nicktecky wrote:Hey RR (again):
Back to the Moodys, I think the negativity to them at the time was largely 'from the streets'. Their 'symphonic' style was largely seen as too highbrow by half. After all, if you took an album to a party you wanted to dance, drink beer and hope to get laid, (well steal a kiss at least!), sitting around 'appreciating' music was definitely for the "hippies in the corner" who largely sat around looking miserable!! )
Of course now, I am very grateful that I bought all the 'Magnificent Seven' on vinyl at the time. Apparently the master tapes have been lost and the remastered CDs now available have been remixed. Very good they are, but not the originals. I've always loved that the very last track on the last album is "I'm just a singer in a rock and roll band". Says it all when we start taking all this stuff too seriously.
I agree nicktecky. The Moody Blues were good to chill with a few friends or by yourself. Definitely not party material. My Navy buddy and I used to smoke hash and listen to the Moody Blues until we passed out on the living room floor. For a party though, Grand Funk Railroad, Marshall Tucker Band, or some form of foot-stomping music. I think most of JA could be real good for a party, back then, anyways. Doors also. Kinda depends on the party and the crowd. I have been to mostly the sit around, socialize parties back then, which I preferred over the dancing ones.
I recall seeing Janis with Big Brother in '68. Costs a $1 to get in. Afterwards we went to a party at a motel room. We had some weed that these college folks had never seen the likes of (was at umass). So we are all sitting in this room, listening to music, so very very stoned we could barely move. In comes 2 or 3 drunks. Immediately in the door then start pound the shit out of each other in the room, blood all over the place. All we could do was sit there and watch in disbelief. kinda reminds you of the woodenships verses
Horror grips us as we watch you die
All we can do is echo your anguished cry and
Stare as all you human feelings die
Only Woodenships hadn't been release yet...