is the third album by In Search of the Lost Chord The Moody Blues, released in July 1968 on the Deram label.
Content [ edit ]
In Search of the Lost Chord is a concept album around a broad theme of quest and discovery, including world exploration (" Dr. Livingstone, I Presume"), music and philosophy through the ages (" House of Four Doors"), lost love (" The Actor"), spiritual development (" Voices in the Sky"), knowledge in a changing world (" Ride My See-Saw"), higher consciousness (" Legend of a Mind"), imagination (" The Best Way to Travel"), and space exploration (" Departure"). Space exploration would go on to become the theme of the Moodies' 1969 album , inspired by and dedicated to the To Our Children's Children's Children Apollo 11 mission. The mysterious "lost chord" of the title is revealed to be the mantra " Om" (in the last stanza of Graeme Edge's poem "The Word"). According to keyboardist Mike Pinder, the title was inspired by Jimmy Durante's humorous song, "I'm the Guy that Found the Lost Chord," itself a reference to " The Lost Chord" by Sir Arthur Sullivan.
Recording [ edit ]
Sessions for the album commenced in January 1968 with the recording of Thomas's "
Legend of a Mind." Whereas the London Festival Orchestra had supplemented the group on , the Moody Blues played all instruments themselves (approximately 33) on Days of Future Passed In Search of the Lost Chord. Indian instruments such as the  sitar (played by guitarist Justin Hayward), the tambura (played by keyboardist Mike Pinder) and the tabla (played by drummer and percussionist Graeme Edge) made audio appearances on several tracks (notably "Departure", " Visions of Paradise" and "Om"). Other unconventional (for the Moodies) instruments were also used, notably the oboe (played by percussionist/flute player Ray Thomas) and the cello (played by bassist John Lodge, who tuned it as a bass guitar). The mellotron, played by Pinder, produced many string and horn embellishments.
Having already experimented with spoken word interludes on "
Morning Glory" and " Late Lament" on Days of Future Passed, the group tried the practice again on the Graeme Edge-penned pieces "Departure" and "The Word." The latter was recited by Pinder, who was the primary reciter of Edge's poems on this and other Moody Blues albums. "Departure," which escalates from mumbling to hysterical laughter, is a rare studio example of Edge reciting his own words.
Release [ edit ] In Search of the Lost Chord was released on 26 July 1968. It peaked at number 5 in the UK and reached number 23 on the US album charts.  Neither of the two singles from the album, "Ride My See-Saw" nor "Voices in the Sky", charted in the top 40 on the  charts, although the latter reached number 27 on the UK singles chart.
In Search of the Lost Chord was remastered into SACD in March 2006 and repackaged into a 2-CD Deluxe Edition. Although the other Moody Blues albums released in Deluxe Editions in 2006 featured their original quadrophonic mix (encoded as 5.1 surround sound), In Search of the Lost Chord had never been released in this format, and a new mix was not released. In 2008 a remaster for single standard audio CD was issued with the nine bonus tracks.
and Q Classic Special Edition Mojo Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, the album was placed at number 37 in its list of "40 Cosmic Rock Albums".
Track listing [ edit ]
1. "Departure" (Alternate mix) Edge 0:55 2. "The Best Way to Travel" (Additional vocal mix) Pinder 4:03 3. "Legend of a Mind" (Alternate mix) Thomas 6:43 4. "Visions of Paradise" ( Instrumental version) Hayward, Thomas 4:30 5. "What Am I Doing Here?" (Original version) Hayward 3:53 6. "The Word" (Mellotron mix) Edge 1:01 7. "Om" (Extended version) Pinder 6:07 8. "A Simple Game" (Justin Hayward vocal mix) Pinder 3:26 9. "King and Queen" (1968 studio recording) Hayward 3:53 10. "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume" (BBC Top Gear Session 16 July 1968) Thomas 2:57 11. "Voices in the Sky" (BBC Top Gear Session 16 July 1968) Hayward 3:52 12. "Thinking is the Best Way to Travel" (BBC Top Gear Session 16 July 1968) Pinder 3:38 13. "Ride My See-Saw" (BBC Top Gear Session 16 July 1968) Lodge 3:49 14. "Tuesday Afternoon" (BBC Afternoon Pop Show 7/10/68) Hayward 3:23 15. "A Simple Game" (1968 single 'B' side) Pinder 3:44
13. "A Simple Game" (Justin Hayward vocal mix) Pinder 3:26 14. "The Best Way to Travel" (Additional vocal mix) Pinder 4:03 15. "Visions of Paradise" (Instrumental version) Hayward, Thomas 4:30 16. "What Am I Doing Here?" (Original version) Hayward 3:53 17. "The Word" (Mellotron mix) Edge 1:01 18. "Om" (Extended Version) Pinder 6:07 19. "Dr. Livingstone, I Presume" (BBC Top Gear Session 16 July 1968) Thomas 2:57 20. "Thinking is the Best Way to Travel" (BBC Top Gear Session 16 July 1968) Pinder 3:38 21. "A Simple Game" (1968 single 'B' side) Pinder 3:44
Personnel [ edit ]
Mike Pinder – vocals, mellotron, piano, harpsichord, acoustic guitar, bass, cello, autoharp, tambura, spoken vocals
Ray Thomas – vocals, C flute, alto flute, soprano saxophone, oboe, French horn, tambourine
Justin Hayward – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, sitar, harpsichord, bass, percussion, mellotron, piano
John Lodge – vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, cello, snare drum, tambourine Graeme Edge - vocals, drums, timpani, tambourine, piano, percussion, tabla, spoken vocal
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