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04/29/08 5:30 PM
Our thread when it first came out: http://travellingeternityroad.yuku.com/topic/554
CapriUK: - I've never shrieked so much watching something! to say I'm happy with it is an understatement.....just buy it!! It's not just the same
old stories rehashed, there really is footage that's not been seen before (well not by me anyway!) That short clip of them playing "OM" just
floored me...Justin playing sitar and John on a cello, I just sat with my mouth open!
It really is all in there, I don't think they've missed anything out although I did have to skip forward a bit to stop my parents getting bored with
the "Go Now" era and I haven't watched right to the end yet but I love what I've seen, they've done a fantastic job of it. The way the
guys tell the story is great!
I've watched the John extended interviews off the extras disc....very funny stories involving Ray from the "El Riot" days that I hadn't heard
before....I won't spoil it for others who haven't heard them by telling you....I cried laughing!
The only thing I was a bit disappointed with are the promos on the extra's disc, I hoped for something different (I hoped for the whole of "OM"!)
but it's the usual ones....but this disc is meant for everyone not just Moodies fans so they had to put known ones on there so it's a minor niggle.
I'm thrilled with the bonus CD though....
MRSPJW: - Its got everybody in it. Including Martin Wyatt, Marty Wilde, Ivy, Ivan A. & Nick James!!
- Just get it no matter your viewing pleasure!! This is most open & relixed your going to see guys. They also use some clips from Lost Perf & NIWS dvd.
But you will get decent copy of Decca Lawn Party for Octave if you do not have one from 78. Its in diffrent snipts at first, then get the most of clip.
Also they use Other Side of RR to get Ray in it. You will be proud of way its done. Also Bias is in interviews. Very tackful on Patrick but honest. Larry Baird
is used from there also.
This is as compleate as we will ever get.
- Don't delay ordering this one!!!
Tony at The Moody Blues co uk: - ...as others have said, it's worth every penny, the interviews are fantastic.
rainbow glo: - this is a fabulous must-have item for any Moody fan.
- ...this is just the kind of thing that really satisfies my Moody historical yearnings. Great stories, great pics, and just a great thing all-around. It
answers some questions I had, while creating more, but you won't want to watch this just once.
The Swallow II: - The first DVD is a 2 1/2 hours of absolute delight!!!
The second DVD is a 1 1/2 hours of absolute delight !!!
- The French subtitles are just AWFUL! A real shame! A real pain for eyes!
Mispellings on each phrase, massacred grammar everywhere, dishonored conjugation, even ENTIRE English phrases instead of French...Quite unreadable.
PatLuv: - If you haven't gotten it,its well worth it. As Libramate stated,and I agree with her,"This is the book that wasn't written"!
Lessa9: - I thoroughly enjoyed it! I'd recommend it to any fan.
MasNem: - Yes, it's absolutely great!
- So many great stories I didn't know being a rather newcommer to the Moody world.
brightbel: - I am very pleased with this. My only disappointment is that it didn't have English subtitles.
- Otherwise, this really is a beautifully produced DVD.
prhuds00: - i have watched everything at least ten times. does this make me a fanatac? i have so enjoyed it that i feel guilty to mention what i feel is a
shortcomeing. i expected to see more about the time period around "keys of the kingdom. maybe just before that cd release and leading up to strange times.
i feel that the present is just as intresting and important as the past.
yvo bouten: - The documentary is wonderful, but the Dutch subtitles are horrible, even hilarious now and then. I think they used Babelfish for the
translation (or the company cat).
Matilda62: - It is really terrific and full of great info. I'm so glad I took the plunge and bought it.
ShannyLou: - It's a long disc! [Disc 1] And very very good! And I got a couple of questions answered. Highly recommended!!
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07/19/08 11:44 AM
These are my thoughts on the Classic Artists DVD featuring the Moodies. To date, this is the most comprehensive retrospective of the band
available, surpassing Legend of a Band in its content. It has a lot going for it, yet I can't help but think there were a number of missed
It starts with a nice little introduction, covering brief clips from the Isle of Wight, The Simpsons, "Go Now" and what appears to be
footage from a 2006 concert. This gives a nice overview of their career.
The next section covers the early years from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. This is probably the best part of the whole documentary because it examined
not only the various Moodies' beginning careers but includes interviews from others outside the band, giving a more complete picture of the Birmingham
music scene. You can tell that Jon Brewer, the producer and director of this DVD, really cared about this era. There is also extensive discussion about the
Mark I Moodies and their relationship with other bands like The Beatles, as well as their struggles to follow up "Go Now". The whole section is over
30 minutes in length.
Taking up another half hour is the entrance of Justin Hayward into the band (and the "rejoining" of John Lodge), their struggles on the road and
the story of Days of Future Passed. While this story is pretty well-known, the extra time spent here allows for more details on the process that--at
least for me--were hitherto unknown. For example, the interviews in this documentary give more credit to Peter Knight as the one instrumental for pushing the
Moodies to record their developing stage show instead of the Dvorak, rather than the band itself, and that Hugh Mendl also had more of a part to play.
Here is the first missed opportunity: the documentary blazes through the rest of the Core 7 in a little over a half hour. As this was their most creative
period, so much more could have been said about the creation of the concepts and the recording process of each. Also missing is any explicit acknowledgement
of the Isle of Wight Festival, save the very brief clip at the beginning of the documentary; I get the impression from the various bits I've read here and
there that it was an exciting time, with even a bit of controversy involving the band. I hope that the planned IOW DVD will provide a decent documentary or
interviews as well as the concert. It sounds like an interesting story.
The next missed opportunity was the band's hiatus, giving it a mere 5 minutes of attention. I'd like to learn more about their solo projects than
was given here.
Octave gets a good 10 minutes, which makes sense because it was such a turning point and a difficult time for the band. I now have a much better
picture about what had happened, getting views from all sides of the issue.
What I do find most disappointing about this documentary is the speed at which it burns through the 1980s. While Long Distance Voyager
gets some coverage, the rest of their studio offerings get very short shrift. I'm left with many questions about that era in the band, such as why The
Present (an underrated album in my point of view) was considered to be directionless? Why did Ray Thomas seem to drop out as a creative force during the
mid-1980s until Keys of the Kingdom? Why couldn't they secure a single producer for Keys?
The last half hour also breezes through, covering mainly their touring career; I think Strange Times gets only a sentence and there is nary a
mention of December in spite of the fact that this DVD was produced three years after that album. I'm sure there are lots of interesting things
to say about the process of those two albums, including their decision to not have an outside producer.
Though so much more could have been done, it does finish with a nice section about Norda, as well as thoughts from some of the bands fans. While I am
somewhat disappointed overall, it is great to have Derek Varnals, Tony Clarke, and Mike Pinder involved (but except for a couple archived bits--where's
Ray? He probably has his reasons though). Also, with the recent passing of Hugh Mendl, it makes this DVD even more important to have been made since he was
such a passionate supporter of the band.
There are some great unused interviews included on this disc, and my favourite parts are those that relate some story about Ray. It helps a little in making
up for lack of involvement in this project. Also of interest is the inclusion of the Octave launch party. It's a bit excessive and decadent for
my taste, but at least it showed that Decca really did care about the band (as opposed to, um, Universal...).
Some promo videos are included, but they are the usual suspects. Why oh why can't somebody please release a complete collection? Other bands
have done it, why can't the Moodies? All I've seen available are various collections that cover some of the hits, and include one or two others. I
haven't bought any of them because I'm still holding out for a more omnibus set, like Genesis' The Video Show.
This is a nice, but brief, CD collection of songs from the band member's earilest recordings. At only 23 minutes, it is another missed opportunity, since
CD are capable of upto 74 minutes. There is more material out there, after all, I know that there are at least three other tracks recorded by Justin besides
"London Is Behind Me": including "Day Must Come", "I'll Be Here Tomorrow" and "I Can't Face the World Without
You." And if there really isn't much else from that era, why not include a sampling from their solo work during the Moodies' 4 year hiatus?
In conclusion, in spite of some of my disappointments regarding this collection, it is worth owning for many of the reasons discussed above and that it will
probably be the best overview of the band available for the forseeable future.
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