Dating a gibson 4 string tenor acoustic guitar
With the possible exception of the Beatles, I can honestly say that no group has ever amazed and enchanted me harmony-wise than this quintet/quartet. Compare his voices on the original "Legend of a Mind" and the version from the Red Rocks concert and you will be absolutely astounded at how deep and lush his voice became in the last years of the band.
Indeed, the Moody Blues were the first group to put me under the "these guys are awesome, I need all of their albums" spell (I'm quite sure that my friends and associates remember quite well my obsession, devotion and compulsive desire to get other people into the group during my last year and a half in high school). And their individual voices weren't any slouch either.First, Ray Thomas was one of a VERY select few to make extensive use of the flute in pop music.Now, he didn't use it in the Ian Anderson make-the-flute-rock-as-hard-as-the-guitars manner, but rather he used it for pure melodic beauty and to add to the grandeur of the tunes.I would approach it with this sense of fear and forboding, not knowing what sound would come out of it when I played it; could be strings, could be a trumpet, maybe an oboe ...over time moisture would buildup in it and the tapes would get warped and stretched ..." You get the idea.
A grandiose intro, maybe a poem, a 'rocker', the main body of the album, and a closing piece to bring it all together.