The Moody Blues On the Threshold of a Dream [Expanded Version]

Uncut: 4 stars out of 5 -- "[The album deserves] a prominent place in the pantheon of British prog/pscyh classics."
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CD Details

  • Released: May 20, 1997
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd

Entertainment Reviews:

Uncut - p.120
4 stars out of 5 -- "[The album deserves] a prominent place in the pantheon of British prog/pscyh classics."
Mojo (Publisher) - 9/00, p.121
"...They Gregorian chanted as well as the Yardbirds, they structured their song cycles wonderfully, they made better use of the Mellotron than anyone, and nobody sang daft lyrics more beautifully..."

Tracks:

  • 1.In The Beginning
  • 2.Lovely To See You
  • 3.Dear Diary
  • 4.Send Me No Wine
  • 5.To Share Our Love
  • 6.So Deep Within You
  • 7.Never Comes The Day
  • 8.Lazy Day
  • 9.Are You Sitting Comfortably
  • 10.The Dream
  • 11.Have You Heard (Part 1)
  • 12.The Voyage
  • 13.Have You Heard (Part 2)
  • 14.In the Beginning [Full Version]
  • 15.So Deep Within You [Extended Version]
  • 16.Dear Diary [Alternate Vocal Mix]
  • 17.Have You Heard [Original Take]
  • 18.The Voyage [Original Take]
  • 19.Lovely to See You [BBC Radio Session]
  • 20.Send Me No Wine [BBC Radio Session]
  • 21.So Deep Within You [BBC Radio Session]
  • 22.Are You Sitting Comfortably [BBC Radio Session]

Product Description:

The Moody Blues: Mike Pinder, Justin Hayward, Ray Thomas, John Lodge, Graeme Edge.
Additional personnel: Pete Jackson (triangle).
Originally released on Deram (1035). Includes liner notes by John Reed.
Digitally remastered by Steve Fallone (PolyGram Studios).
The Moody Blues: Mike Pinder, Justin Hayward, Ray Thomas, John Lodge, Graeme Edge.
Additional personnel: Pete Jackson (triangle).
Includes liner notes by David Lymonds and Lionel Bart.
Personnel: Justin Hayward , John Lodge (vocals, guitar); Ray Thomas (vocals, flute, horns); Michael Pinder (vocals, keyboards); Graeme Edge (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Steve Fallone.
Liner Note Author: John Reed .
Recording information: 01/12/1969-01/31/1969.
Photographers: Terence Abbott; David Wedgbury.
Where this album's predecessor IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD dipped deeply into Eastern-flavored psychedelia, THRESHOLD is more of a straightforward rock record. Things open up experimentally enough, with a spoken-word vignette over electronic drones, but this leads straight into one of the Moodies' poppiest, most up-tempo songs, "Lovely to see You," which would remain a concert favorite for decades. Even notoriously theatrical flautist/vocalist Ray Thomas keeps his eccentricities in check on his effective ballad "Dear Diary."
Keyboardist Mike Pinder takes a surprisingly lascivious vocal turn on the anomalous, leering rocker "So Deep Within You." Justin Hayward provides the lion's share of ear-tickling moments with pretty folk-rock tunes such as "Never Comes the Day" and "Are you Sitting Comfortably," while the most adventurous piece "Have you Heard/The Voyage" extends over three discrete tracks, featuring complex instrumental passages and lush harmonies. THRESHOLD doesn't come off as an attempt to cater to the mainstream, it's just a more song-based, less exotic recording than its predecessors.
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Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 3,142
  • UPC: 600753066256
  • Shipping Weight: 0.22/lbs (approx)
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