The Moody Blues returned in July of 1971 with the sixth of what would become known as their seven core albums which stretch from Days Of Future Passed to Seventh Sojourn.
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour returned the group to their layered textures and cosmic musical feel that had been abandoned on their stripped down last release, A Question Of Balance. There would, however, be no unifying theme present; instead each song would be a unique creation. Despite veering from their usual unified approach the music would be highly listenable throughout and would reach the number one and two positions on the English and United States charts respectively. The title would be taken from a way to memorize the sonic scales; E, G, B, D, F.
The lyrics would not be as other-worldly as on their past releases but many would be darker in nature. The sonic and inspirational quality of the music would serve as a counterpoint to the words. This would also be the last Moody Blues album in which Mike Pinder’s mellotron would play a significant role as technological advances in the music field would lead toward its ultimate retirement.
The album would begin with the only song in their catalogue that gives writing credit to all five members of the group. “Possession,” which only includes three spoken words, desolation, creation, and communication, is a history of music and the human race if you want to stretch a little and all in just under five minutes. It is a building and complex song and is seventies progressive rock at its most self indulgent and creative.
Justin Hayward’s “The Story In Your Eyes” is the second track and explodes from the speakers. It would become a hit single and a signature song for the group. The dark lyrics are almost overlooked as the mellotron and guitars combine to give the track a high energy rock sound.