The Magnificent Moodies

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The Magnificent Moodies
Studio album by The Moody Blues
Released 23 July 1965
Recorded October 1964 – March 1965
Genre R&B
Length 34:03
Label Decca Records
Producer Denny Cordell, Alex Murray
The Moody Blues chronology
The Magnificent Moodies
(1965)
Days of Future Passed
(1967)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

The Magnificent Moodies is the 1965 debut album by The Moody Blues, first released in the UK, and the first and only album featuring their R&B line-up of guitarist Denny Laine, bassist Clint Warwick, keyboardist Mike Pinder, flautist–percussionist Ray Thomas, and drummer Graeme Edge. Lead vocals were shared by Laine and Thomas. The album is a collection of R&B and Merseybeat songs, including the cover of "Go Now", produced by Alex Wharton, that had been a Number 1 hit single earlier that year. For the US release, on London Records, with the title of Go Now – The Moody Blues #1, four songs were replaced and the tracks re-ordered.

The album did not make the Record Retailer/Music Week chart even though it reached number 5 in August 1965 in the New Musical Express album chart. The US album did not make the Billboard chart.

Laine and Warwick left the group in 1966, and were replaced by guitarist Justin Hayward and bassist John Lodge respectively.

At the height of The Moody Blues' US success in 1970, Deram Records reissued the US version of the album with a new cover and title, In The Beginning (DES-18051). As with the original album, the reissue did not chart.

In 1985 Intermediate Records reissued the album on vinyl and cassette as Go Now, with a mixture of songs from the original UK and US albums plus songs that would eventually be included as bonus tracks on the CD issues.[citation needed] Decca Records UK first issued The Magnificent Moodies on CD in 1988 with 13 bonus tracks, with mastering by Anthony Hawkins. Repertoire Records issued an abridged version of the CD in the 1990s with only seven bonus tracks. In 2006 the CD was reissued again, this time with 14 bonus tracks including the rare "People Gotta Go" not found on the 1988 Decca version. The CD also included, for the first time, a speed-corrected and undistorted version of "Go Now". The 2006 Repertoire CD was remastered by Eroc (Joachim Ehrig), who was the leader of the 1970s German rock band Grobschnitt.

Eroc described the project as follows:

"When I got the job for the "Magnificent Moodies" from REP some time ago I also got the order to try to get the intro of "Go Now" better. So I sat down and analysed the distortion and then restored the waveforms very carefully. This can be done by "drawing" out each single harsh peak by hand. It took me some days but I wanted to find out, what can be done in general. The result is for the first time ever a much more natural sounding intro which also is pitched correctly.

I see this as an alternative for all those who always were bothered by that harsh "electric" piano-sound. I think many of them will like the new alternative and I myself prefer it a lot compared to the "technical distroyed [sic]" original. Others may hate it because it differs from the version they got used to over the decades. But in each case it's worth a qualified discussion."[citation needed]

UK Decca Records 1965 track listing (The Magnificent Moodies)[edit]

Decca LK 4711 (mono only)

Side One
  1. "I'll Go Crazy" (James Brown) – 2:08
  2. "Something You Got" (Chris Kenner) – 2:47
  3. "Go Now" (Larry Banks, Milton Bennett) – 3:07
  4. "Can't Nobody Love You" (James Mitchell) – 3:57
  5. "I Don't Mind" (Brown) – 3:22
  6. "I've Got a Dream" (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich) – 2:48
Side Two
  1. "Let Me Go" (Denny Laine, Mike Pinder) – 3:09
  2. "Stop" (Laine, Pinder) – 2:01
  3. "Thank You Baby" (Laine, Pinder) – 2:24
  4. "It Ain't Necessarily So" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 3:15
  5. "True Story" (Laine, Pinder) – 1:41
  6. "Bye Bye Bird" (Sonny Boy Williamson II, Willie Dixon) – 2:45

US London Records 1965 track listing (Go Now – The Moody Blues #1)[edit]

London LL 3428 (mono), PS 428 (stereo)

Side One
  1. "I'll Go Crazy" (Brown) – 2:08 (titled "I Go Crazy" on back cover and label)
  2. "And My Baby's Gone" (Laine, Pinder) – 2:15
  3. "Go Now" (Banks, Bennett) – 3:10
  4. "It's Easy Child" (Kay Bennett, Sue Sandler, Gene Redd) – 3:10
  5. "Can't Nobody Love You" (Mitchell) – 4:00
  6. "I've Got a Dream" (Barry, Greenwich) – 2:50 (titled "I Had a Dream" on back cover and label)
Side Two
  1. "Let Me Go" (Laine, Pinder) – 3:08
  2. "I Don't Want to Go on Without You" (Bert Berns, Jerry Wexler) – 2:45
  3. "True Story" (Laine, Pinder) – 1:40
  4. "It Ain't Necessarily So" (G Gershwin, I Gershwin) – 2:47
  5. "Bye Bye Bird" (Williamson, Dixon) – 2:50 (misspelled as "Bye Bye Burd" on back cover and label)
  6. "From the Bottom of My Heart" (Laine, Pinder) – 3:20

Decca/London Records 1988 CD track listing (The Magnificent Moodies)[edit]

  • 12 tracks as on the original Decca album
Bonus Tracks
  1. "Steal Your Heart Away" (Parker) – 2:17
  2. "Lose Your Money (But Don't Lose Your Mind)" (Mike Pinder) – 2:02
  3. "It's Easy Child" (Kay Bennett, Sue Sandler, Gene Redd) – 3:16
  4. "I Don't Want to Go on Without You" (Bert Berns, Jerry Wexler) – 2:48
  5. "Time Is on My Side" (Norman Meade) – 3:05
  6. "From the Bottom of My Heart" (I Love You) (Laine, Pinder) – 3:28
  7. "And My Baby's Gone" (Laine, Pinder) – 2:25
  8. "Everyday" (Pinder, Laine) – 1:50
  9. "You Don't (All The Time)" (Pinder, Laine) – 2:24
  10. "This Is My House (But Nobody Calls)" (Laine, Pinder) – 2:38
  11. "Life's Not Life" (Laine, Pinder) – 2:38
  12. "He Can Win" (Pinder, Laine) – 2:29
  13. "Boulevard de la Madelaine" (Pinder, Laine) – 2:55

Repertoire Records 1992 CD track listing (The Magnificent Moodies)[edit]

Contains the first 19 songs from the 1988 CD

Repertoire Records 2006 CD track listing (The Magnificent Moodies)[edit]

  • The 12 tracks from the original Decca album
Bonus Tracks
  1. "People Gotta Go" (Laine, Pinder) – 2:33
  2. "Steal Your Heart Away" (Parker) – 2:17
  3. "Lose Your Money (But Don't Lose Your Mind)" (Mike Pinder) – 2:02
  4. "It's Easy Child" (Kay Bennett, Sue Sandler, Gene Redd) – 3:16
  5. "I Don't Want to Go on Without You" (Bert Berns, Jerry Wexler) – 2:48
  6. "Time Is on My Side" (Norman Meade) – 3:05
  7. "From the Bottom of My Heart" (I Love You) (Laine, Pinder) – 3:28
  8. "And My Baby's Gone" (Laine, Pinder) – 2:25
  9. "Everyday" (Pinder, Laine) – 1:50
  10. "You Don't (All The Time)" (Pinder, Laine) – 2:24
  11. "Boulevard de la Madelaine" (Pinder, Laine) – 2:55
  12. "This Is My House (But Nobody Calls)" (Laine, Pinder) – 2:38
  13. "Life's Not Life" (Laine, Pinder) – 2:38
  14. "He Can Win" (Pinder, Laine) – 2:29

Personnel[edit]

Supporting musicians

  • Elaine Caswell – percussion

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