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Tony Clarke

I go back to the very early days was their booking agent for a couple of years when Colin Berlin managed them  Did many uni etc and their first tour of USA when I was on the tour. Known nd loved them all for 40 plus years

It was sad that Tony Clarke the sixth moody passed away recently. I alerted all who I knew would want to knoe amongst them was Bob who has a great blog going from la and I attache his response to the enws

 

I hope you find some comfort in it, and ask you to do not just recall thei hits but some wonderful music and words  from their albums (pre cd!!) and are you all on Mike Pinders site list?d

 

David Apps   as wadave

 



Usually, they die during Christmas.  The axiom is, if you make it through the holidays, all the way to January 1st, you're golden, you're safe.



How great was Willie Mitchell?



Let's just say without him, Al Green was never able to ascend to the same height.  And that was positively stratospheric.



I came to the party late, but listen to "The Belle Album".  So little on the record, yet so much.



Thank god there have been full-fledged obits.



But will Tony Clarke get the same love?



Once upon a time, the Moody Blues was a British Invasion act with one hit track, "Go Now".  Pretty great, Denny Laine traded on it in Wings and beyond.  But by time the Moody Blues became the band we remember today, Denny Laine was long gone.  It was a new act, produced by the sixth Moody, Tony Clarke.



"Days Of Future Passed" was the only album I could listen to with my father.  He'd sing along with the orchestrations.  I remember playing the cassette on the drive to my freshman year of college.



And once I got to school, it was a Moody Blues extravaganza.



I already had "On The Threshold Of A Dream", and the latest, "A Question Of Balance".  But this meant I'd missed out on gems.



Like "In Search Of The Lost Chord".  And "To Our Children's Children's Children".



I'd say the latter was a stoner album.  Hell, the album opened with "Higher and Higher".



But if we call "To Our Children's Children's Children" an album to get high to, how do we describe "In Search Of The Lost Chord"?  Where we lost our minds to "Legend Of A Mind"...  That whole first side, I drifted in and out of consciousness as the Moodies referenced Timothy Leary...  Their music was even more atmospheric and out there than the Airplane's.



Then the Moodies focused on hits, and it wasn't quite the same.



But there was a multi-album run where they seemed unconcerned with trends, where they marched to the beat of their own drummer, and we went along for the ride.  The music was sweet, exquisite, without being saccharine.  It's the soundtrack of my freshman year.



The younger generation has embraced Led Zeppelin, can they ever embrace the Moody Blues?



I think so.  If you started with "In Search Of The Lost Chord".  In an era where it's in your face, where we constantly deal with harsh reality, it's a thrill to go along for an uncharted ride...into your own mind.



And on the back of every album was Tony Clarke's name.  He was as integral to the Moody Blues' sound as George Martin was to the Beatles', as Gus Dudgeon was to those early Elton John records.  Every time I hear the Moodies on the satellite, I smile.  Because it means someone remembers.  And I can never forget.  Below zero weather, sitting in the dark, watching the zilch drip plastic into the bucket of water as Justin, John and Ray sang...





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wadave wadave 61-65 1 Response Feb 15, 2010

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Very nice, and many thanks for sharing this! Tony was a giant, and his spirit lives on!