On The Threshold of A Dream By The Moody Blues Review. In The Court of The Wenton King Part 113

In The Court of The Wenton King reviews On The Threshold of a Dream by The Moody Blues. Enjoy Star Wars! It is clear that Kev can’t sing and play the guitar at the same time.

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


Grithron2 says:

I’m surprised you reviewed these three and not Children’s Children – which is the only MB album I still listen to from start to finish. Days/Dream/Chord (and EGBDF) for all their virtues, really test one’s ability to get into hippie head-space. Not just because of Ray’s songs and the poetry that must have tested Graham’s ability to keep a straight face, but also the tendencies towards empty-headed positivism (hydrogen bomb notwithstanding) and pick-and-mix spirituality (I’m thinking Lost Chord mainly), along with the awkward orchestration on DoFP. I guess album four’s advantage is that its willingness to contemplate mortality (not without positing a fantastic alternative) has the effect of stimulating their musical imaginations into higher gear.
This one – the best part of it is Have You Heard / Voyage. The worst is either the Sunday roast song or the way the intro misses an opportunity to say something important (about the horrors of education or state surveillance or both )

deconstructionist66 says:

If you want, keep track as you go of the five songwriters (and four lead vocalists) the band had. Hayward, Lodge, Thomas, Pinder and Edge developed their own styles very quickly.

DownFall NetWork says:

I saw dream in the title and I thought dream theater. Please review images and words and six degrees of inner turbulence

twitchygiraffe says:

My brother was scared of this album cover when i was a kid, and it was on vinyl as well so i could have loads of fun chasing him round the house with it in four times the size of that cd cover booklet! (Which probably wouldn’t have the same effect if you’ve only ever seen the cover in cd booklet form anyway!) have to say that apart from the intro (which is probably one of the best intro tracks i have heard on an album full stop!) this record didn’t do it for me, my personal two favourite moody blues lp’s are “in search of the lost chord” and “a question of balance” which i think are the moody’s at their absolute best, my opinion of course!!

James Hyatt says:

I hope you do the rest of the classic 7 first albums.

D. Moore says:

When I was a mere slip of a lad, I was so into the Star Wars music. Particularly Darth Vader’s Theme and the Cantina Band part .

dentidiot says:

How to commemorate star wars 7? why not some moody blues!

Simon Perry says:

I like how you’re building up the hype to the Christmas special. I expect a star-studded showbiz production, like The Two Ronnies and Morcambe and Wise in the ’70s. If André Previn is dead, please book Jasper Carrott to play a Bontempi in the scud. If he is busy turning on the Xmas lights in Ladywood, Richard Stilgoe will do.

therusticreviewer says:

To me this is where things get pretty bad for a while. Half of this album is just very average if acceptable late 60s pop. The other half swings between being boring and cringeworthy, at east to me. Fortunately, the two follow ups to this, to our children’s children’s children and a question of balance, are the best moody blues albums in my eyes.

stephen legg says:

Trouble is you had to be there when these albums first came out. This is a classic.

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