THS 5 Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
Produced by Tony Clarke
Released on July 23, 1971
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #2 . . .
GOLD RECORD
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THS 5 cover

M OODYMYTH 7.0: SENSATION, EXPERIMENTATION, REPLICATION. The first time I heard this album (and this was the first Moodies album I ever heard), I thought it was all one great big yawn save for “The Story In Your Eyes.” With time, I learned to lump it in with Children and Balance as the soft middle of the Moodies. The band’s decision to continue alternating songs from every member, this despite the fact that Justin Hayward and John Lodge were clearly the better songwriters, resulted in a blanching of the original white knights as they become mere balladeers and psychedelic storytellers. And so EGBDF became just another in a series of cosmic continuum that shifted slowly from rock (“After You Came”) to grand psychedelic statement (“Procession”) to orchestral arrangement (“My Song”) to artful pop (“The Story In Your Eyes”) to children’s fantasy (“Nice To Be Here”) to lullaby (“Emily’s Song”). The Moodies’ seemingly ancient adherence to the album-oriented format didn’t hurt sales, but there were murmurs that the band might be trampled by the hordes of new rock barbarians who were storming the gates after The Beatles’ abdication/abnegation of studio pop sovereignty. Loyal blue tweenies continued to champion their antiquated quintet all the same, and in fairness EGBDF is still an interesting record (as evidenced by an MFSL remaster, an honor accorded few albums), but not the place to start lest the Moodies myth crumble in your hand without the foundational Days, Search and Dream to support it. I can personally vouch for the 1997 digital remaster, but I’m guessing the MFSL or super-high expanded versions are the way to travel.

TH 5 picture sleeve 4772-2 front cover (gatefold)
THS 5 picture sleeve 4772-2 front cover (gatefold)
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TRACK LISTING

  1. PROCESSION    (Graeme Edge/Justin Hayward/John Lodge/Mike Pinder/Ray Thomas)    4:40
  2. THE STORY IN YOUR EYES    (Justin Hayward)    2:57
  3. OUR GUESSING GAME    (Ray Thomas)    3:34
  4. EMILY'S SONG    (John Lodge)    3:41
  5. AFTER YOU CAME    (Graeme Edge)    4:37
  6. ONE MORE TIME TO LIVE    (John Lodge)    5:41
  7. NICE TO BE HERE    (Ray Thomas)    4:24
  8. YOU CAN NEVER GO HOME    (Justin Hayward)    4:14
  9. MY SONG    (Mike Pinder)    6:20

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  10. THE STORY IN YOUR EYES (ORIGINAL VERSION)
  11. THE DREAMER

CREDITS

GRAEME EDGE --
JUSTIN HAYWARD --
JOHN LODGE --
MIKE PINDER --
RAY THOMAS --

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/US/GER July 23, 1971 Threshold LP/8T THS/ETHC-5 gatefold cover, insert, picture sleeve
FRA 1971 Threshold LP 278.029 gatefold cover
JPN 1971 Threshold LP SLC-806 gatefold cover
THA 1971 First LP FL-2102  
JPN   Threshold LP THL-3 gatefold cover
JPN   Threshold LP LAX-1026 gatefold cover
US   Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs LP MFSL-1-232 gatefold cover, omr
JPN 1982 Threshold LP L20P-1022 gatefold cover
JPN   Threshold LP K18P-36 gatefold cover
US September 12, 1995 Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs CD UDCD-643 gold disc, omr
UK 1997 Threshold CD 847 722-2 digital remaster
US 1997 Threshold CD 4772-2 digital remaster
JPN 2000 Universal CD UICY-9038  
UK 2007 Universal CDX 9845506 SACD remaster w. bonus tracks
UK 2008 Decca CDX 5306627 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
JPN 2008 Universal CDX UICY-93717 SHMCD remaster w. bonus tracks
JPN 2009 Universal CDX UICY-91403 SHMCD remaster w. bonus tracks
JPN 2010 Universal CD UIGY-9025 SACD/SHMCD remaster

 

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