Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (album)

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Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
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Studio album by The Moody Blues
Released 23 July 1971
Recorded November 1970 – March 1971 at Wessex Sound Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock
Length 40:05
Label Threshold Records
Producer Tony Clarke
The Moody Blues chronology
A Question of Balance
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
Seventh Sojourn
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.

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. Mike Pinder wrote and sang the album's concluding track "My Song".

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."

The album was the last to feature the Mellotron as the sole tape-driven instrument, as it would be utilized in conjunction with the Chamberlin (another device that uses recorded tape to generate sound) on the Moody Blues' next studio album, 1972's Seventh Sojourn. The album was mixed and released in both stereo and quadraphonic. 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, for 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 (spoken & sung vocals: Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Graeme Edge, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas)
  2. "The Story in Your Eyes" (Hayward) – 2:57 (lead singer: Justin Hayward)
  3. "Our Guessing Game" (Thomas) – 3:34 (lead singer: Ray Thomas)
  4. "Emily's Song" (Lodge) – 3:41 (lead singer: John Lodge)
  5. "After You Came" (Edge) – 4:37 (lead singers: Ray Thomas, Mike Pinder, John Lodge, Justin Hayward)

Side Two[edit]

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

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

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

Chart positions[edit]


Year Chart Position
1971 UK Albums Chart 1[4]
Billboard 200 2[citation needed]
Danish Albums Chart[5] 1


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


Additional personnel[edit]

  • Tony Clarke - producer
  • Derek Varnals – recording engineer
  • David Baker – assistant engineer
  • Harry Fisher – cutting engineer
  • Phil Travers – sleeve artist
  • J. Randall Nelson - lyrics sheet photograph


  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. Retrieved 11 October 2009. 
  5. ^ http://danskehitlister.dk/?song_id=6403
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