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Moody Blues, The: Live in Montreux 1991 (DVD)

While not as bombastic, flashy, or polished as the DVD's for Red Rocks or Royal Albert Hall, this 1991 show from the Montreux Jazz Festival sees the Moodies playing on a smaller stage, with less flair, and sounding rawer than they have in years, which for many might be a real good thing. Although basically a nostalgia act these days, The Moody Blues still play with the vigor and energy of a band half their age-can you believe they have been around for 40 years! All the bands hits are performed here in raw, gritty fashion, and the show confirms just how many great tunes the group had. From the staples like "Nights in White Satin", "Tuesday Afternoon" (and yes, the Mellotron is ever present, although in sampled form), "Gemini Dream", 'Your Wildest Dream", to the more obscure classics like the wonderful prog rock "Legend of a Mind", and the heavier rock of "Ride My See Saw", it's all here, including a few of the bands more recent pieces. Vocally, the band is in fine form, and Justin Hayward's guitar playing has lots of edge to it. The man was always an underrated talent, and his sinewy guitar solos have plenty of bite and emotion.

For some classy symphonic rock music, you can't go wrong here. Unfortunately, there's no bonus material to be had on the DVD, and the overall sound is good but nothing spectacular, but the performances more than makes up for any minor negatives.

Track Listing
1. Lovely To See You
2. Gemini Dream
3. Tuesday Afternoon
4. Bless The Wings (That Bring You Back)
5. Lean On Me (Tonight)
6. Say It With Love
7. The Story In Your Eyes
8. Your Wildest Dreams
9. Isn't Life Strange
10. The Other Side Of Life
11. I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock & Roll Band)
12. Nights In White Satin
13. Legend Of A Mind (Timothy Leary)
14. Question
15. Ride My See-Saw

Added: July 22nd 2005
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Eagle Rock Entertainment
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Language: english

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Moody Blues, The: Live in Montreux 1991 (DVD)
Posted by Michael Popke, SoT Staff Writer on 2005-07-22 22:54:59
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An unexpected entry in Eagle Vision's Live at Montreux series, The Moody Blues appeared at the famous jazz festival only once, in 1991. Arguably past their prime even then but with a new album to promote, the four Moodies this particular lineup had been intact since 1966 and was finally purged in 2003 with the retirement of Ray Thomas put on a classy, no-frills 95-minute set, complete with three songs (two of them quite decent) from the band's then-new album, Keys of the Kingdom. More progressive and poppier than many other titles in this series, The Moody Blues Live at Montreux 1991 boasts a solid set list, with a mix of ballads, mid-tempo tunes and rockers, including a surprisingly heavy rendition of "The Other Side of Life," boasting terrific riffing from bassist John Lodge. Vocalist/guitarist Justin Hayward's guitar playing proves steadier than his voice, while two drummers and two keyboardists help flush out the band's sound. A pair of bored-looking female backing singers lend depth to some of these songs but offer little in the way of eye candy. And somebody please tell me why Thomas couldn't find something else to do other than bang the tambourine when he wasn't playing the flute. (Maybe that's why he finally retired.)

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