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The Moody Blues


Crossover Prog

3.32 | 215 ratings

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4 stars "Long Distance Voyager", the best Moody Blues work between "Seventh Sojourn" - the last of the classical 7 MB albums and the CD/DVD "Hall of Fame" and also very prog, if one takes in account the Moodie prog measurement system.

Regrouped with a new keyboardist, Patrick Moraz, talented and experienced, the band produced this long voyage, catchy and fairly audible. Again, the band made no concessions to actual trends, one will not find new-age, new-wave, new-new or new-nothing; it is only the simple and plain Moodie sound.

'The voice' is a great opener, with Moraz showing his claws and Hayward singing at his best; the touching 'Talking out of turn' was a radio hit, even with 7' plus, even with its dated sound, because it's Moody Blues and they can achieve it; 'Gemini dream' has great bass and keyboards; the inspired 'In my world' is spiced by slide guitar and pleasant vocal; 'Meanwhile' is another fair song as well as the rocky '22.000 days'; 'Veteran cosmic rocker' closes the album in a great manner, a manner of their own with a brief and exquisite introductory track which reminds the listener good moments of 60s MB's jewels.

As a whole singing and musicianship is well above the average, the entire work even with some weak tracks is worthy and recommended. After all, an excellent addition to any music (prog or non-prog) collection. Total: 4.

Atkingani | 4/5 |


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