Let's start by complaining about the fact that the item received straight from amazon looked used and second hand. Because of the low price I decided to keep the item and give it go. Though slightly dissapointed this will not effect in any way my review of the recordings itself.
I own most of the works of the Moody Blues and am also familiar to the magnificent Blue Jays and 'more or less' solo projects of the Moody Blues members. You may see me as a fan of the Moody Blues and the voices of Hayward, Lodge and Thomas.
Something in this production is working against it. I'm listening now (while writing) for the third time, but I keep asking myself why the 'sprankle' and inspiration only seems to be there in the last bonus track 'Forever Autumn' live. I do like the voice of the man, but it sounds dull. Is it in the mix? I don't know the vinyl (original) version, so I can't compare. It's really not vigorous, but rather dull.
'Night Flight' doesn't honour the voice of Justin Hayward, so strange and flat, while the music doesn't convince either. This is, to be honest, a problem for all the songs on this cd that are a bit louder or faster.
'Maybe It's Just Love' is a kind of song that's very slow and romantic and is also the kind of song that saves the cd from getting two stars or less. 'Penumbra Moon', 'Suitcase' and 'Bedtime Stories' are some of the other positives.
In no way I will tell you to avoid this cd, especially when you're a fan, but from my view it is of a poor standard compared to other records in which Justin hayward participated.