It was only after I'd become enamored of the Moody Blues that I discovered that they were one of my father's favorite groups. Apparently, he'd given them up because my mother absolutely hated them for undisclosed reasons (she said it had something to do with her mother, but never elaborated further). So, for over twenty years, my father had gone without hearing a single Moody Blues album for my mother's sake, only to be reunited with the music thanks to me. For several years before my mother's departure, he would listen to them in private, reliving memories of his youth and enjoying the newer albums he'd missed. Now, he listens whenever he desires, since there's nobody around to offend anymore.
I have all of their regular US release albums on the original vinyl (minus the extremely hard to get Keys of the Kingdom). I have most of the albums on CD, and my father often borrows them for extended periods. It's a good thing I have a decent supply of fresh diamond needles, so I can still hear the records when the discs are absent.
The Moody Blues have a sound that is uniquely appreciated around the world, by people of all walks of life and all philosophical persuasions. Their music was some of the only western rock allowed in Communist China for years, and they're a perennial favorite of radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, just to name two far-disparate examples. Their music really transcends all barriers.
So, that's what I have to say about the Moody Blues. Before I go, my top 3 albums:
And Top 3 Songs:
So, Moody fans, what are your top 3's?