Caught Live + 5

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Caught Live + 5
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Live album by
Released30 April 1977 (US)
1 June 1977 (UK)
RecordedLive: 12 December 1969 at the Royal Albert Hall
Studio: 19 May 1967 –
17 November 1968
GenreProgressive pop
Length75:32
LabelDecca (UK)
London (US)
ProducerTony Clarke
The Moody Blues chronology
This Is The Moody Blues
(1974)
Caught Live + 5
(1977)
Octave
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]

Caught Live + 5 is a live album by The Moody Blues, consisting of a 12 December 1969 live show at the Royal Albert Hall and five previously unreleased studio recordings from 1967 to 1968.

The band's performance was a popular and critical success at the time. In his newspaper review of the event, music critic Jack Scott called the concert a "knockout victory for progressive pop," having a "rich, full sound that combined sensitivity with sheer popular punch."

... [B]eautifully controlled waves of volume kept excitement high ... They're not slaves to volume. Power was used judiciously with splendid effect, producing a clean-cut, undulating sound...[2]

The "+5" studio tracks were re-released on their 1987 album Prelude.

The 8-track tape version of this album has the distinction of being one of the few 8-tracks that is arranged exactly like the album, with no song breaks.

While Caught Live + 5 managed to reach #26 during its American chart run, it missed the British listings completely, the first time this had occurred for The Moody Blues since their 1965 debut The Magnificent Moodies.

This is the first Moody Blues album since Days of Future Passed not to feature cover artwork by Philip Travers. Decca Records instead used British art design group Hipgnosis.

Original track listing[edit]

Tracks 1–14 are live while tracks 15–19 are studio recordings.

Side One[edit]

  1. "Gypsy (Of a Strange and Distant Time)" (Justin Hayward) – 4:03
  2. "The Sunset" (Mike Pinder) – 4:33
  3. "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume" (Ray Thomas) – 3:23
  4. "Never Comes the Day" (Hayward) – 5:39

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Peak Hour" (John Lodge) – 5:13
  2. "Tuesday Afternoon" (Hayward) – 4:51
  3. "Are You Sitting Comfortably?" (Hayward, Thomas) – 4:21
  4. "The Dream" (Graeme Edge) – 0:58
  5. "Have You Heard (Part 1)" (Pinder) – 1:22
  6. "The Voyage" (Pinder) – 3:37
  7. "Have You Heard (Part 2)" (Pinder) – 2:33

Side Three[edit]

  1. "Nights in White Satin" (Hayward) – 5:55
  2. "Legend of a Mind" (Thomas) – 7:05
  3. "Ride My See-Saw" (Lodge) – 4:28

Side Four[edit]

  1. "Gimme a Little Somethin'" (Lodge) – 3:13
  2. "Please Think About It" (Pinder) – 3:41
  3. "Long Summer Days" (Hayward) – 3:12
  4. "King and Queen" (Hayward) – 3:52
  5. "What Am I Doing Here?" (Hayward) – 3:33

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1977 Billboard 200 26

References[edit]