The Moody Blues The Best of The Moody Blues (1996)
AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder...
This single-CD compilation doesn't do too much more than scratch the surface of the band's sound at its most popular points, but it does do one thing that no prior Moody Blues compilation ever did -- it includes "Go Now," which, as the notes point out, is still the group's top-charting single in England. What it doesn't do is get "Go Now" in really good sound (no one seems to have a proper master source) or include their even better follow-up single, "From the Bottom of My Heart." Still, this body of work is pleasing and, thanks to its extension back to the original lineup, even a little bit informative, and it was the first Moody Blues compilation to be mastered in 20-bit audio. The dominant personality is Justin Hayward, who has provided the band with most of its hits, followed somewhat distantly by John Lodge, whose songs began to shine as the '70s dawned -- a pair of Hayward/Lodge songs and one solo Hayward release fill out the 17 tracks, which showcase the soulful, the mystical, and the psychedelic aspects of their music in equal parts. It's a good intro to their history, and anyone who wants more can jump to the Time Traveller box.
Audio Quality: Perfect (Lossless) Encoder: FLAC Contains: Album Art, CRC, ID Tag [Vorbis Comments] Genre: Classic Rock Label: Deram (535 800-2)
01.Go Now 02.Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon) 03.Nights In White Satin 04.Ride My See-Saw 05.Voices In The Sky 06.Question 07.The Story In Your Eyes 08.Isn't Life Strange 09.I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band) 10.Blue Guitar 11.Steppin' In A Slide Zone 12.Forever Autumn 13.The Voice 14.Gemini Dream 15.Blue World 16.Your Wildest Dreams 17.I Know You're Out There Somewhere