HIT CHANNEL EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:
July 2016. We had the great honour to talk with a legendary musician: Ray Thomas. He is best known as a founding member, flautist, singer and songwriter of the Moody Blues. He recorded backing vocals on “I Am the Walrus” and played harmonica on “The Fool on the Hill” by The Beatles. In the ‘70s he released two solo albums (“From Mighty Oaks” and “Hopes Wishes and Dreams”) in collaboration with Nicky James. Last year, Esoteric Recordings released the 50th Anniversary re-mastered edition of “The Magnificent Moodies” debut album of the Moody Blues. Read below the very interesting things he told us:
After the tragic death of Alvin Stardust and the brave response to Prostate Awareness by his widow, Julie, in following up on what Alvin had intended to say about the disease, I have decided to help in some small way. I was diagnosed in September 2013 with prostate cancer. My cancer was in-operable but I have a fantastic doctor who immediately started me on a new treatment that has had 90% success rate. The cancer is being held in remission but I'll be receiving this treatment for the rest of my life. I have four close friends who have all endured some kind of surgery or treatment for this cancer and all are doing well. While I don't like to talk publicly about my health problems, after Alvin's death, I decided it was time I spoke out. A cancer diagnosis can shake your world and your family's but if caught in time it can be cured or held in remission.
I urge all males to get tested NOW.
Don't put it off by thinking it won't happen to me. It needs to be caught early. It's only a blood test - a few minutes out your dayto save yourself from this disease.
Love and God Bless, Ray
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly remastered edition of "Natural Avenue”, the 1977 solo album by the MOODY BLUES’ bass player, vocalist and writer JOHN LODGE. John’s contribution to the Moody Blues as a key member and songwriter is well known, and in 1977, whilst the band was on a hiatus, he recorded this solo album. Featuring contributions from guest musicians such as Kenney Jones, Chris Spedding, Mel Collins and Mick Weaver, the album was produced by Moody Blues’ producer Tony Clarke and was a UK Top 40 hit.
"Natural Avenue” has been remastered from the original master tapes and includes two bonus tracks, ‘Street Café’ and ‘Threw it All Away’, originally released as a single in 1980. The reissue also features a lavish booklet that fully restores the original album artwork.
This has been a long time coming but we are finally proud to announce the release of the re-mastered “From Mighty Oaks” and “Hopes, Wishes & Dreams”. Both albums will be included in a boxset along with a never released quad version of “Mighty Oaks”, a never before seen video performance of “High Above My Head”, an interview hosted by Mike Pinder and a new song, “The Trouble with Memories” written and performed by myself and Bias Boshell along with a very special guest appearance by Finbar Furey. All of this has been pulled together by Mark Powell of Esoteric Recordings, a division of Cherry Red Records Ltd. Phil Smee has worked wonders with the original art work to produce a very memorable cover.
**Signed boxsets are available thru Phil Pavling, Musicfans92, at Amazon.co.uk. Press to order from Amazon
From Mighty Oakseclec2261
New remastered single CD edition of the first solo album by Moody Blues flautist & vocalist Ray Thomas, with lavish booklet and interview with Ray Thomas. Reviews & features in "Uncut", "Mojo", "Record Collector" & "Classic Rock" magazines and coverage on BBC radio & relevant websites & fanzines! Esoteric recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new remastered single CD edition of the album. This edition has been remastered from the original master tapes, fully restores the elaborate album artwork and includes an interview with Ray Thomas.Hey Mama Life / Play It Again / Rock-A-Bye Baby Blues / High Above My Head / Love Is The Key / You Make Me Feel Alright / Adam And I / I Wish We Could Fly
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Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered single CD edition of From Mighty Oaks. This edition has been re-mastered from the original master tapes, fully restores the elaborate album artwork and includes an interview with Ray Thomas.