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The Moody Blues


Crossover Prog

3.77 | 345 ratings

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5 stars I can't understand why this album is up on the top 100 list. Maybe because it's under the "proto-prog" label which doesn't make any sense to me. Im 18 years old right now and i remember listening to Children's Children's Children on tape in my pops car back when i was like 5 years old. I always loved the guys but only started really listening to them three years ago. I first found this masterpiece when i was 16. I've heard every album of theirs since then and this is still the best. (Right above Lost Chord). Aight, so anyway, this album starts out with a strange, but pretty interesting Moody Blues intro. But from the very second I heard the chorus sing that beautiful E chord, I knew I was going into a Moody BLues dream unlike any I've ever heard. All of a sudden the guitar and bass play that awesome first riff and It Happens! Lovely to see you is probably the best first song on any Moody Blues album filled with rich harmonies, beautiful melodies, perfect mellotron use. One of the greatest qualities this album has is the blending of songs. The transfer from Lovely to See You-Dear Diary is almost perfect. This song has awesome flutes (not sure if they were real or synthd), tight bassline, and yet again a great mellotron. The next two tracks are a little more upbeat and have more or less the same tempo. The transfer between the two isn't the great but the intro in "To share our love" compensates for that. It is the sickest intro to any song on the album. So deep with in you is probably my least favorite song but is still amazing with real good arrangements and real good harmonies. I like the fade out to the song since it is in a sense the most "intense" song on the album so far (that loud timpani in the break of the chorus). I like the fade out of the song because it sets the mood for the song to come which is possibly one of my favorite songs ever. I can go on for days about how good Never Comes The Day is but you would probably get bored by the third or fourth day of me talking about it. Basically it has effected me on such a high level both musically and emotionally. I have never been so touched by one specific song ever in my entire life. It is sublime. Lazy Day is a pretty good follow up to the great track before it but it was kinda hard to listen to the rest of the album with the song in my head. I was tempted to go back and listen to the seventh track right after hearing it but after realizing that so far this is one of the best albums i've ever heard, I didn't want to stop. The next 5 tracks are around 12 min. in it's entirety and the last 3 tracks are good tracks that fit very well together and are all in all a pretty good trip. Basically if the entire album was just tracks 1-7, it would still be my favorite Moody Blues album but LAzy day only makes it better and the five last tracks round up the album nicely. If you've never heard The Moody Blues, I would start out with Lost Chord, then move to this masterpiece, then if your still feeling them get into DAys of Future Passed and then go chronilogically foward after Threshold. This is one of the most beautiful albums ever recorded.
theblastocyst | 5/5 |


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