On this day in music history: July 23, 1971 - “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour”, the seventh album by The Moody Blues is released. Produced by Tony Clarke, it is recorded at Wessex Studios in London from November 1970, January - March 1971. The progressive rock bands seventh release takes its title from the student mnemonic from the notes on the treble clef of the scale. The album features the track “Procession” which is the only song to be written by all five members of the band, and includes the notes E-G-B-D-F of the treble clef played on the piano in the song. “Favour” is also the last Moodies album to feature use of the mellotron, which has been a staple element of their sound since “Days Of Future Passed”. It is The Moody Blues’ most successful and highest charting album to date, spinning off the hit single “The Story In Your Eyes” (#23 Pop). First issued on CD in the mid 80’s, it is remastered and reissued in 1997, with Universal Japan also releasing it as a SHM-CD in 2008 and a limited SACD in 2010. “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” peaks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
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