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The Moody Blues: Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival

The Moody Blues: Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival
Eagle Rock, May 2009

Live at the Isle of Wight Festival features 79-minutes of The Moody Blues at the height of their popularity in 1970. The Moody Blues are Justin Hayward (guitar/vocals), John Lodge (bass/vocals), Ray Thomas (vocals/flute), Graeme Edge (drummer) and Mike Pinder (keyboard/vocals). At this time they were touring in support of the album A Question Of Balance and had four albums in the Top 5 U.K. (two of which were #1’s).

It was held on August 26-31, 1970 at Afton Down an area on the Western side of the Isle of Wight. Some of the others who shared the stage at this festival were Chicago, Miles Davis, The Doors, The Who, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Jimi Hendrix and Joan Baez. This made the second time Moody Blues played The Isle of Wight Fest, the first a year earlier in 1969.

The Moody Blues formed in 1964 in Erdington, Birmingham, England are still playing some 45-years later. Three of these early songs; Nights In White Satin, Question and Tuesday Afternoon are still popular today and considered some of the Moody Blues greatest hits.

The DVD features 11-songs and a 20-minute documentary keying in on the behind-the-scenes around this event.

1. Gypsy
2. Tuesday Afternoon
3. Never Comes The Day
4. Tortoise And The Hare
5. Question
6. Sunset
7. Melancholy Man
8. Nights In White Satin
9. Legend Of A Man
10. Ride My See Saw
11. Conclusion

Classic Rock wasn’t classic yet, it is now, and these guys with this performance are among the great Classic Rock bands. They melodically infused flute based folk rock with an R&B flare. Some of the songs had remnants of a twelve bar blues groove to it. The DVD starts with the guys going from today, to then, to today, etc… It’s amazing how songs that were done 39-years ago are still played today. The current versions lack the rawness and folky flair that the earlier versions had. In all it was a great way to sit relax, take in great music and kind of get absorbed into it all on a hot summery St. Louis night. This gets a 4.0 on the STLBluesometer.

Peace and Love
Peter 'Cornbread' Cohen, CBP
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