To Our Children's Children's Children

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To Our Children's Children's Children
Studio album by The Moody Blues
Released 21 November 1969
Recorded May - September 1969 at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London
Genre Progressive rock
Length 40:15
Label Threshold Records
Producer Tony Clarke
The Moody Blues chronology
On the Threshold of a Dream
(1969)
To Our Children's Children's Children
(1969)
A Question of Balance
(1970)
Singles from To Our Children's Children's Children
  1. "Watching and Waiting"
    Released: October 1969
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To Our Children's Children's Children is the fifth album by The Moody Blues, first issued in late 1969. It was the first album released on the group's newly formed Threshold Records label, which was named after the band's previous album from the same year, On the Threshold of a Dream.

It was inspired by the 1969 moon landing, and the songs centre around the twin themes of space travel and children, with minor-key tonalities and a distinct psychedelic influence.

It is the fourth of what are popularly considered the group's "core seven" (or Classic Seven) albums from 1967 to 1972, and as such represents the peak of their career to some. While the extracted single, "Watching and Waiting", did not do well in that market, To Our Children's Children's Children was critically well received and sold well, reaching #2 in the UK and #14 in the US. The band found most of the songs impossible to perform live, due to extremely lush orchestrations and a great deal of overdubbing. For this reason their following album, A Question of Balance, was more stripped down and basic in instrumentation. This change only lasted for one album and the next, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, saw a return to their earlier orchestral sound.

The album was mixed and released in both stereo and quadraphonic. In March 2006, the album was remastered into SACD format and repackaged as a 2CD Deluxe Edition.

In 2008, a remaster for single standard audio CD was issued with the five bonus tracks.

The song "Out and In" originally was credited to both Mike Pinder and John Lodge, their only collaboration noted as such; but on the 1997 CD rerelease, Lodge's co-writing credit was omitted.

Original track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "Higher and Higher" (Graeme Edge) - 4:07
  2. "Eyes of a Child I" (John Lodge) - 3:24
  3. "Floating" (Ray Thomas) - 3:02
  4. "Eyes of a Child II" (Lodge) - 1:20
  5. "I Never Thought I'd Live to be a Hundred" (Justin Hayward) - 1:06
  6. "Beyond" (Edge) - 2:59
  7. "Out and In" (Mike Pinder, Lodge) - 3:50

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Gypsy (Of a Strange and Distant Time)" (Hayward) - 3:33
  2. "Eternity Road" (Thomas) - 4:19
  3. "Candle of Life" (Lodge) - 4:15
  4. "Sun is Still Shining" (Pinder) - 3:40
  5. "I Never Thought I'd Live to be a Million (Hayward) - 0:34
  6. "Watching and Waiting" (Hayward, Thomas) - 4:16

2006 SACD Deluxe Edition tracks[edit]

To Our Children's Children's Children was remastered into SACD in March 2006 and repackaged into a 2CD Deluxe Edition.

Extra tracks on the Deluxe Edition are:

  1. "Gypsy" (Alternate version) (Hayward) - 4:17
  2. "Candle of Life" (Alternate version) (Lodge) - 4:59
  3. "Sun Is Still Shining" (Extended version) (Pinder) - 4:07
  4. "Gypsy" (BBC radio concert 17 December 1969) (Hayward) - 3:21
  5. "Sunset" (BBC radio concert 17 December 1969) (Pinder) 3:54
  6. "Never Comes the Day" (BBC radio concert 17 December 1969) (Hayward) - 4:42
  7. "Are You Sitting Comfortably" (BBC radio concert 17 December 1969) (Hayward, Thomas) - 2:54
  8. "The Dream" (BBC radio concert 17 December 1969) (Edge) 0:58
  9. "Have You Heard Pt. 1/The Voyage/Have You Heard Pt. 2" (BBC radio concert 17 December 1969) (Pinder) - 5:42
  10. "Nights in White Satin" (BBC radio concert 17 December 1969) (Hayward) - 3:12
  11. "Legend of a Mind" (BBC radio concert 17 December 1969) (Thomas) - 4:37

2008 Single Standard CD Remaster tracks[edit]

  1. "Gypsy" (Alternate version) (Hayward) - 4:16
  2. "Candle of Life" (Alternate version) (Lodge) - 4:55
  3. "Sun Is Still Shining" (Extended version) (Pinder) - 4:03
  4. "Have You Heard Pt. 1/The Voyage/Have You Heard Pt. 2" (BBC radio concert 17 December 1969) (Pinder) - 5:36
  5. "Legend of a Mind" (BBC radio concert 17 December 1969) (Thomas) - 4:33

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1969 UK Albums Chart 2
1970 Billboard 200 14

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