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A Question Of Balance Original recording remastered

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2008 reissue of their 1970 album, Question of Balance. The album was an attempt by the group to strip down their well-known lush, psychedelic sound in order to be able to better perform the songs in concert. For the first time, The Moody Blues used political strife as a basis for songwriting with the UK number two hit in May 1970, "Question", which dealt with the controversy resulting from the ongoing Vietnam War. The album reached #1 in the UK and #3 in the U.S. In 2008, Moody Blues reissues its first seven album releases, each with bonus content and each release in this set of their first seven evolutionary albums includes a varying number of special mixes or versions of songs that are also represented in their final form on the respective albums from their highly spectacular career. 10 original tracks plus six bonus.

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  1. Question (Full Version) 5:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. How Is It (We Are Here) 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. And The Tide Rushes In 2:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Don't You Feel Small 2:39$0.69  Buy MP3 
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12. Question (Alternate Version) 6:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Minstrel's Song (Original Mix) 4:37$0.69  Buy MP3 
14. It's Up To You (Original Mix) 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 15, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B0018PJEYY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,578 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Grateful Jerry VINE VOICE on January 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Okay, let's start off by addressing some of the complaints that most people have. As far as the bass being mixed too low on this release I have to say after owning this in every lp and cd edition that the bass was always a bit lower on this album than on some of the other Moodies albums. The mix itself is from the original quad lp versions done by producer Tony Clarke in early 1972. The quad mixes were different in order to take advantage of the four way split instead of the regular stereo two way split. This meant mixing the album differently from a conventional stereo album. Many of the "effects" that are in the backgroud of the stereo version are turned up here changing the overall "balanced" sound of the album in order to give the best quad sound. As far as the music itself, this album has a much more basic feel than the band's last, To Our Children's Children's Children which might have had in part something to do with the fact that it wasn't the big hit the band wanted at the time it was released. That was the first released for their label Threshold. The opening song Question had been released on single a few months before this album's release and had become a big hit for the band. This album includes many Moodies classics and doesn't have a bad song on the release. Songs like Question, Melancholy Man, And The Tide Rushes In, and It's Up To You sound just as well today as they did back when this album was released. If you like the Moodies, you'll love this album.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"Question Of Balance" was a high-hitter for the Moody Blues and with this set, not only do you get the fantastically crisp sound of SACD, but they have finally released some rare tracks. All the bonus and alternate mix tracks are of fine quality and the difference may be as subtle as additional back-up vocals or extra instruments. Here is the complete list:

How Is It (We Are Here)
And The Tide Rushes In
Don't You Feel Small
Tortoise & The Hare
It's Up To You
Minstrel's Song
Dawning Is The Day
Melancholy Man

Extra songs:
Mike's Number One (Bonus Track)
Question (Alternate Version) (Bonus Track)
Minstrel's Song (Original Mix) (Bonus Track)
It's Up To You (Original Mix) (Bonus Track)
Don't You Feel Small (Original Mix) (Bonus Track)
Dawning Is The Day (Full Original Mix) (Bonus Track)

No previous Moody Blues album has contained such rare BBC sessions, outtakes and alternate mixes. The differences are subtle but many include backup vocals, new instruments and a different pacing to the songs. One needs no other recording of this classic album. The box is half plastic and half cardboard which might not last as long as a regular CD package. However, the liner package notes are exhaustive with many new pictures and a complete history.

(Note: This is an SACD mix made from the original quadraphonic tapes. The extra songs are the original remastered quadraphonic tapes - not SACD).
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful By James A. Bartz on February 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I've read all the reviews here on QOB and am amazed that no one has mentioned what truly destroys this album. DISTORTION! I'm a pro recording engineer and have always been aware this moodies album suffers terribly! The Master crossfaded tape is horribly distorted. It also seems down a tape generation. Most engineers just splice the crossfades 'tween tracks into the master takes to avoid degradation of the body of the song... but I'm not convinced that road was taken by evidance in the dull muddy overall sound. The song 'The Balance' is absolutely destroyed with distortion!
If you listen to the bonus tracks on this sacd release (non-crossfaded full versions) you will here a major improvment in fidelity and NO DISTORTION! The bass is clean and round and all things are musch more well defined. If they cared about this record they would re-assemble it using these pre crossfaded versions and do the crossfades digitally..It needs to be rescued!!!!I've bought this album way too many times to be cheated like this again! Now that I know the clarity is there but they won't make it right! I'm disappointed and even pissed that they keep serving this fine wine in a old dirty plastic cup! Why don't they care???
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By J. McCranie on February 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I think this is probably the best album by the Moody Blues, although I have only a few of them. I think that there are no weak songs, and each member wrote or co-wrote least two of the ten songs.
This is also a great job of remastering. It sounds much better than the original CD.
The LP originally had the end of a track overlapping with the beginning of the next track. Side 1 of the LP ends on a fairly loud note, and side 2 started with some quite and delicate acoustic guitar notes. The original CD release overlaped these as well, to stay in the spirit, I suppose. However, I didn't like it that way. The nice guitar part on track 6 was obscured, and the LP had been designed with a pause between the sides. The remastered version restores a few seconds of a pause between tracks 5 and 6, making it more faithful to the original LP.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on June 7, 2006
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This 1970 release saw the Moodies simplifying the approach taken on the 1969 concept album To Our Children's, Children's, Children, which was an album that explored the possibility of spiritual enlightenment through space travel. Notwithstanding, while A Question of Balance may have had both feet planted on the Earth, it was no less "cosmic".

There are some fantastic songs on this album including my favorite piece Question, And the Tide Rushes In (Ray's best piece in my opinion), Its Up to You, Dawning is the Day, Mike Pinder's spacey and haunting Melancholy Man, and The Balance. The acoustic guitar and most importantly, the mellotron with string setting are used a lot on this album, which give the songs a very...well...melancholy feel. There are some lighter moments too though, especially with upbeat and whimsical songs like The Tortoise and the Hare, so it is not all doom and gloom. The Moodies would continue with this formula for the next two albums, which would conclude with Seventh Sojourn in 1972.

This remastered version has pretty good sound quality and loads of liner notes by members of the band.

A Question of Balance is very highly recommended along with Days of Future Passed (1967), In Search of the Lost Chord (1968), and To Our Children's, Children's, Children (1969).
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