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Mike Pinder

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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. A pioneering user of the early electronic keyboard instrument the Mellotron as a substitute for a full orchestra, Pinder’s work served as the model for the playing of musicians such as Barclay James Harvest’s Woolly Wolstenholme, Blue Weaver of the Strawbs, and, to a lesser degree, Ian McDonald of King Crimson, though the latter group quickly evolved its own sound with the instrument. 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. During the group’s mid-’70s hiatus, Pinder recorded a solo album, The Promise, which grafted elements of what would later be called New Age music onto his established Romantic sound. He returned to the group’s lineup for one reunion album (Octave) and then retired to California, rather than embark on a world tour.

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  • silverlage

    Here is a playlist of the album The Promise

    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • silverlage

    List of Pinder's albums

    29 Oct 2011 Reply
  • silverlage

    It gave me a really big smile when I realized it was his influence on The Moody Blues that probably is what made them my favorite band ever.

    23 Mar 2011 Reply
  • EricvanderWal

    A pioneer , a soundarchitekt with the melletron

    28 Feb 2011 Reply
  • MysticAgent

    The Greatest Mellotron Player Ever! A Great Human Being! Last I heard he was Living in Florida!

    28 Jun 2010 Reply
  • StudioElectro

    Essential electronician.

    27 Jul 2009 Reply
  • PeterRiden

    The distinctive touch of a mystical and very scoped individual has made the initial imprint of The Moody Blues and his own subsequent releases unforgettable masterpieces entered in human posterity for the ages. Mike Pinder is probably one of the most introspective musician/poet ever recorded and the significance of multiple spiritual and profound messages and a very profuse humanity felt through his musical delivery are forever to be cherished by those who demand emotions while listening to music or even recitations.

    11 Apr 2009 Reply
  • moodys

    Mike Pinder der Mellotronpionier,war für die Moody Blues neben Hayward das wichtigste Mitglied.

    30 Oct 2008 Reply