Keys of the Kingdom

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Keys of the Kingdom
Studio album by
Released25 June 1991 (US)
1 July 1991 (UK)
RecordedOctober 1990 – May 1991 at Olympic Studios, Mayfair Studios, The Hit Factory and RG Jones Studios, London
LabelPolydor (US)
Threshold (UK)
ProducerChristopher Neil
Alan Tarney
Tony Visconti
The Moody Blues chronology
Greatest Hits
Keys of the Kingdom
A Night at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra
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
Allmusic2/5 stars [1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars [2]
Entertainment WeeklyC− [3]

Keys of the Kingdom is the fourteenth album by the rock band The Moody Blues, released 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. It 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.[4]

Keyboardist Patrick Moraz was fired from the band after completing only a few tracks for this album, and he is listed as an 'additional' keyboard player. After a lawsuit (broadcast by Court TV) filed by Moraz, their future album and re-release booklets would distance themselves from Moraz - e.g. removing him from photographs that originally featured him - and they never had any future keyboardists become official 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 (Parts 1 & 2)" (Hayward) – 5:31
  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 put on vinyl LP (Europe only) or cassette, but 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


Additional personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]


Year Chart Position
1991 Billboard 200 94
UK Albums Chart 54


Year Single Chart Position
1991 "Say It with Love" Mainstream Rock Tracks 22
1991 "Say It with Love" Adult Contemporary 31


  1. ^ Connolly, Dave. Keys of the Kingdom at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  2. ^ Kampert, Patrick (11 July 1991). "The Moody Blues - Keys of the Kingdom". Chicago Tribune.
  3. ^ DiMartino, Dave (23 August 1991). "Keys of the Kingdom Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  4. ^ "The Moody Blues - Keys Of The Kingdom Lyrics". Retrieved 21 June 2011.