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POLL: Favorite Moody Blues singles (1964-1973)

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Two Sheds, Dec 28, 2019.

  1. Two Sheds

    Two Sheds Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Please select your favorite Moody Blues singles (up to 5 choices).

    This covers the first 20 singles (UK and US) - from the group's formation (1964) until they took their long break after their 1974 tour. There were a few singles with different B-sides in the US. For clarity, I'm only putting down the UK B-sides.

    There were 16 singles released after the Moodies reformed in 1978. It might be a bit much for one poll, so maybe we'll have a 'part two' to cover those later.
     
  2. Paul Gase

    Paul Gase Everything is cheaper than it looks.

    Location:
    California
    Satin
    See-Saw
    Question
    Story
    Singer

    On AM I mostly heard Nights in White Satin back then. Moody Blues was definitely an FM rock station band in my neck of the woods.

    My brother had an awesome mono Isn’t Life Strange single, maybe a DJ promo? Anyhow, sounds super different, drier mix, with Justin’s lead guitar way upfront. His jukebox failed and the record got ruined. Have never been able to find it again. Cool to hear though.
     
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  3. Brian Kelly

    Brian Kelly 1964-73 rock's best decade

    Nights In White Satin
    Tuesday Afternoon
    Ride My See-Saw
    Question
    I'm Just A Singer

    I'm Just A Singer edges out The Story In Your Eyes and Isn't Life Strange thanks to the B-side of "For My Lady", one of my very favorite Moody Blues songs.
     
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  4. John54

    John54 Senior Member

    Location:
    Burlington, ON
    In this case I can vote on both sides of the single, since I know the songs (mostly) off their albums:

    Tuesday Afternoon / Another Morning
    Ride My See Saw / Simple Game
    Watching and Waiting / Out and In
    Question / Candle of Life
    Story in Your Eyes / My Song

    Story in Your Eyes is my favourite Moodies song, and Simple Game is second, with Ride My See Saw also in contention. Both sides of Question / Candle of Life and Watching and Waiting / Out and In are terrific. I like Never Comes the Day a lot but the B-side less so. I like Cities a lot but have never been too fussy about Nights in White Satin, at least in comparison with many of their other songs that I like more. I like Isn't Life Strange but its B-side isn't one of my favourites either. So, since I liked both sides of Tuesday Afternoon / Another Morning, I picked that as my final choice. If its B-side were Evening (Time to Get Away), it would have been automatic!
     
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  5. Defrance

    Defrance A Northern Soul

    Location:
    Calgary, AB
    Watching And Waiting is perhaps my favorite single of all time.

    The other four are Question, Story In Your Eyes, Nights In White Satin, and Voices In The Sky
     
  6. FrankenStrat

    FrankenStrat Forum Resident

    My late mother loved that song, so whenever I listen to WAW I think of her. Your other choices a pretty well spot on too. Good onya mate!

     
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  7. Bradock

    Bradock Forum Resident

    Watching and Waiting
    Never Comes the Day
    Tuesday Afternoon
    Nights in White Satin
    Question
     
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  8. Two Sheds

    Two Sheds Forum Resident Thread Starter

  9. Fischman

    Fischman RockMonster, ClassicalMaster, and JazzMeister

    Location:
    New Mexico
    Fly Me High
    Nights in White Satin
    Tuesday Afternoon
    Ride My See Saw
    The Story in Your Eyes

    if six, would have included Never Comes the Day.... so hard to narrow this down to just five.
     
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  10. bxbluesman

    bxbluesman Forum Resident

    Location:
    Bronx, NY
    Go Now was the only 45 by the Moodys that I actually owned. For their second incarnation, I bought the albums.
    I thought that Go Now was one of their very best songs, but the record was pretty hard on the ears. Even at a young age ( I turned 14 in 1965), I had a hard time understanding why the record company would release such a bad/distorted recording of such a great song.
     
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  11. Fischman

    Fischman RockMonster, ClassicalMaster, and JazzMeister

    Location:
    New Mexico
    errant duplicate
     
  12. Dylancat

    Dylancat Forum Resident

    Location:
    Cincinnati, OH
    Actually,
    I prefer the flips...

    Leave This Man Alone
    Cities
    Simple Game
    So Deep Within You
    Out and In

    Pretty sophisticated and haunting pop/rock records
     
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  13. NumberEight

    NumberEight Came too late and stayed too long

    Get it for him for his birthday. Only $3.00...

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    The Moody Blues - Isn't Life Strange
     
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2019
  14. Paul Gase

    Paul Gase Everything is cheaper than it looks.

    Location:
    California
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  15. FrankenStrat

    FrankenStrat Forum Resident

    I read somewhere that the single mix differed from the album mix, but I've never heard it. I do like the unedited eight minutes version on the remastered Seventh Sojourn CD. It's just majestic.
     
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  16. thematinggame

    thematinggame Forum Resident

    Location:
    Germany
    I'm not the greatest Moody Blues fan but this isone of the best compilations ever

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  17. NumberEight

    NumberEight Came too late and stayed too long

    Me too. :)
     
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  18. Billo

    Billo Forum Resident

    Location:
    Southern England
    That would be a USA singles listing to include 'Story in Your Eyes' which was never a UK single release

    re 'Story in your eyes' as Justin put it;

    'that was us being all arty and we REFUSED to let a UK single be taken off EGBDF however SIYE was put out as a single in the USA and thank goodness they did...!'

    note Mike's 'Melancholy Man' and earlier 'Bye Bye Bird' were both massive as singles in France
     
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  19. Gramps Tom

    Gramps Tom Forum Resident

    The Moody Blues will forever live in my heart. My paraphrased attempt to recreate part of Rolling Stone's 1972 review of Seventh Sojourn:

    "They are the Sistine Chapel of Rock Music..."

    Considering my love for this band, my favorite 2 songs of their catalog are b-sides mentioned here:

    Out & In
    Candle of Life

    Therefore, my selections from the list are:

    Nights in White Satin/Cities
    Tuesday Afternoon/Another Morning
    Voices in the Sky/Dr. Livingstone, I Presume
    Watching & Waiting/Out & In
    Question/Candle of Life

    On most days, my favorite album of all-time is Days of Future Passed.....

    All the best to you,
    GT
     
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  20. Two Sheds

    Two Sheds Forum Resident Thread Starter

    No, it was the only single off Every Good Boy Deserves Favour in the UK and US. Justin's memory must be playing tricks on him.

    'My Song' was the B-side in the UK, and 'Melancholy Man' was the B-side in the US.
    The single failed to chart in the UK, and made #23 in the US.

    The Moody Blues - The Story In Your Eyes / My Song

    The Moody Blues - The Story In Your Eyes / Melancholy Man

    That's true about 'Bye Bye Bird' in France - a big hit over there. I was only looking at UK/US issues though. The Denny Laine lineup appears to have been bigger there than in the UK and US.
     
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  21. Rock66

    Rock66 Forum Resident

    That was my first Moodies LP, except I bought it in Spain and it's title is Asi son Los Moody Blues (same meaning). I played it a lot and I still have it. It would be a few years before I had enough money to start buying the original CDs.
     
  22. Rock66

    Rock66 Forum Resident

    Tuesday Afternoon
    Ride My See Saw
    Question
    The Story in Your Eyes
    I'm Just A Singer in A Rock and Roll Band

    Not in any particular order, but today Question would probably be my favorite.
     
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  23. Gary Freed

    Gary Freed Forum Resident

    The sound quality and the track order on "This is the Moody Blues" makes it my favorite too.
     
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  24. NumberEight

    NumberEight Came too late and stayed too long

    Never knew that. Thanks for sharing!

    The track listing also provides an enjoyable opportunity to learn (or brush up on) some Spanish vocabulary:

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  25. Houston_Music_Fan

    Houston_Music_Fan Forum Resident

    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    Tough! It came down to the b-sides, since the a-sides are often so strong. I chose:

    Voices in the Sky/Dr. Livingstone, I Presume
    Question/Candle of Life
    The Story in Your Eyes/My Song
    Isn't Life Strange/After You Came
    I'm Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)/For My Lady

    I mean, something like this is just great. I love how all 4 singing Moodies take a lyric!

     

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