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Regarded as one of the most innovative and successful rock bands in music history, The Moody Blues are musical leaders who can claim to have a following of mass proportions worldwide spanning the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. They continue to relate to new generations with every album release and tour, and have established themselves into ... Read more in Amazon's The Moody Blues Store

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  • Audio Cassette (7 July 1987)
  • Label: Uni/Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001F69
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,564,102 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've just started listening to this album after many long years - and I can't believe I waited so long! With this album, you get some of the best of the Moody Blues ever.
All their songs are hauntingly brilliant, especially "The Dream". Every song is written with what must be their own personal experience, as there is no way that they could have written these off the cuff!
Thanks to my girlfriend who finally got the hint to buy me this for my birthday!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Davith on 21 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
This Moody Blues album has always been one of my favourites. I still remember spending my hard-earned cash to buy it when it was first released way back in 1969. When it was finally released on CD I was disappointed for two reasons. Firstly, no attempt was made to remaster and clean up the original recording and secondally, the packaging was minimal and bore little resemblance to the vinyl version. Now DECCA have at last digitally remastered it in SACD 5.1 (mixed from the original Quadraphonic master tapes) & Stereo format and it has definately been worth the wait. Admittedly, I haven't heard the 5.1 channel mix as I don't have a multi-channel decoder but the SACD stereo mix is very impressive with instruments sounding clear and focused. (This is a hybrid disc so it also includes a stereo layer for playback on normal CD players). 9 bonus tracks are also included (alternative versions, outtakes & BBC Radio sessions). The icing on the cake is that the original vinyl artwork has now been restored including the lavish booklet with lyrics to all the songs, photos of the group and liner notes by David Symonds & Lionel Bart. To quote the latter, 'I think......I love the Moody Blues'!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Baker on 10 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
In terms of variety and scale, On the Threshold of a Dream doesn't seem a huge step on from the previous album, In Search of the Lost Chord. However, the difference lies in its influences - Threshold is, in a way, a Western version of Lost Chord. Gone are the sitars, psychedelic sounds and the mystical, Indian feel. Here we have a very Western sounding album. Opening with a very cold, spacey synth, and some spoken philosophical words, the album takes the usual tour of 60s pop and experimental moments that the Moodies would slowly lose after this album.
Whilst promoted as a concept album, the theme here is a lot less clear than on their previous records. Whilst some songs have images of dreams and magic and philosophy, others seem unrelated, just being standard pop songs (Send Me No Wine and Lazy Day in particular).
The album standouts include 'Dear Diary', a slow, slightly sinister jazzy number, and the end run of the spoken 'The Dream', acoustic 'Have You Heard' and epic spacey instrumental 'The Voyage' - one of the band's most chilling and sonically impressive pieces.
All in all, a very impressive album, and an interesting step on from their earlier albums.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Just one of a slew of Moody Blues re-issues with bonus tracks out at the moment “On The Threshold Of A Dream” deserves a lasting place in the hypothetical memorial dedicated to great British prog- rock with a hint of psychedelic classics.
The Moody Blues have never been cool, indeed they were dubbed “The Pseudy Blues” and even now when many formerly maligned bands are receiving over due critical re-appraisals there is still an air of sniffy superior diffidence when it comes to this band. Well I am more than willing to stick my head above the parapet and risk a lampooning bullet in the eye and state that from “Days Of Future Passed” in 1967 up to 1975,s “Seventh Sojourn “where they went off the boil a bit, they released a body of work that stands along side such rock behemoths as Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.
My personal favourites of that period are “To Our Children’s Children’s Children” and “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” but in terms of psychedelic drug induced magnificence On The Threshold Of A Dream is up there with anything by The Beatles. It’s also a concept album without any tangible concept of what it’s being conceptual about. There is the obligatory occasional embarrassing lyrical turn and guff about spectral planes and astral journeys and such like. It’s self indulgent to a degree that goes way beyond self indulgence but is so painfully sincere you’d forgive them that and then some. Why? Well mainly because the music is magnificent. They could write terrific songs could The Moody Blues.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Moody Blues have re-released their albums as Remastered and a few in DTS, but finally they are now available in Hybrid SACD. This version is a keeper including some very rare and enormously well mastered and remixed songs. This reviewer won't go into analysis of the songs, as this has been doen before. The difference is in the amazing quality of SACD.

No previous Moody Blues album has contained such rare BBC sessions, outtake and Alternate mixes. One needs no other recording of this classic album. The box is half plastic and half cardboard which might not last as long as a regular CD package. However, the liner package notes are exhaustive with many new pictures and a complete history.
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