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4.26 | 25 ratings | 3 reviews | 48% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Fly Me High
2. Love And Beauty
3. Cities
4. Tuesday Afternoon
5. Nights In White Satin
6. Ride My See-Saw
7. Legend Of A Mind
8. House Of Four Doors
9. Voices In The Sky
10. The Best Way To Travel
11. The Actor
12. In The Beginning
13. Lovely To See You
14. Dear Diary
15. Never Comes The Day
16. Are You Sitting Comfortably
17. The Dream
18. Have You Heard Part 1
19. The Voyage
20. Have You Heard Part 2

21. Higher And Higher
22. Gypsy
23. Eyes Of A Child
24. Never Thought I'd Live To Be A Hundred
25. Beyond
26. Out And In
27. Candle Of Life
28. Never Thought I'd Live To Be A Million
29. Watching And Waiting
30. Question
31. Don't You Feel Small
32. It's Up To You
33. Minstrel's Song
34. Dawning Is The Day
35. Melancholy Man
36. Procession
37. The Story In Your Eyes
38. One More Time To Live
39. You Can never Go Home
40. My Song

41. Lost In A Lost World
42. New Horizons
43. For My Lady
44. Isn't Life Strange
45. You And Me
46. I'm Just A Singer
47. This Morning
48. Remember Me, My Friend
49. My Brother
50. Saved By The Music
51. I Dreamed Last Night
52. When You Wake Up
53. Blue Guitar
54. Steppin' In A Slide Zone
55. Driftwood
56. The Day We Meet Again

57. Forever Autumn /
58. The Voice
59. Talking Out Of Turn
60. Gemini Dream
61. Blue World
62. Sitting At The Wheel
63. Running Water
64. Your Wildest Dreams
65. The Other Side Of Life
66. I Know You're Out There Somewhere
67. No More Lies
68. Say It With Love
69. Bless The Wings
70. Lean On Me
71. Highway

72. This Is The Moment
Encore - Live at Red Rocks:
73. The Story In Your Eyes
74. Voices In The Sky
75. New Horizons
76. Emily's Song
77. Bless The Wings
78. Say It With Love
79. Legend Of A Mind
80. Gemini Dream

Line-up / Musicians

- Justin Hayward / guitars, vocals
- John Lodge / bass guitar, vocals
(except on Disc Three, track 13 and Disc Four, track 1)
- Ray Thomas / harmonica, flute, vocals
(except on Disc Three, tracks 7-13 and Disc Four, track 1)
- Graeme Edge / drums, percussion (except on Disc Three, tracks 7-13 and Disc Four, track 1)
- Mike Pinder / keyboards and vocals on Disc One, Disc Twoand Disc Three, tracks 1-6 and tracks 14-16
- Patrick Moraz / keyboards on Disc Four, tracks 2-11

Releases information

Polydor 516 436-2

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THE MOODY BLUES Time Traveller (Box set) ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(48%)
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Review by Easy Livin
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5 stars The Essential Moody Blues

"Time traveller" is an essential 4 CD plus bonus live CD collection.

After opening with some early singles and rarities, all the albums from "Day's of future passed" right through to "Keys to the kingdom" are well represented. Also covered is Hayward and Lodge's lost Moody Blues album "Bluejays".

For the six magnificent albums from "In Search of the Lost chord" to "Seventh Sojourn" , there is 25 to 30 minutes of music from each, representing up to 75% of the original albums. "Bluejays" is also afforded a similar amount of space, meaning that only a couple of tracks are missing. It is entirely right that greater focus is placed on these albums, since they represent the golden era of the band.

For the remaining albums, including "Days of future passed", the allocation is 12 to 15 minutes apiece. The track are presented in the order they appeared on the albums, thus retaining much of the continuity they contained.

While the selection of tracks for any compilation is necessarily a subjective process, the compliers here have generally dropped tracks which would widely be considered to be the (marginally) weaker ones on each album. The magnificent "Have you heard" suite is present in full, and even albums such as "On the threshold of a dream", which flow seamlessly from start to finish, do not appear to be significantly diluted by the omission of the odd track.

"Time traveller" thus serves to gather in pretty much all the Moody Blues best work into one perfect package. Yes there will be the odd track which people will question the absence of, but the CDs flow together seamlessly. Justin Hayward's solo outing "Forever Autumn" is also included, but it's the poorly edited single version. The "Blue guitar" single (sometimes credited to Justin Hayward, sometimes to Hayward and Lodge, and sometimes to "The Bluejays") is here too, along with a further couple of more recent non-album tracks.

The bonus CD contains some tracks from the band's "Red Rocks" concert which did not originally appear on the live album of that name (they are included on the recently released 2 CD "Deluxe" version, and the DVD of the concert).

If you're looking for an instant collection of virtually all the Moody Blues essential work (together with an excellent book insert), "Time traveller" will meet the need perfectly.

Review by Matti
4 stars You have four discs (plus one live bonus disc) into which to concentrate the discography of Moody Blues, up to Keys To Kingdom album. Probably any fan would want to dedicate three discs for the classic era. Well, here the third disc begins with tracks from Seventh Sojourn, and from that on it's downhill for this box. Except that of course it's a friendly move to include the Hayward & Lodge collaboration Blue Jays (1975), even if I can't give it an honour of being "the 8th Moodies album". One can't exactly say that those later albums would have been given very plenty of space, but frankly, the fourth disc offers no significant discoveries or surprises. Most of the chosen tracks are the radio-friendly hits already familiar.

As Easy Livin has measured, six albums are represented up to 75 % of their original contents (25-30 min). That's generous all right, but I agree with the other reviewer that there are totally bad choices too, and some good songs missing. The early line-up before arrivals of Hayward and Lodge is exluded, for good reason (they really were two completely different bands), but also the non-album songs from the classic era are very rare in this box. On that direction this would have had more value for collectors. On the other hand "Prelude" compilation does that very well, and if there weren't any forgotten gems to be included, can't help! Also live recordings have been decided to leave off (the bonus CD has live tracks excluded from the original Red Rocks live album), and that's fine by me.

If you already have the classic albums and you're not very much interested in their later pop hits, you have better things to do with the money, I presume. And to start here makes further collecting quite frustating because of that mentioned large percentage thing. But anyway, a fine package of great music.

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3 stars I am afraid this collection is a case of more not necessarily being better. I think anyone wanting a set of the Moodies more progressive offerings would be better off with 1974's outstanding 'best of' album This is the Moody Blues. That legendary compilation only contains tracks from their cl ... (read more)

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