For a band that never aspired to hit singles, the Moody Blues have had a remarkably lengthy career, as evidenced by this glossy 1990 profile. Interview snippets with engagingly chatty band members are interspersed with a... more » dozen of their videos, including those for their hits from the 1981 comeback album Long Distance Voyager: "The Voice" and "Gemini Dream." Singer-guitarist-songwriter Justin Hayward speaks most eloquently and interestingly among the quintet, and for the most part the videos are hilariously cheesy examples of the bad, cheap-looking, early-MTV-days genre. The band lip-syncs the song as a ridiculous story plays out starring the group's members. Some vintage performance footage is unearthed, which should please the group's voraciously loyal fan base, if not those still unconvinced. --Kevin Filipski« less
"The video footage of the band's early years really helps Moody fans understand what the band is about. They perform their songs as passionately as they did when they were written. I especially liked the footage of "I'm Just a Singer..." The look on Justin's face as he plays his guitar near the end shows just how intense his music is to him. The film also shows Graeme's great sense of humor. I've been a Moody's lover for years and this film pulled a lot of loose ends together."
The Moody Blues Anthology
Professor Wilbur Hamilton | Hamilton, CA | 12/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At long last available on DVD, "Legend of a Band" is the closest the Moody Blues will get to the documentary treatment that the Beatles received in their Anthology. Although it's already dated eleven years, evidenced by the inclusion of Patrick Moraz as a band member (who left the group in '89/'90), it is a great repository of high-quality vintage performances, home movie footage, and 1990 interviews with the four band members. Also, this is the only place to find the MTV-style music videos for "Your Wildest Dreams," "I Know You're Out There Somewhere," "No More Lies," and the 1989-remake of "Question." This is the closest that the band will come, I believe, to releasing a music video anthology as well as a documentary. A nice companion piece to the Royal Albert Hall live DVD...now let's just hope this means that the classic and essential "A Night at Red Rocks" concert will find its way onto the digital format."
Interviews, performances and music videos!
Dennis Bradford (firstname.lastname@example.org) | Fairborn, OH | 11/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A wonderful history of one of England's greatest and most enduring bands. Contains interviews with all four band members. It also has great concert footage and many of the band's music videos including Your Wildest Dreams which won the Billboard Video of the Year award. A must for anyone who has ever enjoyed the Moody Blue's music."
A Worthwhile, Good Documentary Of A Legendary Band
Vickie R. Terhune | Northwest Indiana | 12/25/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I already have the DVD of the 1992 concert "A Night At Red Rocks", which I'd gotten last year, so when I found this documentary DVD I offered it to "Santa" for a Christmas present this year. Having watched this program in full the first time through, I really like "Legend Of A Band"--it's very informative and it's not as skimpy as some other music documentaries I've seen/heard. A slightly negative attribute, though, would be that the program is a bit dated (having been compiled and produced in 1990); yet, this documentary, audio/video quality-wise, is good enough for DVD. Nevertheless, the 80-minute-long program is the disc's only content; there's no extra footage or material, which could've made the program even more interesting.
I like the intimate individual interview pieces with the core of the band (Justin, Ray, Graeme, John), between the full-length song videos and rare concert material, but the interview footage excludes founding member Mike Pinder and the band's (then) keyboardist Patrick Moraz; furthermore, I think it would've been neat if some of the interview footage would've been of the four guys together, which would've provided career comments and personal feelings and song explanations in a collective perspective. Still, this is an excellent documentary, which offers some songs I'd never heard before. Overall, the quality of this DVD is what other music documentaries should be but often are not, allowing me to further appreciate the "Red Rocks" DVD. If you're a die-hard Moody Blues fan, I'm sure you won't be disappointed with this program."
Quality time with a quality band
Dennis Bradford (email@example.com) | Nacogdoches, Texas | 10/25/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Legend of a Band" is an entertaining family video about one of Rock's truly great groups. It possesses solid concert footage as well as intimate conversations with each of the performers. The music is wonderful and members' insight into the process of creating it makes this a worthy effort. Unlike many of today's attitudinal "in your face" groups, my impression of the Moody Blues is that they are four really nice guys who just happen to make great music."