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Kick Off Your Muddy Boots
From Mighty Oaks
STEPPIN' THROUGH A TIME ZONE! - 1975
This section celebrates everything Moody Blues through providing an amazing factoid, a Moody myth-busting reality check and a daily question to test your knowledge of the band.
OUR GUESSING GAME - YESTERDAY'S ANSWER
What was the first solo release after the Moody Blues went on hiatus? We Like to Do It by the Graeme Edge Band.
HAVE YOU HEARD?
Did you know that Threshold signee Nicky James, a fellow Brummie who had worked with Denny Laine in the old days, was known affectionately as The Troubadour? As well as his two albums on the Threshold label (Every Home Should Have One and Thunderthroat), Nicky was instrumental in working on Ray Thomas’s solo outings as well as providing backing vocals for some tracks on Graeme Edge’s Kick Off Your Muddy Boots.
NO MORE LIES
Myth: The two double album Threshold releases, This Is the Moody Blues and Caught Live +5, were sanctioned by the Moody Blues because they wanted to maintain their presence. Reality: Both albums were forced on them by parent company, Decca. While This Is the Moody Blues was essentially a compilation of the ‘Classic 7’ album tracks, it did include Mike Pinder singing A Simple Game and Tony Clarke reworked some of the tracks to fit on it, Caught Live +5 was an unhappy affair. Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in December 1969, the band was unhappy with the general sound and the sterility of the event. In addition, they weren’t keen to include the five tracks, recorded at about the time of In Search of the Lost Chord, reasoning that if they wanted them to be released, they would have done so. Happily for Moodies fans, it was as if a mini-album of new material had been released.
OUR GUESSING GAME
Which Threshold act was most prolific?
Come back tomorrow to find out the answer, plus new facts, a new question and another myth busted!
prescottvern wrote:I bought all three of these albums right when they came out. I also heard a lot from each of them on FM radio stations, before I bought them - over half of "Bluejays".Radio was so great back then! What a memorable year!I also think "Bluejays" is one of the best sounding recordings I've ever heard, as well as one of my favorite albums of all time.
mbauthor wrote:This was the year that I discovered the Moody Blues, as a band and as a name - I had never even heard of Nights in White Satin at that point!
But, it wasn't through hearing any Moodies track; it was listening to my brother's-in-law eight-track copy of Blue Jays on the car stereo. I was spellbound by the sound - the beautiful melodies, the harmonies, the structure of the album and was instantly smitten. I just had to buy my own copy. On that same car journey, I also heard For My Lady from Seventh Sojourn (I don't recall why that track was isolated) and on the strength of that beautiful song, I pestered family to buy me that album for my birthday.
I wore the vinyl thin on both albums, I played them so much!
Then I borrowed the back catalogue of Moodies albums and knew that this was the group of musicians for me. They strummed something deep within my soul and they still have that amazing effect.Blue Jays will always be my favourite album of all time, but From Mighty Oaks is nudging behind it alongside Seventh Sojourn (the latter because it was my true introduction to the band).
I was saddened to come to the band so late and that they appeared to have split up. I bought several blank cassettes and began recording the Moody Blues material (including the early tracks) in alphabetical order. Now, I wonder what gave me the idea for the Encyclopaedia and the Recording Catalogue...!
Tuesday evening wrote:While i was waiting for a new Moodies album ......... there it was ........ BLUE JAYS !!
The best album i've ever heard. Beautiful songs from the beginning till the end ! I couldn't believe my ears ! The incredible orchestra arrangements .... the gorgeous voices ..... and on top of that ..... 'I Dreamed Last Night' ..... !!!! The most beautiful song i've ever heard ...... !!
And now Justin is singing the song in his solo show..... and the circle is closed ..... isn't that beautiful ????
SAJK wrote: I notice that Blue Jays appeared on Old Grey Whistle Test for an interview. Did they perform a song as well? Does anyone have a copy of that episode?
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