Long Distance Voyager

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Long Distance Voyager
Studio album by The Moody Blues
Released 15 May 1981 (1981-05-15)[1]
Recorded 19 February 1980 – 14 April 1981 at Threshold Studios and RAK Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock, Synthpop, Pop rock
Length 46:32
Label Threshold
Producer Pip Williams
The Moody Blues chronology
Long Distance Voyager
The Present
(1983)The Present1983
Singles from Long Distance Voyager
  1. "Gemini Dream"
    Released: May 1981
  2. "The Voice"
    Released: July 1981
  3. "Talking Out of Turn"
    Released: November 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]

Long Distance Voyager is the tenth album by The Moody Blues, first released in May 1981[1] on the group's Threshold record label. It was the group's first album featuring keyboardist Patrick Moraz (who previously had worked with bands such as Refugee and Yes) in place of co-founder Mike Pinder, who left after Octave in 1978.

Upon release in 1981, Long Distance Voyager became the Moody Blues' second American number one album, and was also the source of the Top 20 singles "Gemini Dream" (#12) and "The Voice" (#15). It also continued their winning streak in their native United Kingdom, reaching #7 there.

In November 2008, the album was remastered and released on CD with one extra track.


The songs on Long Distance Voyager were recorded at the band's own Threshold Studios. The songs were recorded and mixed by Greg Jackman, while Pip Williams was the album's producer. Supplementing the Moody Blues—Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Ray Thomas, Graeme Edge, and Patrick Moraz—was a string section performed by the New World Philharmonic, which Pip Williams arranged.[4]

Long Distance Voyager is only partially a concept album, as only half of the songs relate to the "voyager" referred to in the album's title. The final three tracks comprise a mini-suite that combines themes of carnival jesters and the chaos experienced backstage at a rock show.

The cover for the album was a painting from the Arts Union Glasgow, while the sleeve was based on a concept by the Moody Blues which was designed by Cream, who were in charge of the album's artwork.[4] NASA's Voyager spacecraft is at the top of the front side of the album cover. Both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2's flybys of Saturn were in the news in 1980-81.

Original track listing[edit]

Side One
  1. "The Voice" (Justin Hayward) – 5:21 (lead singer: Justin Hayward)
  2. "Talking Out of Turn" (John Lodge) – 7:18 (lead singer: John Lodge)
  3. "Gemini Dream" (Hayward, Lodge) – 4:09 (lead singers: Justin Hayward, John Lodge)
  4. "In My World" (Hayward) – 7:22 (lead singer: Justin Hayward)
Side Two
  1. "Meanwhile" (Hayward) – 4:08 (lead singer: Justin Hayward)
  2. "22,000 Days" (Graeme Edge) – 5:25 (lead singer: Ray Thomas)
  3. "Nervous" (Lodge) – 5:45 (lead singer: John Lodge)
  4. "Painted Smile" (Ray Thomas) – 3:18 (lead singer: Ray Thomas)
  5. "Reflective Smile" (Thomas) – 0:36 (narrator: Dave Symonds)
  6. "Veteran Cosmic Rocker" (Thomas) – 3:18 (lead singer: Ray Thomas)

2008 remastered CD expanded edition[edit]

  1. "The Voice (Single edit)" (Hayward) – 4:17


Additional personnel[edit]



Chart (1981) Peak
Canadian Top Albums[5] 1
German Albums[6] 28
Netherlands Top 50 Albums[7] 16
New Zealand Top 40 Albums[8] 8
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[9] 12
Swedish Top 60 Albums[10] 46
UK Albums Chart[11] 7
US Billboard 200[12] 1


Title Chart (1981) Peak
"Gemini Dream" US Billboard Hot 100[13] 12
US Hot Dance Club Songs[13] 36
US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[13] 13
"The Voice" US Billboard Hot 100[13] 15
US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[13] 1
"Talking Out of Turn" US Billboard Hot 100[13] 65
"Meanwhile" US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[13] 11
"22,000 Days" US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[13] 38
Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia 40,000[14]

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original (ASPX) on 11 May 2011. Type "Moody Blues" under Search to see results.
  2. ^ Dave Connolly; Bruce Eder. "Long Distance Voyager - The Moody Blues | AllMusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
  3. ^ Puterbaugh, Parke (12 November 1981). "The Moody Blues: Long Distance Voyager : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 20 March 2008. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b Long Distance Voyager (CD liner). The Moody Blues. Threshold Records. 1981. pp. 2, 14. 820 105-2.
  5. ^ "50 Albums" (PHP). RPM. 35 (5). 29 August 1981. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Album – The Moody Blues, Long Distance Voyager" (ASP). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  7. ^ "The Moody Blues – Long Distance Voyager (Album)" (ASP). Dutch Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  8. ^ "The Moody Blues – Long Distance Voyager (Album)" (ASP). New Zealand Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  9. ^ "The Moody Blues – Long Distance Voyager (Album)" (ASP). Norwegian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  10. ^ "The Moody Blues – Long Distance Voyager (Album)" (ASP). Swedish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  11. ^ "Artist Chart History: Moody Blues". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
  12. ^ "The Moody Blues: Charts & Awards – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
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  14. ^ "Major fight economics with quirky rock originals". Billboard. 12 June 1982. Retrieved 22 September 2018.

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