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  • Audio CD (1 July 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca - Pop
  • ASIN: B000001F6G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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1. Steppin' In A Slide Zone
2. Under Moonshine
3. Had To Fall In Love
4. I'll Be Level With You
5. Driftwood
6. Top Rank Suite
7. I'm Your Man
8. Survival
9. One Step Into The Light
10. The Day We Meet Again

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joan-Violet VINE VOICE on 14 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
Octave is an explosion of creative fusion after the Moody Blues got back together after a 4 year sabbatical..and a return of Justin and John after their successfull venture as The Blue Jays.
This album was an instant hit with classics such as, Stepping In A Slide Zone, reflecting the impressive album cover with the belting bass guitar on the intro. Dawn crept into my room Under Moonshine and stole My Dream..its a dreamy number...written by the band's flautist Ray Thomas, who has recently left the band. Graeme edge the drummer wrote I'll be Level With You...with words like, little guy, little hands, little eyes and lots of time...clever words of a rare writing composition by this band member. The highlight of this album has to be Justin Hayward's brilliant lean towards jazz (a classic) "Driftwood" a cool tranquil and timeless composition....wonderful..Time waits for no one at all, no not even you...Just like the driftwood of a dream...it is dreamy, yes the mood is great. Top Rank suite, The rain on the river bursting with fiery melodies and thanks Justin a good one and not aired very much on your shows. Survival by John Lodge is a philisophical dream and it works. I love it...Shadows of dreams falling out of the blue...great words John. One Step into the Light By Mike Pinder is of a similar theme but holds it's own tangable and with a sense of spirit within, and the stairs that lead into your open mind, a great number and not heard often...this ventures into the sad but moving reprieve of The Day We Meet Again, in the garden down the road..by Justin..this song so moves my emotions and the dramatic orchestration adds to its meaning..When the mist of time is lifting oh no I wasn't there! Justin's vocals hit a spot in that one...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Ovenden on 1 Mar 2009
Format: Audio CD
Octave wasn't the Moody Blues' most popular album - it has a more subtle and mature sound than the 'core 7.' The band had a tough time when recording this, but you really don't get that impression from listening. Every voice and instrument blends in perfectly, making it a 'full frequency' album and in LP format I've used it to test many pieces of equipment.

People used to the sound of the mellotron as an essential part of the Moodies' sound may be surprised to hear layers of synthesisers that could easily have been used on Abba's The Album. There are also some string arrangements, and saxophones can be heard more frequently than the flute.

Everyone is in good voice, especially Ray Thomas, who sounds mellower here than on his solo albums. Justin Hayward had a well-deserved hit with Driftwood, and Mike Pinder's swan song with the group is a sage message with a bluesy, relaxed tempo. Graham Edge's song is rewarding for its energy and some great words.

The instruments used to sound quite close together, 'boxy' on some record players. I used to have to listen very carefully to identify the car sounds at the start, and only the American pressing of the vinyl had a strong bass sound. On this CD remaster each sound gets its own space, and the strong bass is preserved without detriment to the highest frequencies.

The real treat here are the five bonus tracks, recorded live during the 1978-9 tours. They are all worth listening to, although Steppin' in a Slide Zone always used to falter a bit after the atmospheric intro (until the group learned in the early 2000s to leave the lead vocals to John Lodge - see Lovely to See YouLovely to See You.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jan 2001
Format: Audio CD
The last album to feature Mike Pinder, this album, although not the most critically aclaimed, flows beautifully from one track to the next. The upbeat songs, (time zone, I'll be level with you, etc.) are on par with earlier recordings such as 'I'm just a singer in a rock and roll band' and 'ride my see-saw', but without the pycadaelic edge of the previous seven albums. It was recorded after a lenghty pause, when the existence of the band was in question. The slower songs are of the highest quality and play instrumentally after the song has finished in a wonderfully relaxed way, with many instrumental lines intertwining over and under each other in a wash of melodic beauty that the moody blues are so good at. The vocal harmonies in the songs are just the same as previous albums and I love this album. If you like the Moody Blues, buy this one, it's not as well known, but it is certainly of merit. 1978 was a year for the punks, but in the background the Moody Blues were being nice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Sep 2009
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As the eighth album form the original ensemble of the Moody Blues, this is the only one not to be remastered in 5.1 (actually 4.1 as the center speaker is not used). I can only guess it is because the group recorded at the Record Plant in California and did not have the same access to the mixers. However, Justin Hayward and Alberto Paroldi did a fine job remastering in stereo with this 2008 release. The songs are more vibrant than the original recording and the five `live' songs are incredibly clear, unlike the 'Caught Live + 5' album, which had horrible mixing.

As is usual with the first song on a Moody Blues album, there is a special effect `hook' used for introduction. However, "Steppin' In A Slide Zone" falls short as a single with a repetitive chorus and forced melody. In fact, some of the songs sound terribly dated, which is unusual for the Moody Blues earlier albums. "I'll be Level With You", "Top Rank Suite" and "Survival" just seem out of synch with a typical Moody Blues song. Note that this was a tough period for the group in general, not knowing what the future held. However, songs like, "Driftwood", "The Day We Meet Again" and "One Step Into The Light" (Mike Pinder's only contribution) are represented in the classic Moody Blues ethereal sound. In Fact, Pinder's song contains lyrics that harken back to the psychedelic era and the mellotron works well without being overpowering.

The additional five live songs don't make up for the lack of the quadraphonic sound most had hoped for, but at least they are crisply and clearly recorded. Again, "Driftwood" (with its reverb guitar) and "The Day We Meet Again" are nice surprises.
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