The Moody Blues – Seventh Sojourn – Our Shootout Winner from 2010

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This Super Hot Stamper side two was among THE BEST sounding side twos we’ve played. We did not find any copy with better sound on side two, and because no side of any copy really blew our minds, we did not award our Triple Plus grade to either side of any of them.

We had a bunch of British and Dutch imports to play, and we did hear some good sound, just not the kind of good sound we’ve heard on earlier albums. If you like this album we’re pretty sure you will have a hard time finding a copy that sounds even remotely this good. Most of them are much much worse. Dreadful in fact.

This side two had lovely vocals — sweet and breathy — so critical to the Moodies sound. The sound was spacious and energetic, two qualities that the average copy simply has very little of. This copy rocked as much as this album — in our experience — CAN rock. Most pressings are shockingly compressed, recessed and murky. And the domestic copies are made from dubs; they’re brighter but grainy and transistory as hell. They convey NONE of the Moodies magic.

Side one is rich and full , with pretty good presence and clarity, but it was lacking in the Tubey Magic arena itself. We gave it an A to A Plus grade — it murders the average copy, but side two is clearly a step up in sound quality.

One more thing: the big hit from the album: I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock & Roll Band) did not sound good on any copy. The master went to make the single, and a dub was spliced onto the tape for the album.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Lost in a Lost World
New Horizons
For My Lady
Isn’t Life Strange

Side Two

You and Me
The Land of Make-Believe
When You’re a Free Man
I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock & Roll Band)

AMG  Review

… it was with the release of this album that the Moodies achieved their great commercial success in America and around the world, with a “Grand Tour” that kept them on the road for much of the year that followed.