their best songs is interrupted by lapses into pop-philosophical musing ("Going Nowhere") and sappy, self-absorbed poetic soliloquies. Particularly galling is the songwriting of flutist Ray Thomas, whose penchant for saccharine arrangements ("Sorry," "I Am") recalls the more top-heavy orchestrated ballads of the predisco Bee Gees. Yet the Moody Blues are at their creative best on "Running Water," "Meet Me Halfway" and "Blue World," with their lilting cadences and gentle flourishes. Despite the fact that The Present has more weak spots than usual, one knows better than to write off the Moody Blues, for they'll surely return again in a few years, offering new visions of romantic dream worlds. (RS 407)


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  Artist   Title   Format   Condition   Seller Price    
  Moody Blues   The Present Cassette   VG+/EX More Music
United Kingdom
  $3.20 - $4.88      Details
  Moody Blues   The Present
Prog Rock ~ 1983 ~ ~ Back Of Inlay Is Creased. Tracks: (please Email For Tracklist) 0 42281 0119...
  Cassette   VG+/EX More Music
United Kingdom
  $3.20     Details
  Moody Blues   The Present
Pop/rock ~ 1983 ~ ~ Creasing To Inlay, Tape Is Fine. Tracks: (please Email For Tracklist) 0 4228...
  Cassette   VG+/EX- More Music
United Kingdom
  $4.88     Details
  Moody Blues   The Present
Inlay Vg++ Usa, Threshold, Tcr4-1-2902
  Cassette   VG++ HeavyMetalMu
United States
  $4.99     Details
  Moody Blues   Present, The
Blue World (5:20) / Meet Me Halfway (4:08) / Sitting At The Wheel (5:40) / Going Nowhere (5:33) /...
  Cassette   VG+ SquareDealOn
United States
  $8.04     Details

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