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From Mighty Oaks...Hopes Wishes & Dreams
Genres: Pop, Rock
Limited four disc (three CDs + NTSC/Region 0 DVD). Ray Thomas was a founding member of The Moody Blues, a band whose classic albums need no introduction. In 1975 and 1976, Ray recorded two classic solo albums for the band... more »
Limited four disc (three CDs + NTSC/Region 0 DVD). Ray Thomas was a founding member of The Moody Blues, a band whose classic albums need no introduction. In 1975 and 1976, Ray recorded two classic solo albums for the band's Threshold label: From Mighty Oaks and Hopes Wishes & Dreams. This set compiles those two albums, a bonus disc of rarities (and one new song) plus a DVD featuring a previously unreleased Quad mix of From Mighty Oaks, now adapted to a 5.1 Surround Sound format and a rare 1975 promotional film for 'High Above My Head. The box is completed with a lavish booklet featuring an exclusive interview with Ray and two picture postcards.
Michael C. Anderson | 10/08/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A long lost treat for Ray and Moodies fans, this 3 CD and 1 DVD set is brilliantly remastered and contains restored artwork packaged in a glossy hinged cardboard box. Many of us have been waiting years to get this on CD and it's finally here. The interview is great but Mike's lines are recently recorded but Ray's responses are from the original 1974 vinyl, still great though. Ray discusses plans to tour the album that never came to fruition.
The remaster on this is slightly brighter than the recent Moodies stuff but much wider than the original LPs and 1990 CD releases. These are by far the best audiophile versions to own. The bass licks that, to me originally sounded dated plucky and cliche are much deeper and broader in attack. Field seperation overall is much wider and dynamic aswell. Plays beautifully in 24 BIT and the 5.1 DVD is great, like a 4 channel mixing board coming through your PS3 or DVD player. Obviously quad sourced with a compressed Mid-Front Speaker channel which I turned off during screening. Wonderful to hear crisp detailed versions of these songs as last.
The singles are also remastered just as well but the mixes seem inferior, seems like the star of these songs (Ray) is singing from the bathroom down the hall.
I miss and love Ray dearly. If you missed out on the previous releases DO NOT MISS THESE! These are in limited release and sure to shoot up to $400.00 a box on ebay or something.
A beatiful release that just can't be missed, I consider myself spoiled here.
I also highly recommend all of the remastered versions of the Moody Blues Solo projects from 1975 up to 1995 from Mike Pinder, Justin Hayward, John Lodge and the Graeme Edge Band. Cheers everyone."