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22-Dec-08
Moody Blues Encyclopedia

thisiskent.co.uk
Pembury music enthusiast completes major work.

Saturday, December 20, 2008, 10:

A MUSIC enthusiast's seven year labour of love has come to an end – for now.

Victor Rust, of the High Street, Pembury, has just completed a major work on the Moody Blues; a psychedelic rock band which is still recording and touring after four decades.

The two-volume encyclopedia itemises every song and every album the band has produced, as well as all the people involved in the music's creation.

Each volume is 700 pages long and together they include more than 3,000 individual entries.

The British Airways website operator, who worked on the project in the evenings and weekends, admitted it became a "sort of obsession."

He added: "My wife couldn't really understand it to start with. But once she saw a copy of the first draft she thought it was incredible. Now she is immensely proud of it, as I am."

However, the painstaking hours of research and writing are not over just yet.

As the band keeps on touring and producing more music, including the digital remastering of old albums, Mr Rust will continue to catalogue their work.

Strangely, the keen musician and former bass in the London Philharmonic Choir said the hardest part of the process was actually listening to the music.

He said: "In many cases there are no listings of what the musicians played. I had to listen to each track and figure out what instruments were being played and who was playing them.

"My dad was a jazz discographer and I used to help him listen to the recordings and work out the difference between the instruments – you have to have a good ear to do it."

Researching even the smallest bits of information often opened up numerous other avenues of enquiry.

"I found out about every song and every album and all the people involved; the producers, engineers, the side projects – it was about giving a full picture."

The award-winning group was founded in Birmingham in 1964 and has had a total of eight band members over the years.

Their most well-known tracks include Go Now and one of the biggest selling singles of all time, Nights in White Satin. The band is currently made up of Justin Hayward, Graeme Edge and founding member John Lodge.

Speaking on what it was about them that captured his imagination, Mr Rust said: "There is a real serenity to the music and a beauty in how they constructed it."

The 45-year-old, who has been to more than 20 Moody Blues shows, added the group had been a big part of his life.

And with the publication of his work, Mr Rust can rest assured he has helped secure their legacy.

He said: "It's a work of art, my own personal work of art."
The Moody Blues Encyclopaedia: Volume 1 and 2 are available to buy for £25 each on www.thisiskent.co.uk/links
 


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