Moody Blues

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Release date: late 1972/early 1973

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Above, alternative (non-CBM) label, possibly related to WCF releases.


The best analytical notes of these three titles are still the ones written by bootleg needle dropper “doinker”: “The recording “October ’72” is supposedly from the Nassau Coliseum in 1972 [They did not play there in ’72, see tour schedule at the end].  According to the Hot Wacks discography, the recording “Live On A Tuesday Afternoon” is the same show. Sorry guys, it isn’t. The recording is somewhat similar, the performances are not.

LOATA, along with its even rarer identical companion “Moody Blues Alive”, are perhaps the rarest of the Moodies live vinyl. LOATA was probably limited to under 200 copies, and only came out once, a very long time ago. To those who understand the following lingo, it’s an East Coast WCF pressing, made in either North Carolina, or Flushing, NY. I have no information about “Moody Blues Alive”, except that the pressing may be European. The cover was a small insert with a stoned-out face floating in a blue starfield.


Moody Blues Live On A Tuesday Afternoon

WCF cover and label design, similar to Bob Dylan Isle Of Wight


Moody Blues Alive

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Both pressings are quite good, but the production values were not. Some idiot added echo during the mastering process, and stopped and started the tape, producing a loud “thwack!” each time. It seems the tape was fast-forwarded and stopped to make the transfer as quick as possible.

“October ’72” came out more than one time. It’s probably best to call it a Berkely Records production (also East Coast, somewhat later than LOATA [I believe Berkeley Records was definitely a West Coast operation]). Most of the pressings were terrible, and this one is no exception. There are a few good pressings of this show by the way, but they all suffer from speed problems.

The real treat here is the impromptu version of “Oh! Suzannah!”. It’s great, short as it is.

Hope you like the shows! Many thanks to MoodySMB for help doing research.”


Live On A Tuesday Afternoon

Tuesday Afternoon
The Tortoise And The Hare
Melancholy Man
Are You Sitting Comfortably?
The Dream
Have You Heard? Pt 1
The Voyage
Have You Heard? Pt 2
Nights In White Satin
Legend Of A Mind

October ’72

Melancholy Man
Living In The Land Of Make Believe
Nights In White Satin
Are You Sitting Comfortably
The Dream
Have You Heard? Pt 1
The Voyage
Have You Heard? Pt 2
Oh! Suzannah!

Moody Blues 1972 US Tour dates:

MARCH 1972
22    Chicago, IL    International Ampitheatre  
23    Champaign, IL    UICU – Univ. Assembly Hall   
25    Detroit, MI    Cobo Arena   
26    Syracuse, NY    Onondaga Memorial Auditorium   
27    Baltimore, MD    Baltimore Civic Center   
28    Toronto, ON    Maple Leaf Gardens   
30    Boston, MA    Boston Gardens   
31    Buffalo, NY    Memorial Auditorium   
APRIL 1972
2    San Antonio, TX    Convention Center Arena   
3    Fort Worth, TX    Tarrant County Convention Center   
4    Oklahoma City, OK    Oklahoma Fairgrounds Arena   
5    Houston, TX    Sam Houston Coliseum   
7    Orlando, FL    Sports Stadium Arena   
8    Miami, FL    Hollywood Sportatorium   

21    Hampton, VA    Hampton Roads Coliseum    
22    Baltimore, MD    Civic Center    
23    New York City, NY    Madison Square Garden    (2 shows)

24    Philadelphia, PA    Spectrum  
25    Boston, MA    Boston Gardens  
27    St. Louis, MO    The Arena    
28    Milwaukee, WI    Arena    
29    Bloomington, MN    Metropolitan Sports Center  
31    Salt Lake City, UT    Salt Palace    
1    Los Angeles, CA    Forum
3    San Diego, CA    Sports Arena    
4    Long Beach, CA    Long Beach Arena

Best naked female depiction: 1934: Santana – FLAKO DE ’57 SPORTSHIRT
Best spiritual cover: 1933: PINK FLOYD – OHM SWEET OHM
Best comic cover: 2924: ELP THE 1972 AMERICAN TOUR
Best “weird” cover: 1922: BONZO DOG BAND – LOOSE CABOOSE
Best use of an illustration: 1910 MOODY BLUES – GRANDE TOURE
Best group shot: Tie: 1902 BLIND FAITH & 1951: BAD COMPANY – SCRAPBOOK
Cutest cover: 1975 GENESIS – AWED MAN OUT

Best ‘title = cover’: 1968 KING CRIMSON – HERETIC
Best drawing & back cover: 2956 THE WHO -TOMMY LIVE AT THE RAINBOW


Honorable mentions:



Please add your own nominees in the comments.


“The magic Patchbay assembled these tapes. This and the following ELP disc were his last association with TAKRL. He joined the Army.”

I would like to thank one of my favorite bootleg needle droppers “Doinker”, who has been sharing his work on for the following detective work and permission to use his words:

The Moody Blues Mega-Rare Restored Vinyl “Grande Toure” LA Forum 1972-11-1 and 1974-01-30

First of all: Forget about what the discographies say where these shows were recorded and which tracks are on what date.

They are wrong, wrong, WRONG!!!!

The first two tracks on this incredible album are most probably from the November 1972 concert at the LA Forum. The rest of the tracks are absolutely and definitely a cut up and rearranged version of the LA Forum show on 1974-01-30, and you can tell anyone else who has a differing opinion that I have the facts proven from a most reliable source. Although I can’t go into the details, you can sort of prove it for yourself: The group had just returned from a tour of Japan. Check out the track listings on any of those shows – it’s track by track the same after the first two songs on this album. The first two tracks were also not performed at all on the 1974 west coast tour.

As for the performances – heavenly!!!!!

Here is the verified setlist for January 30:

Intro/Higher and Higher
Out And In
The Story In Your Eyes
One More Time To Live
Tuesday Afternoon
Legend Of A Mind
Watching And Waiting
Eternity Road
Discussion about Japan trip
Melancholy Man
Are You Sitting Comfortably?
The Dream
Have You Heard? Pt1
The Voyage
Have You Heard? Pt2
Nights In White Satin
I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)
Ride My Seesaw

Here’s the setlist for this album:


After You Came
When You’re A Free Man


Are You Sitting Comfortably?
The Dream
Have You Heard? Pt1
The Voyage
Have You Heard? Pt2
Higher And Higher
Out And In
Legend Of A Mind
I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)

A Simple Game (studio track)

As you can see, the beginning of the show has been moved to the second side of the LP. Why that is, is anybody’s guess – maybe the geniuses at TAKRL thought it tracked better that way.


Re-released as The Late Great Moody Blues on the Aftermath label.

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