In Search of the Lost Chord

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In Search of the Lost Chord
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Studio album by
Released26 July 1968
RecordedJanuary–June 1968
StudioDecca Studios, West Hampstead, London
GenrePsychedelic rock, progressive rock
ProducerTony Clarke
The Moody Blues chronology
Days of Future Passed
In Search of the Lost Chord
On the Threshold of a Dream
Singles from In Search of the Lost Chord
  1. "Voices in the Sky"
    Released: 28 June 1968
  2. "Ride My See-Saw"
    Released: 12 October 1968

In Search of the Lost Chord is the third album by The Moody Blues, released in July 1968 on the Deram label.


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 To Our Children's Children's Children, inspired by and dedicated to the 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.[1]


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 Days of Future Passed, the Moody Blues played all instruments themselves (approximately 33) on In Search of the Lost Chord.[2] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[3]
Music-News5/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[5]

In Search of the Lost Chord was released on 26 July 1968. It peaked at number 5 in the UK Albums Chart[7] and reached number 23 on the US Albums Chart.[8] Neither of the two singles from the album, "Ride My See-Saw" nor "Voices in the Sky", charted in the top 40 on the Billboard 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 until 2018 when a 5.1 mix was released as part of the 50th anniversary box set.[9] In 2008 a remaster for single standard audio CD was issued with the nine bonus tracks.

In November 2018 the album was reissued as a five-disc, In Search of the Lost Chord - 50th Anniversary Box Deluxe Edition set.


In the Q and Mojo Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, the album was placed at number 37 in its list of "40 Cosmic Rock Albums".[10]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Departure"EdgeEdge (narration)0:44
2."Ride My See-Saw"LodgeLodge, Thomas, Hayward, Pinder3:38
3."Dr. Livingstone, I Presume"ThomasThomas2:58
4."House of Four Doors"LodgeLodge4:13
5."Legend of a Mind"ThomasThomas6:37
6."House of Four Doors (Part 2)"LodgeLodge1:42
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s) Length
1."Voices in the Sky"HaywardHayward3:30
2."The Best Way to Travel"PinderPinder3:12
3."Visions of Paradise"Hayward, ThomasHayward4:15
4."The Actor"HaywardHayward4:39
5."The Word"EdgePinder (narration)0:49
6."Om"PinderPinder, Thomas5:47

2018 In Search of the Lost Chord (50th anniversary deluxe set)




Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1968 UK Albums Chart 5
Billboard 200 23
Year Single Chart Position
1968 "Voices in the Sky" UK Singles Chart 27
"Ride My See-Saw" UK Singles Chart 42
Billboard Hot 100 61


  1. ^ Moody Blues documentary, 2013
  2. ^ "Answers - The Most Trusted Place for Answering Life's Questions". Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  3. ^ Eder, Bruce. "In Search of the Lost Chord". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  4. ^ Quinn, Kevin. "The Moody Blues-In Search of the Lost Chord". Music-News. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  5. ^ "The Moody Blues: In Search Of The Lost Chord : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". 6 June 2008. Archived from the original on 6 June 2008. Retrieved 25 December 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "The Moody Blues: In Search of the Lost Chord".
  7. ^ "Moody Blues | Full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  8. ^ Joel Whitburn, The Billboard Book of Top 40 Albums, p.214 (revised & enlarged 3rd ed. 1995).
  9. ^ 2018 box set
  10. ^ Q Classic: Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, 2005.
  11. ^ "In Search of the Lost Chord - The Moody Blues - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 September 2018.

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