JOHN LODGE OF THE MOODY BLUES TO RELEASE B YOND - BEST OF ALBUM
August 28, 2019
John Lodge, bass guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the iconic Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2018 inductees, The Moody Blue releases B Yond – The Very Best Of on 27th September through BMG Records. The album will be available initially as a CD or Digital Audio. A double vinyl gatefold (180g) will be released in November.
B Yond features 3 new recordings, 2 new remixes, and other tracks chosen by John as he revisits the very best of his career with the Moody Blues together with his solo work.
For this album Lodge went back into the studio to totally recreate Street Café, (Evening) Time to Get Away and Legend of a Mind, with the wonderful musicians of the 10,000 Light Years Band. The tracks were co-produced by John and Alan Hewitt, and features John on his original Fender Precision Bass which he recorded all of the classic Moody Blues songs on. He is joined by Hewitt on keyboards, Duffy King on guitars, Billy Ashbaugh on drums and Jason Charboneau on Cello. The result is a fresh modern feel whilst still retaining the original magic of these songs. Legend of a Mind was particularly important for John to include on this album as it is his tribute to his friend Ray Thomas.
The original 24 track recordings of “Say You Love Me”, and “Summer Breeze, Summer Song”, were also remixed and remastered to create a 2019 feel to these songs that were so much part of John’s first solo ventures.
Lodge states: “With this album I want to share with you my 'deep cuts’ - songs that I’ve wanted to revisit, and songs which have become an important part of my life. It is this which has taken me
back into the studio, to share with you my music and record again with my Fender Precision Bass. I hope you too can join me on this journey... B Yond”
Full Tracklisting for B Yond – The Very Best Of:
1. I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band) (Live) 2. Summer Breeze, Summer Song (2019 Remix) 3. In My Mind 4. Street Café (2019) 5. (Evening) Time To Get Away (2019)
6. Saved By The Music (Live) 7. Legend Of A Mind (2019) 8. Say You Love Me (2019 Remix) 9. Get Me Out Of Here 10. Gemini Dream (Live) 11. Isn't Life Strange (Live) 12. Ride My See-Saw (Live)
MORE INFORMATION ON JOHN LODGE:
As a member of The Moody Blues since 1966, John Lodge has spent much of his life touring the world, as part of a 'rock n roll band'. His first solo album titled NATURAL AVENUE was released 40 years ago in 1977, but was never performed live. When asked what has taken him so long to get his own show on the road, John was quick to point out, with a smile, that he has been busy with his "other band”.
During his remarkable career with the Moody Blues, Lodge John has received numerous awards including an Ivor Novello for Outstanding Contribution to Music and an ASCAP (American Society Of Composers & Publishers). He was also recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. John has been voted one of the 10 most influential bass players on the planet. The album Seventh Sojurn was Billboard number 1 for 5 weeks, and Lodge wrote both the singles from this album, the high-energy I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band) and the beautiful and ethereal Isn’t Life Strange.
The Moody Blues have sold more than 70 million albums and are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their iconic album Days of Future Passed with a hugely successful US tour, which includes a sold-out show at the Hollywood Bowl. The release of their live album Days of Future Passed, Live, recently reached the top of US DVD charts. The Moodies continue to perform their music to fans across the generations, and can also currently be seen performing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction on HBO, and on Amazon Prime, which features two of John’s hits, I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band), and Ride My See-saw. .
Lodge also has a wine line titled “Krisemma Wine,” which has won several prestigious international awards including ‘Best South African Chardonnay’ in the International Wine Challenge.
B Yond – The Very Best Of
Release date: 27th September 2019
Cat Numbers: CD - 538517342 Digital Audio Album: 538517354