Personnel: Justin Hayward (vocals, guitar); John Lodge (vocals); Jim Cockey, Jim Cockney (violin); Tom Tompkins (viola, cello); Tim Tompkins (cello); Kirk Duncan (piano); Mark Singer, Graham Deakin (drums).
Liner Note Author: John Tracy.
Recording information: Strawberry Studios, Stockport, England; Threshold Studios, Decca, London, England.
The most romantic album to come out of the Moody Blues' orbit, and the biggest success of their five-year hiatus. Hayward has the more distinctive body of songs, but their strength as a unit lies in their vocal pairing, which is as strong here as it ever was with the group. The pair play the guitars and basses, backed by a group that includes members of the Threshold-signed band Providence. Hayward wrote or co-wrote seven of the original album's ten songs, and most of it is fairly impressive as soft romantic rock, although "Nights Winters Years" is a little bit too melodramatic. Lodge has one of the better rockers to come out of the group's orbit, however, in "Saved By the Music," which is also a surprisingly spiritual song. The production by Tony Clarke echoes the best Moody Blues sound. The bonus track, "Blue Guitar," is an added attraction to the CD. ~ Bruce Eder