It WAS Too Short For Digital Standards
David D. McFarland | Oceanside, California United States | 06/10/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"A word to the wise, as a collector I got this one, but beware, many of theses titles are the 10 track versions(look at seller info that it is the 12 track version you actually are getting)& I found a 12 track version. The title of the CD misses the actual track, they used 7" edits on some tracks & could have actually used full versions on this collection. So unless your collector, you might want to buy "This Is The moody Blues" first & then "Anthology",or the box set "Time Traveller" (look for the 5 CD set if you can find it with the BONUS CD) or just get "Moody Blues Gold". I got them all, so hopefully I helped the buyer out ;-). Search "Judemac forever" on msn."
They're more than JUST (SINGERS) IN A ROCK AND ROLL BAND!
Kevin Martinell KevyGuy | 03/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm SITTING AT THE WHEEL, listening to THE VOICE and have one QUESTION...Why aren't these guys in the hall of fame??? ISN'T LIFE STRANGE? Such meaning in their music...My GEMINI DREAM is to enjoy more NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN, and these guys should not be cast aside as DRIFTWOOD! Love this CD!"
The Weakest "Best Of" Moody Blues Compilation...
Kevin Martinell KevyGuy | Dunmore, PA USA | 05/21/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A rather mediocre greatest hits album ... Too short! This release is missing some Moody Blues classics that rightfully ended up on the 1996 compilation, "The Best Of The Moody Blues." I also found it unusual that the actual song, "Voices in the Sky" didn't even appear on this album with the same title! Also, the edited single versions of "Talking Out Of Turn," "Driftwood," "The Voice," and "Gemini Dream" are featured ... Why? There's enough space on the CD to feature the full-length, original versions!
In addition, the CD booklet that accompanied the CD release wasn't much of a booklet. It's more like a fold-out card featuring just the list of the songs on the CD ... Very boring. "This Is The Moody Blues," "The Best of The Moody Blues," "The Moody Blues Anthology," "The Singles +," "Gold," and the re-mastered CD's of the "Classic 7" albums all have interviews, photos, and/or commentaries within their CD booklets. Why not this one? Not even lyrics to the songs are included. Very strange. :(
On a positive note, I was pleased that the rare single edit of "Question" made an appearance on this album, as well as "Veteran Cosmic Rocker," which was left off of "Time Traveller" (But should have been included on that set). There is also a rare stereo mix of "Never Comes The Day" (Which would reappear on the "Ballads" compilation). That mix was a treat! This was also the first album I listened to that featured the single edit of "Nights in White Satin," because, at the time, I never knew there was a mix of this song without the orchestra, before ... I was blown away when I first heard this non-orchestral version! Now, it's made popular by being featured on almost every Moody Blues compilation you can find, these days. :)
To sum up, I gave this collection a rating of 3 stars, because one loss was due to the edited songs I had listed above (There's nothing like the full, original versions ... To hear them edited down takes away from the enjoyment of listening to the tunes the way they were meant to be heard). The other loss was due to certain memorable and deserving songs being excluded from the track list (Ex: "Lovely To See You," "Watching And Waiting," "Blue World"). This is an OK compilation for someone who isn't familiar with The Moody Blues and wants just a little taste of what the band's music sounds like. The 1996 "Best Of" compilation is a much better choice, however, when it comes to enjoying a whole bunch of Moody Blues classics on just one CD. Fortunately, each song featured on "Voices In The Sky" is enjoyable, and the album has a fine variety of outstanding Moody Blues works. Thanks for reading! God Bless... :)"