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Are you sure your recent edit of The Moody Blues ([1]) is entirely fair? Given that this was a band that enjoyed most of its popularity in the UK and the US, US-centered phrasing is not entirely inappropriate (at the very least, the American POV should be given some heed). I agree, however, that the reference to the so-called British Invasion belongs in the body of the article, not in its first paragraph. -- Itai 17:45, 3 Apr 2004 (UTC)

I just felt it was wrong to define the band in terms of their relationship to the US. They were a British band, not 'a band that were popular in the USA'. It certainly seems reasonable to mention the British Invasion later on, so I think we're essentially in agreement. --Auximines 09:06, 7 Apr 2004 (UTC)

Always a happy state. I added the British Invasion note in relation to A Question of Balance (see [2]). The style could do with improvement, but I think that the bulk of the text is fine. Obviously, I can't vouch for this "factual accuracy" bit, but I honestly don't see why bother. Never let it bother me before. -- Itai 15:35, 7 Apr 2004 (UTC)

The link Ray Thomas leads to a country singer with the same name but not to the (former) member of the Moody Blues. So do other links from different Moody Blues contexts. Could someone please fix this? I'm a guest from Germany who (at this moment) does not want to edit English articles... 16:36, 21 October 2005 (UTC)

Record label[edit]

Regarding the Moody Blues pioneering the trend of bands starting their own labels...Didn't the Beatles do this with Apple Records in 1968? While they certainly were among the first, I think the article as it is now gives the impression that they were breaking new ground here...The Disco King 22:18, 21 February 2006 (UTC)

That's true. Bubba73 (talk), 03:34, 23 April 2006 (UTC)

Does anyone know how many albums the Moodies have sold worldwide? How many gold, platinum albums and singles? Also, it might be nice to mention the recent Nashville Tribute to the Moody Blues: Moody Bluegrass.

Hall of fame[edit]

There has been some re-editing of the statement that the Moodys and Yes top the list of progressinve bands not inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Forgetting the wording, is the statement really accurate? Can we say that those two top the list instead of (say) ELP or King Crimson? I'm not saying that they don't - I'm honestly not sure. Carlo 03:19, 23 April 2006 (UTC)

I edited that sentence to try to make it better, because I had to read it about 3 times to understand what it was saying, with the "since Pink Floyd" part at the end. But i don't know about the factual accuracy. It is probably a little bit of an opinion too (to say they are at the top of the list). Bubba73 (talk), 03:33, 23 April 2006 (UTC)


This page should either be sectioned or labeled as a stub. As the information contained seems somewhat expansive, sectioning would be the most appropriate to make this article more navigable.

So go for it. Carlo 21:42, 9 May 2006 (UTC)

Recording Techniques[edit]

It would be extremely helpful and interesting to have a listing of multitrack recording machines -- specifically the number of tracks -- on the Moodies' recordings throughout the years, especially the early years, when 8 tracks were really something special. The Beatles used 4 track recording on all their records... did not the Moodies use 8 tracks, then perhaps move on to 16 or 24? If anyone knows, I'd really like to be informed how many tracks were used on each album. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by C-post (talkcontribs) 00:45, 12 January 2007 (UTC).

Album Covers[edit]

The covers of the compilation albums should be posted.

I once had a Moody Blues Greatest Hits Album, and it had only 11 songs. A disc called The Story of the Moody Blues: Legend of a Band plays the same thing as their Greatest Hits album version, but with one difference: Added to the disc is the song called "The Other Side of Life", a song that was missing in the album version. Did anybody notice the difference between both versions? --Angeldeb82 00:20, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

Live at Red Rocks[edit]

I heard that there's a 2-disc deluxe edition of the Live at Red Rocks DVD. Does anybody know the exact title of this, or if it's possible to buy it in the USA? Naaj 20:09, 27 September 2006 (UTC)

I'm not sure the DVD was released as a 2-disc set, but the CD was. I have the 1-disc album and personally was miffed when the 2-disc re-master came out. NekoOuterverse 18:59, 11 February 2007 (UTC)

Moody Blues discography[edit]

•The thing at the bottom of the page points to pink floyd discography. Somebody should make a separate discography page and link to it maybe?

I removed the errant Pink Floyd Discography link. JustinW NJ 03:39, 8 October 2006 (UTC)
I like the album list being on the main page, but a more detailed discography page with the album covers would be good. Abstrator 19:43, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

•One compilation title is missing, "The Story of the Moody Blues... Legend of a Band". Released 1990 as Polydor 840 659-2. It might have been reissued as Greatest Hits later on. NekoOuterverse 18:51, 11 February 2007 (UTC)

More on this: Should someone create an article on Greatest Hits, I believe that it should make reference to both names for the album in the article, but should not have seperate articles since they are the same album. NekoOuterverse 14:48, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

•I'm not familiar with the album, but it looks as if "Prelude (Compilation of 1967-69 odds & ends) (London 820517 -- 1987)" should be in the section with the lineup for the recordings, rather than date of release. Abstrator 19:43, 18 April 2007 (UTC)

•There's been a new live album released, Live at the BBC 1967-1970 and I have added a small bit about it after the remark from John Lodge and before the Hall of fame paragraphs in "1990s, new millennium, and present" and also updated the discography template accordingly. NekoOuterverse 14:48, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

Whoever thought to mark the chronology in the singles list is, if not a genius, certainly an extremely thoughftul person! Kudos!!FlaviaR 14:16, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

I was surprised to read that "Legend of a Mind" was a tribute to Timothy Leary. Anyone who has heard the main refrain: "Timothy Leary's dead, no he's outside, looking in" would be hard pressed to describe this as a tribute. The music, the sound, is fantastic, but this is a song that mocks the great "Guru." mds 14:32 9 Jun 2009 PDT. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:34, 9 June 2009 (UTC) In "Caught Live +5," Ray Thomas specifically tells the audience the song is a tribute to Leary. This introduction hints the refrain is about the trouble Leary got into over his LSD advocacy. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:45, 1 September 2011 (UTC)


Carol Ali thinking that they are the best band in the world and her son claiming that Nirvana is the best band in the world needs to be cited. 23:03, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

Tour 2007[edit]

Man... those guys are over 60 and STILL touring!?!? Kudos to those Veteran Cosmic Rockers! Elwin Blaine Coldiron 03:34, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

Time Traveller album[edit]

The Moody Blues released a 5-CD collection called Time Traveller in 1994. A quick word search of the article shows only brief references of this album. Should this be rectified? -NordsternMN 21:50, 8 June 2007 (UTC)

Core 7[edit]

It may be helpful to define the "Core 7" albums mentioned in the "1990s, new millennium, and present" section. I assume it's Days of Future Passed through Seventh Sojourn.Alanraywiki 04:36, 6 July 2007 (UTC)

Graphic images[edit]

I think it would be helpful to replace the 'Hayward and Lodge live in 2007' image with something more graphically stimulating, as it is rather dark and unappealing in relation to the overall page. Jbrene 03:45, 7 March 2008 (UTC)

Citations & References[edit]

See Wikipedia:Footnotes for an explanation of how to generate footnotes using the <ref(erences/)> tags Nhl4hamilton (talk) 06:08, 3 February 2008 (UTC)

Nicky James should be removed from the 'Former members' area at bottom of article, as he was never a member of the group from the time the MB were officially formed in May 1964. Jbrene 03:07, 7 March 2008 (UTC)

In production and arrangement the album drew inspiration from the pioneering use of the classical instrumentation by The Beatles to whom Pinder had introduced the Mellotron that year. If you take a look at the wikipedia page about the Mellotron , it is obvious that this claim was made by Pinder and not necessarily a truism. Maybe it needs citation? --60darling (talk) 10:05, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

Origin of Name[edit]

The article currently says, "The name developed from a planned sponsorship from the M&B Brewery and was also a subtle reference to the Duke Ellington song, "Mood Indigo".

Given that the band came up during the era when British bands were heavily influenced by American bluesmen, (e.g. Rolling Stones named from Muddy Waters' song), isn't it at least possible that they took their name from the Slim Harpo tune "Moody Blues"? The link to Mood Indigo is surely too "subtle" for their (at the time) teen target audience. Maybe someone should ask them....

Gforce1948 (talk) 01:02, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

Somebody did. It's in a Mike Pinder Interview, which I just sourced. Carlo (talk) 02:01, 22 October 2008 (UTC)


Julie Ragins joined the touring band no later than 2006. And Rod Clark should not be forgotten, he was the bass guitarist from July through October, 1966. He was later in the Rockin´ Berries, Storyteller and other bands. -- Best, SpVggLieth (talk) 10:33, 3 February 2009 (UTC)

Moody Blues sales figures.[edit]

I am somewhat puzzled by the oft quoted sales figures for Moodies albums being around the 55 million mark. Sadly I am of an age where I remember this figure being quoted in 1975! Have they not sold a single thing since then? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:56, 17 January 2010 (UTC)

They probably have sold (much) more, but there seems to be some sort of issue with numbers before a certain time being unofficial and thus not a reliable source. --60darling (talk) 17:03, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

Personnel section overhaul and merge[edit]

I've just completed a serious overhaul on the personnel page, and as such it's now relatively short; it feels to me that it should be merged back into the band article. Thoughts? - Carefree Highway

That looks amazing. Well done. I took it upon mysefl to separate off the personnel page only because it was too unwieldy and made the article too long. I would certainly have no objection if it was now moved back in its attractive new form. Martinevans123 (talk) 21:24, 16 May 2010 (UTC)

Unsourced opinion re: Long Distance Voyager[edit]

Much of the paragraph about the Long Distance Voyager album is taken up at fans lamenting the loss of Michael Pinder although no source for this POV is given. Without a source, the fans (or more accurately, some fans) opinion of his departure and how it affects the songwriting of the album is just that: opinion and has no place here. I plan on deleting it and redoing the paragraph unless someone can source what's there. DragonsDream (talk) 06:23, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

It should be removed. Especially the last part about older fans missing Pinder but staying loyal. That's no thing to put in an encyclopedia. --60darling (talk) 09:53, 20 January 2012 (UTC)

Sorry "Grella" but that's not how Wiki works. Verifiability, not truth, and all that. We summarize what Reliable Sources say.HammerFilmFan (talk) 20:21, 10 April 2015 (UTC)

Lead vocals in Discography.[edit]

Please, post information of who sang lead vocals music by music, album by album. Much fans dont know. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:03, 20 March 2011 (UTC)

Collectively managed?[edit]

I saw them in concert in the early 1980s and remember reading in the concert program that the members of the group managed the group as a collective with each member taking responsibility for particular aspects of management. If my memory isn't failing and this is true, it would be unique for a major group to operate this way. However, I am not able to confirm this now. I hope that someone who knows and can confirm this will add this to the article if it is/was true. (talk) 03:40, 29 March 2012 (UTC)This was true, their intial management team 'did a runner' with all the money from 'Go Now' in 1965, thereafter they never had a proper management as such - check 'Classic Artists' DVD which tells of how they were not properly signed to Decca but to the management team, after losing all the money re 'Go Now' they then went and signed to Decca. Brian Epstein was considering taking them on (apparently at Paul McCartney's suggestion) but died before doing so in 1967.They later set up & ran Threshold Records themselves. Grella

regarding Mike Pinder needing a rest[edit]

"An additional cause of the hiatus were the long tours that had by this time strained Mike Pinder who needed a rest.[citation needed]"

The twentyfifth anniversary video of the Moodies has Justin saying exactly that on camera. That is a credible citation. (talk) 21:57, 7 May 2013 (UTC) Longthinker

Sounds like an album review[edit]

The following section is an example that sounds more like a commentary than an objective statement of facts. It is found in the "Octave, Pinder departs, and arrival of Moraz" section.

"In truth, a few songs sounded like solo efforts, while Lodge's "Survival", Hayward's appropriate closing "The Day We Meet Again" and Pinder's lone final contribution and lead vocal, "One Step Into The Light" (curiously as the band is depicted as doing so on the cover photo – where Pinder is perhaps significantly barely glimpsed at all and almost out of focus) were all high points on the album. " — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:40, 5 August 2013 (UTC)

article lacks citations, often reads like a fan's opinion, not encyclopedic[edit]

Needs serious NPOV pruning and good, solid references for many sections. I'm as big a fan of (classic) Moodies as anyone, but this needs work.HammerFilmFan (talk) 20:19, 10 April 2015 (UTC)

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