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RIP Ray Thomas

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 07 Jan 2018, 11:48

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Re: RIP Ray Thomas

Postby nev harp » 07 Jan 2018, 14:45

RIP Ray. A big part of the reason the Moodies lift off.
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Re: RIP Ray Thomas

Postby Bent Fabric » 07 Jan 2018, 14:51

kewl klive wrote:RIP Ray. A big part of the reason the Moodies lift off.


His "Legend of a Mind" may be the greatest thing they ever put to tape.

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Re: RIP Ray Thomas

Postby nev harp » 07 Jan 2018, 15:05

It’s wonderful.

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Re: RIP Ray Thomas

Postby slightbreeze » 07 Jan 2018, 16:14

Always liked Ray. No great shakes as a flautist and the majority of his songs were pretty dreadful, but he always looked dapper and didn't seem to take the po faced music too seriously . RIP, Ray, you seemed to be a very down to earth and likeable chap

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Re: RIP Ray Thomas

Postby Matt Wilson » 07 Jan 2018, 16:33

Days of Future Past is grossly under appreciated here.

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Re: RIP Ray Thomas

Postby jimboo » 07 Jan 2018, 18:24

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Re: RIP Ray Thomas

Postby Purgatory Brite » 07 Jan 2018, 18:54

RIP

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Re: RIP Ray Thomas

Postby never/ever » 07 Jan 2018, 19:42

Sad to hear. Just before their HoF-induction too.
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Re: RIP Ray Thomas

Postby pcqgod » 07 Jan 2018, 23:28

I loved Ray's singing, his songs, his flute playing, even. I know that he had retired touring with the Moodies some time ago, and though I am still excited to see them on their 50th anniversary 'Days of Future Passed' tour in a couple of weeks, I knew it wasn't going to be the same without him.
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Re: RIP Ray Thomas

Postby toomanyhatz » 08 Jan 2018, 00:42

He's outside looking in. :(

I always liked the music hall goofiness he brought to them. A much-needed antidote to the seriousness elsewhere.
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Re: RIP Ray Thomas

Postby Quaco » 08 Jan 2018, 08:24

Massive fan of the Moodies over here. His weren't the easiest to love because they weren't sexy, but his influence gave them a dorky, down-to-earth quality which, as others have said, was a good antidote to the seriousness of Pinder and Edge especially -- even though Thomas himself was serious in his way -- and to the almost too good hair of Hayward. I guess he's like the odd uncle who told funny stories that family gatherings just aren't the same without.
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Re: RIP Ray Thomas

Postby Bent Fabric » 08 Jan 2018, 12:39

Quaco wrote:Massive fan of the Moodies over here.


I had an anxiety dream last night about frantically trying to text you from Staples Center because I was supposed to play the Moodies' RRHOF induction ceremony and it was all deep cuts from the early 70s (handpicked by Arthur Lee, no less) that I didn't really know and wasn't going to have time to learn in a matter of minutes.

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Re: RIP Ray Thomas

Postby Rayge » 08 Jan 2018, 15:42

I only opened this thread because I didn't know who he was (a common occurrence in obit threads). Once I found out he was a flautist from a band I, ahem, haven't cared for for a half-century or more, I was going to leave, because, well, don't speak ill of the dead and all that, but then I read the rest of the tributes, so I'll just say,
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Re: RIP Ray Thomas

Postby Sneelock » 08 Jan 2018, 16:32

toomanyhatz wrote:He's outside looking in. :(

I always liked the music hall goofiness he brought to them. A much-needed antidote to the seriousness elsewhere.



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Re: RIP Ray Thomas

Postby Quaco » 10 Jan 2018, 00:19

Bent Fabric wrote:
Quaco wrote:Massive fan of the Moodies over here.


I had an anxiety dream last night about frantically trying to text you from Staples Center because I was supposed to play the Moodies' RRHOF induction ceremony and it was all deep cuts from the early 70s (handpicked by Arthur Lee, no less) that I didn't really know and wasn't going to have time to learn in a matter of minutes.

Call Mills! Was I going to stand in for you, or text you the chords?
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Re: RIP Ray Thomas

Postby Bent Fabric » 10 Jan 2018, 04:21

Quaco wrote:
Bent Fabric wrote:
Quaco wrote:Massive fan of the Moodies over here.


I had an anxiety dream last night about frantically trying to text you from Staples Center because I was supposed to play the Moodies' RRHOF induction ceremony and it was all deep cuts from the early 70s (handpicked by Arthur Lee, no less) that I didn't really know and wasn't going to have time to learn in a matter of minutes.

Call Mills! Was I going to stand in for you, or text you the chords?


Oh, I expected you to play.

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Re: RIP Ray Thomas

Postby Nancy » 11 Jan 2018, 16:16

RIP Ray.

Always loved his voice, and he was a very good flute player - sometimes double-tracking bass flute and soloing over himself.
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Re: RIP Ray Thomas

Postby C » 11 Jan 2018, 16:59

I watched The Moodies at Isle of Wight 1970 last night- robust stuff.

Not quite an Ian Anderson but a good flautist and a great voice in a corker of a band

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Re: RIP Ray Thomas

Postby kath » 12 Jan 2018, 20:32

another massive fan of the moodies here, and of ray's contributions.

r.i.p. ray.

sniff. i imagine i'll get more words out at the listen.