The Moody Blues In Search of the Lost Chord [50th Anniversary Edition]

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  • Released: November 9, 2018
  • Originally Released: 1968
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd

Entertainment Reviews:

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 - (remix)
  • 2.Ride My See-Saw - (remix)
  • 3.Dr. Livingstone, I Presume - (remix)
  • 4.House of Four Doors - (remix)
  • 5.Legend of a Mind - (remix)
  • 6.House of Four Doors, Pt. 2 - (remix)
  • 7.Voices in the Sky - (remix)
  • 8.Best Way to Travel, The - (remix)
  • 9.Visions of Paradise - (remix)
  • 10.Actor, The - (remix)
  • 11.Word, The - (remix)
  • 12.Om - (remix)
  • 13.Voices in the Sky [Mono] - (previously unreleased, mono)
  • 14.Dr. Livingstone, I Presume [Mono] - (previously unreleased, mono)
  • 15.Ride My See Saw [Mono] - (mono)
  • 16.A Simple Game
  • 17.Legend of a Mind [Mono Mix] - (previously unreleased, mono)

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.
Personnel: Justin Hayward (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, sitar, piano, harpsichord, Mellotron, bass guitar, tabla, percussion); Mike Pinder (vocals, acoustic guitar, autoharp, cello, piano, harpsichord, Mellotron, bass guitar); John Lodge (vocals, acoustic guitar, cello, bass guitar, snare drum, tambourine); Ray Thomas (vocals, flute, alto flute, soprano saxophone); Graeme Edge (piano, drums, tabla, tambourine, timpani).
Liner Note Authors: Mark Powell; Tony Clarke.
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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