The Moody Blues married the genres of rock and classical, and made it sound great! The team of Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Graeme Edge, Michael Pinder, and Ray Thomas broke onto the scene in a big way in 1967 with their first smash release, Days of Future Passed. Collaborating with the London Symphony Orchestra, they introduced a new concept in rock, that stands to this day. The classic ‘Nights in White Satin’ was their top 40 single, but you could only listen to the entire album on those underground FM radio stations that were springing up at the time. This was probably one of the biggest underground albums of all time. The other big song from this album is Tuesday afternoon.
Some other early releases were Threshold of a Dream and Seventh Sojourn and had the same mix of orchestral and rock music as ‘Days’. Question of Balance had another big top 40 single, Question.
If you are not a die-hard Moody Blues fan, but like a lot of their hits, then try one of their greatest hits compilations. An excellent choice would be Anthology.
One of the real cool things that the Moody Blues do when they are on tour is line up local orchestras to play with them. A good example of this is Live at Royal Albert Hall 200