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For their first concert in Montreal in six years, the Moody Blues Tuesday night revisited almost all stages of their career except for their very first album, which was not the work of singers Justin Hayward and John Lodge, and any records that they released in the 90s. The crowd at the Wilfrid-Pelletier got up and applauded warmly and consistently the best-known songs from their vast repertoire and then sat back down as soon as the next song began.

The symphonic Moodies of 1967 on videoclip merged with the stars of this evening seemed at times a bit disjointed. A song like Your Wildest Dreams has a certain charm, but its contemporaries I Know You're Out There Somewhere and The Other Side Of Life are very 80s, especially the latter, whose video "act" is so cheesy that the Moodies would have probably blushed with shame if they had not had their backs to the big screen.

It was without doubt the price to pay to hear the rarer things; we pointed out that the Moody Blues did not only do sentimental and/or bombastic songs. I am thinking especially of Peak Hour, an obscure cut from the album Days of Future Passed, which bathed nicely in 60's pop, and Higher and Higher, a song from 1969 with a space theme and a psychedelic guitar solo.

The highlights were numerous, thanks especially to Justin Hayward, singer of most songs, whose melancholic voice has lost none of its evocative power and whose guitar solos only added value to the music we were hearing. Bassist John Lodge, provider of essential harmonies, tends to spread the butter a little thicker, while the third official Moody Blue, Graeme Edge, left most of the work to another drummer, a little hot dog, but enjoyed playing stand-up comic when it comes time to present Higher and Higher.

The immortals revisited?: Tuesday Afternoon, of course, Nights in White Satin, always beautiful enough to give chills, Question, The Story in Your Eyes, Ride My See-Saw and less rhythmic things like the pastoral Are You Sitting Comfortably and Isn’t Life Strange.

It is no longer required of the Moody Blues to surprise us or sing new songs. In 16 songs and 90 minutes flat, yesterday, they offered the public what they have come to expect: beautiful songs played with a professionalism which does honor to them.

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