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Moody Blues Remember A Busy '69

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, August 7, 2009

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The Moody Blues didn’t put an album out in 1969.

Instead, the group released two, and this year it finds itself celebrating the 40th anniversary of “To Our Children’s Children’s Children” and “Threshold of a Dream,” although guitarist Justin Hayward contends, “I never think in those terms.”

“I do think it’s worth noting, though,” Hayward, 62, concurs, acknowledging that two albums in a single year, especially of the ambitious and sophisticated kind of pop the Moodys played, was something of an achievement. “They came at a time when our recording company was right behind us and eager for us to make records.” After 1967’s “Days of Future Passed” album, which featured the hit “Nights in White Satin,” Hayward says Decca Records “realized the potential of the album market for us.”

There were other considerations as well, he notes.

“They had their own studios, and it was at a time when people were moving away from the big record company-owned studios, Hayward recalls. “The (Rolling) Stones didn’t record at Decca anymore, for instance.

“So we had the place to ourselves. We were very fortunate to get as much studio time as we wanted. That’s how we came to make those two albums.”

The Moodys, meanwhile, haven’t made a new album since the holiday release “December” in 2003 — though it did release the archival “Live at the Isle of Wight” CD and DVD this year. Hayward says the band has “no shortage of material” but isn’t sure when it might surface.

“We’ve had two or three albums now that have come out, and the promotion hasn’t been there and they haven’t had the right kind of support,” he says. “We want to make sure that’s in place before we release anything new.”

The Moody Blues perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 9) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $39.50 and $48.50 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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