Thursday, March 06, 2008

Moody Blues - In Search of the Lost Chord (1968)




Καταρχήν δεν χρειάζονται συστάσεις για το μεγάλο αυτό συγκρότημα. Από κει και μετά δεν έχω να σχολιάσω πολλά πράγματα. Είναι ίσως ένας από τους παλιότερους δίσκους μου που είχα αποκτήσει κάπου 30 χρόνια πριν.

Είναι ο 3ος και για μένα μακράν καλύτερος δίσκος των Moody Blues που αποτελεί ένα concept album με θέμα την αναζήτηση της πνευματικής ολοκλήρωσης ενός ατόμου. Ο δίσκος για μένα αποτελεί ανυπέρβλητο μνημείο ψυχεδέλιας και progressive rock από αυτή την Βρετανική μπάντα.

Τόσα χρόνια που ακούω το δίσκο δεν ψάχνω τι έχει αλλά τι δεν έχει σε σχέση με όσα έχω ακούσει ως τώρα. Σε μουσικό επίπεδο ο δίσκος είναι κορυφαίος. Είναι αδύνατον να τον ακούσει ένας έστω και στοιχειωδώς «καλλιεργημένος» μουσικά και να του γυρίσει την πλάτη. Δηλαδή τι μπορεί αγαπητοί φίλοι να ψάχνει κανείς στη μουσική? Με πιο άλλο τρόπο μπορεί να γεμίσει το συναίσθημά του και να καλυφθεί? Όπως τρως ένα ποιοτικό γεύμα, έτσι ακούς και αυτό το Lp και μετά νοιώθεις χορτάτος.

Ίσως είμαι υπερβολικός, αλλά όπως γράψει πολλές φορές τα γούστα είναι υποκειμενικά. Κατά την γνώμη μου δεν νοείται συλλογή δίσκων και να μην υπάρχει ο συγκεκριμένος. Τέλειος σε όλα του.

The Moody Blues:Ride My See-Saw

Ride, ride my see-saw,
Take this place
On this trip
Just for me.
Ride, take a free ride,
Take my place
Have my seatIt's for free.
I worked like a slave for years,
Sweat so hard just to end my fears.
Not to end my life a poor man,
But by now,
I know I should have run.
Run, run my last race,
Take my place
Have this number
Of mine.
Run, run like a fire,
Don't you run in
In the lanes
Run for time.
Left school with a first class pass,
Started work but as second class.
School taught one and one is two.
But right now, that answer just ain't true.
Ah ah ah ah, ah ah ah ah, ah ah ah ah ah
My world is spinning around,
Everything is lost that I found.
People run, come ride with me,
Let's find another place that's free.
Ride, ride my see-saw,
Take this place
On this tripJust for me.
Ride, take a free ride,
Take my place
Have my seatIt's for free.
Ride, my see-saw.
Ride, ride, ride, my see-saw.
Ride, my see-saw...
The Moody Blues : Voices In The Sky

Bluebird, flying high
Tell me what you sing
If you could talk to me
What news would you bring
Of voices in the sky

Nightingale, hovering high
Harmonize the wind
Darkness, your symphony
I can hear you sing
Of voices in the sky

Just what is happening to me
I lie awake with the sound of the sea
Calling to me

Old man, passing by
Tell me what you sing
Though your voice be faint
I am listening
Voices in the sky

Children with a skipping rope
Tell me what you sing
Play time is nearly gone
The bell's about to ring
Voices in the sky

Just what is happening to me
I lie awake with the sound of the sea
Calling to me

Bluebird, flying high
Tell me what you sing
If you could talk to me
What news would you bring
Of voices in the sky
Voices in the sky

Tracks:

Side one
"Departure" (Graeme Edge) – 0:48
"Ride My See-Saw" (John Lodge) – 3:37
"Dr. Livingstone, I Presume" (Ray Thomas) – 2:58
"House of Four Doors" (Lodge) – 4:11
"Legend of a Mind" (Thomas) – 6:40
"House of Four Doors Pt. 2" (Lodge) – 1:43

Side two
"Voices in the Sky" (Justin Hayward) – 3:32
"The Best Way to Travel" (Mike Pinder) – 3:12
"Visions of Paradise" (Hayward/Thomas) – 4:15
"The Actor" (Hayward) – 4:38
"The Word" (Edge) – 0:49
"Om" (Pinder) – 5:27

3 comments:

Psicodelia pura said...

Yuuuuuuuuuupi....I'm looking very bad this album, and now my search is finish....Thank you... One more thing...I don't know if I tell you friend that I open a chat service, to exchange opinions about music or other interest...pass when you want...
Cheers

Anonymous said...

Thanks you posting this great album - this was the only one missing from my collection - I've seen the Moodies live 9 times - most recent was in 2007 in the post-Ray Thomas era ... anyway - one problem I noticed - House of Four Doors Part 2 seems to be corrupted - please recheck. I downloaded twice and in both cases with this song when played back there is a loud click and it then skips directly to Voices In The Sky. Best regards and thanks for your efforts. DM in Santa Barbara

Anonymous said...

House of Four Doors Part 2 corrupted here as well. foobar2000 says:

Decoding failure at 0:00.000 (Unsupported format or corrupted file)