April 17, 2010
I was on a bit of a Moody Blues bender recently, loving all their late-60’s/early-70’s prog rock albums. (Whenever I listen to an artist, I have a habit of going overboard and immersing myself in their entire back catalogue).
Whilst listening to 1969’s To Our Children’s Children’s Children (yes, somebody back then actually thought that would be a good title for an album) along came track 12, “Sun Is Still Shining” (not “The Sun Is Still Shining”, or even “A Sun Is Still Shining”, but “Sun Is Still Shining”), and the vocal melody in the verse…
The Moody Blues – “Sun Is Still Shining” (1969) (excerpt)
…sounded familiar. It reminded me of the vocals in this sunny little Australian ditty:
Ted Mulry Gang – “Jamaica Rum” (1976) (excerpt)
Here are the full versions:
The Moody Blues – “Sun Is Still Shining” (1969)
Ted Mulry Gang – “Jamaica Rum” (1976)
Incidentally, “Jamaica Rum” was Song of the day a few months ago. In that post I talk about the song a bit more, and how it makes me woozy every time I hear it.
June 15, 2009
You probably think this coincidence is a very small one (and even a bit niggly), but I recently heard a Moody Blues song for the first time and was struck by the opening guitar riff:
The Moody Blues – “Lovely To See You“ (1969) (excerpt 1)
That’s the start of the riff that starts “Lovely To See You“. It appeared on the 1969 album On The Threshold Of A Dream.
When I heard that, I thought it sounded reminiscent of the start of the Raspberries‘ “Play On”:
Raspberries – “Play On” (1974) (excerpt)
“Play On” appeared on the Raspberries’ 1974 album Starting Over.
I’ll admit that time and distance – not to mention genres – separate the two songs, and it’s only the first three notes of either riff that both songs have in common, so my guess is that it’s purely coincidental. Especially so, given the rest of that moody Blues riff:
The Moody Blues – “Lovely To See You“ (1969) (excerpt 2)
Here are the full tracks so you can hear how dissimilar the songs actually are (apart from that opening riff):
The Moody Blues – “Lovely To See You“ (1969)
Raspberries – “Play On” (1974)