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Prog Magazine's Advent Calendar - Day Three

Moody Blues

So only 23 days until Christmas, and between now and then Prog Magazine will be bringing you a prog Christmas song every day to help you get in the festive spirit!

Today it's the turn of the Moody Blues, and their take on David Essex's A Winter's Tale, which was taken from the band's 2003 album December, their own collection of seasonal favourites (and outside of their 1965 debut album The Magnificent Moodies, the only Moody Blues album to feature cover versions). December was not only the last studio album the band have released, but the first as a trio after the late Ray Thomas had stepped down from the band.

A Winter's Tale, penned by Mike Batt and Tim Rice, was originally a 1982 No. 2 hit for David Essex kept off the top of the charts by Phil Collins' You Can't Hurry Love!

So enjoy. And remember, this isn’t a “best of” list. We're not adhering to any numerical order. These are just 25 great seasonal songs for you to enjoy. It’s as simple as that. Season's greetings…

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.