********** THE MOODY BLUES FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS LIST ********* ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Welcome to the Moody Blues Frequently Asked Questions List. This FAQ is put out by the members of the Lost Chords mailing list. Additional information and changes made as needed. Version 2.3, revised November 9, 1994. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Contents of this file: 1. About this file ================== 1.1 Acknowledgments 1.2 Summary of changes made since last revision 2. Internet-related information =============================== 2.1 The Lost Chords mailing list 2.2 Hints on joining Lost Chords 2.3 Where The Moody Blues files are located 2.4 Where The Moody Blues are on Usenet 2.5 Album Listening Parties 2.6 Commonly used acronyms 2.7 Where to get the most recent version of this FAQ 3. General information about The Moody Blues ============================================ 3.1 A brief history of The Moody Blues 3.2 Albums released by The Moody Blues 3.3 The people associated with The Moody Blues 3.4 Families of The Moody Blues 3.5 The Official Moody Blues Fan Club 3.6 Magazines/Newsletters about The Moody Blues 3.7 Threshold Records 3.8 Where can I find hard-to-find albums? 3.9 Cassette versions of albums 4. Other Frequently Asked Questions =================================== 4.1 What is the Mellotron? 4.2 What is BlossomFest? 4.3 When is the lead singer NOT the author of the song? 4.4 When did the band start using backup singers? 4.5 Where can I find Caught Live +5 on CD? 4.6 Are Ultradiscs really better than normal CD's? 4.7 What is the meaning behind the song, "House of Four Doors"? 4.8 Is that a guitar string breaking in "For My Lady"? 4.9 Is that a recording flaw at the end of Long Distance Voyager? 4.10 Who are the guys in the photos in Sur La Mer? 4.11 What are the symbols by the songs on Keys of the Kingdom? 4.12 Who is speaking the "spoken words" on the songs? 4.13 What is double-tracking? 4.14 What differences are there between songs sung live and on albums? 4.15 What is a Catherine Wheel? --------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. About this file ================== 1.1 Acknowledgments ------------------- Thanks to the following people for all their help with making this FAQ possible! Mick Anderson, Linda Bangert, Michael Holl, Shawn McCann, Thomas E. Ruddick, Randy A. Salas, Alicia Walters, and the members of the Lost Chords. Currently maintained by Carol Ashman. 1.2 Summary of changes made since last revision ----------------------------------------------- Last revision was Version 2.2, revised October 8, 1994. Changes made to sections 2.3, 2.6, 4.3, 4.5 Added sections 2.7, 4.15 2. Internet-related information =============================== 2.1 The Lost Chords mailing list -------------------------------- The Lost Chords mailing list is actually a "list serv" on a computer at MIT. This means that when you subscribe, your email address gets added to the "list" of subscribers to Lost Chords. When a subscriber sends a message to Lost Chords, the computer at MIT automatically resends it to everyone on the list. So even if you are the one who sent the original posting, the computer will send it back to you, along with everyone else. We now have the option of a digest version of Lost Chords. Instead of receiving mail one message at a time, you can have receive a digest of 2-3 days of mail or so, that is dynamically adjusted up or down depending on the lengths of the digests. The digest begins with a table of contents, and messages are arranged by subject. This option is recommended for those who can use it, as it would *greatly* reduce the load this list puts on the MIT mailservers. To clarify some questions about the digest version, those getting the digest form *CAN* send mail to the list. You can reply to the digest; the "To:" field on your mail will be set to firstname.lastname@example.org by default. If you want your reply to go onl y to the person who wrote the message you are replying to, you'll have to change the To: field manually. You can subscribe (or unsubscribe) to the Lost Chords mailing list by sending a message to the administrator (currently Rich Carreiro) stating that you want to be a member of the list. BE SURE TO MENTION WHETHER YOU WANT THE DIGEST OR REAL-TIME VERSION. This request should include your real first and last names (not just a nickname), in addition to your email address. Please note that this request is not processed automatically by a computer, but rather by a human being, so please be patient with your requests. Send the email to the administrator at: email@example.com To send a post to the list once you're a member, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Note that the addresses are ".edu," NOT ".COM" - there is a real company at @mit.com, and it has nothing to do with The Moody Blues! 2.2 Hints on joining Lost Chords -------------------------------- Save this file, or at least the information on how to subscribe/unsubscribe. You will need it if you plan to go on vacation, or when you no longer want to subscribe. Please DO NOT send subscribe/unsubscribe messages to lost- email@example.com. This is the address for posting to the newsgroup, NOT for requesting to be added or deleted from the list. Note that it is not possible to have a "Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org" header in the mail sent out from the list, so that people wouldn't have to manually change the default To: field (needed by some email applications when replying). For an explanation, see the note in the archives from Rich Carr on 8/18/94. We suggest that you follow the discussion for awhile before posting a message. It also helps if you read the archives of previous messages (see section 2.3) so you don't ask something that has already been covered. Before posting your first message, please post a brief introductory message to the list so we know who you are. If your email address is a nickname or "handle," please also sign your name to your posts (we've had problems in the past with people who only used nicknames), or at least at first, until we get to know you. Because there is now a digest version of the list, the subjects are used in sorting the messages. If someone sent a message beginning, "AAAA," and then someone replied to it with the subject being, "RE: AAAA," the reply would appear before the quest ion! So when posting to the list, please consider what effect changing the subject line will have on those who are reading the digest. Thanks. Please try to keep the traffic down by cutting quoted messages as much as possible (don't resend the entire message that you are replying to), and stay focused on the Moodies. Even though it is a private list, because of the archives, everything is eventually made public, and people should use the same cautions as when broadcasting to the world. Please use personal email if you're replying to one person, or want to say something more private, instead of broadcasting it to the rest of the group. When sending messages to the list, sometimes you may get "bounced messages." These are messages that get sent to you, often with the heading, "Returned Mail." Don't worry about these; it usually means that some poor soul is having network problems. Also keep in mind that everyone approaches the mailing list differently, and only simple text gets through to everyone. Any underlines, highlights, or other special characters just comes across as garbage to some people, and sometimes obscures what you're trying to say. The membership of Lost Chords is comprised of a wide range of ages, experiences and musical tastes, with the Moody Blues being the common glue. We encourage differing viewpoints and healthy discussions, although respect and responsibility should be a part of the posting process. Often a message can be perceived in more than one way, so we try to take it in the nicest way possible (Say It With Love). If you feel someone's posting is inflammatory, stupid or cruel, and you truly must reply to it, please do so privately. And if you are in the wrong, please admit it. Thanks. 2.3 Where The Moody Blues files are located ------------------------------------------- You will need to use a file transfer application to retrieve files from the sites listed below. Some examples of these applications are: FTP (file transfer protocol), Gopher, Telnet, Fetch, Lynx, and Mosaic. Please note that just because you have access to Internet does not mean you automatically have file transfer capability. Use the file transfer application to access the site listed below. For FTP, logon as "anonymous" or "ftp," then enter your complete e- mail address as the password. Actually, it doesn't usually matter what you enter as your password, but it is suggested that you enter your mail address as a courtesy to the archive maintainers, who like to know who is using their system. Note that this is sometimes referred to as "Anonymous FTP". This means that you can access a machine without having to have an account on that machine. Most Anonymous FTP sites do not permit people to store files, and often have limits as to how many people can signon as anonymous at any given time. Some files in the archives are compressed with the Unix compress command. These have a ".Z" appended to the end of the name. If you wish to download files with a .Z extension and you do not have Unix uncompress, leave off the .Z and the file will be uncompressed as it is sent to you. If you have problems accessing the archive files, try doing it during off-peak hours (currently 8-5 M->F CST for the ftp.uwp.edu site). Access is usually limited during business hours; anonymous FTP currently has a 50-user maximum at this site. Lost Chords Mailing List Archives --------------------------------- Back issues of lost-chords (archives) for the current year are located at ftp.uwp.edu in the directory/folder: /pub/music/lists/moody.blues The prior year archives are located at the same site, ftp.uwp.edu, but one level down, in a directory/folder for that year. For example, 1993 archives are located in the directory/folder: /pub/music/lists/moody.blues/1993 Just a note that the ftp.uwp.edu site has linked the files in such a way that you can go in circles trying to find something! Here are two such ways to get to the files: 1) Folder /pub/music/artists/m/moody.blues contains: - discog (latest version of the discography done by Joe Lynn) - FAQ vN.N.z (this FAQ, compressed; N.N is the version number; for example, FAQ v2.3.z) - lyrics (folder to get to lyrics folders) - names of each member of the band, plus moody blues (use these folders to get to the lyrics for them) - mail.list (folder containing Lost Chord stuff listed below as 2) 2) Folder /pub/music/lists/moody.blues contains: - archive files for Lost Chords (prior years are in folders for the year) - discog (latest version of the discography done by Joe Lynn) - FAQ vN.N.z (this FAQ, compressed; N.N is the version number; for example, FAQ v2.3.z) Home Page on the Web -------------------- Michael Holl has started a Moody Blues home page on the web. The URL is: http://www.imsa.edu/~locutus/moody-blues.html. Lloyd Robbins also has a Moody Blues page at http://ids.net/~lrobbins/music.html. Discography ----------- A complete discography, created and maintained by Joe Lynn, is located at ftp.uwp.edu in the directory/folder: /pub/music/lists/moody.blues Lyrics Files ------------ Lyrics for most of the songs are located at the following sites. Note that each site may not have the same songs; only the ftp.uwp.edu site has the lyrics for all the studio albums (except for some of the solo albums). The navigation path (folder/directory) is in parentheses. cs.uwp.edu (in /pub/incoming/lyrics) ftp.uwp.edu (in /pub/music/lyrics) ftp.sunet.se (in /pub/music/lyrics) ftp.informatik.tu-muenchen.de: ( in /pub/rec/music/vocal/lyrics/uwp) gopher.uwp.edu (choose Music Archives / Lyrics) http://www.mcc.ac.uk/Lyrics/ http://www.informatik.tu- muenchen.de/isar/archive/music/ The lyric files for both the group and individual members are in the following locations (the ... represents the starting path listed above) .../lyrics/b/blue.jays .../lyrics/h/justin_hayward .../lyrics/h/hayward.justin (solo albums) .../lyrics/l/john_lodge .../lyrics/m/moody_blues .../lyrics/p/mike_pinder .../lyrics/t/thomas.ray There are currently no separate folders for lyrics by Graeme Edge. The lyrics of all the songs (except for the first two albums) are also contained on the original LP (vinyl) versions of the albums, and some of the CD versions. Guitar Chord Files ------------------ Guitar chord files have a .crd or .tab suffix (file type) and are stored at these sites. The navigation path (folder/directory) is in parentheses. nevada.edu (in /pub/guitar) ftp.uwp.edu (in /pub/music/guitar) The files are in the following locations (the ... represents the starting path listed above) .../m/moody_blues .../h/justin_hayward .../l/john_lodge .../p/mike_pinder .../t/ray_thomas There may be a "e/graeme_edge" sub-directory sometime in the future at both these sites. 2.4 Where The Moody Blues are on Usenet --------------------------------------- alt.music.moody-blues is a newsgroup on a worldwide system called USENET news. The newsgroup was started by Michael Holl (email@example.com) in the early part of 1994, in order to provide a forum for discussion of The Moody Blues for those who can't handle the traffic of the mailing list. Please note that it was not meant to be a replacement for the Lost Chords mailing list. Using alt.music.moody-blues has a few differences from the mailing list. One is that the posts aren't sent to your mailbox, which may interrupt you at work or school. Instead, they're posted on a "bulletin board" which you can log on to whenever you wish, and read only the posts that interest you. There is also somewhat less traffic on the bulletin board. To access Usenet news, you can telnet to bbs.oit.unc.edu (or another such bulletin board). You must have access to telnet in order to read alt.music.moody-blues. Much of what appears on Usenet eventually shows up on the mailing list, and vice versa. 2.5 Album Listening Parties --------------------------- Album listening parties were started by Michael Holl, who runs the program at his site, and also (along with Dan Brumleve) wrote the program currently being used to run it. The purpose of a "Listening Party" is to discuss the music of The Moody Blues in a real-time environment. Participants listen to a different album at each session (usually each week). One person gives a signal to begin, and then everyone participating starts up their CD, LP, or cassette players. Anything you type on your screen shows up on everyone else's screen, and vice versa. They're alot of fun! The parties used to take place over IRC (Internet Relay Chat), but this service was found to be much too unreliable. You need access to telnet to connect, and will need to have the password to attend (which changes). The listening parties usually take place at 20:00 (8:00 P.M.) GMT. GMT stands for Greenwich Mean Time. It's the time in Greenwich, England (along the Prime Meridian) that all local times are set against. In the U.S.A., EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) is usually 4 hours behind GMT, and Pacific Time is, of course, 3 hours later than Eastern Time (remember, standard time is an additional hour behind daylight savings time). For example, on standard time, (20:00 GMT) = (3:00pm EST) = (Noon PST). On Daylight Savings time, (20:00 GMT) = (4:00pm EDT) = (1:00pm PDT). Some tips on listening parties once you are on: 1) Not everyone's system can handle lines longer than one line, so limit your entries to one line. If you find your message is longer than one line, just add something at the end of it like: ... or - -> so the others will know that the line will be continued. 2) Everything you type afterwards will be seen on the screens of the rest of the people UNLESS you use special commands that are preceeded by a slash (/) 3) Some commonly used commands: /mesg
Sends out a message to only one of the members. /name allows you to change your login name /quit quit (logs off the session) /who Shows the names of all those present /? gives you a list of all the commands that are available. Be aware, that some of these are restricted to the person who is running the party, or the person who is running the program. For more information about the listening parties, including the current Telnet location and password, ask Michael Holl or Ria Heeringa on the Lost Chords mailing list, which controls the parties. 2.6 Commonly used acronyms -------------------------- Acronyms are frequently used to refer to albums, and sometimes songs. For example, _OTTOAD_ for "On The Threshold of a Dream." Other times, just a key word or two, such as "Nights" for "Nights in White Satin" will suffice. The following are some of the more common acronyms (such as for the albums): Common Moody Blues Abbreviations: AQOB - A Question of Balance AYSC - Are You Sitting Comfortably? BG - Blue Guitar BTWTBYB - Bless The Wings (That Bring You Back) COL - Candle of Life DD - Dear Diary DITD - Dawning Is The Day DOFP - Days of Future Passed DYFS - Don't You Feel Small EGBDF - Every Good Boy Deserves Favour EOAC - Eyes Of A Child ER - Eternity Road FML - For My Lady GD - Gemini Dream GE - Graeme Edge H&H - Higher and Higher, the song & a MB newsletter HOFD - House of Four Doors HYH - Have You Heard IJASIARARB I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band) IKYOTS - I Know You're Out There Somewhere ILS - Isn't Life Strange ISOTLC - In Search of the Lost Chord IUTY - It's Up To You JH - Justin Hayward JL - John Lodge KOTK - Keys of the Kingdom LDV - Long Distance Voyager LIALW - Lost In A Lost World LOAB - Legend of a Band LOAM - Legend of a Mind LOMT - Lean On Me (Tonight) LTSY - Lovely To See You MB - Moody Blues (what else?) MM - Melancholy Man Moodies - The Moody Blues or their fans MP - Mike Pinder MS - Minstrel's Song, My Song NCTD - Never Comes The Day NH - New Horizons NIWS - Nights in White Satin NML - No More Lies NTILTBAH - Never Thought I'd Live To Be A Hundred NTILTBAM - Never Thought I'd Live To Be A Million O - Octave (this acronym is seldom used) OFC - Official Fan club; also referred to as MBOFC OMTTL - One More Time To Live OTTOAD - On the Threshold of a Dream RMSS - Ride My See-Saw RR - A Night at Red Rocks RT - Ray Thomas SATW - Sitting At The Wheel SIASZ - Steppin' In A Slide Zone SIWL - Say It With Love SLM - Sur La Mer SS - Seventh Sojourn TA - Tuesday Afternoon TBWTT - The Best Way To Travel TD - The Dream TDWMA - The Day We Meet Again TITM - This Is The Moment TOCCC - To Our Childrens' Childrens' Children TOOT - Talking Out Of Turn TOSOL - The Other Side of Life TSIYE - The Story In Your Eyes TP - The Present (this acronym is seldom used) TT - Time Traveler TV - The Voyage VITS - Voices in the Sky WAW - Watching And Waiting YAM - You And Me YCNGH - You Can Never Go Home YWD - Your Wildest Dreams Common Internet Abbreviations: BRB - Be Right Back BTW - By the way IM(H)O - In My (Humble) Opinion (or just IMHO) LOL - Laughing Out Loud ROTFL - Rolling On the Floor Laughing Some smilie examples (tilt your head to the left and look at them.): Some of these were taken from "The Unofficial Smilie Dictionary": :-) Your basic smilie. This smilie is used to inflect a sarcastic or joking statement since we can't hear voice inflection. ;-) Winky smilie. User just made a flirtatious and/or sarcastic remark. More of a "don't hit me for what I just said" smilie. :-( Frowning smilie. User did not like that last statement or is upset or depressed about something. grin. Yet another way of smiling. =) Still yet another way of smiling 2.7 Where to get the most recent version of this FAQ ==================================================== 1) Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Holl's email address) and make the subject: FAQ REQUEST (Must be all caps). You should receive the most recent version of the FAQ within a few minutes from an Auto-FAQ mailer. If you don't, please e-mail Michael and let him know so he can fix the problem. 2) Use a Web (World Wide Web) browser to get to either of the following sites: http://www.imsa.edu/~locutus/moody-blues.html http://ids.net/~lrobbins/music.html 3) File transfer (FTP) the file at archive site at ftp.uwp.edu; the FAQ is located in folder /pub/music/lists/moody.blues. Since it currently takes awhile for the site to move the FAQ to this location, this may not have the current FAQ. 3. General information about The Moody Blues ============================================ 3.1 A brief history of The Moody Blues -------------------------------------- The Moody Blues were formed in May of 1964. Their members were: Denny Laine, Clint Warwick, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas, and Graeme Edge. During the years 1965 - 1967, they focused primarily on R & B, their most famous single being "Go Now," which reached number one on the charts in both the U.S. and Great Britain. In 1966, Denny Laine and Clint Warwick left the group and were replaced by Justin Hayward and John Lodge. They abandoned the old R & B, and in 1967 recorded their most famous album, _Days of Future Passed_. This was supposed to be a demo record for Decca to demonstrate its version of stereo. The band never actually played with the orchestra; they recorded their songs and Peter Knight, the orchestra leader, composed music to fit around it. Apparently, Decca *hated* _DOFP_, but they released it anyway, since they'd already spent the money. Good thing for us fans, since it contained _Nights In White Satin_, which later became their most famous song, as well as _Tuesday Afternoon_, which became their first big hit from the album. The album remained on Billboard charts a full two years after its release. During the years 1967 - 1972, they recorded seven very successful albums, all of which went gold. In 1972, _Days of Future Passed_ was re-released, and incredibly went gold again, a full five years after the original release of the album! However, amidst their skyrocketing popularity, The Moody Blues broke up in February, 1974. This popularity had turned out to be the band's downfall. But individual members continued recording solo albums, many of which did extremely well on the pop charts. In 1978, the band reunited and recorded _Octave_, its eighth album with Justin Hayward and John Lodge. This was the last album with Mike Pinder, who declined to go on any more tours. Patrick Moraz replaced Mike on the keyboards for the tour, and was on every album from LDV to SLM. With the release of _Long Distance Voyager_ in 1981, the band's comeback could not be ignored. The single "The Voice" did very well, and the band went back on tour. Next to be released was "The Present," which was considered a commercial failure, although it enjoyed a brief stay in the top 40. As a result, the band--later citing "working too long on too many things that were never heard"-- dismissed the producer for both albums, Pip Williams. The Moodies have continued recording and touring, and have had a number of hit singles, including "Your Wildest Dreams," whose video was named "Video of the Year" by Billboard magazine. _Keys of the Kingdom_, their latest studio album, contains music by the remaining 4 band members (Edge, Hayward, Lodge, and Thomas). In 1993, the band released a live album, "A Night At Red Rocks," which was recorded with a full symphony orchestra. Larry Baird, the conductor, had to create all the arrangements from listening to previous recordings as the original music from "Days" was not found. The video of this concert also aired on PBS stations throughout the United States. In 1994, the band is making various tours of the United States in support of its "Red Rocks" album. The band released their boxed set, _Time Traveler_, on September 27, 1994. That same Tuesday afternoon, they held an Internet Chat session, and were welcomed into Hollywood's Rock Walk (they placed their hand prints and signatures in cement outside the Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard). 3.2 Albums released by The Moody Blues -------------------------------------- The following are the albums released by the band as a whole. Several of the band members also released numerous solo albums; see the discography file noted above for more information. All albums have been released on CD unless otherwise noted. 1966 - The Magnificent Moodies (UK). 1966 - Go Now (USA). The "stereo" version of this album isn't! This is not the same as the British LP, although they have some tracks in common. The liner notes by Donovan were taken from the British LP. 1987 - The Magnificent Moodies (USA) The CD version of this album has 25 tracks, including the entire original British LP plus the remainder of their non-album recordings, some of which were on the American LP. 1967 - Days of Future Passed The first album with Justin Hayward and John Lodge. 1968 - In Search of the Lost Chord First album with all instruments (30) played by Moodies. 1969 - On the Threshold of a Dream First album with lyrics included (these were in a booklet). 1969 - To Our Childrens' Childrens' Children First album on Threshold records, the band's own record company. 1970 - A Question of Balance First effort to only create music that could be reproduced on stage without any additional instrumentation. 1971 - Every Good Boy Deserves Favour EGBDF, of course, are the letter names of the lines on a staff of music with a G-clef. 1972 - Seventh Sojourn Last album before they took a break for several years. 1974 - This Is The Moody Blues 2-album compilation. 1977 - Caught Live +5 Live concert at Royal Albert Hall, London on December 12, 1969 plus previously unheard studio cuts (which were later included on the "Prelude" CD); released in 1977. Never released on CD. 1978 - Octave Last album with Mike Pinder. 1981 - Long Distance Voyager Their biggest international success. 1983 - The Present Their least commercially-successful album. 1984 - Voices in the Sky Compilation of previously-released songs. 1986 - The Other Side of Life All songs sung by Hayward and Lodge only; first to be produced by Tony Visconti. 1987 - Prelude This CD includes all of the non-album recordings made by the band (the configuration that included Justin and John), including both sides of their first two singles, "Cities" (the flip-side of the Nights in White Satin single), "Simple Game" and the "+5" tracks from _Caught Live +5_. 1988 - Sur La Mer Ray Thomas didn't participate in this album. This is the last album to be released as an LP (on vinyl). 1989 - The Moody Blues Greatest Hits. A compilation that was re-released in 1990 as... 1990 - Legend of a Band. Intended as a companion to a video of the same name, which includes interviews with the Moody Blues. 1991 - Keys of the Kingdom Latest studio album. 1993 - A Night At Red Rocks With the Colorado Symphony Orchestra A live concert. Also available as a video, with 3 songs not on the album. 1994 - Time Traveler 5 CDs covering music from 1966 to 1994. A more extensive discography of the Moodies (which most of this information was taken from) can be retrieved via anonymous FTP to ftp.uwp.edu (see section 2.3). 3.3 The people associated with The Moody Blues ---------------------------------------------- There have been two distinct versions of the band, before their "Days of Future Passed" album, and the group that made that album. The first had an international hit in 1965 with the song "Go Now". The second group began when Justin Hayward and John Lodge joined in 1966, replacing Denny Laine and Clint Warwick, respectively. The major personnel changes since 1966 are Mike Pinder's departure in 1978, adding Patrick Moraz, and his subsequent departure in 1991. They have used various backup singers on their tours since 1986. The following are the key personnel, listed in alphabetical order. Please note that birth dates for the guys have often been published in error, but they personally don't seem to care to set the record straight. The dates listed are among the more reliable ones. Larry Baird (conductor) ----------- arranged and conducted the Colorado Symphony Orchestra for the Red Rocks concert in September, 1992. Currently conducts orchestras on tours with the Moody Blues. Paul Bliss (keyboards) ---------- participated on the recording of 1991's _Keys of the Kingdom_; currently tours with the band Bias Boshell (principal keyboard player) ------------ participated on the recording of 1991's _Keys of the Kingdom_; has been touring with the band since 1986 Graeme Edge (drums, percussion) ----------- Founding member of the band in 1964 A pioneer in the use of electronic drums Justin Hayward (guitars, piano) -------------- Joined the band in 1966 Sings lead on _Nights in White Satin_ Denny Laine (guitars) ----------- Founding member of the band in 1964; left the group in 1966. A member of Paul McCartney's Wings during the 1970's John Lodge (bass guitar, cello) ---------- Joined the band in 1966 Sings lead on _Lean On Me_ Gordon Marshall (drummer) --------------- currently tours with the band Patrick Moraz (keyboards) ------------- Joined the band in 1978 for the tour to promote _Octave_, although never legally a "member" of the band. Left the band after 1991's _KOTK_. Mike Pinder (keyboards, Mellotron, cello) ----------- Founding member of the band in 1964 Sings lead on _Melancholy Man_ Left in 1978 after recording _Octave_ Ray Thomas (flute, saxophone, harmonica, tambourine) ---------- Founding member of the band in 1964 Sings lead on _Legend of a Mind_ Clint Warwick (bass guitar) ------------- Founding member of the band in 1964; left the group in June,1966. 3.4 Families of The Moody Blues ------------------------------- *note* birth years for these men are difficult to pin down--perhaps the press has been inaccurate in reporting, or perhaps vanity has come into play? In each case, the most often reported date is given, followed by other credible dates in [brackets] . SOME GENERAL TIDBITS: The current four Moodies all continue to maintain residences in England (close by London or Cobham) in addition to various comfortable second and third residences around the globe. All four are naturally athletic; in the early days, the band and its buddies would regularly beat the regular Cobham team in soccer [that is, football--for the majority of the world, anyway], Justin Hayward set a sprinting record in his school days, Graeme and John are competitive golfers, etc. Ray Thomas (b. Stourport-on-Severn, 5:30am Dec. 29 1942 ) youngest of 4 (?) siblings ex-wife Gillian (? sp?) from around 1966? til early '80s? son = Adam, born c. 1972 daughter, Anna (nicknamed Nancy?), age unknown daughter Zoe, age unknown Former occupation: toolmaker. Founding member of Moody Blues, formerly with El Riot and the Rebels. Usually plays a Konrad Mullenhauer flute. Hobbies include fishing (fresh and salt) and cooking (all cuisines). Mike Pinder: (b. Birmingham, Dec. 27 1941) first wife = Donna around 1970 son = Daniel, age 22 (b. 23 Nov. 1971; fusion jazz bass player in school in Miami FL) wife = Tara (married early 1980s) son = Michael, b. 1979 early in the year son = Matthew, b. 1981 early in the year Founding member of Moody Blues, formerly with El Riot and the Rebels. Left band in 1978, worked as consultant for Atari computers, recently resumed solo musical career. Graeme Edge: (b. Rochester, 4:00am Mar. 30 1941) twice divorced: wife1 = Carol, married c. 1968, divorced c. 1970 daughter Samantha, born c. 1968 wife2 = Sue, (former typist) married mid 1970's, divorced mid 1980's son Matthew born c. 1977 fiancee Amanda (make-up artist) around 1991, apparently never wed Former occupation: draftsman. Founding member of Moody Blues, formerly with Jerry Levine and the Avengers. Noted pioneer in electronic percussion. Hobbies include sailing, also has flown ultralight aircraft. John Charles Lodge: (b. Birmingham, morning of July 20, 1945 ) father = Charles Lodge, d. 1992 (?) wife = Kirsten (b. Denmark) since Sept. 10 1968 daughter = Emily, born c. 1969 son = Kristian, born 1972 (formerly in employ of Threshold records; reputable soccer player) Former occupation: engineering student (metallurgy). Replaced Clint Warwick; formerly with El Riot and the Rebels. Hobbies include golf and tennis, likes travel especially in the old American west. David Justin Hayward: (b. Swindon, 8:00am Oct. 14, 1946) father = Frank Hayward, d. 1969 (?) mother = Gwendolyn Hayward (alive and living in Cornwall) older brother = Richard (b. March 1945, d. approx. 1985 (?)) younger sister - Teresa (b. 1954 (?)) wife = Marie Guirron (b. 1943) since Dec. 19 1969 (former model; 1994 captain of the"Coombe Hill Hookers", women's team at the prestigious London suburban golf club) daughter = Doremi, born latter half of 1972? (did some modelling in LA; currently American Studies major at Birmingham University (England) Replaced Denny Laine, formerly with The Wilde Three. Hobbies include walking and working out, cooking (Mexican and traditional English). [note--used to ride but no longer keeps horses]. Denny Laine: (b. Brian Hines, Oct. 29 1944 off the Jersey coast in a boat!) married with children (?) Founding Member of Moody Blues, formerly with Denny Laine and the Diplomats, since leaving the group in 1966 has appeared with Ginger Baker's Air Force and (Paul McCartney's) Wings, as well as soloing. Clint Warwick (b. Clinton Eccles, June 25 1940, Birmingham) Founding member of the Moody Blues, left in 1966 and has not been heard from, musically, since. Patrick Moraz (b. June 24 1944, Morges, Switzerland) daughter (o-o-w, by Liane) Rana-Alegra, born c. 1977 (in college in Rio de Janero) wife = Diane since c. 1978 son = David (b. Nov. 24 or 27, 1980) Replaced Michael Pinder in 1978, formerly with Yes (replacing Rick Wakeman on "Relayer" only) and as soloist; released in 1991, still performing as soloist and composer of film scores. Rod Clarke, Dougie Lock, Bias Boshell, Paul Bliss, Gordon Marshall, Guy Eddington, June Boyce, Sue Shattock, Tracey Madsen, Wenndy MacKenzie, Janis Liebhart, Shawn Murphy, Naomi Starr, Larry Baird, Peter Knight, Timothy Leary on tamborine, Satin Leary the studio cat on bell tree... and those musicians important to every composition-- the listeners. 3.5 The Official Moody Blues Fan Club ------------------------------------- The Official Moody Blues Fan Club 53-55 High Street Cobham Surrey KT11 3DP ENGLAND Phone: +44 0932 868 337 (011 44 932 868 337 in the USA) Fax: +44 932 868 997 (011 44 932 868 337 in the USA) You can either write to individual band members or write to the Fan Club secretary, Ivy Stewart, depending on what you want to know or what you're trying to obtain. The band picks up personal letters at varying intervals, although they rarely reply. The hotline is a service to members of the official Moody Blues Fan Club, and paid for out of our subscriptions. It's an answer phone that contains news items about the band, details of special merchandising offers, the latest tour dates, details of other personal appearances by band members, notifies members when the band are interviewed or performing on radio or TV, and sometimes has greetings from band members, etc. etc. You will be told the phone number when you join the fan club. 3.6 Magazines/Newsletters about The Moody Blues ----------------------------------------------- The Official Moody Blues Fan Club produces its own newsletter that comes with its subscription. None of the following are officially sanctioned by the Moody Blues. Higher & Higher is a professionally produced MB fan magazine. H&H comes out at irregular intervals; approximately 2 to 3 times a year. H&H costs 5 - 10 dollars per issue in the USA, depending on the issue. It can be ordered from: Higher & Higher P.O. Box 829 Geneva, FL 32732 USA (407) 349-BLUE  for latest tour info and H&H news MOODY MANIA is a nicely xeroxed non-official fan newsletter. It is produced at irregular intervals by Char Kemp. She usually averages 2 or 3 issues a year. Char appreciates a SASE if someone is only making an inquiry about MM. Because of costs involved, she will no longer respond to inquiries without one. Each issue carries such items as concert reviews, snippets of information unofficially reprinted from other sources, photocopies of photographs of the band and of various readers with the band, and sometimes interviews. Cost is $3.00/issue. Make checks payable to Char Kemp. Moodymania c/o Char Kemp 5264 NE 3 Terrace Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334 USA ETERNITY ROAD is a recent, new-age-oriented publication. Send seven $0.29 stamps or $2.00 to: Eternity Road c/o Nancy Wilson 27295 Rue de Paix Bonita Springs, FL 33923 USA Send her $2 or 7 stamps for the issue. 3.7 Threshold Records --------------------- If you want to order videos, audiocassettes, CDs, etc. you can either write to Ivy or to Phil Pavling, the shop manager. His address is as follows (similar to the Fan Club): Threshold Records 53 High Street Cobham Surrey KT11 3DP ENGLAND 3.8 Where can I find hard-to-find albums? ----------------------------------------- Some sources that have been mentioned on Lost Chords are: Bill Bisch 33 Old Bullet Hole Road Mahopac, NY 10541-2536 If you want his complete list of what is available, Bill requests that you send him $3 to cover the postage (yes, it really is alot). Ted Lost Chords Records 491 Central Avenue Dover, NH 03820 (603) 749-3859 Threshold Records in England also has some albums not easily found in the USA. See their address in #3.7 above. 3.9 Cassette versions of albums ------------------------------- Some of the cassette versions of the albums swapped the A and B sides. These were the ones that were reissued during the early '80s. On these versions, you'll find for instance that "Departure" is the first song on the B side of ISOTLC, rather than the first song that you hear (on the A side of the tape). "Once is Enough" does not appear on the KOTK cassette. 4. Other Frequently Asked Questions =================================== 4.1 What is the Mellotron? -------------------------- The Moodies were a very big user of this, and it was an intrinsic part of their unique sound back in the late 60's. It's a keyboard instrument designed to imitate sounds that you couldn't get from a keyboard in those days; strings, choirs, flutes, and so forth. It works with tape technology; under each key there's a tape head, a strip of prerecorded magnetic tape and a lot of gears and pulleys. When you press a key, the mechanism runs the tape by the tape head and plays a "sample" of an orchestra playing, say, an E-flat. When you release the key, the tape rewinds. Mechanically it's absolutely dreadful. But it sounds beautiful. Anyway, for all practical purposes the mellotron is a sampler, it plays back recorded sounds. The interesting limit is that you can only hold a note for as long as the piece of tape will let you. This maxed out at about 8 seconds, after that it just stops playing. Also note that the keys of the Mellotron are *individually* pressure sensitive, so you can control the way individual notes fade in and out, facilitating this technique. Can't do that with many modern keyboards. Listen closely and you realize that Pinder's style of keyboard playing, as lush as it comes across, is made up of many shifting notes. Thus he could never hit a chord and hold it for 16 bars in a slow tempo. Without a doubt, he is one of the few who really mastered this kind of a technique. Mellotron is still being used, but yes, synthesizers have mostly replaced them. They went out of production years ago; the technology was a lot less reliable than electronic signal generation, as with modern synthesizers. The Mellotron is bulky and relatively delicate, and - well, *moody* - and so between their scarcity and their quirks, they're almost extinct. 4.2 What is BlossomFest? ------------------------ BLOSSOMFEST is Moodies fans convening for the concert at the Blossom Music center, Akron OH for food, special displays, and frolic. It is sponsored by Ken Barnhart. For a Blossomfest flyer, send Ken a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) with two $0.29 stamps, and write "FEST" in the lower left corner of the envelope. If you send him a regular SASE with "LIST" in the lower left and he'll just send you a list of Moodies-related items that he's auctioning; he holds a couple of auctions yearly. Ken Barnhart 3454 Lakeview Blvd. Stow, OH 44224 USA 4.3 When is the lead singer NOT the author of the song? ------------------------------------------------------- "Dawn is a Feeling" - Mike wrote, Justin lead on verses, Mike lead on bridge "Om" - Mike wrote, all sing chorus, Mike and Ray alternate lines on verses: The rain is on the roof, - Mike Hurry high, a butterfly. - Ray As clouds roll past my head, - Mike I know why the skies all cry, - Ray "Gimme a Little Somethin' "- John wrote, Justin lead on verses, John lead on chorus "To Share Our Love" - John wrote, Mike lead "Candle of Life" - John wrote, Justin lead on verses, John lead on chorus "Isn't Life Strange?" - John wrote, John lead for first part of each verse, Justin lead on last part of each verse: Isn't life strange - John A turn of the page Can read like before Can we ask for more? Each day passes by - Justin How hard will man try? The sea will not wait "Don't You Feel Small" - Graeme wrote, all sing, Graeme whispers? "After You Came" - Graeme wrote, all sing, chorus: "I've been doing my best" - Ray "What else can I do?" - Mike "Is there something I've missed" - Justin "That will help me through" - John "22,000 Days" - Graeme wrote, John lead on verses, all sing chorus "I'll Be Level with You" - Graeme wrote, all sing "Going Nowhere" - Graeme wrote, Ray lead "The Spirit" - Graeme/Patrick wrote, John and Justin sing Note that one of the few times you really hear Graeme's voice is in "Departure" (where he laughs hysterically at the end), just before _RMSS_. 4.4 When did the band start using backup singers? ------------------------------------------------- In 1986, the moodies recruited the first back-up pair, Wenndy MacKenzie and Janice Liebhart. They remained for the 1986-1987 tours, but there have been a few others since then. They were thought to add the high notes that the guys were having trouble reaching these days. 4.5 Where can I find Caught Live +5 on CD? ------------------------------------------ This question comes up quite often on the mailing list and the newsgroup, and the answer is (surprisingly enough) you can't. The band has always refused to allow PolyGram to release it on CD. As a matter of fact, the band did not want it released on vinyl in the first place. Said Hayward once in an interview: "If we had thought it was good enough, we would have released it back when it was recorded "--not in 1977, when the label pulled it from the vaults to keep interest in the band alive. However, PolyGram's Bill Levenson recently confirmed in an interview that the Moodies have changed their stance and have given their consent to CL+5's release on CD. Levenson said he'd like to do it sometime in 1995, but there is no scheduled release date at this time. Levenson also hasn't decided whether to include the "+5" songs, which were released previously on the now-out-of-print Prelude CD. In addition, there's a question over whether there is some unreleased material from the concert sin ce the live portion is only about 60 minutes long, much shorter than a typical Moodies concert in those days. At 78 minutes in length, the material as released on the double- album vinyl would fit on one CD. 4.6 Are Ultradiscs really better than normal CD's? -------------------------------------------------- Yes, they are better. Are they worth the cost? Well, that's up to you. Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab had released three of the Moodies' albums in their "Ultradisc" line (DOFP, ISOTLC, and OTTOAD). Ultradiscs are 24 K gold-plated CD's (to prevent corrosion) made from the original master tapes. They include all of the original artwork and photography, and are included in a special case which ensures the CD won't come loose. Most people who have purchased these CD's are very pleased with them. In an unscientific side-by-side comparison between an Ultradisc and a normal CD, several members of LC noted that the sound quality is noticeably better on the MoFI CD. If you're a serious collector, these are highly recommended. They have recently upgraded to an "Ultradisc II" line. As of 10/3/94, they currently have ISOTLC and OTTOAD available in this format. They also have _DOFP_, but only until the end of 1994. List price is $30. Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 105 Morris Street Sebastopol, CA 95472 (800) 423-5759 e-mail: email@example.com 4.7 What is the meaning behind the song, "House of Four Doors"? --------------------------------------------------------------- The four doors are supposed to conceal four different musical ages: door 1, medieval (folk/flute); door 2, baroque/classical (harpsichord); door 3, romantic (variation of Tchaikovsky's piano concerto no. 1 `a la _HOFD_); door 4, modern era (a rock band playing _LOAM_) 4.8 Is that a guitar string breaking in "For My Lady"? ------------------------------------------------------ No. Justin claimed that under no circumstances is that a breaking guitar string, that the session would have stopped immediately if he had broken a string. He said it was merely an emphasized pluck on the guitar strings to go with the lyrics "and slowly bow her head." 4.9 Is that a recording flaw at the end of Long Distance Voyager? ----------------------------------------------------------------- No, it's not. To the best of our knowledge, it's a backmasked recording of Justin Hayward saying "What happens anyway, y'know?" Joe Lynn and Michael Holl both verified this; Joe played the record backwards and Michael sampled the end onto his PC and reversed it. Others claim it says "What happens when you're in love?", but the majority agree with the first translation. The bit at the very beginning of Veteran Cosmic Rocker is apparently Ray, saying "Another Scotch and Coke please, mother" ("mother" being the name of his roadie). 4.10 Who are the guys in the photos in Sur La Mer? -------------------------------------------------- On the LP, cassette, and some versions of the CD, there are six closeup photos of the band members when they were children. They have been identified by Bob Hardy as: Justin is, of course, the blond boy with the familiar smile lines and a darkish turtleneck sweater, against an outdoor background. John is the boy with the toothy grin wearing a jacket with wide lapels, white shirt and a tie, against a white background. Ray is the boy with one of his lapels inside his darkish sweater, and one outside, against a white background. It's a little easier to see if you draw a moustache on him! Notice the shape of his chin. Patrick is the dark-haired boy with big white lapels, no tie and a sort of scarf tied around his head, against an outdoor background. Graeme is the light-haired boy in a white shirt with button-down collar, tie, and sweater-vest, (sleeveless pullover for the British among us) against a darkish leafy background. Tony Visconti is the boy with shining hair, wearing a cap and a light sweater, against a brick wall. He is the producer of the album. 4.11 What are the symbols by the songs on Keys of the Kingdom? -------------------------------------------------------------- These all represent keys of one sort or another. For example, the one by "Lean on Me" is a key from an old upright (manual) typewriter. The one by "Say What You Mean (part 1)" is from an old computer punch card (Hollerith card). 4.12 Who is speaking the "spoken words" on the songs? ----------------------------------------------------- Spoken parts in songs on the albums (Note that Graeme usually recites his own poetry in concerts): Mike: "The Day Begins" "Late Lament" (DoFP and Prelude versions) "The Word" parts of "In the Beginning" "The Dream" "Higher & Higher" "Don't You Feel Small" "The Balance" Graeme: "Late Lament" (Red Rocks version) "Departure" (love that maniacal laugh) parts of "In the Beginning" Justin: parts of "In the Beginning" "Deep" "Say What You Mean" Ray: "Dear Diary" "I Am" the bit just before "Veteran Cosmic Rocker" (see #4.9) Dave Symonds (a noted British DJ and friend of the Moodies): "Reflective Smile" 4.13 What is double-tracking? ----------------------------- It means what it says: the vocal part was "double-tracked", i.e., recorded twice. Two separate passes were done, and both vocals saved on the master tape. They were mixed split in this case, which made the effect a little easier to spot; sometimes it isn't clear whether there are actually two different vocal performances, or just one, with a little delay or echo added to "fatten up the vocal". On "Never Comes the Day" (especially during "if only you knew what's inside of me now...."), you can hear Justin's voice separately in the left and right ears. The melody was sung separately for each side. There are very slight differences, such as accenting a given word a little more on one side or holding a note slightly longer on one side over the other. Tony Clarke, producer of the first eight albums with J&J, often used this effect. Using headphones/headsets makes this easier to hear. Some songs that are recommended to listening with headphones (for this and other effects) are: LOAM, NCTD, TBWTT, TSIYE, and Floating. 4.14 What differences are there between songs sung live and on albums? ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Besides the obvious differences between live performances and studio recordings, there is a difference in IKYOTS. This is that the live version has a whole verse taken out (the one beginning, "For those who lack the courage"). The *single* version does not include that verse either. The first couple of years that the Moodys performed in concert, they did the entire song. But for the last few years, they've done the shortened single version. 4.15 What is a Catherine Wheel? ------------------------------- In the song, "Eternity Road," Ray sings, "Turning, spinning, catherine wheeling..." A Catherine Wheel in the UK is a firework. It's made up of a long tube of chemical gunge that is sown into a spiral. You nail it to a support, light the blue touch pa per and retire (leave) ... fast. As the firework burns, it spins rapidly about its axis, sending out a rotating stream of coloured sparks.... Unless you didn't nail it on firmly enough, in which case it shoots off in some random direction and you hav e to duck/move pretty fast to avoid it. There was some talk of banning them a while back, but we can't say for sure if you can still get them. --------------------------------------------------------------------- ###
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