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Moody Blues stayed impervious to the critical view that their music is pretentious

In an era where cacophony and noise rules and is passed off as music, a visit or recall of rock music's favourites is a must to replenish the soul of the die-hard rock music fan. Justification enough to `revisit' a group called Moody Blues. Moody Blues was formed in 1964, Birmingham, England, by Denny Laine (guitars, vocals), Mike Pinder (keyboards, vocals), Ray Thomas (flute, vocals), Clint Warwick (bass) and Greame Edge (drums). Moody Blues' initiation into showbiz was not exactly entertaining. Although their second single Go Now claimed the number one spot on the UK charts in 1965, its subsequent offerings did not fare well and the group was living in near poverty. The trend would have continued but for a change in line-up (entry of Justin Hayward (guitar, vocals) and John Lodge (bass, vocals) and the departure of Warwick and Laine), a shift in style and the introduction of the Mellotron (a keyboard instrument that reproduces the sounds of violins, flutes, Choirs, etc, through tapes). Thereafter the gods of fortune smiled, starting with the hit single Tuesday Afternoon and the Platinum album Days of the Future Passed which included the hit number Nights in White Satin. The obtuse lyrics of this song was thought by fans to contain a deeper meaning and this prompted Moody Blues to concentrate on writing musically ambitious and lyrically profound songs. A string of hit singles followed such as Question, The Story in your Eyes, Isn't Life Strange and I'm just a singer (in a Rock and Roll band). The albums that went Gold were Threshold of a Dream, To our Children's Children's Children, A Question of Balance, Every good boy deserves a favour and Seventh Sojourn. After Seventh Sojourn, the Moody Blues took a long sabbatical during which time all five members pursued solo and collaborative projects. Following the six year hiatus, Moody Blues regrouped in 1978 and released the Platinum album Octave, which contained Steppin' the Slide Zone. Well into their fifth decade (with the core quartet of Ray Thomas, Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Greame Edge intact since 1967) the Moody Blues have proved impervious to the long prevalent critical view that their music is bombastic and pretentious.A. GEORGE ANTHONY

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