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  • The Moody Blues: Justin Hayward (vocals, guitar); Ray Thomas (vocals, flute, harmonica); John Lodge (bass, background vocals); Patrick Moraz (keyboards); Graeme Edge (drums).
  • Additional personnel: The New World Philharmonic.
  • The Moody Blues: Justin Hayward (vocals, guitar); Ray Thomas (vocals, flute, harmonica); Patrick Moraz (keyboards); John Lodge (bass, background vocals); Graeme Edge (drums).
  • Additional personnel: The New World Philharmonic.
  • LONG DISTANCE VOYAGER signaled the revitalization of the Moodies. After a six-year layoff, they'd regrouped for 1978's OCTAVE, which met with mixed reviews. Three years later, the updated sound of VOYAGER brought them back to the top of the charts. Ex-Yes keyboardist Patrick Moraz's synthesizers replace Mike Pinder's Mellotron, and there's a distinct early-'80s sheen to the upbeat hits "Gemini Dream," which chronicles the band's comeback efforts quite literally, and "The Voice." "Talking out of Turn" sounds like nothing so much as a more sophisticated Little River Band, but one cannot deny its gentle, bouncy appeal.
  • Gentle, acoustic ballads like "In my World" and "Nervous," however, wouldn't sound out of place on ON THE THRESHOLD OF A DREAM. For the diehards, Ray Thomas (whose flute is conspicuously absent in much of this '80s-centric production) provides that essential element of quirky British theatricality with his closing, self-referential triptych of "Painted Smile," "Reflective Smile," and "Veteran Cosmic Rocker." The last of these offerings proves that the Moodies have more self-knowledge than their critics would like to believe.
Professional Reviews
CMJ (1/5/04, p.8) - Ranked #9 in CMJ's "Top 20 Most-Played Albums of 1981"

Record Collector (magazine) (p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "1981's LONG DISTANCE VOYAGER was a revitalised and vital collection, every song a winner..."
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