One could say that The Moody Blues enjoyed two phases of their career. Certainly, there is no doubt as to the popularity of their Threshold and Decca/Deram years, where album classics like Days Of Future Passed, To Our Children’s Children’s Children, In Search Of The Lost Chord, Seventh Sojourn, and others that generated hits like “Night In White Satin”, “Go Now”, “The Story In Your Eyes”, and “I’m Just a Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)”, again, naming just a few. This led to their well-received solo efforts, and a hiatus that eventually ended, leading into the second phase of their career.

In 1977, the band returned to give a good idea another shot. This led to their eventual signing to Polydor Records. That signing produced their successful The Other Side Of Life, whit generated the hits, “Your Wildest Dreams, and the title track. With a decidedly ’80s sound, the band embarked on a run of albums and tours that keep them busy to this day.

On November 24, Polydor Records will release an assembled collection of Moody blues goodness including their three Polydor studio issues (The Other Side Of Life – 1986, Sur la Mer – 1988, Keys Of The Kingdom – 1991), and the best-selling live set, A Night At Red Rocks (1993). But there are more being planned for this Polydor years set that will include 6CDs, and 2DVDs. In addition to the remastered studio, and live sets, a generous helping of eleven previously unreleased bonus tracks (see track-list below), will expand the Box with a total of 17 songs.

The two DVDs will feature the remastered video of Night At Red Rocks, as well as a rare documentary, The Other Side Of Red Rocks. To make the set perfect, the box will contain a blue 7” vinyl single, which will contain “Al Fin Voy A Encontrate” (Spanish version of “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere”.)

The 6CD/2DVD Box, to be released as The Moody Blues: The Polydor Years 1986-1992, will throw in a 64-page hardbound book with photos, credits, notes, memorabilia, and more.

Moody Blues Polydor Years Box

TrackList

CD1: The Other Side of Life

1. Your Wildest Dreams
2. Talkin’ Talkin’
3. Rock n’ Roll Over You
4. I Just Don’t Care
5. Running Out of Love
6. The Other Side of Life
7. The Spirit
8. Slings and Arrows
9. It may Be a Fire

Bonus tracks:
10. Your Wildest Dreams (single version) – Released in April 1986 – Previously unreleased on CD
11. The Other Side of Life (single edit)
12. Nights in White Satin (live – recorded at Wembley Arena in 1984) – A & B sides of single – Released in August 1986 – Previously unreleased on CD
13. I’m Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band (live: recorded Wembley Arena 1984) – Previously unreleased
14. Rock n’ Roll Over You (live) – Taken from the “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere” CD EP – Released in May 1988
15. The Other Side of Life (live) – B-side of 12” single – Released in October 1988 – Previously unreleased on CD

CD2: The Other Side of Life tour

The Blossom Music Centre, Cleveland 8th July 1986- Previously unreleased

1. Gemini Dream
2. The Voice
3. Tuesday Afternoon
4. Your Wildest Dreams
5. Isn’t Life Strange
6. The Story in Your Eyes
7. It May Be a Fire
8. Veteran Cosmic Rocker
9. I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)
10. Nights in White Satin
11. Legend of a Mind
12. Question

CD3: Sur La Mer

Originally released in May 1988

1. I Know You’re Out There Somewhere
2. Want to Be With You
3. River of Endless Love
4. No More Lies
5. Here Comes the Weekend
6. Vintage Wine
7. Breaking Point
8. Miracle
9. Love is on the Run
10. Deep

Bonus tracks:
11. I Know You’re Out There Somewhere (single edit) – Taken from the “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere” CD EP, Released in May 1988
12. No More Lies (radio edit) – A-sides of single – Released in October 1988, Previously unreleased on CD
13. Question (1989 version)
14. Isn’t Life Strange (1989 version) – Taken from the album The Moody Blues Greatest Hits, Released in 1989
15. Al Fin Voy A Encontrate – (“I Know You’re Out There Somewhere” Spanish version), A-side of single – Released in the USA in November 1988, Previously unreleased on CD

CD4: Keys of the Kingdom

Originally released in June 1991

1. Say it With Love
2. Bless the Wings (That Bring You Back)
3. Is This Heaven?
4. Say What You Mean (Part One and Two)
5. Lean on Me (Tonight)
6. Hope and Pray
7. Shadows on the Wall
8. Once is Enough
9. Celtic Sonet
10. Magic
11. Never Blame the Rainbows for the Rain

Bonus tracks:
12. Bless the Wings (That Bring You Back) – US Radio Remix – Previously unreleased
13. Highway – B-side of single – Released in 1991
14. Forever Autumn
15. Say it With Love
16. Bless the Wings (That Bring You Back)
17. Never Blame the Rainbows for the Rain – BBC Radio One acoustic session – 1991, Previously unreleased

CD5:  A Night at Red Rocks – with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra – CD One

1. Overture
2. Late Lament
3. Tuesday Afternoon
4. For My Lady
5. Bless the Wings (That Bring You Back)
6. Emily’s Song
7. New Horizons
8. Lean on Me (Tonight)
9. Voices in the Sky
10. Lovely to See You
11. Gemini Dream
12. I Know You’re Out There Somewhere
13. The Voice

CD6:  A Night at Red Rocks – with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra – CD Two

1. Say it With Love
2. The Story in Your Eyes
3. Your Wildest Dreams
4. Isn’t Life Strange
5. The Other Side of Life
6. I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)
7. Nights in White Satin
8. Legend of a Mind
9. Question
10. Ride My See Saw

DVD1:  A Night at Red Rocks – with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra

1. Overture (Excerpts)
2. Late Lament
3. Tuesday Afternoon
4. For My Lady
5. New Horizons
6. Lean on Me (Tonight)
7. Lovely to See You
8. Gemini Dream
9. I Know You’re Out There Somewhere
10. The Voice
11. The Story in Your Eyes
12. Say it With Love
13. Your Wildest Dreams
14. Isn’t Life Strange
15. The Other Side of Life
16. I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)
17. Nights in White Satin
18. Question
19. Ride My See Saw

DVD2:  The Other Side of Red Rocks – Documentary about the Red Rocks Concert

Blue 7″ vinyl single – “Al Fin Voy A Encontrate” (“I Know You’re Out There Somewhere” Rare Spanish version)

 

By MARowe

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