The Present

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The Present
The Present album cover - the Moody Blues.gif
Studio album by
Released28 August 1983 (UK)
2 September 1983 (US)
Recorded8 March 1982 – 10 December 1982 at Strawberry Studios, South London
GenreArt rock, synthpop, new wave
ProducerPip Williams
The Moody Blues chronology
Long Distance Voyager
The Present
Voices in the Sky: The Best of The Moody Blues
Singles from The Present
  1. "Blue World"
    Released: August 1983
  2. "Sitting at the Wheel"
    Released: November 1983
  3. "Running Water (US only)"
    Released: March 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars [2]

The Present is the eleventh album by the Moody Blues, released in 1983. It is the second album of the Patrick Moraz era. It provided three minor hit singles in the U.S. with "Blue World" (#62), "Sitting at the Wheel" (#27) and "Running Water". The album has a track sequence designed to capitalise on the legacy of the more successful Long Distance Voyager, with Justin Hayward's songs at the beginning and Ray Thomas's at the end.

In November 2008 the album was remastered and released on CD with two extra tracks.

The cover is a pastiche of Maxfield Parrish's painting Daybreak.

Original track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "Blue World" (Justin Hayward) – 5:20 (lead singer: Justin Hayward)
  2. "Meet Me Halfway" (Hayward, John Lodge) – 4:08 (lead singers: Justin Hayward, John Lodge)
  3. "Sitting at the Wheel" (Lodge) – 5:40 (lead singer: John Lodge)
  4. "Going Nowhere" (Graeme Edge) – 5:33 (lead singer: Ray Thomas)

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Hole in the World" (Lodge) – 1:54 (instrumental)
  2. "Under My Feet" (Lodge) – 4:51 (lead singer: John Lodge)
  3. "It's Cold Outside of Your Heart" (Hayward) – 4:27 (lead singer: Justin Hayward)
  4. "Running Water" (Hayward) – 3:23 (lead singer: Justin Hayward)
  5. "I Am" (Ray Thomas) – 1:40 (lead singer: Ray Thomas)
  6. "Sorry" (Thomas) – 5:02 (lead singer: Ray Thomas)

2008 remastered CD expanded edition[edit]

The 2008 release contains two extra tracks:

  1. "Blue World" (Single Edit)" – 3:38
  2. "Sitting at the Wheel (Steve Greenberg Remix)" – 7:32


The Moody Blues[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]


AlbumBillboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1983 Pop Albums 26

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1983 "Blue World" Mainstream Rock 32
Billboard Hot 100 62
"Sitting at the Wheel" Mainstream Rock 3
Billboard Hot 100 27


  1. ^ Connolly, Dave. The Present at AllMusic
  2. ^ Somay, Errol (27 October 1983). "The Moody Blues: The Present : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 6 June 2008. Retrieved 4 September 2012.

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