Gloria R. (Psyche) from QUINCY, IL Reviewed on 8/14/2006...
The Moody Blues at their absolute BEST!
Brian D. Rubendall | Oakton, VA | 07/18/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Story of" is more like the Table of Contents in that it is an inadequate anthology album. A mixture of songs from the band's late 60's/early 70's heyday and their early 80's "comeback" period, at only one dozen tunes, it misses plenty of highlights. For instance, the band's 1965 classic "Go Now," is nowhere to be seen. Neither are such gems as "Lovely to See You," "Never Comes a Day," "New Horizons," and "Watching and Waiting," to name a few. There is nothing wrong with the songs that were included here, there just aren't nearly enough of them to make this a representative collection."
This Isn't The One You Want
J. Reynolds | Houston, TX United States | 02/03/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is not completely a collection of MB masterpieces -- at least two are re-makes, and are not as good as the originals. I fear buying an MB "greatest hits" album now: Will I be getting the originals, or jazzed-up remakes ?"
A GREAT INTRODUCTION TO THE MOODY BLUES
Steven Meyers | New Jersey | 10/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great disc to spend your money on. All the popular Moody Blues songs. A great introduction to the group. The sound is great also. "Nights In White Satin" is even included with the spoken coda at the end. The only annoying thing is that the songs are not in chronilogical order. It jumps from period to period, but tells you in the liner notes what order the songs should go in. Strange. Maybe you can program them in order. It's a better listening experience for me to hear their music as it evolved in time. If you are a person who like to buy collections, this is great price performance value. I play it all the time. Even in the order the songs are listed; the Moody Blues are a great group, and this is a great disc."
My favorite Moody Blues compilation on a single CD... :)
Kevin Martinell KevyGuy | Dunmore, PA USA | 06/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This release was my favorite "best of" compilation out of all the single CD "Moody Blues" compilations. :)
To the best of my knowledge, this was the first CD that featured both the single version of "The Story In Your Eyes" and the original orchestral mix of "Nights In White Satin," from The "Days of Future Passed" vinyl release, as opposed to the CD version. I believe this is also the first Moody Blues compilation to feature the magnificent 1980's tracks, "Your Wildest Dreams," "I Know You're Out There Somewhere," and "The Other Side Of Life," as well as the full versions of "The Voice" and "Gemini Dream" (Previously edited on the "Voices In The Sky" compilation).
This release also featured the "Days of Future Passed" CD mix of "Tuesday Afternoon" (Also including the orchestra), the "Seventh Sojourn" mix of "I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)," and the single version of "Ride My See-Saw."
While nothing beats the original versions of "Question" and "Isn't Life Strange," I enjoy these orchestral versions, too ... Now that this CD is no longer manufactured, those two tracks are rarities.
As with "This Is The Moody Blues," this album should have never gone out of print! It needs to be re-released, possibly with a few bonus tracks! Since the CD clocks in at a little over an hour, there is still some room to fit a few more songs onto it ... Maybe the original versions of "Question" and "Isn't Life Strange" could be added, or some unreleased live material ... The possibilities are endless! :)
Fortunately, I came across a used copy of this album on vinyl, but because of the record's limited space, "The Other Side of Life" had to be excluded ... I'm glad that this track appears on the CD version, as well as on the "Moody Blues Anthology" set. :)
*To read my opinions on why I prefer this compilation over "The Best Of The Moody Blues" (Another fine "best of" Moody Blues collection), check out my comments under: The Best of the Moody Blues by The Moody Blues (Audio CD - 1997) - Original recording remastered