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I did not become aware of the early Moody Blues (Mark I) music until the late spring of 1971. I was seventeen. I suppose at that time I had had a vague recollection of hearing "Go Now", but I didn't associate it with any of their later music. My first bonafied introduction to the early stuff didn't come until a reissue of "The Magnificent Moodies" was released in early 1971. But it was one that had been repackaged, with new artwork, and given a new title of "In The Beginning."
When I first saw it in a record store bin I got a little excited, thinking it would be like what the Moodies had been doing. I remember thinking the song titles did seem a bit odd to me. I bought it and took it home for the first listen.
I was somewhat shocked by what I heard. My reaction to it wouldn't have been much different if what I was hearing was polka music! It was, I later thought, akin to a bait and switch. Talk about disillusionment!At about the second or third song I got up from my recliner, and went to the record player to stop it. When I removed it, in my anger I took my thumbnail and gouged side one from the center label to the outside edge, and then walked out to the garage and stuffed it into the trash can.
I was an excitable lad back then! Needless to say, listening to Graeme's lyrics from "The Balance" hadn't done me much good up to that point:
"And he knew that when he was of anger,Or knew hurt, or felt fear,It was because he was not understanding"
I did come to my senses after awhile and retrieved it out of the trash. Maybe a day or two later I gave another try at listening to it. I made it all the way through both sides this time. On side one the scratch from my thumbnail was bad enough to hear it each time the LP revolved around, but it didn't skip. After awhile, I actually started to like some of the songs, especially those on side two. But it did remain something of an orphan in my Moodies LP collection, and later on rarely got played.
I later read that the Moodies tried to put a stop to the release of "In The Beginning" because of it being an exploitation, of trying to take advantage of the Moodies success. Also maybe because of how it would dupe some of those who purchased it, such as I.I still have the LP, but it did end up back in a garage.
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My reaction to it wouldn't have been much different if what I was hearing was polka music!
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The one that threw me across the room was Nightflight... the one I probably play least.
Bessie Banks later commented:
"'I remember 1963 Kennedy was assassinated; it was announced over the
radio. At the time, I was rehearsing in the office of Leiber and
Stoller. We called it a day. Everyone was in tears. "Come back next week
and we will be ready to record 'Go Now'"; and we did so. I was happy
and excited that maybe this time I’ll make it. 'Go Now' was released in
January 1964, and right away it was chosen Pick Hit of the Week on
W.I.N.S. Radio. That means your record is played for seven days. Four
days went by, I was so thrilled. On day five, when I heard the first
line, I thought it was me, but all of a sudden, I realized it wasn’t. At
the end of the song it was announced, "The Moody Blues singing 'Go
Now'." I was too out-done. This was the time of the English Invasion and the end of Bessie Banks’ career, so I thought. America's DJs had stopped promoting American artists."
"Go Now" was made popular internationally later in 1964 when an English beat group from Birmingham named The Moody Blues recorded it, with Denny Laine
on guitar and lead vocals. When Denny Laine first heard Bessie Banks's
version, he immediately told the rest of the band that they needed to
record the song. The song reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in late January 1965. In the US, "Go Now" did not enter the American charts until mid-February 1965, and peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100.
Laine continued to perform the song in concert during his years in Wings, and it is included in the group's Wings over America live album. He also sang the song at the Birmingham Heart Beat Charity Concert 1986 raising money for the local children's hospital.
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