A Question of Balance

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A Question of Balance
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Studio album by
Released7 August 1970
RecordedJanuary – June 1970 at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London
GenreProgressive rock, folk rock
Length38:41
LabelThreshold
ProducerTony Clarke
The Moody Blues chronology
To Our Children's Children's Children
(1969)
A Question of Balance
(1970)
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
(1971)
Singles from A Question of Balance
  1. "Question"
    Released: 24 April 1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone(unrated) [2]

A Question of Balance is the sixth album by The Moody Blues. The album was an attempt by the group to strip down their well-known lush, psychedelic sound in order to be able to better perform the songs in concert.[citation needed] Released in 1970, the album reached #1 in the United Kingdom and #3 in the United States.

In March 2006, the album was remastered into SACD format and repackaged with six extra tracks. In 2008, a remaster for standard audio CD was issued with the same bonus tracks. The cover was changed slightly to hide the face of Colonel John Blashford-Snell, who had objected to an image of an explorer wearing a pith helmet and wielding a Webley .455 pistol on the cover of the original LP, which he felt was derived from a photograph of himself. The relevant part of the cover was changed to show a generic individual in response to his lawsuit.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Question"Justin HaywardHayward5:40
2."How Is It (We Are Here)"Mike PinderPinder2:48
3."And the Tide Rushes In"Ray ThomasThomas2:57
4."Don't You Feel Small"Graeme EdgeHayward, Thomas, Pinder, John Lodge; whisper by Edge2:40
5."Tortoise and the Hare"LodgeLodge3:23
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
6."It's Up to You"HaywardHayward3:11
7."Minstrel's Song"LodgeLodge4:27
8."Dawning Is the Day"HaywardHayward4:22
9."Melancholy Man"PinderPinder5:49
10."The Balance"Edge, ThomasPinder (narration)3:33
Total length:38:41
2006 SACD expanded edition and 2008 remaster bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Mike's Number One" (previously unreleased)Pinder3:36
12."Question" (alternate version)Hayward6:08
13."Minstrel's Song" (original mix)Lodge4:35
14."It's Up to You" (original mix)Hayward3:19
15."Don't You Feel Small" (original mix)Edge3:02
16."Dawning Is the Day" (full original mix)Hayward4:36

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1970 UK Albums Chart[3] 1
Billboard 200 3
Danish Albums Chart[4] 7
1975
Danish Albums Chart[5] 17

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1970 "Question" UK Singles Chart 2
Billboard Hot 100 21

The "Question" single released in the United States and Canada was a 4:55 edit of the song, in a substantially different mix from the album version that eliminated many of the Mellotron overdubs featured in the latter.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Question of Balance - The Moody Blues - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  2. ^ "The Moody Blues: A Question Of Balance : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. 6 June 2008. Archived from the original on 6 June 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Number 1 Albums – 1970s". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  4. ^ "danskehitlister.dk". danskehitlister.dk. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  5. ^ "danskehitlister.dk". danskehitlister.dk. Retrieved 16 December 2017.

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