Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (album)
|Every Good Boy Deserves Favour|
|Studio album by The Moody Blues|
|Released||23 July 1971|
|Recorded||November 1970 – March 1971 at Wessex Sound Studios, London|
|The Moody Blues chronology|
|Singles from Every Good Boy Deserves Favour|
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. Mike Pinder wrote and sang the album's concluding track "My Song", which showcased his abilities on the mellotron and piano.
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
- "Procession" (Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas) – 4:40 (lead singers: Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Graeme Edge, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas)
- "The Story in Your Eyes" (Hayward) – 2:57 (lead singer: Justin Hayward)
- "Our Guessing Game" (Thomas) – 3:34 (lead singer: Ray Thomas)
- "Emily's Song" (Lodge) – 3:41 (lead singer: John Lodge)
- "After You Came" (Edge) – 4:37 (lead singers: Ray Thomas, Mike Pinder, John Lodge, Justin Hayward)
- "One More Time to Live" (Lodge) – 5:41 (lead singer: John Lodge)
- "Nice to Be Here" (Thomas) – 4:24 (lead singer: Ray Thomas)
- "You Can Never Go Home" (Hayward) – 4:14 (lead singer: Justin Hayward)
- "My Song" (Pinder) – 6:20 (lead singer: Mike Pinder)
2007 SACD Expanded Edition Tracks (also 2008 remaster)
Bonus tracks SACD version:
- "The Story in Your Eyes" (Original Version) (Hayward) – 3:33
- "The Dreamer" (Hayward, Thomas) – 3:42
|1971||UK Albums Chart||1|
|Billboard 200||2|
Hot Hits 6 by Various artists
|UK Albums Chart number-one album
14 August 1971 – 21 August 1971
Top of the Pops, Volume 18
by Various artists
|1971||"The Story in Your Eyes"||Billboard Hot 100||23|
- Justin Hayward – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, sitar
- John Lodge – vocals, bass, cello
- Ray Thomas – vocals, flute, tambourine, oboe, woodwinds, harmonica
- Graeme Edge – electric and acoustic drums, percussion
- Mike Pinder – vocals, mellotron, harpsichord, Hammond organ, piano, keyboards, Moog synthesizer
- Derek Varnals – recording engineer
- David Baker – assistant engineer
- Harry Fisher – cutting engineer
- Phil Travers – sleeve artist
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- David Stubbs Uncut, May 2007, Issue 120
- "Chart Stats – The Moody Blues – Every Good Boy Deserves Favour". www.chartstats.com. Retrieved 11 October 2009.