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Album Review

This latest remastering of To Our Children's Children's Children is essentially a lower-rent reduction of the double-disc SACD/CD "Deluxe Edition" put out by Polydor in Europe in the late winter of 2006. Possibly the SACD market is perceived as too tenuous in the United States, but for whatever reason this single platter release contains only the remastered CD audio — great sound, to be sure, but no multi-channel surround option — from that two-disc set's first disc, augmented with highlights from that set's full CD of bonus tracks. This was the group's most advanced album production, on which they carried the concept of the studio as an "instrument" so far, that only one song — the single "Gypsy," which was the simplest number here, in terms of sound — ever got played on-stage. Needless to say, the multiple layers of overdubbed sound blossom in all manner of rich tone colors here (and are even more impressive on the SACD version) — if any Moody Blues album were ever meant for digital audio presentation, it was this one which, thanks to Michael Pinder's ever-advancing electronic keyboards and all of the overdubbing by everyone, is effectively the work of 30 or 40 Moody Blues at times. All of that musicianship, much of it suggested in the sound of the original LP, is closer to the fore now, and well worth hearing in this rather elegant remastering. The main change among the bonus tracks is the elimination of more than half of the December 1969 BBC performance, principally material off the preceding album, On the Threshold of a Dream, as well as that radio performance of "Gypsy"." There's still enough here to please and inform the casual listener, though most serious fans will almost certainly already own the Deluxe Edition with all of this material on it.

Customer Reviews

Crackers, but darn good at it

The Moody Blues need very little introduction, they're older than me by quite a long shot. In short, this album is great. In long, it's also completely bananas. In true Dark Side of the Moon style, it's a two side album (I'm listening to the original vinyl release here), with none of the songs seeming to finish at all, fading out at inopportune moments, into random bits of sound, the next track, or even parts of the previous track. The lyrics are equally crazy ramblings, my pop-culture addled mind likens it to the Mighty Boosh's Crimping more than anything, and, there's a good chunk of prog-flute, which is always awesome in the well measured doses given here. There is a lot of orchestration here, which tends to be more in the 'wash of sound' catergory more than anything. Stick Noel Fielding in front of Focus and you would probably get a similar effect. Anyway, it's brilliant, sit down with a beverage and listen to it the whole way through.


This music is great and brilliant!


Formed: 1964 in Birmingham, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although they're best known today for their lush, lyrically and musically profound (some would say bombastic) psychedelic-era albums, the Moody Blues started out as one of the better R&B-based combos of the British Invasion. The group's history began in Birmingham, England with Ray Thomas (harmonica, vocals) and Mike Pinder (keyboards, vocals), who had played together in El Riot & the Rebels and the Krew Cats. They began recruiting members of some of the best rival groups working in Birmingham, including...
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