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LONG DISTANCE VOYAGER

The Moody Blues

 

Crossover Prog

3.27 | 143 ratings

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Frankie Flowers
4 stars The Moody Blues made seven extraordinary albums in six years in the late 60's and early 70's, then broke up for half a decade and reunited with "Octave" which many fans found disappointing. Three years later, the band exploded onto the 80's pop scene with this lovely new album and exceeded all expectations.

They succeeded so completely despite a crushing blow: the loss of keyboardist and singer / songwriter Mike Pinder, who left the band to raise a family. Pinder was an extremely important part of the band's sound, but the Moodies simply re-invented their sound with new keyboardist Patrick Moraz (who had a stint with Yes). It is a little flashier, less haunting, and perhaps much poppier in places, but for me, their great song-writing skills and collective talent made this album shine. Another reviewer commented that it sounds good for an early 80's release and I totally agree.

"The Voice" and the Hayward / Lodge composition "Gemini Dream" became hits. In my opinion though, the biggest gems are "Talking Out Of Turn" and the gorgeous ballad "In My World". "Nervous" is another ballad and has some particularly nice verses. Graeme Edge added the riveting "22,000 Days" and Ray Thomas's closing trilogy, "Painted Smile/Reflective Smile/Veteran Cosmic Rocker" was a wonderful return of the band's old style of experimental rock which was always impressive and energetic.

This album is extremely uplifting, powerful, beautiful and inspirational. If there's one post- classic-period album that lives up close to those first seven greats, this is probably it! 4 stars.

Frankie Flowers | 4/5 |

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