Moody Blues singer/bassist John Lodge has released a new single to coincide with the launch of The Royal Affair Tour, a new North American trek that also features Yes, Asia and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy.
The track is an updated rendition of “Street Café,” the original version of which appeared as a bonus track on the 1987 reissue of John’s 1977 solo album, Natural Avenue. The song, which is available now digitally and via streaming services, also is part of a new Lodge solo compilation called B Yond — The Very Best Of, due out on August 23.
“Street Café” is one of three older songs that Lodge re-recorded for the album, along with the Moody Blues tunes “(Evening) Time to Get Away” and “Legend of a Mind.” Members of Lodge’s solo group, The 10,000 Light Years Band, also contributed to the new recordings.
The retrospective also features new remixes of two other songs from Natural Avenue — “Say You Love Me” and “Summer Breeze, Summer Song” — as well as selections from Lodge’s 2015 studio album, 10,000 Light Years Ago, and his 2017 concert album, Live from Birmingham. Among the live tunes are renditions of the classic Moody Blues songs “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band),” “Gemini Dream,” “Isn’t Life Strange” and “Ride My See-Saw.”
“With this album I want to share with you my ‘deep cuts’, songs that I have wanted to revisit, and songs which have become an important part of my life,” Lodge says of B Yond. “I hope you too can join me on this journey…B Yond.”
You can pre-order CD or digital versions of B Yond now.
The Royal Affair Tour is mapped out through a July 28 concert in Saratoga, California.
Here’s the B Yond track list:
“I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band)” (Live)
“Summer Breeze, Summer Song” (2019 Remix)
“In My Mind”
“Street Café” (2019)
“(Evening) Time to Get Away” (2019)
“Saved by the Music” (Live)
“Legend of a Mind” (2019)
“Say You Love Me” (2019 Remix)
“Get Me Out of Here”
“Gemini Dream” (Live)
“Isn’t Life Strange” (Live)
“Ride My See-Saw” (Live)
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