The Moody Blues: Caught Live + 5

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ImageOriginally issued as a two-LP set in 1977, this CD joins 14 familiar Moodys tunes recorded live at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1969 with a quintet of previously unreleased studio tracks from 1967 and 1968. The group didn’t like the concert performances, which is why they stayed in the can so long: and indeed, the group do flub an occasional line and their mellotron is out of tune throughout. Plus, the sound quality isn’t perfect. Still, these recordings of evergreens like “Nights in White Satin” and “Never Comes the Day” successfully conjure up the magic of the Moodys in their prime; in fact, this is the only live recording of the group from the period aside from one DVD of a Paris show. As for the five studio tracks, they’re all on a par with what appeared on the band’s albums from the period.

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