THE MOODY BLUES: PATRICK MORAZ, GRAEME EDGE, RAY THOMAS, JOHN LODGE, JUSTIN HAYWARD The Moody Blues signed this six-page full-color magazine promotion from London Records and Tapes for their 1978 album Octave

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THE MOODY BLUES: PATRICK MORAZ, GRAEME EDGE, RAY THOMAS, JOHN LODGE, JUSTIN HAYWARD The Moody Blues signed this six-page full-color magazine promotion from London Records and Tapes for their 1978 album Octave. This promotion, which includes portraits of all five band members, includes keyboardist Patrick Moraz, who replaced Michael Pinder on The Moody Blues' Octave world tour but didn't play on the album. Magazine promotion signed "Patrick Moraz", "Graeme Edge", "Ray/Thomas", "To/[illegible]/John Edge" and "Cheers/Justin/Hayward", all in blue ink. Moraz added a smiley to his signature. 6 pages, 10¾x12¾, 3 pages, front and verso. ©1978 Talencora Limited. This London Records and Tapes promotion was released in conjunction with The Moody Blues' 1978 album Octave. The inside pages include 8¼x8 color portraits of all five band members as well as a short biographical blurb. This was the band's lineup from 1978 to 1991. EDGE (drums) and THOMAS (flute, vocals) helped found the group in 1964 and were joined by LODGE (bassist, vocals), a former bandmate of Thomas in El Riot & the Rebels, and HAYWARD (guitars, vocals) in 1966. MORAZ (keyboards) replaced founding member Michael Pinder, who left after the recording of Octave (1978). Moraz joined the band in time for the tour planned for the release of Octave, which was their first album after Seventh Sojourn (1972) and a five-year breakup. THE MOODY BLUES are known today for their lush and profound psychedelic music, but they started out as a rhythm-and-blues-based British Invasion band. They debuted in Birmingham in 1964 and quickly received a Decca Records contract. Their second single, Go Now, topped the British charts, cracked the top 10 in the United States and earned them a job supporting the Beatles. But the hits dried up in 1965, and they switched to psychedelia in 1966 in an effort to get back on the charts. This they did with the hit album Days of Future Passed (1967), recorded with the London Festival Orchestra and which became a defining album of  pop psychedelic music. This was followed by a long string of albums that hit big on both sides of the Atlantic, including In Search of the Lost Chord (1968), A Question of Balance (1970), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (1971), Seventh Sojourn (1978), Octave (1978) and Long Distance Voyager (1981), and three top 10 hits on the American charts: Go Now off The Magnificent Moodies (1964), Nights in White Satin off Days of Future Passed and Your Wildest Dreams off The Other Side of Life (1986). But psychedelia lost its favor with the public during the 1970s, and The Moody Blues were considered a nostalgia act by the 1980s - albeit one that could still draw huge crowds. The Moody Blues continues to tour as of this biography, but only with Lodge, Hayward and Edge. Moraz was dismissed in 1991 after he made comments in Keyboard magazine about his role in the band, and Thomas (1941-2018) retired in 2002. Lightly toned, stained, scuffed and creased. Light tear at bottom edge of Edge/Thomas page. Pages were bound by staples and cut apart on one edge. Otherwise in fine condition.

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