-- A new three-disc collection gathering founding Moody Blues keyboardist Mike Pinder's two solo albums and a bonus DVD is available now from the U.K.'s Cherry Red label. The Promise/Among the Stars box set includes remastered versions of Pinder's 1976 debut solo effort, The Promise, and his 1994 release, Among the Stars, which originally was sold privately via mail order.
The compilation also contains three bonus tracks -- a solo tune titled "If She Came Back," and a pair of songs by The Pinder Brothers, a group featuring Mike's two sons, Matt and Michael Lee. Original Moody Blues member Ray Thomas plays flute on the latter two tracks, "Waves Crash" and "Empty Streets," which were produced by longtime Moodies producer Tony Clarke, who died in 2010.
The DVD features more than an hour of footage of Pinder performing some of his music, sharing memories about playing with The Moody Blues, and musing about his personal philosophy.
Pinder was a member of The Moodies from their 1964 inception until 1978, when he exited the group during the recording of the Octave album. Mike played the distinctive mellotron keyboard on many of the band's classic songs and also delivered the spoken-word soliloquy "Late Lament" that's heard at the end of "Nights in White Satin."
Here's the track list to The Promise/Among the Stars box set:
CD One: The Promise
"Free as a Dove"
"You'll Make It Through"
"I Only Want to Love You"
"Someone to Believe In"
CD Two: Among the Stars
"The Power of Love (Can Survive)"
"You Can't Take Love Away"
"The Best Things in Life"
"When You're Sleeping"
"Among the Stars"
"Waters Beneath the Bridge"
"The World Today"
"If She Came Back"
"Waves Crash" -- The Pinder Brothers (with Ray Thomas)
"Empty Streets" -- The Pinder Brothers (with Ray Thomas)
Exclusive extended interviews with Mike Pinder & solo performances
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