Sunday Music – Isn’t Life Strange

Posted on Sun 05/21/2017 by

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Today’s music video is Isn’t Life Strange and the song is performed here by the English band The Moody Blues.

Link to Video at You Tube

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Today’s music video is from a band which has always been one of my favourites, The Moody Blues, an English band who made such wonderful music. They were originally classified as perhaps progressive rock, but the band stretched the limits of music in those days when this form of art rock started to become so prevalent. They started out as a rhythm and blues outfit, and had an early Number One hit in the UK in 1965 with Go Now from their first album.

Their second album saw a new lineup for the band and a change in direction for their music as they settled on this new format of art rock, which while new at that time, in the late 60s, was also labelled as psychedelic rock. That album was Days Of Future Passed, released in 1967. From that album, a concept of fusion between classical music and art rock, came that wonderful early song of theirs Nights In White Satin. Now, there’s something a little strange about this album, and that Single. Neither was much of a hit when first released, and the band went on to record other albums. I first heard it at one of those early parties I used to attend in the late 1960’s, and that particular album was always being played at those parties, even though it was not really a hit when it was first released, the album, or that particular single. It was always popular when that album was being played at these parties. Then. in 1972, that same album was re-released in the U.S. and it became a huge hit, both the album and that particular Single. As i already liked the band, I had that album of theirs, already, and had also collected three others as well, so when 1972 came around and that song was re-released, I was a little nonplussed when hearing announcers refer to it as the new song from The Moody Blues.

The odd thing about all that is that the song I have featured today comes from their eighth studio album, Seventh Sojourn, and it was released in late 1972, so when Nights In White Satin was still high on the charts, this new Single was erroneously called their follow up Single. This album reached the top of the albums charts in the U.S and spent five weeks at Number One. The two Singles from the album did fairly well in the charts but were overshadowed by the re-release of Nights In White Satin, which was a smash hit.

This new lineup (Mike Pinder, Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, Ray Thomas, John Lodge) stayed together for all of the band’s future recordings, now a tight outfit with a really good sound, and with all five band members writing their songs.

The band probably got a lot less radio airplay than other bands, mainly because their songs were longer than the almost standard three to maybe four minutes at a stretch length, but because the songs were just so good, they demanded to be played in full.

This song I have featured today is no different, and when it was originally released as a Single, it was just over six minutes in length. That didn’t stop this wonderful song from becoming a hit, and even though it just missed on entering the Top Ten for Singles, the album was in the Top Five in a number of Countries.

This video clip I have chosen for today was recorded at a concert near the turn of the Century, probably in 2000, and with the  concert with The World Festival Orchestra.

The song was originally written by John Lodge. It starts out with the flute, played by Ray Thomas, and the organ played by Mike Pinder. This video clip was recorded a lot later, and Mike Pinder left the band in 1979, so there are only four of the original band members here. The song’s writer is shown here playing what looks to be a strange instrument. Often times you see double neck guitars, but in almost every case, they are six and twelve string guitars. Here, John Lodge is playing a six string electric with a Bass guitar as the second ‘neck’ on that instrument. Lodge was the bass guitarist for the band, and for this song, he played the six string electric during the verses, and the bass during the chorus, when the band’s usual guitarist, Justin Hayward took over with lead guitar. Lead vocals were shared between Lodge and Hayward here, but a feature of this band is that they always had strong contributions from every member of the band, and note here the tight drumming from Graeme Edge.

This is a wonderful song, and has always been a feature whenever the band did those live concerts.

The Moody Blues are a band with a rich history of wonderful music, mainly an albums band and a wonderful live concert band as well. They had no real need to play songs that might become hits on the shorter radio format, so they just played the music that was really good, and in the process, sold albums that were really good. I have four of their albums, and it’s always so nice to hear one of their songs every so often.

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