Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Moody Blues - Long Distance Voyager (1981)

NUMBER ONE ALBUMS, 1976-85 WEEK* (MAY 5-11, 2014)

I've never heard a Moody Blues album before today.  Other than the two radio singles and cool album cover, I know nothing about this one.  Pressing play; let's do this:

I was expecting prog rock, and while there's some of that here, there's also a solid, carefully constructed pop album more along the lines of ELO than Nights In White Satin.  Wonderfully arranged, engineered, and produced, the whole thing sounds good.  Late last year, on another music blog, I wrote these words:
The Voice – The Moody Blues, released August 1981, Pop #15, AC #16, Mainstream Rock #1. Love it. I can’t tell you how many times I almost bought the Long Distance Voyager album. I have no idea why I didn’t pull the trigger on that one.
Argh - coulda woulda shoulda.  Even saying "better late than never" isn't making me feel any better because 15 year old Mark would have loved this album. Ah well, nothing I can do about it now except move this disc out to my truck's CD player and add it to my list of "summer albums."

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #1 (3 consecutive weeks, July 25 - Aug 8, 1981)
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #1 (2 consecutive weeks)

Tracks: My favorite track is Gemini Dream, closely followed by The Voice.  They were the singles for a reason.  I'm also digging In My World, Nervous, and Veteran Cosmic Rocker.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  Gemini Dream takes me back to the summer of 1981, when I didn't have anything better to do than ride my bike, buy comic books, and compete on the local swim team. Good times.

*Two weeks ago on another blog (My Favorite Decade, 1976-1985), I asked myself if I owned all of the #1 albums from that particular decade. It turned out that I wasn't anywhere close to owning them all and, embarrassed, went on a CD shopping spree to rectify the situation.  With most of these #1 albums, I am hearing them complete for the first time this week.

1 comment:

  1. Love every track on this album, front to back and side to side. Besides the singles, my favorite track is "22,000 Days". (Probably gonna listen to that one under the stars tonight.)

    Had such high hopes for the follow-up albums and though the missus likes them better than this one, I think they sound like bad Alan Parsons Projects.