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This SACD/CD hybrid disc of the final classic original album by the Moody Blues is notable for its remastered sound, but also for a brace of bonus tracks that almost double its length. The Super-Audio layer offers the original album's contents in multi-channel surround sound, in a mix based on producer Tony Clarke's early-'70s quadraphonic masters, for that defunct format -- serious fans of the band are in for a treat here, with the separated and isolated instruments to enjoy as well as finding oneself in the center of the array; thought it should also be pointed out that, as the group's most stripped down album, Seventh Sojourn lends itself a little less to this treatment than other of their records do. The remastered CD sound on the other layer of the disc is also worth hearing, boosting the volume and clarity and giving the music here a hard, edgy sound a lot like it must've sounded in the recording and the original playback -- this now comes off as a much harder album than it did in 1972. And the bonus tracks are notable for the inclusion of the unedited, eight-minute version of John Lodge's "Isn't Life Strange," featuring far more flourishes by the band (especially Michael Pinder on keyboards) than were heard on the released version; also present are the unmixed backing tracks to "You and Me" and "Lost in a Lost World," which reveal elements of the playing -- as well as the full range of Pinder's new keyboard addition to the band's sound, the Chamberlain -- that were lost in the final mix of both songs. And for a topper, the producers discovered one surviving track, by Justin Hayward, no less, from the group's aborted eighth album, early in 1973; that song, "Islands," one of Hayward's ballads, deserved to be heard a long time before this, recalling as it does elements of "New Horizons" and anticipating something of the style he would move toward as a solo artist later in the decade, The annotation by Mark Powell is highly informative as well, and the SACD multi-channel sound option makes this a serious option for listeners set up with the right equipment. But in any case, this edition supplants all earlier CD versions of the album, apart from the Mobile Fidelity audiophile disc. [The CD also included bonus tracks.]
|Label:||Polydor / Umgd|
Performance CreditsMoody Blues Primary Artist
Technical CreditsJustin Hayward Composer
John Lodge Composer
Michael Pinder Composer
Ray Thomas Composer
Graeme Edge Composer
Tony Clarke Audio Production
Derek Varnals Engineer
Phil Travers Paintings,Cover Art,Original Cover Artwork
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have all of the Moody Blues albums from 1967-1972 and "Seventh Sojourn" has the best collection of songs compared to the rest of the albums. Even though an overal theme is not too present compared to "Days of Future Past" and "Question of Balance," the quality of all the songs does not need a theme. This is the best and the second most original Moody Blues album (Days of Future Past #1).
I wish every Moody Blues fan, and even some that aren't fans, could hear this album. The songs are of exceptional quality, and the Moodies really put them across well. Especially Justin Hayward, whose songs "New Horizon" and "The Land of Make Believe" are two of the loveliest songs he's ever done. I sometimes wish there were more songs, like the ones on this album, on the radio today. If you don't have this album, get it! It really is wonderful.
While this is not my personal favorite , it is the most commercial of the 7 concept albums . It is a stylistic bridge to the band's later work . The weakest cut is When You're A Free Man . Even though it marked the end of the band's 2nd incarnation ( remember Go Now ) it really doesn't come off that way . I have 12 of their albums , including all 7 concept albums ( in vinyl and CD ) and this is the one I would recommend to the casual fan . This is the first art rock band that was commercially successful . King Crimson , E L P and Yes all came later . It is unfortunate that this , last album arrived at a time when the art rock era was just starting . It actually propelled sales of the band's earlier work . The band would have even more wildly popular had Days Of Future Past been released in 1971 instead of 1967 . This is the only album of their's to be released during tha art rock era and by the time they got back together , the era had passed .
This is the last great Moody Blues album. Mike Pinder turns in two totally deep and cosmic tracks here-"Lost In a Lost World" and "When You're a Free Man". With the loss of Mike Pinder, the Moodies really suffered from lack of creativity. It's the Moody Blues between their early deep/psychedelic era and later light/commercial/romantic era.