45-DEM-85023 Nights In White Satin
Produced by Tony Clarke
Released on November 1967
UK CHART POSITION #19 (RE-CHARTED #9 in 1972 and #14 in 1979)
. . US RE-CHART POSITION #2 (charted August 5, 1972 for 18 weeks)
Find it at GEMM
45-DEM-85023 wo. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]

I f I were to compile a list of the world’s greatest songs (just to infuriate people with my presumption), I’d have “Nights In White Satin” somewhere near the top of the list. The single version I have (45-DEM-85023) matches the original elpee version minus the orchestral ending, so it clocks in around four-and-a-half minutes and not the 3:06 listed on the label. Honestly, I’m surprised how often the track times are just flat-out wrong. Apparently, no one ever checks them. The flip side is “Cities,” a nonalbum track written by Justin Hayward that shows the influence of The Beatles (after Rubber Soul) and/or perhaps Graham Gouldman’s minor-key melodies (“No Milk Today”). It’s short (at a correct two-and-a-half minutes) but well worth hearing, which is probably why the song has shown up on several Moodies compilations.

OG 9349 picture sleeve
OG 9349 picture sleeve


  1. NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN    (Justin Hayward)    3:06 (incorrect time, s/b approx. 4:25)
  2. CITIES    (Hayward)    2:20


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UK/IRE/ITA November 1967 Deram 7" DM 161  
US 1967 Deram 7" 45-DEM-85023 brown & white label
FRA 1967 Deram 7" 17.007 picture sleeve
US July 1972 Deram 7" 85023  
ARG 1972 Deram 7" 1559  
BRA 1972 Deram 7" 7DM-1002  
GER   Deram Oldies But Goodies 7" 6.11262 picture sleeve
CAN 1970s Deram 7" TOP 013  
UK October 1983 Old Gold 7" OG 9349 picture sleeve


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