By the time the Moodies split in the early Seventies, they had recorded seven album. Creatively shattered and tired of seeing each other day in and day out, they called it a day...that is, until they reformed for Octave (released 1978).
Octave is a 'slow burn' - it takes a few plays to truly warm to it, then suddenly the penny drops. It is an absolute gem, oozing with gorgeous melodies and genuinely moving compositions. Take for instance 'Driftwood' - just sublime in its construction with the most beautiful lyrics.
Compared with earlier Moodies albums, it has a 'poppier' sound, with synths replacing the Mellotron and more contemporary compositions.
Later releases of the CD come with five live bonus tracks recorded at the time, making this a terrific package.
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