For years "The Present" was heralded as an insignificant album for the Moody Blues. Some people felt it was rushed to cash in on the success of "Long Distance Voyager". However, slowly but, surely, this album has crept up from the backbone of the fans to become one of the Moody's most memorable albums and has developed a cult following of fans that would love to hear at least a cut or two from this LP included in their live show. "Sitting at the Wheel", "Blue World", & "Running Water" quickly come to mind.
Anyone with an eye for art would have picked up on the take off of Maxfield Parrish's "Daybreak" as the album cover. Making some fans covet the vinyl album even more and some to want it on Vinyl to get the FULL EFFECT of the artwork of the cover (something that is sadly lacking in cd's and mp3's).
Music fans today who are not into Vinyl have no idea what they're missing but they are catching on quickly!
"The Present" has some fine guitar work from Justin, some incredible bass work from John, and Patrick Moraz on the keyboards really make this album shine.
It's still one of my favorites as time passes, it's becoming more and more THE "classic" or "favorite" of many of the fans due to the overlooked work on this album that is easily appreciated after a few listens. Be surprised. Good Moody Blues On This CD.