What does it sound like?:
With The Moody Blues seemingly on indefinite hiatus, founder member John Lodge has taken the opportunity to release this ‘best of’ set, which combines Moodies songs with the cream of his solo material, covering the period from his Natural Avenue debut record from forty odd years ago right up to 2015’s 10,000 Light Years Ago and the subsequent live album. He’s remixed a couple of songs from his 1977 set to give them a more contemporary feel, and rerecorded completely his 1980 (then) non-album single Street Café. The rerecording also extends to new versions of the Moody classics Legend Of A Mind and (Evening) Time To Get Away, while a further four of their songs appear in faithful live recreations of the originals, ending with a rousing Ride My See-Saw. There’s even room for something from the Blue Jays album recorded with Justin Hayward in the mid seventies in a break from the day job, although sadly it’s not the lovely Blue Guitar. Although there is seemingly little prospect of any new Moodies music, efforts like this go some way to filling the void. I’m not sure it will draw in too many new listeners, but it will certainly strike a (lost) chord with their existing audience, who still avidly follow the solo careers of the band members..
What does it all *mean*?
The music is unsurprisingly similar to that of The Moody Blues, and will sound familiar to the ears, particularly to lovers of their post 1980’s work. It’s pleasant, undemanding listening, but if I had one criticism it’s that the songs sometimes lack the unique creative spark that the other band members brought to the table and that made their music much more than the sum of its individual parts.
Goes well with…
A relaxing evening.
Might suit people who like…
Soft melodic rock, the parent band, Roger Dean artwork.