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IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD

The Moody Blues

 

Crossover Prog

3.81 | 262 ratings

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3 stars In Search of the Lost Chord is the third full-length studio album by UK progressive rock act The Moody Blues. The band had created quite a stir with their second album Days Of Future Passed (1967) with the innovative cocktail of pop/ rock and classical orchestra music. Something people werenīt used to in 1967.

The music on In Search of the Lost Chord is deliberately recorded without the use of an orchestra. The band instead took on the task to play all sorts of different instruments on the album themselves in addition to the more ordinary rock instrumentation of drums, bass and guitar. Supposedly there are about thirty different instruments played on the album including Citar ( which is dominant in a song like Om) and of course Ray Thomas omnipresent flute playing. The most enchanting thing about the soundscape on the album is the extensive use of mellotron though. Most songs are pretty simple but there are experiments and songs like House of Four Doors and Legend of the Mind are actually pretty progressive to my ears.

The musicianship is great. The vocals are pleasant and there are some smooth harmonies that sounds really good as well. This is not music made to show off so donīt expect long instrumental sections ( there are a few longer sections but nothing overtly progressive or complex). The songs are generally song ( vocal) oriented.

The album is well produced but doesnīt quite reach the excellent sound quality of the predecessor.

In Search of the Lost Chord is a good progressive rock album and considering that it was released in 1968 it must have been seen as a very innovative release back then. I enjoy the album but itīs not more than a 3 star rating for me. Itīs still rooted a bit too much in the sixties for my taste ( especially the vocals).

UMUR | 3/5 |

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