Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 22.08.19]
The format follows the tried and tested Every Album, Every Song formula by tackling each album in chronological order. In this book though Feakes adds in piece about the album cover – the Moody Blues have had some classic album covers – and at the end of each chapter highlights related tracks that may have been B-sides, featured on subsequent re-issues of an album etc.
Geoffrey Feakes has an informative writing style, but never too gushing on songs from an author who clearly holds the Moody Blues and their music dear to his heart. Indeed he is not averse to honesty noting the lack of strong songs on the band’s last two albums, 1999′s ‘Strange Times’ and the seasonal ‘December’ (which was a mix of originals and Christmas classics), released in 2003 and seemingly the last studio album the band will make.
Moody Blues fans will doubtless enjoy disputing the author’s top 20 songs by the band and compile their own list. A perfect topic to take online and idle away countless hours debating this will fellow fans. Added to that is a chapter covering seventeen (almost) forgotten songs, again another talking point and one that will have fans digging the albums out to listen to these songs.
The solo work of each band member is briefly covered, as are the numerous compilation albums (this reviewer has the 2017 ‘Nights In White Satin’ 3CD set well worth getting).
An enjoyable read for the both the long standing fan and anyone wanting to discover more about the Moody Blues music beyond the ‘best of’ compilations.
Review by Jason Ritchie
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