Around the time England were winning the World Cup in 1966, The Moody Blues were in crisis. Victims of their own rapid success, they began to fall apart under the pressure of trying to follow up their worldwide multi-million selling single 'Go Now'.
But what must have seemed like the end when singer-guitarist Denny Laine followed bass guitarist Clint Warwick out of the band would instead turn out to herald a new beginning. A new beginning to a story that, 40 years, 70 million album sales and several musical milestones after they formed in Birmingham, has still to reach its end.
In 1967 new arrivals Justin Hayward and John Lodge, joining the core of drummer Graeme Edge, pianist Mike Pinder and harmonica player Ray Thomas, brought with them a fresh spirit of adventure. Immediately the Moodies, like their counterparts The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks, stopped looking to America for inspiration and found their own voice.