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Octave [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued]

The Moody Blues Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B001HMEU7Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,541 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile remaster for a great album 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Octave...The Moodies Return after a break 14 May 2004
By Joan-Violet VINE VOICE
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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5.0 out of 5 stars 1978, the Moodies are back! 7 Jan 2001
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE... 7 Jun 2011
By HAYLING BOOK & MUSIC VENUE (HBMV) TOP 500 REVIEWER
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By the time the Moodies split in the early Seventies, they had recorded seven album. Creatively shattered and tired of seeing each other day in and day out, they called it a day...that is, until they reformed for Octave (released 1978).

Octave is a 'slow burn' - it takes a few plays to truly warm to it, then suddenly the penny drops. It is an absolute gem, oozing with gorgeous melodies and genuinely moving compositions. Take for instance 'Driftwood' - just sublime in its construction with the most beautiful lyrics.

Compared with earlier Moodies albums, it has a 'poppier' sound, with synths replacing the Mellotron and more contemporary compositions.

Later releases of the CD come with five live bonus tracks recorded at the time, making this a terrific package.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia
bought this because i have most of the moodies. music.this was disappointing.songs were not up to the standard i remember.
Published 1 month ago by lowrider
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music.
This album is getting on a bit having been released in 1978. Good music but from a different era. Still filled with great songs with real lyrics.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. P. Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars.
Dear Amazon UK,

Why have you changed your reviewing policy? You have forced me to repeat myself, since I cannot "review" music well enough to do either myself or... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ian Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Moody Blues "Octave"
If its the Moody Blues then it has really good. Always a deep meaning in their music, it now completes my Moodies collection.
Published 6 months ago by Steve
3.0 out of 5 stars The Moody Blues - Octave
This CD is enjoyable, well written, with bonuses this remastered version. However, this is not among the best albums of the band. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Josť Henrique
5.0 out of 5 stars Octave
What can I say about my favourite ever band? Not their best album but it was so good to have them back. This was purchased to replace my worn out vinyl.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Richard Clemons
4.0 out of 5 stars Moodys exploring new frontiers
The Moody Blues return with some fantastic songs in 1977.Love the Pinder song at the end also Driftwood and the second one with the harmonica Had to fall in Love . Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mark Winwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Rock Album
This is a solid rock album by the Moody Blues, somewhat underated, because it is pretty good. Vocals and instrumental skills are top notch. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jan Patrik SahlstrÝm
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever
Last one with pinders magic and it shows througout his influence had - next sur le mur is really the last of the good ones though
Published 16 months ago by Pete Whittle
5.0 out of 5 stars wonder ful.
Worth owning if only for driftwood & stepping in a slide zone,but with the live versions as wellthis is great.In fact the whole album is truly superb.
Published 16 months ago by alan
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