on 13 March 2013
I've had this album on vinyl for decades and decided to upgrade to this CD - what a lovely surprise! Not only has it got what it says on the tin ("In Search" is such a fab album, there are no bum tracks but many outstanding ones, eg. "The Actor", "Ride my See Saw", "Visions of Paradise", etc, etc), but it also has some great extras, especially "A Simple Game" in 2 versions, one sung by Justin and the other by Mike - I think I like Mike's version best as Justin's brilliant voice is too low, I think, for this particular song (I'm sure many people will disagree with me!!). Another good extra track is Justin's poignant tribute to a fallen soldier, "What am I doing here?" This is a must-have for anyone's Moody Blues collection.
on 18 October 2013
I should say right away that I'm reviewing the content without going into the minutia of which remaster is best. It's hard to believe, now, that this was only the second album made by the Moodies with their classic line-up. The sheer adventurousness and ambition of the album is that of a far more mature band. In many ways it's something of a forgotten Moodies album. Their 1967 album, `Days of Future Passed' contained the classic `Nights in White Satin' for which they are still best remembere. A shame, for never before, and hardly ever since, have The Moody Blues sounded as innovative, progressive, talented, or just plain daring, as on this 1968 classic.
For `Lost Chord' they dispensed with an orchestra altogether; instead, applying themselves to a multitude of instruments and armed with the mighty mellotron, they would be their own orchestra. The Moody Blues were at their best in the studio, and never more so than on `Lost Chord'.
There cannot be many introductions as eerie and mysterious as Graeme Edge's softly spoken piece outlining the plot of the album, that of finding a chord heard once, that, apparently, holds the key to a mysterious enlightenment. There's a great single in Ride my see-saw, by far the most orthodox track on the album. Dr Livingstone is Ray Thomas' usual light relief, here emphasising the quest and managing to provide an entertaining and light hearted song into the bargain. Then we have House of Four Doors, on which the mellotron is put to marvellous use; they sound as they were often referred to - the smallest symphony orchestra in the world! Legend of a mind is Ray in serious mode with this great tribute to Timothy Leary.
The album flows superbly well, the sound quality is excellent, and if the group slightly over-reach themselves on Visons of Paradise (gulp) the concluding sequence of tracks more than makes up for it, especially with Om; Mike Pinder - always a genius at ending albums - complete with sitar and Ray Thomas' flute, slowly transports the listener away on a magic carpet of Eastern meditation.
On later albums the Moodies abandoned the themed album in favour of song collections, but it's their early albums they are still best known for, and for me, `Lost Chord' is the best of the lot.
on 20 April 2006
Got all 4 of the new Moody Blues reissues <all but DOFP> yesterday. I grew up with these lp's when they were released. I was happy with the last remasters, but these are really special. I don't have surround yet, so I am listening to the stereo layer. Other than being mastered loud, like everything these days, I have to say I love them! The packaging is exquisite - you can tell these are UK releases: laminated covers and excellent design, packaging and printing. Lots of very good photos I've never seen in the booklets, and great, informative liner notes. I have an "average" system at best, and have been listening on headphones as I do with 95% of music when at home. These may be the cds that finally get me moving towards upgrading my system to enjoy the surround experience.
My two bits: get them now! Glad I did - heck, I might even get DOFP to complete the set now that I know how nice they are. Excellent additions to my classic rock library.
on 18 April 2006
I was extremely excited when the re-release of the first five Moody Blues albums was announced a few months ago. The press releases made much ado about bonus tracks and surround sound mixes in dual-layer SACD format. I immediately pre-ordered them all. Well, I just received them in the mail and was a little disappointed to discover that, unlike the other four albums, ISOTLC did not include a surround mix. The SACD layer is 2-channel stereo only. The sound quality is still great and I love getting bonus tracks- but my real interest is hearing the Moody Blues in full surround (albeit "quadraphonic"). At this point I'm wondering if this was a mastering error, of if this one album was just mysteriously skipped for quad/surround treatment by the Moodys.
on 11 June 2000
Of all the magical albums produced by the Moody Blues between 1967 and 1972, the best came in 1968. It had an Eastern theme, with plenty of sitar from Hayward and extremely bizzare vocal harmonies. Kicking off with Graeme Edge's maniacal laugh, the album includes some of the best Moodies songs ever written: Thomas's "Legend of a Mind", Hayward's "Visions of Paradise" and "The Actor", Pinder's "Om", the whole album blends together in a truly mind-blowing fashion. It's simultaneously relaxing and stirring, depending on your mood! I cannot describe how good this album is, but you'll know, as you hear the pulse beat in the background after the sitar solo in "Om" (beating Pink Floyd's pulse by a year) that you've heard something truly special. Forget any other five-star ratings: Britney Spears gets them, I know, I've looked. But this is one that MEANS something. Because this was recorded fourteen years before I was born, and it still sounds great to me.
on 21 August 2010
I bought this album on vinyl on it's release in 1968. I have to say that, for me, it is the best album that they have ever made. Their music was so different and far removed from your average pop album.Unfortunately, back in the days when audio equipment was rather inferior, as a 16 year old, I only had my brothers' old Dansette record player to play my albums on. Owing to the fact that it wasn't a stereo record player, my copy of In Search, along with On The Threshold Of A Dream and To Our Childrens'Childrens' Children, are all in mono, whilst all the others that I purchased are in stereo. High time, I think, to buy the cd's to replace the mono recordings.I have just begun playing these albums again and they still sound as good as ever and bring back a lot of memories. As for the tracks themselves, it appeared to become a tradition on this, and the next two albums, to open with a Graeme Edge offering. Departure builds slowly and quietly to erupt into the rock-based Ride My See-Saw by John Lodge. Ray Thomas's Dr. Livingstone, I Presume is next up and he always gives us a sing-along type of track in his contribution and of his two songs on this album, this is one of them. House Of Four Doors is split into a mini opera and Part 2 concludes side 1. Sandwiched in between is, for me, possible the best track on the album, Legend Of A Mind by Ray Thomas. I just love the flute work on this track by Ray. Side 2 opens with Justin Haywards' Voices In The Sky, a lovely ballad type song and very thought provoking. Next up, The Best Way To Travel by Mike Pinder, a sci-fi, spacey, dream song e.g 'speeding through the universe'. The only joint collaboration on the album, Visions Of Paradise by Justin Hayward and Ray Thomas, is next up. Another dreamy track with, again, fine singing by Justin and flute by Ray. For me, the next track is in the same bracket as Nights In White Satin. This is The Actor by Justin Hayward, another powerful ballad where Justins singing is top notch. The penultimate track, The Word, by Graeme Edge seems to bring together what this album is all about and the wonderful Om, by Mike Pinder is a truly atmospheric closing track and is a fitting climax to a fantastic album.
Released during a period of rock ‘n roll psychodelia, this is arguable the Moody Blues most productive and progressive album of the times. Nearly half the songs are still part of their concert listing. “Departure” is another trademark introduction that has been the motif of so many of their albums – a unique and mind-blowing beginning. Highlights include Lodge’s “Ride My See-Saw”, a concert closing song, while “Dr. Livingstone” and “Legend Of A Mind” are still classics that can be heard on the radio almost as much as “Nights In White Satin”. “House Of Four Doors (Part 1 and 2)” provide continuity to the collection and scores of special effects. An earmark of the period is produced with “The Word” followed by “Om”, the only songs that seem dated. Two of the Moody Blues best and most romantic songs are Hayward’s “The Actor”, a truly unique and inventive ballad and “Voices In The Sky”. They are both performed and sung beautifully in concert. Other than “Days Of Future Passed”, this is one of their most popular albums from that period. Plus, just take a look at that cover!
on 4 February 2011
I bought this in vinyl in 1970, and I think this newer version with a couple of extras thrown in is absolutely fantastic. Postage and packaging free too! How good is that? I have it playing non stop in my car. Amazon you are gems. I feel 18 agagin. Thankyou
This second historical musical outing took a break from the orchestral pop of "Days Of Future Passes" and dove into the land of psychodelia and rock & roll. There are numerous special sound effects and fantastic song writing. All is emphasized in the SACD format. The alternate mixes of "Departure" and "Visions of Paradise" are worth the set alone. This is a true feast for the ears.
(Note: Disc 1 is an SACD mix made from the original quadraphonic tapes. Disc 2 is the original remastered quadraphonic tapes - not SACD. This is seen as Disc 1 is gold colored and Disc 2 is silver).
on 26 April 2003
This was the first moody blues album I listened to (while very young) and one I find myself returning to. I found it on amazon and inversted in the cd version (up till now it had been my dads Vinyl only. And yes, HE was young when this came out) and have never regreted it.
Even if you don't buy this; beg, borrow or steal it to have a listen! It is well worth the effort (but don't put it down after one go - keep listening)
And if you are of that nature, get into the mindset they were in when they created it. It makes it so much better.