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POLL: Favorite Moody Blues singles (1978-2003)

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Two Sheds, Dec 29, 2019.

  1. Two Sheds

    Two Sheds Forum Resident Thread Starter

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

    This poll covers the final 16 singles (UK and US) - from the group's reformation (1978) until their final single release ('December Snow') in 2003. There were a few singles with different B-sides in the US. For clarity, I'm only putting down the UK B-sides.

    The last two singles, 'English Sunset' (from 1999), and 'December Snow' (from 2003) did not have B-sides.
     
  2. Two Sheds

    Two Sheds Forum Resident Thread Starter

  3. Fischman

    Fischman RockMonster, ClassicalMaster, and JazzMeister

    Location:
    New Mexico
    Driftwood, Talking out of Turn, and especially Running Water are absolutely beautiful songs.
    Picking The Voice is a no brainer.... absolutely classic!
    For #5, I went with Steppin' in a Slide Zone, but only for the b-side: I'll Be Level With You is one of the Moodies' greatest deep cuts and Graeme Edge's finest songwriting... and it rocks!
     
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  4. Houston_Music_Fan

    Houston_Music_Fan Forum Resident

    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    Wow, this was harder than I thought. I chose:

    Driftwood/I'm Your Man
    The Voice/22,000 Days
    Talking Out of Turn/Veteran Cosmic Rocker
    Blue World/Going Nowhere
    Your Wildest Dreams/Talkin' Talkin'


    But I wanted to also vote for:

    Steppin' in a Slide Zone/I'll Be Level with You
    Gemini Dream/Painted Smile


    All the choices are good to some degree, although Bless the Wings is marred by having the band’s worst song as its b-side. But some of these have b-sides as good, if not better, than the a-side. I love Ray Thomas’ I'm Your Man and Veteran Cosmic Rocker, as well as Graeme Edge’s Going Nowhere and I'll Be Level with You. And while not everyone may care for the synth sounds of the Moodies post-1986, Talkin' Talkin' is a fun pop tune with an infectious keyboard riff, I’m assuming courtesy of Patrick Moraz.
     
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  5. deekmon

    deekmon Amateur Audio Consumer

    Location:
    Newark, NY, USA
    I 'm surprised "Meanwhile" wasn't a single.

    My picks in no particular order:
    Driftwood/I'm Your Man
    The Voice/22,000 Days
    Blue World/Going Nowhere
    Your Wildest Dreams/Talkin' Talkin'
    The Other Side of Life/The Spirit

    I don 't recall any of the b-sides off-hand.
     
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  6. tonyc

    tonyc Forum Resident

    Location:
    Tennessee
    Stepping In A Slide Zone
    The Voice
    Talking Out Of Turn
    Your Wildest Dreams
    I Know You're Out There Somewhere
     
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  7. elgoodo

    elgoodo Forum Resident

    Location:
    Jersey City, NJ
    The Voice
    Talking Out Of Turn
    Your Wildest Dreams
    The Other Side Of Life
    Say It With Love
     
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  8. George Co-Stanza

    George Co-Stanza Forum Resident

    Location:
    America
    Your Wildest Dreams (one of my five favorite songs by the Moodies)
    The Voice
    Gemini Dream
    Say It with Love
    Sitting at the Wheel

    Tough to leave off Steppin' in a Slide Zone, but I listen to the five above a lot more often.
     
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  9. Joe N

    Joe N Forum Resident

    Steppin' In A Slide Zone
    Driftwood
    Blue World
    Running Water (beautiful overlooked Hayward ballad)
    Your Wildest Dreams
     
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  10. MrJerry1876

    MrJerry1876 Short Distance Voyager

    Location:
    Hampden, Maine
    Gemini Dream, The Voice, and Talking Out Of Turn are a bunch of my favorite Moody Blues songs. 22,000 days is really good too. Veteran Cosmic Rocker is my second favorite Moody Blues song (second only to Twilight Time) but if you pair it with Painted and Reflective smile (and Twilight Time with The Sunset) than that is my favorite Moody Blues song. The medley Long Distance Voyager, if you will.:agree:
    Other than that, there's not much else. Say It With Love is great and Lean On Me is even better, so that was another choice. Then I went with your wildest dreams B/w Talkin' Talkin'. I would've preferred Slings And Arrows paired with Talkin' Talkin' and Your Wildest Dreams paired with It May Be A Fire, but at the end of the day, it's cheaper to buy and sell one single than two.
     
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  11. MrJerry1876

    MrJerry1876 Short Distance Voyager

    Location:
    Hampden, Maine
    I should say that I bought the IKYOTS and Miracle single a week or so ago. It still doesn't make it into my top five though
     
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  12. Carlox

    Carlox Forum Resident

    Location:
    Portugal
    The Voice
    Talking Out Of Turn
    Blue World
    Your Wildest Dreams
    I Know You're Out There Somewhere
     
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  13. Two Sheds

    Two Sheds Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Driftwood
    The Voice
    Your Wildest Dreams
    I Know You're Out There Somewhere
    December Snow
     
  14. RickH

    RickH Senior Member

    Location:
    Raleigh, NC
    The Voice

    Blue World

    Your Wildest Dreams

    I Know You’re Out There Somewhere

    English Sunset - this just slightly edges out Gemini Dream for me as it was from their (apparently) final studio album (not counting their Christmas album in ‘03) and I think it’s a very fine final single. The song’s title could be interpreted as something of a farewell statement from the band.
     
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  15. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Certified dinosaur, who likes physical product

    Gemini Dream
    The Voice
    Talking out of turn
    Your wildest dreams
    I know you're out there somewhere

    I lean towards the early years, but I think Long Distance Voyager is on par with those, even though it is different.
    I know some songs afterwards, but that's it really. They could still really put on a live show though.
     
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  16. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    Location:
    Central PA
    Interesting choice, including "December Snow" in the poll. Nicely done! I'm not familiar with enough of them to make a qualified judgement, but there are at least two on there I'm sick of having played over the air myself, so I really need to cozy up to a few more before joining in. Thanks for reminding me!
     
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  17. Lonesurf

    Lonesurf Forum Resident

    Location:
    Philadelphia, Pa
    I had forgotten that 22,000 Days was the flip of The Voice. What a killer single. Both songs got a lot of airplay in Philadelphia back in the day.
     
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