Prelude (The Moody Blues album)

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Compilation album by The Moody Blues
Released 26 October 1987
Recorded 30 March 1967 – 17 November 1968
Genre Progressive rock
Length 37:33
Label London
Producer Tony Clarke
The Moody Blues chronology
The Other Side of Life
(1986)The Other Side of Life1986
Sur la Mer
(1988)Sur la Mer1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Prelude is a 1987 compilation album by The Moody Blues consisting of non-album singles and rarities.

Tracks 1-5 were previously released on singles in 1967 prior to the release of Days of Future Passed. They are the first Moody Blues releases to feature Justin Hayward and John Lodge.
Track 6, "A Simple Game", was later recorded by the Four Tops and (as "Simple Game"), went to #3 in the UK charts in 1972.
Tracks 7-11 formed the "+5" portion of the 1977 Caught Live + 5 album.
Track 12, "Late Lament," which rounds out the album, is the Graeme Edge poem that appears at the end of Days of Future Passed.
Though many of these tracks have also appeared on other releases, such as the Time Traveller box set and the 2006 SACD album remasters, Prelude is the only release that contains all eleven rarities.

Track listing

  1. "Fly Me High" (Justin Hayward) – 3:02 (lead singer: Justin Hayward)
  2. "I Really Haven't Got the Time" (Mike Pinder) – 3:12 (lead singer: Mike Pinder)
  3. "Leave This Man Alone" (Hayward) – 3:01 (lead singer: Justin Hayward)
  4. "Love and Beauty" (Pinder) – 2:28 (lead singer: Mike Pinder)
  5. "Cities" (Hayward) – 2:27 as b-side to "Nights in White Satin"
  6. "A Simple Game" (Pinder) – 3:47 as b-side to "Ride My See-Saw" (lead singer: Mike Pinder)
  7. "Gimme a Little Somethin'" (John Lodge) – 3:18 (lead singers: John Lodge, Justin Hayward)
  8. "Please Think About It" (Pinder) – 3:45 (lead singer: Mike Pinder)
  9. "Long Summer Days" (Hayward) – 3:18 (lead singer: Justin Hayward)
  10. "King and Queen" (Hayward) – 3:57 (lead singer: Justin Hayward)
  11. "What Am I Doing Here?" (Hayward) – 3:40 (lead singer: Justin Hayward)
  12. "Late Lament" (Graeme Edge, Peter Knight) – 1:36 (narrator: Mike Pinder)


  1. Eder, Bruce. "Prelude - The Moody Blues | AllMusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 19 November 2011.