The Moody Blues In Search of the Lost Chord [US 2008 Bonus Tracks]

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  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd

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Uncut - p.120
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]heir multi-layered prog reached its zenith on the extended suites that were '68's IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 3/01, p.54
"...Finds the band in confident mood....33 instruments were used, none more prominently than the mighty Mellotron....[the album] yielded 2 singles, 'Ride My See-Saw' and the gentle 'Voices In The Sky'..."

Tracks:

  • 1.Departure
  • 2.Ride My See-Saw
  • 3.Dr. Livingstone, I Presume
  • 4.House of Four Doors, Pt. 1
  • 5.Legend of a Mind
  • 6.House of Four Doors, Pt. 2
  • 7.Voices in the Sky
  • 8.The Best Way to Travel
  • 9.Visions of Paradise
  • 10.The Actor
  • 11.The Word
  • 12.Om
  • 13.Simple Game, A - (Justin Hayward Vocal Mix, previously unreleased)
  • 14.Best Way to Travel, The - (Additional Vocal Mix, previously unreleased)
  • 15.Visions of Paradise - (mix, previously unreleased)
  • 16.What Am I Doing Here? - (previously unreleased)
  • 17.Word, The - (Mellotron Mix)
  • 18.Om - (previously unreleased)
  • 19.Doctor Livingstone, I Presume
  • 20.Thinking Is the Best Way to Travel
  • 21.A Simple Game

Product Description:

Moody Blues: Justin Hayward (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, 12-string guitar, sitar, harpsichord, piano, Mellotron, bass, percussion, tablas); Mike Pinder (acoustic guitar, cello, autoharp, harpsichord, Mellotron, piano, bass); John Lodge (acoustic guitar, cello, bass, tambourine, snare drum, background vocals); Ray Thomas (C flute, alto flute, soprano saxophone, background vocals); Graeme Edge (piano, drums, timpani, tambourine, tablas).
Originally released on Deram (711).
Includes liner notes by John Reed.
Moody Blues: Justin Hayward (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, 12-string guitar, sitar, harpsichord, piano, Mellotron, bass, percussion, tablas); Mike Pinder (acoustic guitar, cello, autoharp, harpsichord, Mellotron, piano, bass); John Lodge (acoustic guitar, cello, bass, tambourine, snare drum, background vocals); Ray Thomas (C flute, alto flute, soprano saxophone, background vocals); Graeme Edge (piano, drums, timpani, tambourine, tablas).
Includes liner notes by Tony Clarke.
Recording information: Decca Studio Number One, West Hampstead, England (01/28/1968-10/12/1968).
After helping lay the groundwork for concept albums and progressive rock with 1967's orchestra-enhanced suite DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED, the Moodies retrenched for the follow-up. They abandoned the orchestra but kept their sound as rich as before by playing a multitude of instruments themselves, including everything from sitar to cello to oboe. At the time, it was remarkable enough for these instruments to appear on a rock record, much less to be played by the band itself. The string-laden conceptual pieces of DAYS were replaced by shorter, more concise songs that leaned more toward Beatlesque pop and displayed a pronounced Eastern influence.
Graham Edge's short spoken-word pieces provide a properly arty framework for the Moodies' blend of swooping mellotron, haunting flute, and rich, multi-tracked harmonies. The slightly Hollies-ish "Ride my Seesaw," one of the band's strongest rockers, is a highlight. Flutist/vocalist Ray Thomas provides the quirky Britishness so essential to '60s UK pop-rock with his music-hall-on-acid number "Dr. Livingstone I Presume." The soaring harmonies of "Legend of a Mind" work in praise of Timothy Leary and his "trips to astral planes." IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD is the most exotic, trippy album in the Moodies' catalog.

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