5.0 out of 5 stars great classic album
I play this recording over and over. The orchestration and lyrics are magical. Excellent road cd for a long drive.
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3.0 out of 5 stars almost a threshold, but...
As much of a fan as I am of the Moodies, On The Threshold Of A Dream lacked the newly found sweeping flourishes and richness of Days Of Future Passed, and isn't redeemed by the strong melodies
and hippie psychedelia of In Search Of The Lost Chord. Some
fine moments--"Never Comes The Day" was what soft rock was all
about, while "Lovely To...
Published on Sep 29 2001 by Bishop
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5.0 out of 5 stars great classic album,
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This review is from: On The Threshold Of A Dream (Audio CD)I play this recording over and over. The orchestration and lyrics are magical. Excellent road cd for a long drive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is This Not the Greatest Album Ever Made?,
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent on SACD,
This review is from: On The Threshold Of A Drea (Audio CD)Excellent music and excellent sound quality. If you care about these two things, get yourself some SACDs and something to play them on. Many Playstation 3 units before the most recent ones will work (check to be sure though) and most if not all of the latest Sony Blu-Ray players work too (i.e. the 2010 models just released). SACD is awesome technology for music lovers especially jazz and classical for which there are a lot of releases every month. Enjoy!
5.0 out of 5 stars very dreamy,
"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.
"So Dee Within You" by Mike Pinder is a fun song to listen to. It happened to have been covered by the Four Tops along with another song penned by Pinder "A Simple Game" which was the B-Side to the aforementioned "Ride My See Saw" both produced by Tony Clarke.
Note: In the liner notes of the CD I think it's the first one to have a picture of each member with their name in a caption. I don't if DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED does because I only have it on vinyl. There is a photo of Clarke their producer with a caption to as he was considered to be the six member of the band at that time.
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome,
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"..
4.0 out of 5 stars Un giro hacia lo simple en medio de la experimentación,
Comenzando por Hayward, su aporte aqui no está a la altura que nos tiene acostumbrados, sus 3 temas son buenos, en especial la rockera Lovely To See You y la balada que comparte con Thomas Are You Sitting Comfortably?, pero definitivamente no brilla como antes o después. Ray Thomas en su particular estilo de hacer canciones con aires infantiles aporta Dear Diary, con un buen bajo y su distorsionada voz, en tanto Lazy Day es tal vez su mejor canción con los Moody. John Lodge se encarga de la rockera To Share Our Love y la country Send Me No Wine, ambas agradables sin ser espectaculares. Graeme Edge hace sus típicas introducciones de poesía esotérica y para el final dejo a Mike Pinder, sin lugar a dudas el más místico, experimental y grandilocuente del grupo, quien retoma sus influencias orientales en So Deep Within You.
Mención aparte merece su trilogía Have You Heard (Partes 1 y 2) y The Voyage, la que se inicia como una balada sicodélica con similitudes a Pink Floyd para desembocar en el viaje, 4 minutos de fantasía instrumental en la que abunda Mellotron, órgano, piano y percusion, tras lo cual vuelve el mismo tema de introducción, un gran final para un disco que si bien no aporta mucho a la evolución del grupo, deja algunas joyas para recopilaciones futuras.
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!,
The tracks to look out for are:
2. Lovely to See You
I love this band, and feel blessed to know their music!
5.0 out of 5 stars Third Album's A Charm!,
Thomas provides the 'near' spoken word song, "Dear Diary" and Lodge gives us the pleasant, but tepid rocker "Send Me No Wine". The other songs on the album maintain the surrealistic mood with an almost hypnotic pace. Mike Pinder orchestrated the legendary sequence of "Have You Heard, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2" with "Voyage" in between; cementing the Moody Blues mellotron sound and securing the group it's psychedelic status.
This is considered to be one of the most popular albums produced by Tony Clarke; "On The Threshold Of A Dream" was the Moody Blues first #1 album. This positive collection ensured that the group was a self contained unit and not a flash in the pan. It is a beautiful piece of work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Have You Heard The Moodies?,
4.0 out of 5 stars Dear Diary--What an album it's been!,
As with Days of Future Passed, a Ray Thomas composition jumped immediately to the forefront--"Dear Diary" was perhaps the biggest highlight on the album for me. This makes a wonderful song indeed for listening to out and about while people-watching. While it definitely picks up on a sense of isolation from the rest of society, it does so without going into excessive venom and resentment, and with the catchy, almost bluesy guitar stylings, and beautiful flute solos, it is a great laid-back listen. The other striking feature of this song is that Mr. Thomas' vocals sound almost like a shockingly good (though rather less bitter) Roger Waters impression! The similarity is quite striking indeed, especially when he starts talking: "Somebody exploded an H-bomb today..." Surely unintentional on Mr. Thomas' part, it is quite an ear-opener to notice.
"Lazy Day" also can be quite strange for a Pink Floyd fan because of the Roger Waters resemblance--as if the same voice with an entirely different technique. I enjoy the effect from the second vocal line that seems to echo in the background, and the other layered vocals. It is not "Dear Diary", perhaps, but enjoyable.
"Lovely to See You Again" has almost a CSNY vibe to it, with the harmonies and clear rock beat, and is a pleasant listen. "To Share Our Love" also had a feeling reminiscent of CSNY, and so these songs seem like a matched set to my ear. Both are quite enjoyable.
"So Deep Within You" has some of the album's most pleasant vocals--it might be said to have a strong "period" sound, but it seems to represent the *best* of its time. The same could be said for "Are You Sitting Comfortably", especially due to its percussion. Personally, I am reminded of songs like "Dust in the Wind" when I hear it.
"Never Comes the Day" is musically the most striking--the chord progression starting with the lines "But you will help me tonight..." is absolutely fascinating to me.
The album's weak point was for me "Send Me No Wine". The song has a rather folkish, almost country sound to it that I find distateful (others may appreciate it--I personally dislike that kind of music); as with another reviewer, this song set me in such an awful mood on my first listening that I was ill disposed towards the entire album. Subsequent listenings pinpointed the problem, and in my opinion it is really this one song that causes any trouble--so I skip it.
I also have to admit that I expected a clearer concept, when I first heard "In the Beginning", and was vaguely disappointed when it turned out to be less unified. The sequence from "The Dream" to the second "Haven't You Heard" (I'd like to make a point here that "relaxing" should not be automatically equated with "boring"--I do not find this boring) is quite beautiful indeed. Although the Mellotron sounds dated and awkward to modern ears, it is my understanding that it could be a very tempermental instrument to work with, so I respect Mr. Pinder for having the patience to get some pretty good sounds out of it.
My suggestion is, if you are looking for a more unified, tightly-constructed concept album, you may fare better with Days of Future Passed--but if your main interest is some good music, then don't overlook Threshold. Had the option been available, I would have rated this a 3.5, but because I feel its merits outweighed its deficiencies, I've rounded up to 4.
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On The Threshold Of A Dream by Moody Blues (Audio CD - 2008)