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Vinyl’s difficult comeback | John Harris
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The group came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music. They made some changes in musicians but settled on a line-up of Pinder, Thomas, Edge, guitarist Justin Hayward , and bassist John Lodge , who stayed together for most of the band's "classic era" into the early s. Their second album, Days of Future Passed , which was released in , was a fusion of rock with classical music which established the band as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive rock. Founder Mike Pinder left the group a year after they re-formed and was replaced by Swiss keyboardist Patrick Moraz in In the following decade they took on a more synth-pop sound and produced The Other Side of Life in , which made them the first act to earn each of its first three top 10 singles in the United States in a different decade.
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They appeared on stage that August bank holiday weekend, just as the sun was going down on the Saturday evening, and, with a twilight backdrop to die for, proceeded to charm the loon pants off the crowd. And yet, despite this era-defining performance, they remain one of the last critically unrehabilitated bands of the 60s. As with Fleetwood Mac, but without the casualty count and the psychodrama, the Moody Blues story is one of reinvention and renewal. By the summer of , the group was all but washed up. They had been reduced to a cabaret turn on the chicken-in-a-basket circuit when they reached their nadir in Newcastle — an aggrieved punter came backstage to tell them they were the worst band he had ever seen. So lacerating was the verdict that sensitive new guitarist Justin Hayward burst into tears. The band conceded that the punter might have had a point and ditched the blue suits and corny nightclub patter, transforming themselves into cosmic troubadours. Sales were reasonable but not spectacular, and the chosen single, Nights in White Satin , barely scraped into the top 20 on its first release, but the Moody Blues never played a cabaret club again. Despite their success, rock critics rarely took the Moody Blues seriously, a pattern that continued for the next 45 years.