The Moody Blues A Question of Balance [SACD] [Import]
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- Released: January 25, 2012
- Originally Released: 1970
- Label: Universal
Rolling Stone - 11/12/70, p.40"...an abundance of spiritual and other insights and poetry that recalled the best of - yes, I dare say it - Gibran, colossal Straussian orchestrations simulated by a mellotron and heavenly choirs....an unexaggerably beautiful record..."
Uncut - p.1203 stars out of 5 -- "[B]y 1970's A QUESTION OF TIME, they'd shifted to a simpler approach, easier to recreate live."
- 2.How It Is (We Are Here)
- 3.And the Tide Rushes In
- 4.Don't You Feel Small
- 5.Tortoise & The Hare
- 6.It's Up to You
- 7.Minstrel's Song
- 8.Dawning Is the Day
- 9.Melancholy Man
- 10.The Balance
- 11.Mike's Number One
- 12.Question (alternate version)
- 13.Minstrel's Song (original mix)
- 14.It's Up to You (original mix)
- 15.Don't You Feel Small (original mix)
- 16.Dawning Is the Day (full original mix)
The Moody Blues: Justin Hayward, Graeme Edge, John Lodge, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas.
Engineers: Derek Varnals, Adrian Martins, Robin Thompson.
Includes liner notes by John Reed.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
The Moody Blues: Justin Hayward (vocals, guitar); John Lodge (vocals, bass instrument); Ray Thomas (flute, harmonica); Mike Pinder (keyboards); Graeme Edge (drums, percussion).
The beautifully remastered version of the Moody Blues's 1970 back-to-basics album (translation: they cut way back on the overdubs) strips away the original aural murk at last, and includes informative liner-note interviews with the band about the recording process. Standout tracks include the classic sort-of protest song "Question" and "It's Up to You," one of singer/guitarist Justin Hayward's most authoritatively wistful riff-rockers.
There is a clear attempt to pare back the lush excesses of their earlier work in favor of a leaner rock sound, as heard on cuts like John Lodge's pell-mell "The Tortoise and the Hare." Still, one of the album's standouts is Ray Thomas's "And the Tide Rushes In," a lovely psychedelic ballad of the sort that moved the Who's Pete Townshend to remark that the Moody Blues' albums were so gorgeously produced that listening to them was like "being in church." A QUESTION OF BALANCE is a fine album, and a clear preparation for its successor EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FAVOUR, one of the band's finest moments.
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