Keys of the Kingdom

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Keys of the Kingdom
Studio album by The Moody Blues
Released 25 June 1991
Recorded 1990–1991 at Olympic Studios, Mayfair Studios, The Hit Factory and RG Jones Studios, London
Genre Rock
Length 53:02
Label Polydor Records
Producer Christopher Neil
Alan Tarney
Tony Visconti
The Moody Blues chronology
Greatest Hits
(1989)
Keys of the Kingdom
(1991)
A Night at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra
(1993)
Singles from Keys of the Kingdom
  1. "Say It With Love"
    Released: June 1991
  2. "Bless the Wings (That Bring You Back)"
    Released: August 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly C− [2]

Keys of the Kingdom is the fifteenth album released by the rock band The Moody Blues in 1991. Although some of the tracks recall the songwriting on Sur La Mer, the failure of Keys of the Kingdom to produce any major hit singles would mark the beginning of the Moodies' decline in popularity with mainstream audiences after their success in the MTV video generation. The album saw the band beginning to return to a more airy rock oriented sound (similar to The Present), rather than the previous two albums' forays into synthesiser pop. Flautist Ray Thomas plays more of a substantial role on this record, with his first ambient flute piece in eight years. The album was recorded and mixed at four London studios: Olympic Studios, RG Jones Studios, Mayfair Studios and The Hit Factory (not to be confused with the NYC-based studio of the same name). Drum machines are still used heavily; Graeme Edge only performs on three songs, with session drummer Andy Duncan providing live drums on two more, and the rest being programmed.[3] Keyboardist Patrick Moraz left the band after completing only a few tracks for this album, and he is listed as an 'additional' keyboard player. As this was the second time the band and their keyboardist would part ways, their future album and re-release booklets would distance themselves from Moraz and any future keyboardists they hired from being members of the band.

This was the last Moody Blues album before their extravagant concert at Red Rocks and a series of symphonic tours with orchestras.

Original track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "Say It With Love" (Justin Hayward) – 3:57
  2. "Bless the Wings (That Bring You Back)" (Hayward) – 5:10
  3. "Is This Heaven?" (Hayward, John Lodge) – 4:04
  4. "Say What You Mean (Part 1 & 2)" (Hayward) – 7:31
  5. "Lean on Me (Tonight)" (Lodge) – 4:58

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Hope and Pray" (Hayward) – 5:03
  2. "Shadows on the Wall" (Lodge) – 5:07
  3. "Once is Enough" (Hayward, Lodge) (not on vinyl LP (Europe only) or cassette; included on CD format and 7-inch single – 4:03
  4. "Celtic Sonant" (Ray Thomas) – 5:02
  5. "Magic" (Lodge) – 5:11
  6. "Never Blame the Rainbows for the Rain" (Hayward, Thomas) – 4:57

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1991 Billboard 200 94
UK Albums Chart 54

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1991 "Say It with Love" Mainstream Rock Tracks 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ Connolly, Dave. Keys of the Kingdom at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  2. ^ DiMartino, Dave (1991-08-23). "Keys of the Kingdom Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-09-05. 
  3. ^ "The Moody Blues - Keys Of The Kingdom Lyrics". Webwriter.f2s.com. Retrieved 2011-06-21.