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

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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 45 customer reviews
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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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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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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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I purchased this LP in 1970- and like prior Moody Blues records I planned to listen to it with headphones in a darkened room. Being a school night I had to sneak a listen the following morning prior to my walk to school. After listening to "The Beginning" I had to lift the tone arm and plan for a Friday evening listen. I knew this was going to be a VERY GOOD Moody Blues record. 30 years later I have this REMASTER in my CD changer in my car and listen on my way to and from work. I think the REMASTER is not sonically revealing as the tracks form this set that appear on the out of print "This Is The Moody Blues", but that CD was a remix. But some things stick out- On the LP version "To Share Our Love" the tambourine was much more predominate during the thudding intro to this tune. But I also noticed that Mike Pinder is the lead vocalist on this John Lodge track. Lodge's Moody Blues songs featured the group vocal sound-a sound that producer Tony Clarke always did a top notch job on. In fact, the Moodies had a great vocal blend-akin to the Beatles, Beach Boys and Hollies. Other things pop up-the three acoustic guitars in "Are You Sitting Comfortably"-it sounds like the 12 string is in the mix smack dab in the middle. Some of the flute sounds in "The Voyage" are produced from the mellotron-this is more pronounced in the "This Is" Cd. Also I like the jazz beat on "So Deep Within You"-in the mix there's a popping guitar riff. I would like to see this CD redone with a remix just to hear some of the buried stuff-but I think I'll just have to be content with the tracks from "This Is.Read more ›
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The early Moody Blues albums have a certain quality wonderment and adventure... as if the music is reaching toward the heavens, trying to unlock the secrets of the universe.
On the Threshold of a Dream is one of the greatest albums of the Moodies' career. The songs are very mellotron-driven, which gives them the dreamlike feel that this album successfully strives to reach.
Every song here is wonderful. The album starts with In the Beginning, a sort of mini verse play by drummer Graeme Edge that features Graeme, Mike Pinder and Justin Hayward playing roles in the story of a young man's fear that he is nothing more than a machine filled with "magnetic ink." Then Justin's warm ballad "Lovely to See You" kicks off a slew of great songs, including flutist Ray Thomas's standout blues number "Dear Diary." But, as good as the first half is, they're just getting warmed up. Another Hayward ballad, "Never Comes the Day," kicks off the best second half of any album I have ever heard, which continues with Ray's always-relevant "Lazy Day" and the soothing, surreal "Are You Sitting Comfortably" and then segueways into "The Dream," Grame's most impressive poem, and the gorgeous three-part epic: "Have You Heard I/The Voyage/Have You Heard II," keyboardist and singer/writer Mike Pinder's greatest moment.
This is the kind of album to put on, lay down, close your eyes and just LISTEN to. There is so much beauty to be heard here. This would be an excellent first album to buy for newcomers to the Moody Blues.
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