- Audio Cassette (July 3, 1980)
- Label: Universal Music & VI
- ASIN: B000001F69
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
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On the Threshold of a Dream
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, July 15, 2008
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"Threshold" begins with a somewhat paranoid interchange between several characters that in a few short sentences explores individuality in modern computerized society. While Graeme Edge is generally upbeat in that he says that as individuals we can "...perceive the web they weave and keep on thinking free," the sinister tone of "Big Brother's got your number" starts the album off darkly. From this beginning, the other songs in the album are now interpreted by this initial tone. Furthermore, the closeout by the last three Mike Pinder selections, "Have You Heard" parts 1 and 2 and "The Voyage," end the album in a melancholy fashion that also reflects on the other tracks, of which many are melancholy themselves.
In spite of the dark mood of the album, it is still great for those times when you are a bit moody yourself. For some reason I enjoy listening to this album when it's raining outside, or when I'm feeling down. You would think that the album would drive me further into the depths of depression, but it does not. Instead, it tends to make me think about why I am depressed and ultimately overcoming those issues cheers me up. Okay, it's a little weird, but it works for me.
How is the album? Very good. This album was again experimental and further associated the Moodies name with progressive rock.Read more ›
First off, I do not own the previous remastered versions of this or any other Moody Blues 'classic seven', so I cannot refute his claim. I am, however, able to respond to his primary criticisms.
The reviewer states that the original 'dynamics' have been compromised by excessive compression, resulting in 'ear fatigue', and that earlier releases sound more like the vinyl LPs, preserving the dynamics originally engineered. He also claims that the MFSL gold discs sound 'better' (at least on a Deep Purple record, so I presume he means on other titles as well). I happen to own a MFSL gold disc of 'Threshold', so I sat down and played it from start to finish, followed by this hybrid SACD version (played on a high-quality stereo, as I do not own an SACD player). I came away with a totally different perception. While the gold disc did sound a bit more like the vinyl record (I once owned over 2,000 LPs, including 'Threshold'), it does, then, have a bit of a 'warmer' sound (for want of a better word). Is it 'better'? Not in my book. In a direct A/B comparison, the hybrid SACD version sounded fuller, with much more separation and clarity. For example, on the fade-out on 'To Share Our Love', the refrain is barely audible on the gold disc, but is clear as glass on the hybrid version. I was able to pick up instrumentation on the hybrid that was buried in the gold disc. For me, the effect of listening to the hybrid was much more like being in the recording studio vs. listening to a record of that recording. No comparison.Read more ›
In The Beginning
Lovely To See You
Send Me No Wine
To Share Our Love
So Deep Within You
Never Comes The Day
Are You Sitting Comfortably
Have You Heard - Part One
Have You Heard - Part Two
In The Beginning (Full Version) (Bonus Track)
So Deep Within You (Full Version) (Bonus Track)
Dear Diary (Alternate Mix)
Have You Heard (Original Take)
Voyage (Original Take)
Lovely To See You (BBC Top Gear Session 2/18/69)
Send Me No Wine (BBC Top Gear Session 2/18/69)
So Deep Within You (BBC Tony Brandon Session Mono 4/2/69)
Are You Sitting Comfortably (Mono Version)
No previous Moody Blues album has contained such rare BBC sessions, outtakes and alternate mixes. 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. This means the extra songs revert back to stereo on your SACD player).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Im restocking my moodies collection with the latest remasters. I have to say its like hearing them again for the first time. Top quality reproduction. Read morePublished 5 days ago by james ahlgrim
I loved this band when I was in my twenties and I have been listening to them again lately. They are just plain good. Songs with substance and wonderful melodies. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Craig R.
On the Threshold of a Dream
As always the Moody Blues delivers, My wife was so happy we enjoyed the album greatly.
Like new 180 gram vinyl delivers strong audio performance. This is one of truly great concept albums from the Moody Blues highlighted by Hayward's superb "Never Comes the... Read morePublished 20 days ago by M.B.Houston
Not one of my favorite albums by the Moody Blues,but still a classic.Published 2 months ago by freebird31
Wish I'd kept my vinyl however the goodies are the ultimate band! Get it.Published 2 months ago by G. Bone
Rather than go into great detail I refer to my review of the Moody Blues, Seventh Soujourn. Everything g hat I wrote about that album goes for this album. Excellent SACD. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carson