Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (album)

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Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
Studio album by The Moody Blues
Released 23 July 1971
Recorded November 1970 and
January - March 1971
Wessex Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock
Length 40:05 (album)
Label Threshold Records
Producer Tony Clarke
The Moody Blues chronology
A Question of Balance
(1970)
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
(1971)
Seventh Sojourn
(1972)
Singles from Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
  1. "The Story in Your Eyes"
    Released: August 1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (average)[2]
Uncut 2/5 stars[3]

Every Good Boy Deserves Favour is the seventh album by the Moody Blues, released in 1971. The album was the last to feature only the Mellotron, as it would be assisted by the Chamberlin (another device that uses recorded tape to generate sound) on the Moody Blues' next studio album, 1972's Seventh Sojourn.

This album featured the only track to be written by all five members of the band. The opening "Procession" was a piece that was intended to describe the history of music from the beginning of time up until the album's recording. The only three words heard in this track --"desolation," "creation," and "communication"—were similarly used (along with many other "-ation" words) in "One More Time to Live."

The album reached #1 on the British album charts, in addition to a three week stay at #2 in the United States, and produced one top-40 single, "The Story in Your Eyes." The track "Emily's Song" was written by John Lodge for his newborn daughter.

The title is taken from the student mnemonic for the lines of the treble clef: E-G-B-D-F. These notes are heard played on piano during "Procession."

In April 2007 the album was remastered into SACD format and repackaged with the two extra tracks.

In 2008 a remaster for standard audio CD was issued with the same bonus tracks.

The front cover has been imitated by the leader of the dark progressive band Current 93, David Tibet, with a drawing he has made up in order that it could appear on the cover of Halo, a live album released in 2004.

Original Track Listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "Procession" (Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas) – 4:40
  2. "The Story in Your Eyes" (Hayward) – 2:57
  3. "Our Guessing Game" (Thomas) – 3:34
  4. "Emily's Song" (Lodge) – 3:41
  5. "After You Came" (Edge) – 4:37

Side Two[edit]

  1. "One More Time to Live" (Lodge) – 5:41
  2. "Nice to Be Here" (Thomas) – 4:24
  3. "You Can Never Go Home" (Hayward) – 4:14
  4. "My Song" (Pinder) – 6:20

2007 SACD Expanded Edition Tracks (also 2008 remaster)[edit]

Bonus tracks SACD version:

  1. "The Story in Your Eyes" (Original Version) (Hayward) – 3:33
  2. "The Dreamer" (Hayward, Thomas) – 3:42

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1971 UK Albums Chart 1[4]
Billboard 200 2[citation needed]
Preceded by
Hot Hits 6 by Various artists
UK Albums Chart number-one album
14 August 1971 – 21 August 1971
Succeeded by
Top of the Pops, Volume 18
by Various artists

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1971 "The Story in Your Eyes" Billboard Hot 100 23[citation needed]

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Derek Varnals – recording engineer
  • David Baker – assistant engineer
  • Harry Fisher – cutting engineer
  • Phil Travers – sleeve artist

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. "allmusic ((( Every Good Boy Deserves Favour > Overview )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Werbin, Stu (16 September 1971). "The Moody Blues: Every Good Boy Deserves Favour : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 6 June 2008. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  3. ^ David Stubbs Uncut, May 2007, Issue 120
  4. ^ "Chart Stats - The Moody Blues - Every Good Boy Deserves Favour". www.chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2009.