Tuesday, December 18, 2012


December is a Christmas themed album released by the rock band The Moody Blues in 2003. It is their first since The Magnificent Moodies to feature songs not written by members of the band. It is also the first following Ray Thomas' departure from the group.

    "Don't Need a Reindeer" (Justin Hayward)
    "December Snow" (Hayward)
    "In the Quiet of Christmas Morning (Bach 147)" (Bach, Hayward, John Lodge)
    "On This Christmas Day" (Lodge)
    "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" (John Lennon, Yoko Ono)
    "A Winter's Tale" (Mike Batt, Tim Rice)
    "The Spirit of Christmas" (Lodge)
    "Yes I Believe" (Hayward)
    "When a Child Is Born" (Zacar, Fred Jay)
    "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin)
    "In the Bleak Midwinter" (Holst, Rossetti)


    Justin Hayward - vocals, guitar
    John Lodge - vocals, bass guitar
    Graeme Edge - drums, percussion


Anonymous said...

I hate to be negative, but as a Moodies fan, I found this to be their worst album. Feels like a contractual obligation rather than the usual soulful/emotional Moody Blues album. I bought this when it first came out and give it a listen most years around this time, and I'm still disappointed. The Jorma album is far superior as Christmas album.

Bob W.

24HOURDEJAVU said...

Bob..I think this a good album but here is how I see it it...It does not deserve to classified as a true Moody Blues LP. With the loss of Ray Thomas and their older age setting in it does lack the spirit of a True Moody Blues LP It's good for Christmas listening though.

Anonymous said...

I think my disappoint is that it's the MOODY BLUES. If some other group had made this album, I might like it better, but it seems such a step down for the Moodies. Other artists have maintained their quality doing Xmas records (Jorma Kaukonen, Emmylou Harris, David Grisman, Nat King Cole, Beach Boys, etc.). In my opinion (I could be alone in this) is that there is no "magic" in this xmas album by the Moodies.

Bill, have a very Merry Christmas. Thank you for the great music, it is deeply appreciated (even when I don't like it).

Bob W.

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