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"CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL" -"IN THE MOOD" FEATURING THE ALBUM "TO OUR CHILDREN'S, CHILDREN'S CHILDREN" BY THE MOODY BLUES IN HIGH DEF WITH NARRATIVE - EPISODE # 67 - THE CAPTAIN EXPLORES HIS COVE OF 8 TRACKS TREASURES FOR INSIGHT AND DELIGHT

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“CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL” -“IN THE MOODFEATURING THE ALBUM “TO OUR CHILDREN’S, CHILDREN’S CHILDRENBY THE MOODY BLUES IN HIGH DEF WITH NARRATIVE BY CAPTAIN BILLYEPISODE # 67 – THE CAPTAIN EXPLORES HIS COVE OF 8 TRACKS TREASURES FOR INSIGHT AND DELIGHT

“IN THE MOOD

TO OUR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN’S CHILDREN by The Moody Blues (Threshold, 1969)

Inspired by the moon landing in 1969, the high priests of Art Rock, The Moody Blues, composed this opus. At the time I was immediately attracted to the cover art of the cave painting depicting a soldier with rifle, an avatar of the ever-prescient damoclean sword of human extinction, but I had a resistance to the shamanic pieties of the group. However, I definitely dug the mellotron.

For a brief time in college I had the DJ job on the campus radio, which didn’t broadcast; it was basically wired into the dorms. One night, while playing a set of soul classics, a drunken frat boy called in, demanding that I play “something white.” Somewhat taken aback, I had the presence of mind, however, to respond by playing The Moody’s Nights in White Satin – a snow-blinding symphony of milkiness. “Take that,” I muttered to myself with smug satisfaction as I dropped the needle.

There is no doubt that this formally mod ensemble that scored a hit in ’64 with the revamped soul stirrer, Go Now, had hooky chops. Plus the songwriting acumen and fabulous voices of Hayward, Lodge, and Pinder are irresistible. Tuneful choruses are in evidence here with songs like Eternity Road, Watching and Waiting, and Eyes of a Child. Re-listening to this recording now, in my age of reflection, I find that my constitution has slowed down sufficiently to be able to stop, smell, and appreciate this group’s trance inducing incense.

In ’69 the Moody’s were feeling their ascending power, and this was the initial release on their own label, Threshold. And, now, 50+ years later, their children’s children’s children might actually be hearing this record. Side A 1. “Higher and Higher” Graeme Edge Pinder (narration) 4:07 2. “Eyes of a Child I” John Lodge Lodge 3:24 3. “Floating” Ray Thomas Thomas 3:02 4. “Eyes of a Child II” Lodge Lodge 1:20 5. “I Never Thought I’d Live to Be a Hundred” Justin Hayward Hayward 1:05 6. “Beyond” Edge instrumental 2:59 7. “Out and In” Mike Pinder, Lodge Pinder 3:50

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Side B

. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length 1. “Gypsy (Of a Strange and Distant Time)” Hayward Hayward 3:33 2. “Eternity Road” Thomas Thomas 4:19 3. “Candle of Life” Lodge Lodge, Hayward 4:15 4. “Sun Is Still Shining” Pinder Pinder 3:40 5. “I Never Thought I’d Live to Be a Million” Hayward Hayward 0:34 6. “Watching and Waiting” Hayward, Thomas Hayward 4:16


By Rich Buckland 07/24/2022 02:31 PM

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