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on 20 December 2005
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. It seems like a happy go lucky buncy song, much in the vain of 'Carousel' from his solo album. However, if one looks at the lyrics, it is a really deep song. Fantastic music and an interesting arrangement, away from the acoustic rhythm, bass, drums approach.

'Reflective smile' is a 30 secnd spoken passage, leading into what is possibly the best track on the album 'Veteran cosmic rocker'. An amazing melody, brilliant strong baritone vocals from Ray, and excellent eastern and rovky instrumental passages. This track most harks back to older Moody blues, with subtle sitars used, which can be heard right at the end of the album.

A fantastic album, which really shows the band had not lost the talent from the crucial first seven albums.
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VINE VOICEon 5 October 2009
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 . I for one , am grateful that the wider concept touched upon by the albums last three songs was left well alone.
Any true Moody Blues fan worth their salt is going to own this album anyway but any dilettantes considering a purchase should dive in. The first four tracks are worth the expense on their own .The rest ...well you can take or leave , it doesn't really matter. Four superb Moody Blues songs are worth much more than the usual asking price for this album.
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on 30 October 2001
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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on 31 August 2009
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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on 24 December 2008
This long-awaited remaster does not disappoint. With this album, The Moody Blues pulled off the kind of comeback that Yes mirrored with '90125'. The album boasts an updated approach without the band losing the elements of its essential appeal. Justin Hayward is in particularly fine voice. Surprisingly, for all of their massive success in earlier times, 'Long Distance Voyager' is one of the band's best offerings.
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on 20 June 2009
The Moody Blues show they have a place in the 1980s, with this magnificent album Long Distance Vogager, released in 1981. Their 2nd album, since their sabbatical in 1973 and their first since 1978's Octave, The Moody Blues updated their sound in the 1980s, thanks to former Yes keyboard player Patrick Moraz's synthesisers, replacing the mellotron/ Chamberlain sound of the departed Mike Pinder. The album contains some of the group's best ever songs, including Justin Hayward's The Voice, John Lodge's Talking Out Of Turn and Ray Thomas's Veteran Cosmic Rocker. Often the group's post Octave albums are overlooked, but Long Distance Voyager is definately worth checking out.
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on 15 November 2010
I have wanted to own some of the older Moody Blues albums for some time but
have been put off by the cost in a record shop. I was very pleased to see this on Amazon for [...]
including free delivery. Album arrived quickly and is a great addition to my collection.

Paul G
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This is the Moodies first album of the Eighties and the second following their reunion in the late Seventies. As an album it is up their with the very best of their catalogue. It is full of their famous rich harmonies and contains some beautiful song writing. The highlights are without doubt Hayward's delightful 'In My World' and the Hayward/Lodge 'Gemini Dream'. The one track which I think fails to enhance the Moodies legacy is Ray Thomas's 'Painted Smile', but at the end of the day, it comes down to personal taste as his 'Veteran Cosmic Rocker' is truly inspired!
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on 30 January 2013
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 #1 in the US and #7 in the UK. While the effort marked the departure of long-time producer Tony Clarke, it hailed the initial studio appearance of Patrick Moraz, the session keyboardist who filled the void as Mike Pinder stepped out of the limelight to settle in Malibu. So long Mellotron, hello synthesizers. In the midst of personnel changes, the Moody Blues were invigorated with a new lease on life and ready for the 80s. The craftsmanship for this band consistently hits the high mark. What's not to love? Several tracks run between 5 and 7 minutes and, 32 years later, persist on concert set lists. The Voice and Gemini Dream set the audience swaying then on to its feet. The acoustic guitar on In My World still delights. Meanwhile is a confection of layers. The sitar that closes Veteran Cosmic Rocker speaks to the band's maturity and evolution. Lovely piece of work altogether.
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on 31 January 2010
As above, 5 stars for the first 4 tracks but the sleeve notes could have been larger print and proof read for grammatical errors!(spot 'em!) Remastered sound is much superior to earlier cd which was muddy as per a lot of original cd's.
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