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Old Jan 26, 2010, 09:40 PM   #1
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Can somebody please tell me what's the last Moody Blues single and album he played on ?
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I may be wrong but believe the last single was "Life's Not Life"/"He Can Win" in January 1967 and the only album he played on was the first, "The Magnificent Moodies"
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I may be wrong but believe the last single was "Life's Not Life"/"He Can Win" in January 1967 and the only album he played on was the first, "The Magnificent Moodies"
Thanks, I've read something along those lines, but some sites offer conflicting informations.

At any rate, just the one album, kind of a short tenure...
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Anyone know why he left the band after so little time ?
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Ah, this should simplify matters... all (?) the "Laine era" MB songs on one CD

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Intr...he_Moody_Blues

By the way, if anyone else was thinking of ever getting a Moody Blues compilation, do NOT buy the three CD "Collected" as, on many of the tracks, the sound quality ranges from subpar, to... horrible !
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Anyone know why he left the band after so little time ?
In short, the lack of succes after Go Now, that was the only hit Moody Blues Mark I had in 1964.

I originally had a cd copy of Magnificent Moodies without that extra track " People gotta go", but was interested enough to buy the album again for that track. Still some good music on there.
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Ah, this should simplify matters... all (?) the "Laine era" MB songs on one CD

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Intr...he_Moody_Blues

By the way, if anyone else was thinking of ever getting a Moody Blues compilation, do NOT buy the three CD "Collected" as, on many of the tracks, the sound quality ranges from subpar, to... horrible !
For the non Denny Laine era Moody Blues the compilation album " This is the Moody Blues" is still a great choise. Tho it only includes songs from the core 7 album. "Anthology" or "Gold" (you only need one of these two) are great as well, and include later day material.
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They were the House Band in a pub in Birmingham...originall ( or so I believe) MB stood for Mitchell and Butlers the brewery who " sponsored" them.


Denny Laine left because of that old devil called..ego!!

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They were the House Band in a pub in Birmingham...originall ( or so I believe) MB stood for Mitchell and Butlers the brewery who " sponsored" them.


Denny Laine left because of that old devil called..ego!!

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Actually, they picked the MB name, HOPING they'd be sponsered by that brewery, but the deal never went through.

Oh, and I did some checking, "An Introduction to The Moody Blues" DOESN'T include ALL of Denny Laine's MB songs, three or four tracks from their first album aren't on it, neither are two or three non-album (A and/or B sides of singles).

Laine left them because of an "ego" issue ?

Geez, how very presumtuous of him...

21 years old, nothing behind him success-wise (*) and he leaves the band after just one album...

* Not that he's had a bunch of hits or big sold-out gigs since then either (LOL).

And to think that even in the late 1990's, he was still trying to plug new versions of "Go now" on his albums.

Still, in addition to the 1980 "Japanese Tears" album (on which he has three old Wings recordings) he did do a couple of good songs, "Reborn" comes to mind.

And one or two of his (many) Wings remakes were pretty good as well, "Deliver your children" leaping to mind, though, obviously, not as good as any of the original versions.

But, via nice, simple arrangements (a bongo + violin driven track on "Deliver your children"), some of the songs make for good listening...

... eventhough his voice had begun "cracking" at the time (1998) already...

Oh, when he hits "For all we know, our love will grow" on "Listen to what the man said" he does sounda bit like George did on "Ding Dong, Ding Dong" ! (LOL)
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Oh, and I did some checking, "An Introduction to The Moody Blues" DOESN'T include ALL of Denny Laine's MB songs, three or four tracks from their first album aren't on it, neither are two or three non-album (A and/or B sides of singles).
This 2006 release of The Magnifcent Moodies on the repertoire label has all the songs from the original Magnificent Moodies/ Go Now album plus all the singles.

http://www.amazon.com/Magnificent-Mo...5478937&sr=8-4

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/ima...5478937&sr=8-4
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Laine left them because of an "ego" issue ?

Geez, how very presumtuous of him...
Whatever the reason, can't feel sorry he left as otherwise we wouldn't have had the Moody Blues it became with John Lodge and Justin Hayward. Justin's vocals but in particular his songwriting abilities lifted them from a rather average rock outfit to the great band they became.

As to Laine, Wings was a much better fit for him, don't you think?
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My brother is an E.L.O. fan, and during the 80's he bought a book written by their drummer, Bev Bevan. In the book, Bev recounts a story from his days as the drummer for whatever band he and Denny were in together (I assume it was a pre-Moody Blues band?). Apparently, Denny dyed his hair blonde so the rest of the band decided to follow suit. Once Denny found out, he was not pleased. When the rest of the band explained that they did it because he did it, Denny's response to this was, "But I'M Denny Laine!".

That gives one an idea.

But, hey... all this aside, I dig Denny's music.
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I have a cheapo disc of his from '95 called 'Danger Zone'. It's basically "Japanese Tears" and a best of recorded mainly during 'Back To The Egg'.
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Apparently, Denny dyed his hair blonde so the rest of the band decided to follow suit. Once Denny found out, he was not pleased. When the rest of the band explained that they did it because he did it, Denny's response to this was, "But I'M Denny Laine!".
That's a hilarious, Hof! Now I'm even more convinced he fitted right into Wings. Nobody could say Paul doesn't have a healthy ego, which must have kept Laine's in perspective!
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