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Moody Blues - Hall of Fame: Live from the Royal Albert Hall [Import]

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With graying baby boomers becoming key underwriters of viewer-supported television, a staid Public Broadcasting System grudgingly acknowledged the existence of rock & roll in the 1990s. The Moody Blues, via their somewhat heavy-handed, 1993 concert video A Night at Red Rocks, were among the first Woodstock generation acts to end up in constant rotation during affiliate pledge drives. The band's PBS follow-up, Hall of Fame, is an improvement overall. Taped at London's Royal Albert Hall early in 2000, the Moodies' more freewheeling performance this time mixes satisfying selections from their catalogue of hits from 1968 to 1972 with a few Top 40 entries released in the late '80s ("I Know You're Out There Somewhere," "Your Wildest Dreams"). The sheer pleasure of watching the core quartet of Ray Thomas, Justin Hayward, John Lodge, and Graeme Edge ease their way into Mellotron masterpieces from Days of Future Passed, as well as the trippy curiosity of "Legend of a Mind" and the dizzying pop mutations of "Ride My See-Saw," is a study in grace. Backed by the once-fictional London Festival Orchestra (credited as a key musical collaborator on Days), the band eschews grandiosity for a pointed but delicate yearning, and whips up its typically stately tone of cosmic romanticism. The frenzied joy of a mixed-age audience brings smiles to the Moodies' faces and a sometimes-unexpected vigor to their vocals--catch Ray Thomas's booming "Welllll!" during every chorus of "I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)"--which helps to make this program a treat to watch repeatedly. --Tom Keogh

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Legendary British rock group The Moody Blues are captured live performing many of their international smash hits backed by the World Festival Orchestra. Recorded live at the famed Royal Albert Hall on May 1, 2000. 81 minutes.

Songs:
1. Overture
2. Tuesday Afternoon
3. English Sunset
4. Words You Say
5. The Story in Your Eyes
6. I Know You're Out There Somewhere
7. Haunted
8. Your Wildest Dreams
9. Isn't Life Strange
10. I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)
11. Nights in White Satin
12. Legend of a Mind
13. Question
14. Ride My See-Saw


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound, But Mostly an Eyesore Oct. 8 2003
Format:DVD
Like other reviewers, I am a bit mystified by the selection of songs for this concert.
What keeps me from giving it five stars is this: The video director is apparently on speed. He won't let the camera rest on anything for more than a couple of seconds (except for slower songs).
I saw this kind of video "enhancement" on Riverdance Live from New York, and it is apalling. In each case, the director seems to think that the live performance of a world-class act, riveting as it is, is not "good enough" and he feels a need to enhance it. The result is an eyesore--video hash of the most offensive type. I bought this DVD to see the Moody Blues, not see how fast some director can push buttons on a video switch.
The Moodies themselves seem to be in good voice, the miking and lighting are spot on, and the clarity of the video is good. I just have trouble watching it....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
If you have ever enjoyed the Moody Blues music, buy this disc. If you've never heard of them, this is a great place to start. The 5.1 surround sound quality is fantastic.In fact it's the best I've heard on any concert dvd. I play it again and again. I wish they would do similar live event dvds of the Moodys 7 classic albums. This music is timeless. This show, like Red Rocks, is dominated by the great Justin Heyward. Personally I would have liked to hear a little more of John Lodge and Ray Thomas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been Longer Nov. 10 2003
By Martin A Hogan TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Somewhere in the nineties the Moody Blues decided they would turn from large outdoor venues to classical indoor music halls. It was a grand idea and works well for anyone who has seen them in a smaller arena. What better place than the Royal Albert Hall?
There are some great moments, mostly from the older songs, "Nights In White Satin" and "Question" with the great string arrangements. However, "Haunted" and "Words You Say" just don't scream Moody Blues like the classics. It's a nice grouping of songs from all stages, but the set is far too limited for a large scale DVD collection. The group has done some very long sets ("Moody Blues At Red Rocks") and although the setting is far more intimate, there just isn't enough.
The sound quality is very good, but not great and they do strive terribly hard to reach those notes, but are easily forgiven. They've been at this for over forty years. They have given the world a nice concert, but 'nice' just doesn't seem to be enough anymore. I really wanted to see and hear more with this great event. Sorry - no extras on this DVD, unfortunately.
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4.0 out of 5 stars They�re Baaaaccck.... Jan. 13 2001
Format:DVD
First, let's get the bad out of the way:
This is a very short concert, and to be honest, it may have been better if they would have cut it shorter. Huh? Let me explain. The Moody Blues have a wealth of great material (32 years worth) that they could have brought to this concert. Their choice of songs (maybe more correctly, what they didn't choose) left me scratching my head. Their newest CD, "Strange Times" has enough "A" material to add another 20 minutes to the concert's length alone! And the highlight of this DVD, indeed the band's crowning glory "Nights in White Satin" should have ended the show (excluding any encores).
Some groups pay particular attention to what songs are played and precisely where they are placed, in order to build emotional impact. Pink Floyd's "PULSE" concert was engineered to perfection...a constant building, including the entire "Dark Side of the Moon" album, until the glorious grand-finale (a 3-song encore)...a full 2 1/2 hour, mindblowing concert. The Moody Blues need to pay more attention to this aspect and arrangement.
The editing in this set was often abrupt and very noticeable, and took away from the "live" feel. I understand that applause can be boring, but that's part of the concert experience. One moment I see this band at the end of the stage, and the next they are in front of their respective microphones. This happens frequently and it's very disconcerting. Why the rush? Did someone forget to put money in the parking meter?
Now on to the good:
And there is a lot of good! There are some truly great performances in here, folks, even on material I consider mediocre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic June 21 2003
Format:DVD
I just purchased this video and it is GREAT! My wife and I had our "date night" going to dinner and watching this video. It was truly awesome. Normally I feel lucky if I like 75% of the songs, but I liked everyone of the songs from this concert. What an experience, I recommend to all who are Moody Blues fans, you will definately get your money's worth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance!!! :) June 3 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is the way that The Moody Blues were meant to be heard-- live with a full orchestra! I just saw this performace on PBS, and now I definitely want to get either the DVD or the VHS, and probably the CD as well. The Moodies have been around for a long time, and are clearly energized here. They even move around a bit here and there, which is something that they never used to do before. They even pose for the cameras sometimes while they play! They definitely had a lot of fun doing this, and it shows.
The "Overture" that begins the show is a five-minute, orchestra-only medley of parts of some of their best-known songs, including "Nights In White Satin." Then the Moodies take the stage, and commence with "Tuesday Afternoon." Although lead singer and guitarist Justin Hayward's voice sounds a bit rusty at the beginning (he doesn't quite have the voice he used to have, but that's understandable), he does warm up nicely during the song, and is able to hold the two crucial long notes. With the orchestral accompaniment, one fondly remembers the wonderful original version from their breakthrough album DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED. The band then effortlessly glides thrity years into the future with a recent song called "English Sunset." This song is a bouncy, uptempo homage to the Moodies' homeland, and shows that they can still write good songs that bear their distinctive mark while sounding new and fresh at the same time. It is a very good song indeed. Next, co-lead singer and bass guitarist John Lodge gets his turn on a nice ballad called "Words You Say." His voice has apparently held up VERY well over the years, with not much sign of wear and tear at all.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Very poor video quality.
Published 2 months ago by Yung
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good
Published 2 months ago by Francis Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars The Moodies are the best
Having seen The Moody Blues "live" more than once this DVD reminded me of the concerts I've been to. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Spoonman42
5.0 out of 5 stars moody blues hall of fame "most" vous ne perder pas votre argent
DTS 5.1 "son" extraordinaire
Leur meilleur album
Orchestre symphonique londonien
Même voie, même tonalité quand "70"
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Published 16 months ago by Benoit
4.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
Awesome concert. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it was not available as a blue ray dvd.
Published 21 months ago by cameralady
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not like it!
Sorry, did not like the sound quality ... very different from what we remember them sounding like. Would not recommend this DVD!
Published on Jan. 11 2011 by Marilyn Schultze
5.0 out of 5 stars Moody Blues Hall of Fame
An excellent DVD production. Great camera angles, fabulous sound...the next best thing to being at a Moody Blues concert in one of their favourite venues!
Published on Aug. 3 2010 by granderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost like being there!
I purchased this DVD as a gift - and it is terrific. The band is tight, sound great, coverage wonderful. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2010 by M. Leigh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music and Production
The Moody Blues put on a great concert. The song selections have a nice flow. If you like their music, having this in your collection will be a plus. Read more
Published on March 5 2004 by Sherry
4.0 out of 5 stars A Moody Goody
When the credits started rolling I was asking "Is that all?" The Moody's always leave me wanting more..(sigh). "Legend of a mind" is worth the price alone. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2003 by Peggy Evans
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