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Gregory Kiely, Perth Western Australia - YOU MAY JUST FIND YOUR LOST CHORD
on 7 September 2016
I expected to hear something that I may have missed in the rock genre in this album. However, this was somewhat of a surprise. Every song on this album is carefully ordered and engineered to 1968 [release date] perfection. What a rare gem this album is for the latter part of the 1960s.
It has not lost any of its listening appeal. This album is still very much accessible to the discerning listener's ears -- and mind. This album is thought provoking and yet remains somewhat of a musical experience. Two levels of listening pleasure happening at the same time. Now this is quite a musical feat for a rock band.
To quote John Lodge about the meaning of the album, "So we went into the studio and said, let's see how far we can actually go, see if there are any limits to music and limits. And that's what we tried to achieve. We said there are no boundaries" (liner notes to the 1997 Decca CD release). Certainly, this is what I experienced with the first listen. After that I played the album over and over again. The more I listened with contentment, the more I heard of the finer classical instrumentation by Ray Thomas and also some Eastern influences, such as the sitar - so lovingly played throughout the unfolding tracks by Justin Hayward. The classical influence all sound so 'mean't to be' in the album; and this is very much the albums theme. In search of the lost chord, the sacred sound, that I was soon reverberating in my own voice and getting quite into the harmonics the album seems to offer so generously.
If you just relax and get past the first tracks without any bias or negativity, you can open right up to the listening experience with this album. It is the type of music offering which allows one to listen with one's partner [for example] as a full experience. But the effect is equally true as a total experience for a person relaxing alone. There is a sense of love in this album and love resonates with this album.
I finally got the feeling that I found the 'lost chord' listening to this album. As bliss returned to me, I decided to give this album a place in my top twenty five albums of all time. I hope you might find this is also true. I am sure millions of people already have from 1968 to the present day.