|Single by The Moody Blues|
|from the album Strange Times|
|Released||17 August 1999|
|Recorded||1997 - 1999|
|Producer(s)||The Moody Blues|
|The Moody Blues singles chronology|
"English Sunset" is the only single released by The Moody Blues from their 1999 album Strange Times, making it their first single in nearly 8 years. Their previous single had been 1991's "Bless the Wings (That Bring You Back)" from Keys of the Kingdom. "English Sunset" should not be confused with the Moody Blues' 1967 song "The Sunset" from Days of Future Passed.
"English Sunset" is a very fast paced rock and roll song, which sets it apart from the other songs on Strange Times, which are primarily slow airy rock songs. It is arguably the fastest paced song they have ever recorded. It is primarily driven by bass guitar and string arrangements provided by an electric keyboard. It also includes a repetitive electric guitar riff throughout the song.
The lead vocals are provided by the song's writer, Justin Hayward. John Lodge shouts the line "England!" twice in the song. Also, towards the end of the song, Ray Thomas provides the line "More tea vicar?", a phrase used by the English to acknowledge someone has flatulated. Live performances of the song often receive laughter from the audience after Thomas's line, who then makes a gesture of drinking tea with his hand.
"English Sunset" is also the Moody Blues final single to feature founding member Ray Thomas prior to his retirement. He would be replaced by session flautist Norda Mullen for their concerts.
- Justin Hayward: vocals, electric guitar
- John Lodge: vocals, bass guitar
- Ray Thomas: vocals, tambourine
- Graeme Edge: drums, percussion
- Danilo Madonia: keyboards