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Incredible - absolute best version aside from The Moody Blues original
Very good - one of the better versions and an excellent duet
Nice/OK - about on par with Justin's other duets
Not one of my favorite alternative versions
Didn't know about it but plan to buy it
Never heard it and don't plan to buy it
STEPPIN' THROUGH A TIME ZONE! - 2002
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.
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What was Denny Laine’s first commercial release? Steal Your Heart Away (with the Moody Blues). He had recorded Forever and a Day with Denny Laine and the Diplomats but this was unreleased at the time and only issued forty years later.
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Did you know that, because of his habit of arriving on stage by sliding along on his knees while in El Riot and the Rebels, Ray Thomas managed to wreck the joints?
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Myth: Ray Thomas’s father was a classical musician who taught his son to play the flute. Reality: No. His dad did, however, teach him to play the harmonica at the age of nine.
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How many and which groups was Denny Laine a member of after leaving the Moody Blues?
Come back tomorrow to find out the answer, plus new facts, a new question and another myth busted!
2002 On November 3, 2002 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel, Ray Thomas performed live for the last time with the Moody Blues. There was no fanfare. Ray just quietly retired and flautist/guitarist/vocalist Norda Mullen was in place on the following tour. Citing ill health as the main reason for his retirement, Ray has been mightily missed by his legion of fans. Did you attend the last performance at the Paris Las Vegas? If so, can you tell us about it? Was anything said at the concert regarding Ray's plans? Did you have any idea this was Ray's final live appearance with the Moodies? In addition, please tell us your thoughts about Ray's retirement and about Ray's contribution to the Moody Blues.
Highlands Magazine issued a special edition this year with 66 pages of Moodies articles, interviews and photos. It is archived here on Moody Blues Attitude. Here is the link for the special edition: http://moodybluesattitude.yuku.com/topic/15239/2002-Highlands-Special-Edition-66-pages-Moodies-articles#.U4B2v7lOW5c
Taken at Paris Las Vegas on November 3, 2002
Thank you Pam for the great photo!
I wish I had been aware of Ray's plans to retire at the time too, moodyfuchsia. I would have made every effort to see him on that last tour. I'm glad that you got to see him on the last Canadian show and give him a gift. It must be a treasured memory for you.
Ray's sense of fun and whimsy provided the bands' albums with a lighter side, often deceptively simple. Songs like "Dear Diary" seemed innocent taken at face value, but then there's the stinger at the end, "someone exploded an H-bomb today, but it wasn't anybody I knew". And then there are the songs like "And the Tide Rushes In" and "For My Lady" which are some of the most beautiful and heart-rending numbers the Moodies produced. One of the things that I remember so clearly when hearing the Moody Blues as a young teenager, was the arresting beauty of that flute! And for me, his glorious singing voice, whether leading a song or contributing to the Moody Blues' famous harmonies, is amongst the most powerful and memorable in pop music. Ray's contribution to the Moodies' sound and their stage presence is immeasurable. Thank you Ray. Love you.
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