THE MOODY BLUES REISSUE SEVEN ESSENTIAL STUDIO ALBUMS ON 180-GRAM VINYL LPS
August 2, 2018
On The Threshold of a Dream; To Our Children’s Children’s Children; A Question of Balance;
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour; Seventh Sojourn; Octave; and Long Distance Voyager
London – August 2, 2018 – The Moody Blues have reissued seven essential albums from their acclaimed recorded catalogue on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl via Polydor/UMe. Available now, the seven LPs are presented with faithfully reproduced original album artwork.
Purchase the albums here: https://MoodyBlues.lnk.to/Reissues
On The Threshold of a Dream is the fourth album by The Moody Blues, released in 1969. Like the band’s preceding two albums, On The Threshold of a Dream follows a concept. It explores dreams — especially on the second side, which climaxes with the “Voyage” suite, inspired in part by Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra. The piece, by Mike Pinder, features mellotron orchestration and flute. The album begins with a poem accompanied by electronic sounds, which also appear at the end of the album.
To Our Children’s Children’s Children is the fifth album by The Moody Blues, released in 1969. The album was the first to be released via the group’s newly-formed Threshold record label, named after the band’s previous album from the same year, On The Threshold of a Dream. The album was inspired by the 1969 moon landing, with songs centred on twin themes of space travel and children, with minor-key tonalities and a distinct psychedelic influence. To Our Children’s Children’s Children reached No. 2 in the United Kingdom and No. 14 in the United States.
A Question of Balance is the sixth album by The Moody Blues, released in 1970. The album was an attempt by the group to strip down their well-known lush, psychedelic sound to be able to better perform the songs in concert. The album reached No. 1 in the United Kingdom and No. 3 in the United States.
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour is the seventh album by The Moody Blues, released in 1971. This album featured the only track to be written by all five members of the band. The opening “Procession” was intended to describe the history of music from the beginning of time up until the album’s recording. The only three words heard in this track – “desolation,” “creation,” and “communication” – were similarly used (along with many other “-ation” words) in “One More Time to Live.” The album reached No. 1 on the British album charts, in addition to a three-week stay at No. 2 in the United States, and produced one Top 40 single, “The Story in Your Eyes.”
Seventh Sojourn is the eighth album by The Moody Blues, released in 1972. Several songs contain overt political references. “You and Me,” like “Question” from two years earlier, alludes to ongoing wars and conflicts, including Vietnam. However, although the album showcases political concerns, in the 1990 documentary The Moody Blues: Legend of a Band, bassist John Lodge described “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)” as a response to fans who mistakenly read guru-like wisdom into the Moodies’ lyrics. Instrumentally, in addition to the Mellotron, singer/keyboardist Mike Pinder used a similar keyboard device called the Chamberlin.
Octave is the ninth album by The Moody Blues, released in 1978, their first release after a substantial hiatus following the success of the best-selling Seventh Sojourn in 1972. The album proved to be the last for the group with keyboardist Mike Pinder, who departed during the album’s sessions and declined an offer to tour with the group. Pinder would be replaced by former Yes keyboardist Patrick Moraz in time for their 1979 tour, beginning a new era in the band’s history. Octave would also be the final studio album from the band produced by Tony Clarke.
Long Distance Voyager is the 10th album by The Moody Blues, first released in May 1981 on the group’s Threshold label. It was their first album featuring keyboardist Patrick Moraz (who had previously worked with Refugee and Yes), in place of co-founder Mike Pinder, who departed the group in 1978 after Octave. Long Distance Voyager was The Moody Blues’ second American No. 1 album, boasting the Top 20 singles “Gemini Dream” (No. 12) and “The Voice” (No. 15). The album also continued the group’s winning streak in their native United Kingdom, reaching No. 7 there.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, The Moody Blues have been at the forefront of the UK’s classic rock music scene for fifty years and have continued to be a mainstay of concert stages, recording studios and the airwaves to the present day. During their immensely successful career, they have sold, according to the band’s files, more than 70 million albums worldwide and have been the recipients of numerous prestigious awards.