Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (album)

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Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
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Studio album by
Released23 July 1971
RecordedNovember 1970 – March 1971
StudioWessex Sound Studios, London
GenreProgressive rock
ProducerTony 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
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(average)[2]
Uncut2/5 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.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Procession"Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Mike Pinder, Ray ThomasEdge, Hayward, Lodge, Pinder, Thomas (sung and spoken)4:40
2."The Story in Your Eyes"HaywardHayward2:57
3."Our Guessing Game"ThomasThomas3:34
4."Emily's Song"LodgeLodge3:41
5."After You Came"EdgeThomas, Pinder, Lodge, Hayward4:37
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
6."One More Time to Live"LodgeLodge5:41
7."Nice to Be Here"ThomasThomas4:24
8."You Can Never Go Home"HaywardHayward4:14
9."My Song"PinderPinder6:20
Total length:40:05
2007 SACD expanded edition and 2008 remaster bonus tracks
10."The Story in Your Eyes" (original version)Hayward3:33
11."The Dreamer"Hayward, Thomas3:42


The Moody Blues[edit]

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


Weekly charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1971 UK Albums Chart 1[4]
Billboard 200 2[5]
Danish Albums Chart[6] 1


Year Single Chart Position
1971 "The Story in Your Eyes" Billboard Hot 100 23[7]


  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. ^ "The Moody Blues - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  6. ^ http://danskehitlister.dk/?song_id=6403
  7. ^ "The Moody Blues - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-05-24.