SACD Review: Moody Blues, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour

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We have a listen to the highlights from the SACD reissue of Moody Blues album Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.

The reissue of the Moody Blues back catalogue in surround sound SACD continues with this and Seventh Sojourn, both towards the end of the group’s psychedelic period. With the group pretty much at the height of its popularity at this time (1971), the band members were suffering a lot of internal pressure.

But there’s scant evidence of it here, with all the players seemingly giving their best, notably Michael Pinder’s Mellotron explorations on My Song and Justin Hayward’s guitar extravaganza on The Story In Your Eyes, possibly their finest rock song. Other standouts include John Lodge’s delightful ode to his daughter, Emily’s Song and the whimsical Nice To Be Here. It’s the album Moody Blues fans tend to hold in highest regard.

The original album got the Quadraphonic treatment shortly after its release, so it wasn’t much of a stretch to enhance those tapes for modern SACD surround. As with the other Moody Blues reissues from this period, the results are lush, full and detailed, with plenty of period atmosphere.

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