The Moody Blues - In Search Of The Lost Chord (Music CD)

Release Date: 03 March 1997
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After helping lay the groundwork for concept albums and progressive rock with 1967's orchestra-enhanced suite DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED, the Moodies retrenched for the follow-up. They abandoned the orchestra but kept their sound as rich as before by playing a multitude of instruments themselves, including everything from sitar to cello to oboe. At the time, it was remarkable enough for these instruments to appear on a rock record, much less to be played by the band itself. The string-laden conceptual pieces of DAYS were replaced by shorter, more concise songs that leaned more toward Beatlesque pop and displayed a pronounced Eastern influence.
Graham Edge's short spoken-word pieces provide a properly arty framework for the Moodies' blend of swooping mellotron, haunting flute, and rich, multi-tracked harmonies. The slightly Hollies-ish "Ride my Seesaw", one of the band's strongest rockers, is a highlight. Flutist/vocalist Ray Thomas provides the quirky Britishness so essential to '60s UK pop-rock with his music-hall-on-acid number "Dr. Livingstone I Presume". The soaring harmonies of "Legend of a Mind" work in praise of Timothy Leary and his "trips to astral planes". IN SEARCH OF THELOST CHORD is the most exotic, trippy album in the Moodies' catalogue.

1. Departure
2. Ride My See Saw
3. Dr Livingstone I Presume
4. House Of Four Doors
5. Legend Of A Mind
6. House Of Four Doors (1)
7. Voices In The Sky
8. Best Way To Travel
9. Visions Of Paradise
10. Actor
11. Word
12. Om

Release Date: 03 March 1997
SKU: 8447682