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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the original stereo mix of this 1972 classic from the UK Pop/Prog pioneers featuring four bonus tracks: 'Isn't Life Strange' (Original Version), 'You And Me' (Beckthorn's Backing Track), 'Lost In A Lost World' (Instrumental Demo) and 'Island'. Previously released as an SACD disc, this regular CD issue features sleeve notes and rare photographs. 12 tracks. Decca. 2008.
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  • Audio CD (July 15, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B0018LMZOO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
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122 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
As noted by a multitude of previous reviewers, this album was the last of the classic 7 from the Moodies from the period 1967 to 1972. It was also, like the 6 preceding it, different from the others; "Seventh Sojourn" is the most middle-of-the-road rock album of the bunch. Very little progressive rock, no real experimentation, just plain, solid rock.

Clearly the Moodies had become better and better at orchestrating their style of music throughout the six classic years period. By the time they reached this album, they were fully mature in a rock style all their own, and yet fitting with the times.

Looking back, it is difficult to see how they went from "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour" to this album. EGBDF was progressive rock with a fair amount of fantasy and science fiction. Seventh Sojourn is very down to earth, reflecting a more mundane and earthly orientation.

The synthesizer is a fully matured instrument in "Seventh Sojourn." In the Moodies' previous albums the mellotron was used for novelty and to enhance the unusual nature of their albums. In "Seventh Sojourn" the Chamberlain replaced the mellotron, and became part of the orchestration. The use of the Chamberlain is sometimes so subtle that I find it difficult to know when the Chamberlain is being used.

With all these differences, the change to a more earthly orientation, a middle-of-the-road rock sound, and a new instrument, with some groups you might worry that the album was so different that it is no longer true to the group; not correct in this case. When you listen to the classic 7 in order from "Days of Future Passed" to "Seventh Sojourn," there is a feel of evolution, and perhaps, a feel of balance.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Samhot on March 13, 2003
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I'm not sure I can add anything new to what's already been said. In particular, Lonnie E. Holder pretty much said many of the things I would have said (read his June 3, 2002 review for a good synthesis on the album.)

As the closing album of The Moodies' "classic 7" period, there's definitely a shift in dynamics and mood from the lighter (but thought-provoking), trippy and spaced-out (but fairly accessible) material from their earlier albums. On _Seventh Sojourn_, the mood is more somber and earthy, which was probably highlighted by the fact that the guys were going through a rough period around that time period. Also, the music, while still ethereal, wistful and touching, is a bit more earthy and straightforward.

The way I see it, the album is divided into two halves: The first half features the wispy, new age-tinged rock/pop that The Moodies are pretty known for, while the second half becomes more straightforward and edgy, as some of the tracks rock a little harder than usual.

"Lost In A Lost World" sounds a bit ahead of it's time, mainly because of the percussion. It reminds one a bit of The Beatles, yet it still sounds like a unique fusion done only the way The Moody Blues could have. Features new age, r&b and almost Indian flavors, but topped off with a funky drum beat and rhythm that sounds years ahead of it's 1972 release. The lyrics are deep and thought-provoking, and the luscious vocal harmonies are touching. "New Horizons" is an achingly touching tribute written by singer/guitarist Justin Hayward to his deceased father. The sad orchestrations, combined with Justin's plaintive vocals and the overabundant melody leaves an overwhelming effect. "For My Lady" is written and sung by flautist Ray Thomas. He's usually the writer of the Moodies' most whimsical tunes.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Marty From SF HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 20, 2007
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Considered to be the Moody Blues last cohesive album, "Seventh Sojourn" contains the same high quality of songwriting and instrumental brilliance of any predecessor. Remastered from the original quadraphonic tapes, this SACD 5.1 surround recording takes full advantage of the original recordings. An added bonus is four extra tracks never before heard. There is the original extended eight plus minute version of "Isn't Life Strange" by John Lodge that contains a wonderful central instrumental piece. Recorded at Mike Pinder's `Beckthorns' recording studio, the instrumental, "You And Me" contains great mellotron work (or the Chamberlain) and also pushed the envelope for ethereal sound. The instrumental bonus of "Lost In A Lost World" also gives a new spiritual meaning to the original song version. The last bonus song, "Island" is heard here for the first time, having never made it to "Octave". It is a brilliant Hayward ballad that should have been released years ago.

Please note that all Moody Blues Hybrid SACD's do not reproduce the front central channel - a result of the original quadraphonic tape mixing.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on August 25, 2000
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This is the final of the seven albums the Moodies released in rapid succession from the late sixties to early seventies before essentially disbanding based both on exhaustion and disenchantment with the wages and consequences of fame. This is the group that had first put the vital and exciting new sound of synthesized music on the map and integrated it with such mastery with the wall of dreamy electric sound they became so famous for. After exhausting the field of concept albums with four or five in a row, commencing with "In Search Of The Lost Chord" and ending with "Question Of Balance a few breathless years later, the group finally retired in the early 1970s to regain their energy and momentum, and eventually released this final album, which features a wide range of terrific songs written by each of the band members, but really lacking any unifying theme other than the terrific styles of each member and a certain common perspective obvious from the lyrics of each song.
There is a lot of good listening here, and a lot of musical virtuosity, especially with Mike Pinder in his last appearance on the Moog synthesizer, but also with great electric guitar and bass work by Justin Hayward and John Lodge, respectively, and also with terrific work by Graham Edge on drums and Ray Thomas on a variety of wind instruments. Of course, "Isn't Life Strange?" was the smash single driving the album up the charts, and every song from "Lost In A Lost World" to the final "I'm Just A Singer In A Rock And Roll Band" (which was John Lodge's fervent disclaimer to the distressing popular clamor regarding the Moodies as musical prophets of a new emerging higher level of consciousness) are quite good. My own personal favorites are "You And Me" and a terrific song that never got any air time at all, "Land Of Make Believe" written and sung by Justin Hayward. As far as this album is concerned, in my humble opinion it is a definite keeper. Enjoy!
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