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The Moody Blues' first real attempt at a harder rock sound still has some psychedelic elements, but they're achieved with an overall leaner studio sound. The group was trying to take stock of itself at this time, and came up with some surprisingly strong, lean numbers Michael Pinder's Mellotron is surprisingly restrained until the final number, "The Balance", which also embraced politics for the first time "Question" seemed to display the dislocation that a lot of younger listeners were feeling during Vietnam. The surprisingly jagged opening track, "Question," recorded several months earlier, became a popular concert number as well as a number two or number one, depending ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The Moody Blues' first real attempt at a harder rock sound still has some psychedelic elements, but they're achieved with an overall leaner studio sound. The group was trying to take stock of itself at this time, and came up with some surprisingly strong, lean numbers Michael Pinder's Mellotron is surprisingly restrained until the final number, "The Balance", which also embraced politics for the first time "Question" seemed to display the dislocation that a lot of younger listeners were feeling during Vietnam. The surprisingly jagged opening track, "Question," recorded several months earlier, became a popular concert number as well as a number two or number one, depending upon whose chart one looks at single. Graeme Edge's "Don't You Feel Small" and Justin Hayward's "It's Up to You" both had a great beat, but the real highlight here is John Lodge's "Tortoise and the Hare," a fast-paced number that the band used to rip through in concert with some searing guitar solos by Hayward. Ray Thomas' "And the Tide Rushes In" written in the wake of a fight with his wife is one of the prettiest psychedelic songs ever written, a sweetly languid piece with some gorgeous shimmering instrumental effects. The 1997 remastered edition brings out the guitar sound with amazing force and clarity, and the notes tell a lot about the turmoil the band was starting to feel after three years of whirlwind success. The only loss is the absence of the lyrics included in earlier editions.
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  • Release Date: 5/20/1997
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 042284477123
  • Catalog Number: 844771

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Performance Credits
The Moody Blues Primary Artist, Multi Instruments
Justin Hayward Guitar, Vocals
John Lodge Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Michael Pinder Keyboards, Vocals
Ray Thomas Bass, Flute, Harmonica, Horn, Vocals
Graeme Edge Percussion, Drums
Mike Pinder Keyboards
Technical Credits
Justin Hayward Contributor
John Lodge Composer, Contributor
Michael Pinder Contributor
Graeme Edge Contributor
Tony Clarke Producer, Audio Production
Adrian Martins Engineer
John Reed Liner Notes, Interviewer, Sleeve Notes
Derek Varnals Engineer
Robin Thompson Engineer
Steven Fallone Mastering
Phil Travers Cover Design, Paintings, Cover Painting
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Their best album since Days of Future Past

    This is a Great album from a group that never made a bad one.

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