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On July 11, 1975.

On July 11, 1975, “Threshold” and “Decca” labels released “From Mighty Oaks” the debut Ray Thomas album. It was recorded 1974 – 1975, and was produced by Ray Thomas and Derek Varnals.

Personnel:

  •  Ray Thomas – lead and backing vocals, flute, bass flute, harmonica
  • Richard Hewson– orchestral arranger, conductor
  • J. Cole– pedal steel guitar
  • Nicky James – backing vocals, percussion
  • John Jones – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, backing vocals
  • Trevor Jones – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Mike Moran– keyboards
  • Dave Potts – drums, percussion
  • Mike Silver– acoustic guitar, backing vocal
  • Derek Varnals – recording engineer
  • Dave Baker – 2nd engineer
  • Phil Travers – illustration, design
  • Graham Hughes – photography
  • Mike Pulland – photography

Track listing:

  1. From Mighty Oaks – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  2. Hey Mama Life – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  3. Play It Again – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  4. Rock-A-Bye Baby Blues – Nicky James
  5. High Above My Head – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  6. Love Is the Key – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  7. You Make Me Feel Alright – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  8. Adam and I – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  9. I Wish We Could Fly – Ray Thomas

 

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On June 3, 1976.

On June 3, 1976, “Threshold” label released “Hopes, Wishes and Dreams”, the second Ray Thomas studio album. It was recorded February – April 1976 at “Threshold Studios” in London, and was produced by Ray Thomas and Derek Varnals.

Personnel:

  • Ray Thomas – lead and backing vocals, flute, bass flute, harmonica
  • Nicky James – backing vocals
  • John Jones – acoustic and electric guitar, backing vocals
  • Trevor Jones – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Mike Moran– keyboards
  • Graham Deakin– drums, percussion
  • Barry St. John – backing vocals
  • Liza Strike – backing vocals
  • Helen Chappelle – backing vocals
  • Terry James – orchestral arrangements
  • Derek Varnals – associate producer, recording engineer
  • Dave Baker – recording engineer
  • Phil Travers – illustration, design
  • Gered Mankowitz– photography

Track listing:

  1. In Your Song – Nicky James
  2. Friends – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  3. We Need Love – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  4. Within Your Eyes – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  5. One Night Stand – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  6. Keep On Searching – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  7. Didn’t I – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  8. Migration – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  9. Carousel – Ray Thomas, Nicky James
  10. The Last Dream – Ray Thomas

 

On November 10, 1967.

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On November 10, 1967, “Deram” label released “Days of Future Passed”, the second Moody Blues album. It was recorded October – November 1967, at “Decca Studios” in London, and was produced by Tony Clarke. It was band’s first concept album, with mixture of classical and rock elements, and is widely regarded as one of the first progressive rock albums at all.

Personnel:

  • Mike Pinder- mellotron, piano, tambura, vocals
  • Ray Thomas- flutes, percussion, piano, vocals
  • Justin Hayward- acoustic & electric guitars, piano, sitar, vocals
  • John Lodge- bass, vocals
  • Graeme Edge- drums, percussion, vocals
  • Peter Knight– conducting, arrangements
  • The London Festival Orchestra
  • Derek Varnals – engineering
  • Hugh Mendl– executive production, liner notes
  • Michael Dacre-Barclay
  • David Anstey – cover design, cover painting

Track listing:

  1. The Day Begins
  • The Day Begins – Peter Knight, The Moody Blues
  • Morning Glory – Graeme Edge
  1. Dawn: Dawn Is a Feeling
  • Intro – Peter Knight
  • Dawn Is a Feeling – Mike Pinder
  1. The Morning: Another Morning
  • Intro – Peter Knight
  • Another Morning – Ray Thomas
  1. Lunch Break: Peak Hour
  • Intro – Peter Knight
  • Peak Hour – John Lodge
  1. The Afternoon: Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?) / Time to Get Away
  • Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?) – Justin Hayward
  • (Evening) Time to Get Away – John Lodge)
  1. Evening: The Sun Set: Twilight Time
  • Intro – Peter Knight
  • The Sunset – Mike Pinder
  • Twilight Time – Ray Thomas
  1. The Night: Nights in White Satin
  • Nights in White Satin – Justin Hayward)
  • Late Lament – Graeme Edge, Peter Knight

On August 28, 1983.

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On August 28, 1983, “Threshold” label released “The Present”, the eleventh Moody Blues album. It was recorded March – December 1982, at “Strawberry Studios” in London, and was produced by Pip Williams. The Present” was band’s album with the keyboards player Patrick Moraz.

Personnel:

  • Justin Hayward –vocals, guitar
  • John Lodge – vocals,bass guitar
  • Ray Thomas – vocals,harmonica, flute
  • Graeme Edge –drums
  • Patrick Moraz –keyboards
  • Pip Williams – sequencing

Track listing:

  1. Blue World – Justin Hayward
  2. Meet Me Halfway – Justin Hayward,John Lodge
  3. Sitting at the Wheel – John Lodge
  4. Going Nowhere – Graeme Edge
  5. Hole in the World – John Lodge
  6. Under My Feet – John Lodge
  7. It’s Cold Outside of Your Heart – Justin Hayward
  8. Running Water – Justin Hayward
  9. I Am – Ray Thomas
  10. Sorry – Ray Thomas

 

On August 7, 1970.

Question of balance

On August 7, 1970, “Treshold” released “Question of Balance”, the sixth Moody Blues album. It was recorded January – June 1970, at “Decca Studios” in London, and was produced by Tony Clarke.

Personnel:

  1. Justin Hayward- vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin
  2. Ray Thomas- vocals, flute, tambourine
  3. Graeme Edge- drums, percussion, whispered vocal
  4. Mike Pinder- vocals, Mellotron, Moog synthesizer, piano, maracas, acoustic guitar
  5. John Lodge- vocals, bass

Track listing:

  1. Question – Justin Hayward
  2. How Is It (We Are Here) – Mike Pinder
  3. And the Tide Rushes In – Ray Thomas
  4. Don’t You Feel Small – Graeme Edge
  5. Tortoise and the Hare – John Lodge
  6. It’s Up to You – Justin Hayward
  7. Minstrel’s Song – John Lodge
  8. Dawning Is the Day – Justin Hayward
  9. Melancholy Man – Mike Pinder
  10. The Balance – Graeme Edge, Ray Thomas

On July 26, 1968.

In_search_of_the_lost_chord

On July 26, 1968, “Deram” label released “In Search of the Lost Chord”, the third Moody Blues album. It was recorded January – June 1968, at “Decca Studios” in West Hampstead, in London, and was produced by Tony Clarke. In the “Q”  and  “Mojo” “Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock”, “In Search of the Lost Chord” was ranked at number 37 in the list of “40 Cosmic Rock Albums”.

Personnel:

  • Mike Pinder– vocals, mellotron, piano, harpsichord, acoustic guitar, bass, cello, autoharp, tambura, spoken vocals
  • John Lodge– vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, cello, snare drum, tambourine
  • Graeme Edge- vocals, drums, timpani, tambourine, piano, percussion, tabla, spoken vocal
  • Ray Thomas– vocals, C flute, alto flute, soprano saxophone, oboe, French horn, tambourine
  • Justin Hayward– vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar,  sitar, harpsichord, bass, percussion, mellotron, piano

Track listing:

  1. Departure – Graeme Edge
  2. Ride My See – Saw – John Lodge
  3. Livingstone, I Presume – Ray Thomas
  4. House of Four Doors – John Lodge
  5. Legend of a Mind – Ray Thomas
  6. House of Four Doors (Part 2) – John Lodge
  7. Voices in the Sky – Justin Hayward
  8. The Best Way to Travel – Mike Pinder
  9. Visions of Paradise – Justin Hayward, Ray Thomas
  10. The Actor – Justin Hayward
  11. The World – Graeme Edge
  12. Om – Mike Pinder

 

On July 23, 1971.

Every_Good_Boy_Deserves_Favour

On July 23, 1971, “Treshold Records” released “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour”, the seventh Moody Blues album. It was recorded November 1970 – March 1971, at “Wessex Sound Studios” in London, and was produced by Tony Clarke.

Personnel:

  • Justin Hayward– vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, sitar
  • John Lodge– vocals, bass, cello
  • Ray Thomas  vocals,  flute,  tambourine,  oboe,  woodwinds,  harmonica
  • Graeme Edge– electric and acoustic drums, percussion
  • Mike Pinder– vocals, mellotron, harpsichord, Hammond organ, piano, keyboards, Moog synthesizer
  • Derek Varnals – recording engineer
  • David Baker – assistant engineer
  • Harry Fisher – cutting engineer
  • Phil Travers – sleeve artist
  • Randall Nelson – lyrics sheet photograph

Track listing:

  1. Procession – Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas
  2. The Story in Your Eyes – Justin Hayward
  3. Our Guessing Game – Ray Thomas
  4. Emily’s Song – John Lodge
  5. After You Came – Graeme Edge
  6. One More Time to Live – John Lodge
  7. Nice to Be Here – Ray Thomas
  8. You Can Never Go Home – Justin Hayward
  9. My Song – Mike Pinder