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Audio CD, Audiobook, CD, 15 July 2008
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 19.1 x 13.69 x 0.99 cm; 106.03 Grams
- Manufacturer : POLYDOR
- Item Model Number : 4113976
- Original Release Date : 2008
- Run time : 1 hour and 3 minutes
- Label : POLYDOR
- ASIN : B0018LMZOO
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: 4,770 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the original stereo mix of this 1972 classic from the UK Pop/Prog pioneers featuring four bonus tracks: 'Isn't Life Strange' (Original Version), 'You And Me' (Beckthorn's Backing Track), 'Lost In A Lost World' (Instrumental Demo) and 'Island'. Previously released as an SACD disc, this regular CD issue features sleeve notes and rare photographs. 12 tracks. Decca. 2008.
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This album was a step too far though. I wasn't certain what didn't gel for me. Not sure if it wasn't as good as 'Every Good Boy' - it certainly isn't - or it might even be the fact that, in '67 I'd been the first among my peers to buy 'Days of Future Past' and I was miffed because my best mate bought this before I did. Regardless, it seemed overloaded with Mellotron and I did start to think "Hey, you're doing well. Pay for an orchestra again, why don't you?". A few years later and I'd ditched the flares for skinny jeans and was sporting 'Rock Against Racism' badges and pogoing and that was it for the Moodies.
Except, of course, it wasn't. I returned frequently to the first six albums and following a Sky showing of the '1970 Isle of Wight Festival' gig, I decided (2015) it would be kinda nice to have the 'Core Seven' at last. Am I glad I bought it? Yes, the extended version of 'Isn't Life Strange' (which I had on 7" vinyl) is worth the price alone and I'm happily getting conversant with some of the other songs too. Those who say they are weaker though are correct and I can well understand one of the reviewers here who said none of the songs are as memorable as those on the other six albums; another thing that might have struck me back when it was released.
All in all though I enjoyed it and wished I'd not been quite as sniffy as I was back then. The original remastered version sounds fine - although that overloaded synth sound drowns everything, so be aware you'll need to re-tune your ears to early '70's mode - the bonus tracks are good and the sleeve notes worthwhile. It's not enough to have me searching for that chord again but I might see if I can name 'that' word one more time, at least.
I had 6 of those 7 albums on vinyl for so many years and decided to buy CD versions recently. So imagine my delight to get "Lost In A Lost World" (instrumental demo) as a bonus track. I'd never a heard it before so it was like discovering a long lost cousin.
I can also recommend exploring the other early albums as they all have lots to offer and had a big influence on my musical direction in life. They all feature music, songs written and sung by various band members but around a central theme in different styles. Always pushing the boundaries and using a variety of instruments to great effect. Lastly I must mention great use of the wonderful Mellotron
This album was the last of what is termed the core 7 that the band turned out from "Days of futures passed" but unlike the other 6 this album it had no underlying theme it is just a collection of brilliant songs.