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In Search of the Lost Chord [Original recording remastered]

The Moody BluesAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (July 15, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 1968
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B0018BB21G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2008 reissue of In Search of the Lost Chord,originally released in 1968, which was the third album by The Moody Blues, and the second to feature Justin Hayward and John Lodge.This reissue features 21 tracks with the 12 originals plus the 9 bonus tracks. The album may be considered a concept album because several of the tracks deal with the theme of a person's search for spiritual fulfillment. Another concept dealt with in the album is the search for a mythical "lost chord," which is revealed to be the mantra "Om" (in the last stanza of Graeme Edge's poem "The Word"). The album peaked at #23 U.S. album charts and in the UK reached #5.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one from the Moodies April 13, 2003
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IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD (1968) was the second album by The Moody Blues with Hayward and Lodge, and is still thought to be their best by many. I won't make that claim here; I am such a fan of this beguiling group that I find it exceedingly difficult to single out just one "best" from such a string of great albums. I will admit this has always been one of my favorites. It is a masterpiece that followed a masterpiece (DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED--one of the few rock albums to extensively and successfully employ an orchestra without being the least bit haughty).

IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD is filled with the group's euphoric music, which both explores the cosmos and comforts us with their emblematic, tuneful bliss. There is a remarkable, youthful enthusiasm in both the music and the lyrics, and the album is loaded with songs of unique, psychedelic charm. "Ride My See-Saw" has a mesmerizing groove, but it's intelligently energetic. "Voices In The Sky," "Visions Of Paradise" and "The Actor" are pure ecstasy, with such heavenly mixes of instrumental textures and heartfelt vocals. I don't find "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume" inferior in any way; in fact it's delightful (pay no attention to the detractors if you prefer inventiveness over trendiness). "Legend Of A Mind" is as haunting as you could ask for, and the instrumental break from 2:42 to 4:59 still takes me to OMville. "House Of Four Doors" is mysteriously enchanting, beautiful...captivating. This and "Part 2" frame "Legend Of A Mind" perfectly. And, how can any psychedelia-loving soul not delight in "The Best Way To Travel"? The meditative "OM" completes this musical treasure piece in splendid fashion.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Experimental Moodies May 9, 2003
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With the huge success of their landmark classical-meets-rock album, 1967's "Days Of Future Passed," and it's smash hit single, "Nights In White Satin," the Moody Blues had beaten the odds & successfully transformed from the rhythm & blues combo of "Go Now" fame, to the masterful progressive-rock band known the world over. For the follow-up disc, 1968's "In Search Of The Lost Chord," the Moodies decided to retain the classical instruments from their previous hit album, with one major difference: they would play all the instruments themselves, including cello, oboe, harp, harpsicord, and, for a touch of Indian-flavored music, sitar. "In Search Of The Lost Chord" is arguably the Moody Blues' most psychedelic album, but it is also one of their all-time greats. Bassist John Lodge's rockin' "Ride My See-Saw," and flautist Ray Thomas' wonderful ode to Timothy Leary, "Legend Of A Mind," remain Moody Blues concert staples to this day. There's also Thomas' playful "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume," the experimental delights of Lodge's "House Of Four Doors" (with "Legend Of A Mind" sandwiched within it), guitarist Justin Hayward's beautiful "Voices In The Sky," "Visions Of Paradise," and "The Actor," keyboardist Mike Pinder's spacious "The Best Way To Travel," and the spiritual "Om," and drummer Graeme Edge's fine poetry in the forms of "Departure" and "The Word." Marvelously written, played, & sung by the band, handsomely produced by Tony Clarke, and remastered for superior sound quality, "In Search Of The Lost Chord" remains one of the Moody Blues' finest works.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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The opening cut of this first of several concept albums released by the Moody Blues in rapid fire succession tells it all, a provocative, thoughtful, and intellectually fascinating exploration of altered states of consciousness, and a particular focus on the eastern idea of being. This exploration is a quite self-conscious attempt to use the experimental fusion between mainstream rock music and eastern forms started by the Beatles, and no one carried off the exploration with more panache and style than the Moody Blues, who, to their great distress, quickly became a kind of cult force in popular culture, making them pop icons overnight.
This is an intriguing album, and a valuable introduction for the uninitiated to the wild range of talents and interests of the various members of the band, and is a showcase for their musical virtuosity. From the opening mysterious number introducing the concept to the quick transition to "Ride My Seesaw", this is a fast-paced tour of the wide range of the field of psychedelic exploration. ""Legend Of A Mind" is an ironic look at Timothy Leary and his public advocacy of LSD, laughing at the idea while at the same time exploring it in earnest (He'll take you on a trip across the bay.... and bring you back the same day...). "House of Four Doors" is an introduction to "Zen' proper, and to the uniquely eastern ideas of altered states of consciousness and being. "Legend Of A Mind" is a further exposition of Leary and the popular search for consciousness.
The rest of the album focuses increasingly on aspects of the eastern way of perceiving and interpreting reality, and they conduct this exploration within the margins of popular music quite provocatively and very entertainingly.
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Published 7 days ago by Dennis P Zikmund
5.0 out of 5 stars A good album, I played my vinyl copy so much ...
A good album, I played my vinyl copy so much back in the day the pops and scratches made it unlistenable. the extra cuts were a pleasant surprise
Published 11 days ago by aztx
5.0 out of 5 stars " Ditto for this terrific album from the legendary Moody Blues
08-11-2014 As Harry Carey used to shout, Holy Cow!" Ditto for this terrific album from the legendary Moody Blues, recorded, I think, in 1968 or 67, this "Threshold"... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Hugs-not Drugs-from the Moodies...The Ultimate Trip!
Vinyl is back! This 2014 pressing by Friday Music sounds every bit as good to me as my original 1960's
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Published 26 days ago by Richardsson55
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Great album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars These original cd's brought back what was missing from my enjoyment of...
The first concert I ever went to to was in the sixties and was the Moody Blues. I bought the albums back then and spent hours listening. Then came these cd thingies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by William L Ham
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One of the best they did. Have been a fan from their start. Great sound!!
Published 1 month ago by Jerry A Greisler
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This is a classic album by one of rock's greatest band!
Published 1 month ago by Gregory J. Zerrahn
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