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STEPPIN' THROUGH A TIME ZONE! - 2009
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
Which member of the Moody Blues is the most prolific recording artist in Moody Blues sessions? Graeme Edge (387), followed by Justin Hayward (364) and John Lodge (358).
HAVE YOU HEARD?
Did you know that, in order to get the sense of appearing to be wearing a space helmet, Mike Pinder placed a cardboard box over his head to recite the introductory poem piece of Higher and Higher? He then slowly lifted it off as the drama in the lyrics increased. Incidentally, it was Higher and Higher that was used as the astute title of a major Moodies fanzine.
NO MORE LIES
Myth: A guitar string can be clearly heard breaking in For My Lady. Reality: This one regularly appears. It’s not true. Justin Hayward doesn’t recall what was going on at the time but he suggests that the strongly plucked string was merely to accentuate Ray Thomas’s lyrics. In reality, if a string had broken, the session would have had to stop for a replacement to be applied, tuned and so on. Closer inspection also shows that the modulation of the note is from a plucking action rather than breakage.
OUR GUESSING GAME
What was the address of the Official Moody Blues Fan Club, which appeared on the sleeve-notes of most of the Moodies' albums?
Come back tomorrow to find out the answer, plus new facts, a new question and another myth busted!
2009 In late August, 1970, a small island off the southern coast of England with a population of 100,000 was invaded by an estimated 600,000 people when the Isle of Wight Festival took place there. The festival, then in its third year of operation, featured top-name acts like Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Miles Davis, and The Doors. The Moody Blues, having played on the first day of the festival in 1969, were "promoted" in 1970 to the position of one of the last acts of the last day of the festival, such was their status in the rock world at the time. The entire festival was taped and 39 years later the Moody Blues' performance was released on DVD as "Threshold of a Dream Live at the Isle of Wight Festival". Documentary and experimental film director/producer Murray Lerner had filmed the festival and once again, as with the remastered CDs in 2008, Justin Hayward was in on the project, overseeing the mixing process. Of course they didn't have control over the way the concert had been filmed back in 1970 and some of the tapes proved to be unusable. What do you think of the way the DVD turned out? Were you happy with it when you first saw it? What impact, if any, did it have on your appreciation of the group and insight into this momentous festival?
MoodyJill wrote:"Threshold of a Dream Live at the Isle of Wight" is a fantastic DVD! Love it! It is so well done!Vic--I always love reading your section. The information about Mike using a cardboard box over his head to recite the introductory poem is news to me and very interesting!
Absolutely agree Jill! I just love this DVD completely! I just love the way the band looks and sounds on it. Thank goodness it was filmed back then. It's a true piece of history.
Vic, I too was surprised by that cardboard box trick Mike used! And I had never heard that a guitar string has been thought to have broken during For My Lady. I'll have to listen to it and try to find that. Wow, you DO find the most amazing facts for us!
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