A Question of Balance

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A Question of Balance
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Studio album by The Moody Blues
Released 7 August 1970
Recorded January – June 1970 at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London
Genre Progressive rock
Length 38:35
Label Threshold Records
Producer Tony 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
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone (favorable) [2]

A Question of Balance is the sixth album by The Moody Blues, released in 1970. 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. In order to be able to play as many new songs as possible from their new album live, the group decided (temporarily) to abandon their method of heavy overdubbing for A Question of Balance.

For the first time, The Moody Blues used political strife as a basis for songwriting with the British number two hit in May 1970, "Question", which dealt with the controversy resulting from the ongoing Vietnam War.

Released in 1970, the album reached #1 in the United Kingdom and #3 in the United States. However, the group would abandon the stripped-down sounds of A Question of Balance for the lusher sounds of their next two albums, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and Seventh Sojourn.

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.

Original Track Listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "Question" (Justin Hayward) – 5:40
  2. "How Is It (We Are Here)" (Mike Pinder) – 2:48
  3. "And the Tide Rushes In" (Ray Thomas) – 2:57
  4. "Don't You Feel Small" (Graeme Edge) – 2:40
  5. "Tortoise and the Hare" (John Lodge) – 3:23

Side Two[edit]

  1. "It's Up to You" (Hayward) – 3:11
  2. "Minstrel's Song" (Lodge) – 4:27
  3. "Dawning Is the Day" (Hayward) – 4:22
  4. "Melancholy Man" (Pinder) – 5:49
  5. "The Balance" (Edge, Thomas) – 3:33

2006 SACD Expanded Edition Tracks (also 2008 remaster)[edit]

Bonus tracks on the SACD version:

  1. "Mike's Number One (Previously Unreleased)" (Pinder) – 3:36
  2. "Question (Alternate Version)" (Hayward) – 6:08
  3. "Minstrel's Song (Original Mix)" (Lodge) – 4:35
  4. "It's Up to You (Original Mix)" (Hayward) – 3:19
  5. "Don't You Feel Small (Original Mix)" (Edge) – 3:02
  6. "Dawning is the Day (Full Original Mix)" (Hayward) – 4:36

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1970 UK Albums Chart[3] 1
Billboard 200 3
Preceded by
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
UK Albums Chart number-one album
22 August 1970 – 12 September 1970
Succeeded by
Cosmo's Factory
by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Singles[edit]

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

The "Question" single released in North America 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.

Songs[edit]

"The Balance" is the closing track of The Moody Blues 1970 album A Question of Balance. Written jointly by band members Graeme Edge and Ray Thomas, "The Balance" describes the balance reference in the album's title. The album's opening track, "Question" is primarily about the negative feelings and attitude toward the Vietnam War, and "The Balance" closes the album by describing the balance that should be achieved. The song's final line, "He saw his enemies like unto himself, and he learned love. Then, he was answered.", alludes to forgiveness of enemies and loving all, which essentially is "The Balance."

The song's verses are spoken (by Mike Pinder) rather than sung while the refrain was sung.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ "Number 1 Albums – 1970s". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 

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