The first disc begins with the original twelve song album remastered from the original tapes, which featured the top ten hit single "Go Now" along with other R&B covers and a handful of originals thrown in. Following the release of this album, singer/guitarist Denny Laine (Wings) and bassist Clint Warwick left the band, making this album the only one with this classic line-up. This box set features almost every recording The Moody Blues made during these 1964 and 1965 studio sessions. Following the songs from the album, the rest of the disc includes the mono versions of the A & B sides to six of the singles released during this time with also a rare "first version" of "Go Now" and "People Gotta Go" from the French only EP "Boulevard de Madeleine."
The real treasure of this box set is on the second disc beginning with the previously unreleased recording sessions 1964-1965, which includes many early version of songs from the album. It's great hearing this band working in the studio and hearing how songs like "Go Now" and "I'll Go Crazy" got formed from these early takes. Also featured on this disc are all of the BBC "Saturday Club" Sessions recorded between April 1965 to November 1965. Many of the songs showcased during these sessions are live, in-studio renditions of their singles, but also included are rare covers of Rufus Thomas' "Jump Back" and "I Want You To Know" from Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew. The second disc closes with the 1966 Denny Cordell produced sessions for the band's follow-up album and singles, before Laine and replacement bassist Rod Clark parted ways with the band. All of the songs included in this box set help paint a picture of how hectic things were for The Moody Blues for two straight years, before becoming platinum selling artists with the album "Days Of Future Passed."
This box set was already released earlier this year on the Esoteric Recordings label and has garnished rave reviews from fans. Apart from the two CDs, the box set contains a full color booklet, poster and three re-printed fan club cards. To find out more about "The Magnificent Moodies" box set, please visit cherryred.co.uk and the Facebook page facebook.com/TheMagnificentMoodies.