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On The Threshold Of A Dream Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (July 29 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0018LMZO4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. In the Beginning
2. Lovely To See You
3. Dear Diary
4. Send Me No Wine
5. To Share Our Love
6. So Deep Within You
7. Never Comes the Day
8. Lazy Day
9. Are You Sitting Comfortably
10. The Dream
11. Have You Heard-Part 1
12. The Voyage
13. Have You Heard-Part 2
14. In the Beginning [Full Version]
15. So Deep Within You [The Tony Brandon Show, April 2, 1969]
16. Dear Diary [Alternate Vocal Mix]
17. Have You Heard [Original Take]
18. The Voyage [Original Take]
19. Lovely To See You [John Peel's 'Top Gear' February 18,1969]
20. Send Me No Wine [John Peel's 'Top Gear' February 18,1969]
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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the original stereo mix of this 1969 classic from the UK Pop/Prog pioneers featuring nine bonus tracks including alternate mixes and extended versions of songs from the album, two songs recorded for John Peel's Top Gear and two songs recorded for The Tony Brandon Show. Previously released as an SACD disc, this regular CD issue features sleeve notes and rare photographs. 22 tracks. Decca

Released in 1969, just two years after the groundbreaking Days Of Future Passed, the Moodies' third collection kicked off in high gear with a gutsy Justin Hayward rocker--"Lovely To See You"--before seguing into typically cosmic territory. As ever, keyboardist Mike Pinder contributed the most unabashedly trippy numbers here: both "The Voyage" and "Have You Heard" float along dreamily on a raft of dope smoke and good karma--though the album also found the group moving away from Oriental and Indian influences, in favour of more traditional Western melodies and instrumentation, notably, Pinder's Mellotron. As ever, there's a slightly bittersweet quality to these songs, a sense of melancholy--as if the band were aware, even as they celebrated the counterculture's heyday, of its actual ephemerality. In this vein, Hayward's "Never Comes The Day" set the stage for the stoic, devotional love songs of his later work, while John Lodge's "To Share Our Love" betrayed the influence of the 1960s British blues scene upon his song writing. All in all, a strong, diverse set. --Andrew McGuire --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By segreb on Jan. 21 2004
Format: Audio CD
Looking back, and listening to many great albums over the past 35 years or so, there are certain ones that never get old, never get dull, or become dated. Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti comes to mind. Floyd's Wish You Were Here, Simon & Garfunkel's Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, & Thyme, Rush's Permanent Waves, The Doors' debut...among others. I hesitate to use the word 'masterpiece' because it is so overused (and mostly associated with garbage), but these are true masterpieces in music, both for the awesome song writing, original melodies, as well as the AHEAD OF IT'S TIME PRODUCTION! The Moody Blues' On the Threshold of a Dream is right up there with all of them. All 5 members contribute to its content, with Tony Clarke at the helm. It is an experience to listen to this album. If you have never heard it, prepare yourself, because someday in the future, you will remember where you were when you first heard what is possibly the greatest musical work ever made (and I don't say that about just anything....this album is wonderful). Folks...this thing was released 35 years ago! And to think these 5 men were 20 something year old kids at the time. Totally unbelievable. And how sad it is to know that there are millions of young people worldwide who have never, and probably will never, experience this true ...forgive me...masterpiece!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lance on April 4 2003
Format: Audio CD
As I read some of the reviews of this album, I am so pleased to see many were written by young people. I think that's GREAT!! To those of us who fell in love with this band, we have had this album ingrained in our soul for many years. It's a part of us. From beginning to end, this album is pure art! And if you don't have it yet, you need to get it. This album is one of my 5 favorites. And it is a {{{{BLAST}}}} to play. Even the laid-back 'Lazy day, sunday afternoon' is a joy. 'Are You Sitting Comfortably' is a good example how Hayward can take a real simple chord progression and using a thumb pick (how guitar players use flat picks and thereby putting between 1 and 3 fingers outta commission I will never understand), use a break time melody and then a downscale riff and actually make it WORK! So easy, yet soooooooo classy. It starts with a hammer-on single lower E, then to G with a C and D note hammer-on and then a Dm and single E hammer-on, then a progression C chord, down scale to B (actually just a B 5th string and D 2nd string..D and G strings are played open and both E strings are silent), B flat, Am, G (sorry if I lost you). If you do that, you will understand what I mean. 'Never Comes A Day' showcases the fullness of the band's sound and how they were MASTERS of studio technology...YEARS before Floyd and Rush expanded on it. Oh BABY...What an album!
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By Reviewer on April 13 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was first introduced to a few songs from this album when I purchased the Singles+ 2-disc set of the Moody Blues. Those songs were "Lovely to See You", "Dear Diary", and "Never Comes the Day". They also happened to be some of the only songs on that compilation not to be edited. Another song I'd heard before I bought the album was "Lazy Day", which I heard on the Musicchoice classic rock station on my Comcast digital cable. I will do a brief review of the songs that make this album worth purchasing rather than getting some compilation.
"In the Beginning"-once their album is opened up with a poem by Graeme Edge just as on the next album. As usual it's used as an intro to the next song or if you will the first song
"Lovely to see You" a rocker by Justin Hayward who normally rights romantic ballads. To be honest this song actually gets a little boring. I know it's included on at least three of there compilations and you can hear it live on A NIGT AT RED ROCKS, but there's other better songs on the album like
"Dear Diary" by Ray Thomas. It's a very relaxing song and it also features a flute solo. You can hear him saying something towards the end of the song, but you can't really understand what it is he's saying.
"Send Me No Wine" and "To Share Our Love" are two back-to-back songs by John Lodge. They are not really filler but they also don't really go anywhere except seques on to the next song. These two are also the only contributions by John. Kind of a regression since his big hit with "Ride my See Saw" on their previous LP "In Search of the Lost Chord", but he would do much better in the next album and the ones that followed.
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By jared on April 8 2004
Format: Audio CD
this album is great. the first few songs are pretty good: the upbeat "lovely to see you", followed by the lovely and wonderfully mellow "dear diary" and then the laid back "send me no wine". "to share our love" is rather irritating though.
but the album hasn't really even started yet. to me, the album _really_ begins right when "so deep within you" begins. wow! one of the greatest moody blues songs. you wouldn't think it'd get any better, until you hear "never comes the day", which is without a doubt the greatest most beautiful song on the album. these two songs are the power of this album, and right at the center.
and then there's another lovably mellow song "lazy day", and by far the mellowest, "are you sitting comfortably?" a few words, and then a nice ending with "have your heard" with the awesome instrumental in the middle
i love this album. almost as good as "in search of the lost chord"..
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