The Other Side of Life

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The Other Side of Life
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Studio album by The Moody Blues
Released 9 April 1986
Recorded August 1985 – February 1986 at Good Earth Studios, Soho, London
Genre Synthpop
Length 42:06
Label Polydor Records
Producer Tony Visconti
The Moody Blues chronology
Voices in The Sky: The Best of The Moody Blues
(1984)Voices in The Sky: The Best of The Moody Blues1984
The Other Side of Life
Singles from The Other Side of Life
  1. "Your Wildest Dreams"
    Released: April 1986
  2. "The Other Side of Life"
    Released: August 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (Average)[2]

The Other Side of Life is the twelfth album by The Moody Blues, released in 1986.

It is the third album of the Patrick Moraz era, and the first for flautist and vocalist Ray Thomas not to play a major role. The music on The Other Side of Life marked the beginning of dominant synthesizer, sequencer, and drum machine use by the band, to the point that the entire album could be classified as a "synthpop" record, a surprising stylistic change for a band that had pioneered symphonic rock.

The Other Side of Life contains the major hit, "Your Wildest Dreams", which, like "Nights in White Satin" before it, was a Top-10 hit in the United States. It also contains the song "Rock 'n' Roll Over You", which was featured in the ice-chopping scene in The Karate Kid Part II.

Original track listing[edit]

Side One
  1. "Your Wildest Dreams" (Justin Hayward) – 4:50
  2. "Talkin' Talkin'" (Hayward, John Lodge) – 3:55
  3. "Rock 'n' Roll Over You" (Lodge) – 4:50
  4. "I Just Don't Care" (Hayward) – 3:25
  5. "Running Out of Love" (Hayward‚ Lodge) – 4:25
Side Two
  1. "The Other Side of Life" (Hayward) – 6:50
  2. "The Spirit" (Graeme Edge, Patrick Moraz) – 4:14
  3. "Slings and Arrows" (Hayward, Lodge) – 4:29
  4. "It May Be a Fire" (Lodge) – 4:56


The Moody Blues[edit]


  • Produced and recorded by Tony Visconti
  • Recorded and mixed at Good Earth Studios in London
  • Assistant engineers — Gordon Futter, Sam Smith, Andy Liewellyn
  • Additional programming & sampling — Barry Radman
  • Art direction — Alwyn Clayden
  • Design — Alwyn Clayden, Bruce Gill (Green Ink)
  • Photography — Michael Hoppen
  • Illustration — Karl Lloyd



Year Chart Position
1986 Billboard 200 9[3]
UK Albums Chart 24[4]



Year Single Chart Position
1986 "The Other Side of Life" Billboard Hot 100 58
"Your Wildest Dreams" 9
"The Other Side of Life" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 11
"Your Wildest Dreams" 2
"The Other Side of Life" Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 18
"Your Wildest Dreams" 1


Country Organization Sales
US RIAA Platinum[5]