Album Review

The pre-psychedelic Moody Blues were represented in England by this album, which is steeped in American soul. The covers include songs by James Brown, Willie Dixon, and Chris Kenner, plus the chart-busting "Go Now" (originally recorded by Bessie Banks), interspersed with a brace of originals by lead singer/guitarist Denny Laine and keyboardist Mike Pinder, and one Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich number, "I've Got a Dream." The shouters, like "I'll Go Crazy" and "Bye Bye Bird," will be the big surprises, showcasing the rawest sound by the group, but "I've Got a Dream" shows a lyrical, harmony-based sound that is vaguely reminiscent of the Four Tops (which is ironic, as that group later cut a single of the latter-day Moody Blues original "So Deep Within You"), while "Thank You Baby," a Laine/Pinder original, offers them doing a smooth, dance-oriented number with some catchy hooks. The group's sound is good and loud, and Laine was a phenomenal singer, though the band lacked the charisma and built-in excitement of such rivals as the Rolling Stones and the Animals. This album is more interesting than its American equivalent, but also not as good, since it leaves off such single sides as "Steal Your Heart Away" and the Pinder/Laine "From the Bottom of My Heart," the latter being the best side this version of the group ever recorded.
Bruce Eder, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. I'll Go Crazy
  2. Something You Got
  3. Go Now
  4. Cam't Nobody Love You
  5. I Don't Mind
  6. I've Got a Dream
  7. Let Me Go
  8. Stop
  9. Thank You Baby
  10. It Ain't Necessarily So
  11. True Story
  12. Bye Bye Bird
  13. Lose Your Money (But Don't Lose Your Mind)
  14. Steal Your Heart Away
  15. Go Now!!/id947602053?i=947602099&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. It's Easy Child
  17. I Don't Want to Go on Without You
  18. Time Is on My Side
  19. From the Bottom of My Heart (I Love You)
  20. And My Baby's Gone
  21. Everyday
  22. You Don't (All the Time)
  23. Boulevard De Madeleine
  24. This Is My House (But Nobody Calls)
  25. People Gotta Go
  26. Life's Not Life
  27. He Can Win
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