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The Moody Blues Vinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Label: THRESHOLD
  • ASIN: B003YXTO52
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of their best 20 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album oozes with talent from all the band members. Justin, John, Ray and Graeme are all well represented here. Justin has the single 'the voice' that opens the album. It is a nice mid tempo song with subtle keyboards and acoustic guitars, but not a stand out. 'Talking out of turn' is a John ballad that has an excellent melody and nice orchestral overdubs. His voice is a little weak to be a stand out track though. 'Gemini dream' is the other single and is a collaboration between John and Justin. It is a fast paced keyboard orientated rocker. It is the only track where Moraz's synthesiser work threatens to take over. On their 1986 album 'the other side of life' this would have fit perfectly and been a stand out track. Here, it is mediocre.

The album really picks up after this and the rest of the songs are pure genius. 'In my world' is an instantly likeable Justin ballad. It is a really romantic soft song, awash with loads of acoustic guitars and a beautiful melody. An instant stand out. 'Meanwhile' is Justin's other contribution, which is a mid tempo folk ballad. It is also beautiful with nice lower vocal meldodies and a catchy chorus.

Graeme contributes '22,000 days'. It is an unorthodox but brilliant song. It has a nice riff going and John's lead vocals are better suited here. The chorus is sung by Justin, John and Ray, with some really nice harmonica passages from Ray.

'Nervous' is a stand out John ballad. It is beautifully soft at the start, with some nice flute work from Ray. It almost becomes anthem like in the chorus part and the play out instrumental section is spectacular.

Ray is well represented on the last three tracks. 'Painted smile' is a familiar theme for Ray.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
This is the first Moody Blues album without founder-member Mike Pinder on keyboards, with those duties taken by Patrick Moraz, and it hailed a new beginning for the band. Far less involved with the mysticism that had dominated their earlier albums, the songs on this album are good quality AOR songs that reflect a more mature and down-to-earth frame of mind.
Stand out tracks for me are Justin Hayward's 'The Voice' and 'In My World' and Ray Thomas' closing trilogy of 'Painted Smile', 'Reflective Smile' and 'Veteran Cosmic Rocker', which shows that the Moodies can at least take a joke! The album also includes one of my least favourite Moodies song, 'Gemini Dream', but you can't have everything.
The Moodies trademarks, i.e. rich harmonies, strong melodies and excellent musicianship are all evident throughout. If you only know the band from 'Nights In White Satin', or you stopped listening to them in the 70's, you won't go far wrong by re-acquainting yourself with the Moody Blues via this album.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First post -Pinder Moody Blues album. 5 Oct 2009
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Released in 1981 Long Distance Voyager was the first Moody Blue album without long time member and ace mellotron noodler Mike Pinder, who had left in 1978 .His role of filling out the sound went to bouffant topped keyboard player Patrick Moraz . Unfortunately with the departure of Pinder the band also lost one of their better songwriters and while Long Distance Voyager is still a fine Moody Blues album it is also clear the bands 1960/70,s heyday is behind them .
Having said that the old vinyl side one of this album ( or the first four tracks of the CD if you prefer) is tremendous. Single "The Voice" is a forceful up-tempo but melodic Justin Hayward track with swathes of temperate keyboards and that slightly wistful ambience that Hayward brings to just about every song he has ever written. "In My World" is a beguilingly beautiful ballad with classic Moody vocal harmonies and piquant strings. The Lodge/Hayward composition "Gemini Dream " is a hard edged rocker with some strident vocal interplay . The John Lodge written "Talking Out Of Turn " is a regretful string led ballad that juxtaposes the strings and keyboards skilfully and achieves a elegiac grandeur in its final extended coda.
"Meanwhile " (Hayward) , "Nervous " ( Lodge ) and the one Graeme Edge track "22,000 Days " are all more than acceptable pleasant songs but lack the emotional clout and killer melodies of earlier tracks. As for the Ray Thomas mini-suite that closes the album .It sounds like part of a theme or concept - rock band as part of a travelling circus - that is not fully explored though "Veteran Cosmic Rocker " does tie in with the long distance voyager theme ( clock the small spacecraft on the album cover ) It's queasy burlesque and frippery is out of kilter with the emotional depths explored by the album previously .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do The Journey! 31 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
You're probably reading this because of some existing interest in the Moody Blues but haven't bought all of their albums. Well....Do The Journey and become a Long Distance Voyager! This is just a part of the 4 decades output I've been following them through so it's hard to categorise for any new comers. Their name says it all.. Moody....Blues, but in a pop/rock sort of way that delivers serious music and a good feeling too. Just buy ALL of their original albums: remember, I'm Hard To Please, and I don't part with cash easily!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really great album
Published 11 days ago by graham mcpherson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Much lovedalbum
Published 2 months ago by Crazybint
3.0 out of 5 stars long distance voyager
having bought most moody blues music over the years,i had missed this one.was disappointed with the quality of the songs.those by justin hayward were the better ones as usual.
Published 4 months ago by lowrider
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites
This album is a favourite of the later moodies albums. Dated by todays standards but still worth a listen. recommended.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. P. Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars memorries .
used to play this on record many years ago , glad I`ve finally got it in cd format , still a great album ..
Published 14 months ago by jill
5.0 out of 5 stars Had the Casette tape too!
What a great collection of music,if you like the Moody Blues you'll love this.So glad I re bought it after 20 years!
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Moodie Blues
Good sound. Helped me to remember the old songs. A good additions to my CD collection. I would buy more - watch this space.
Published 20 months ago by AJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Distinctive with impeccable panache
The Moody Blues released Long Distance Voyager in May 1981 to earn a second platinum disk. Showcasing guitars, drums, and keyboards as never before, the album ultimately charted at... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Blanche Horst
Published on 28 Aug 2012 by kaalee100
5.0 out of 5 stars Moody Blues Long Distance Voyager
I have always liked the Moody Blues, and have this album on vynal. I am delighted that Amazon sells Long Distance Voyager on CD. Read more
Published on 8 May 2012 by kridders
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