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Mike Pinder The Moody Blues

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Moods: Type: Lyrical Jazz: Jazz-Pop Rock: Adult Contemporary

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United States - California

Mike Pinder

The co-founder, keyboard player, and one of the three principal singers of the Moody Blues, Mike Pinder was a very visible presence in early progressive rock circles. During his years with the Moody Blues, Pinder was known for the lush, dense sounds he generated from his Mellotrons (which yielded such high volumes in concert that the sound off his speakers created wind currents on the stage), which he modified so extensively by the beginning of the 1970s, that they became known unofficially in the rock press (which covered the Moody Blues extensively in those days) as “Pinder-trons”; and for his compositions, which were frequently steeped in a brand of mysticism that recalled the English Romantic poets.
Pinder was one of the few truly gifted Mellotron players in rock, capable of coaxing extraordinarily rich sounds from this rather restricted instrument. His departure from the Moody Blues took him off the rock world’s musical stage, but the continued popularity of their early albums ensures that his music and playing are still widely heard and regularly rediscovered.