Another tranquil ballad which features an excellent melody. As if the quality is increasing towards the end of this album. Thge closing The Voyage being another interesting number.
I am upgrading this work more for its influences as well as persistent quest for "concept" from the band than truly for its essential qualities. Three stars. The intro "In the Beginning" is your classic fun fare reminiscent of the intro to "In Search of..
Forgettable ditties like "Send me no Wine" and "To Share our Love" could almost have been prepared by Moodys Mach 1 or any other late s chart band, although they lack the requisite hooks to reach for the charts. Even "Never Comes the Day" could have been better without the awkward up tempo chorus clashing with the undeniably classic melody of the verse.
While not the stuff of nightmares, "On The Threshold of a Dream" is the weakest of the 7 classics, and to my mind is not one at all. Fails to convincingly surpass the 2. The music on the album continues in the same style that the band initiated on In Search of the Lost Chord The most progressive moment on the album is probably the ending three piece suite Have You Heard?
But most of the songs on the album are of high compositional quality albeit a bit too sweet, nice and likable in atmosphere for my taste. The vocals are pleasant and warm and the musicianship is generally good. The production is a bit better than the one on In Search of the Lost Chord and I think it suits the music well with a warmer and fuller sound. A 3 star rating is deserved. Unfortunately at first listen, my appreciation of the group was halted; it sounded too much like plain pop.
The Graeme Edge bits are getting quite old at this point; I was never fond of them on either of their two previous attempts, but the starting track is just over-the-top ridiculous. I think it's supposed to represent that ethereal feeling in our mind that comes just before a dream, but the ''I think, therefore I am'' stuff might make Descartes rotate over his eternal x-axis. It doesn't stop there; not one song that Lodge or Thomas contributed is pleasing to my ears, minus the ''Are You Sitting Comfortably?
Pinder's ''So Deep Within You'' also falls flat on its face as it tries to be macho-with-mellotron, whatever that means. Pinder more than makes up for the first shortcoming with the ''Have You Heard'' suite at the end. The ''Have You Heard'' parts are the right kind of soft for me; gentle and delicate but without overdoing it. Hayward's contributions are also strong, but they're more uptempo pop-rock than anything else; not ''Nights in White Satin'' caliber, but excellent given the other songs around them.
I find this as a grower of an album; sometimes you need a few bad dreams to get back into a good one. It doesn't hold a candle compared to its two predecessors, but it's not too degrading to the ears. The undoubted centrepiece is the triptych of Mike Pinder compositions that brings the album to a close. It's comprised of the two-part song Have You Heard? Featuring Pinder's boundary-pushing use of the Mellotron, this is one of the highlights of the band's lengthy career.
The Graeme Edge poem, The Dream, acts as an effective prelude to it and was even included during live performances of the suite. The remainder of the album consists of the usual mix of songs; some Ray Thomas whimsy, a couple of John Lodge's bluesy rockers, and so on. The Moody Blues had four guys who could sing and write great songs and herein lies much of their appeal, for me at least.
This is another excellent Moody Blues album, maybe not quite as good as Lost Chord but worth 4 stars nonetheless. The album begins with the ominous In The Beginning , a Graeme Edge poetry piece, that gives the impression that the album will be in a similar vein as The Lost Chord. But the tone brightens immediately with Lovely To See You , a cheerful, rocking song, featuring those vocal harmonies that only The Moody Blues could create.
Of the rest of the songs, Lazy Day and especially Dear Diary are the standout tracks, both with great lyrics, and somewhat dark musical interludes. But the best work is the final trio of songs: the two parts of Have You Heard? It is here that Michael Pinder does some of his best keyboard work on any of the Moddies albums. Not perfect, but still a very good album. This poem will not be found on this, or any album by this band, but terrible spontaneous prose always pops into my head when I think of this band's late 60s output.
Their spoken word songs such as "The Word" in this disc are pretty blush-worthy at times, but I must say I've never felt the Moody Blues were particularly self-important. They just wanted to be happy and relax, in which the entire world being at peace would help them achieve this simple aim. I always found this album to be among the better Moodies albums From the opening gloomy noises interrupted by Justin Hayward pondering his existence to a robot or a talking computer, I knew I was in for a fun ride the robot thinks Justin is magnetic ink This opener leads off into the happy pop rock of Lovely To See You, possessing a nice guitar lick with a muted, friendly rock guitar sound.
The chorus is pretty catchy too, although belting out "lovely to see you again my friend" in the shower would be an awkward situation for any roommates. The album continues to weave its little tales and insights through reasonably short tunes that bounce around between pop, folk and rock with an earnest sincerity.
Ray Thomas seemed particularly stoned out for this recording with his Dear Diary, where he mumbles about somebody exploding an H bomb towards the tune's end, and Lazy Day, an apt title. To Share Our Love is one of Lodge's less successful attempts to show the world that the Moody Blues can rock out, but the bass is nice and heavy at least. Pinder actually has the coolest stuff on here, starting with "So Deep Within You" babe with its cool little 4 note guitar ditties sprinkled here and there, and of course the Have You Heard?
The melodies for parts I and II are pleasant and a bit trippy, but it's The Voyage section that's a mellotron feast. Pinder was putting his all into this one, possessing the "work hard play hard" ethic. I also enjoy Are You Sitting Comfortably? As well; its acoustic melodies carry both serene and haunting atmospheres, and Justin vocals are excellent in conveying the multiple moods this song evokes. What makes this album more entertaining in general than much of their later albums is that at this point in time the psychedelic 60s mentality is still in full swing here with some wacky experimenting with the studio and various genre explorations.
Later they would 'mature' into more of a sleeker soft rock group that makes listening to an entire album rough going without lots of yawning, but here they are still young, promoting LSD use and blabbing some crazy prose.
This one features some of their trippiest material such as the rollicking harmonious 'Lovely to see you' and the psychedelic 'Dear diary'. It kind of blurs together after this great opening with the likes of 'Send me no wine', 'To share our love' and 'So deep within you'.
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