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One of psychedelic rock’s truly seminal albums, In Search Of The Lost Chord (1968) caught the Moody Blues at their most mind-expansive. After the lush romanticism of Days Of Future Past, the quintet channeled their creativity towards inner exploration and came up with this immaculately-crafted, mystically-slanted song-cycle. The sonic landscapes here are delineated by Justin Hayward’s layered guitars, Ray Thomas’ billowing flute and the eerie orchestral textures of Mike Pindar’s mellotrone. Tracks like “Visions of Paradise” and “Voices In The Sky” invoke scenes of astral glory, while “House Of Four Doors” speaks to the psychic sojourner in every listener. Chemical inspiration is strongly implied in “Ride My See-Saw” and the quirky mini-suite “Legend Of A Mind” (known for its refrain “Timothy Leary’s dead…”). The Moodys end their journey with “Om,” marrying Indian raga motifs with an exalted vocal arrangement. Overall, the album is sonically ambitious, lyrically earnest and almost completely irony-free. If its kaleidoscope-eyed idealism has faded with time, the grandeur of its music has not. In Search Of The Lost Chord is a gorgeous artifact of its era, whatever the condition of your consciousness.

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A Classic of Psychedelia

The album cover alone is enough to give you chills. From Birth to Death, the Moody Blues are searching for enlightenment as well as the lost chord. If "Departure" doesn't make your hair stand up, you don't have a nervous system! But alongside the sounds, the poetry there is remarkable. Then the music begins to weave its magic, but the best of the bunch begins with "Voices in the Sky". Awesome in its maturity and beauty, Voices carries the 2nd half of the album to Nirvana, and I'm not referring to the grunge group. There are a thousand things to listen for in the mix. The Moody Blues, fresh off the success of Days of Future Passed, decided to become their own orchestra, and this album was just the second in their "Classic Seven" series of masterpieces. A must have.

In Search of the Lost Chord

As a young listener/fan I enjoy this album very much. My dad is a big fan and he plays the Moody Blues all the time. It's amazing this music is 30 years old. It sounds like it could have been recorded today. I highly recommend it, whatever your age. Moody Blues is one of the greatest bands to this day.

Rediscovered Gem

I first got into this album back when I was in high school. I've since strayed for 10 years and have now returned to it. The next time you're on a plane with your iPod, listen to "Departure" and "Ride My See-Saw" just as you're taking off. It's an incredible experience.


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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