“Legend of a Mind” (aka “Timothy Leary”)

My favourite band from the 60’s and 70’s was undoubtedly The Moody Blues. Their 1968 album “In Search of the Lost Chord” included many excellent tracks, but Legend of a Mind stood out because of its structure. I particularly loved the ending where they go from a slow flute solo, to a decisive percussion beat supported by a Mellotron, and harmonized vocals. Enjoy.

“I Dreamed Last Night”

Justin Hayward and John Lodge (both key Moody Blues members) detoured for awhile in their musical journey and, in 1975, recorded a “Blue Jays” (Blue = Moody Blues, and Jays = Justin and John perhaps?) album on which was “I Dreamed Last Night”. Not surprisingly it has a very strong Moody Blues¬† “flavour” to it with the overall sound, as well as the various melodic and structure changes. Continue reading

“Poor Man’s Moody Blues”

Another wonderful song and musical arrangement from the 1970’s (1977), this time by Barclay James Harvest. Those of you familiar with The Moody Blues album “Days of Future Passed”, and specifically the track “Nights in White Satin” will hear an immediate connection (beyond the title). Enjoy! Continue reading

“Forever Autumn”

I have always been a Moody Blues fan, and particularly liked Justin Hayward’s vocal and song writing contributions. I came across “Forever Autumn”¬† quite by accident, as it was sung by Justin Hayward on the “War of the Worlds” album (Jeff Wayne) – an excellent album to listen to, by the way, in complete darkness! Continue reading