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To Our Children's Children's Children's
Moody Blues
To Our Children's Children's Children's
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #2

2 CD set. This, the post-Denny Laine lineup's fourth album, was the second to be released in 1969. It was the group's most mature, fully realized effort to date, arguably surpassing even the milestone Days Of Future Passed...  more »

     
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All Artists: Moody Blues
Title: To Our Children's Children's Children's
Members Wishing: 13
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ume Imports
Original Release Date: 1/1/1969
Re-Release Date: 4/18/2006
Album Type: Extra tracks, Hybrid SACD - DSD, Original recording remastered
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Progressive, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 602498321560

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2 CD set. This, the post-Denny Laine lineup's fourth album, was the second to be released in 1969. It was the group's most mature, fully realized effort to date, arguably surpassing even the milestone Days Of Future Passed in its elegance and vision. The Moodies were always capable of both songcraft and experimentalism, but this was the first time they combined them both successfully. Mike Pinder's dramatically arcing mellotron is the perfectly complement to the group's lush vocal harmonies, which are colored by rich acoustic guitar textures. Things open on a mind-bendingly psychedelic note with the electrical storm of 'Higher And Higher', but soon the waters calm. Justin Hayward's brief acoustic ballad 'I Never Thought I'd Live To Be A Hundred' is among the band's loveliest tunes, and it leads into 'Beyond', an ambitious instrumental that is the Moodies at their most progressive. Throughout the album, the mixture of winningly melodic balladry, poignant folk-rock and ambitious prog-rock leanings combine for what is one of the Moody Blues' most satisfying albums. Polydor. 2006.
 

Member CD Reviews

Michelle D. from HAMPDEN, ME
Reviewed on 3/13/2021...
When I first listened to this album, I absolutely hated it. I couldn't stand it. Then, I decided to listen to it again. It was awesome. I don't know what I was thinking before. I bought the deluxe edition at my local record shop and listened to it again. Still awesome. I haven't listened to the SACD layer yet. I have listened to the bonus tracks though. Here are my thoughts.
The first three are alternate versions, that just sound the same. The other 8 (really ten) other tracks are from a BBC concert. The first three are pretty good, and then there's the last 5 songs from Threshold Of A Dream. Have You Heard Parts one and two and the Voyage have been condensed onto one track. Lastly, there's Nights In White Satin which this version is awesome! I even like the Ah's at the end, which to me sound like Pinocchio from Shrek. Then there's Legend Of A Mind, and need I say more? Fantastic. five stars.
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CD Reviews

The Fourth Great SACD Mix!
Martin A Hogan | San Francisco, CA. (Hercules) | 04/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is many peoples favorite, as it has a wide variety of styles, from rock & roll to ballads to 'spoken word'. Besides the orginal remixed 5.1 songs (13), we are treated to (11) more versions from the previous three albums. The full versions and alternate mixes are a surprise for those hard-core fans. Here is a list of what songs are not mentioned here:

Gypsy (Full Version)
Candle Of Life (Full Version)
Sun Is Still Shining (Alternate Mix)
Gypsy (BBC Radio Concert 17/12/69)
Sunset (BBC Radio Concert 17/12/69)
Never Comes The Day (BBC Radio Concert 17/12/69)
Are You Sitting Comfortably (BBC Radio Concert 17/12/69)
Dream (BBC Radio Concert 17/12/69)
Have You Heard (BBC Radio Concert 17/12/69)
Nights In White Satin (BBC Radio Concert 17/12/69)
Legend Of A Mind (BBC Radio Concert 17/12/69)

Musical experiences don't get much better than this. Treat yourself!

(Note: Disc 1 is an SACD mix made from the original quadraphonic tapes. Disc 2 is the original remastered quadraphonic tapes - not SACD. This is seen as Disc 1 is gold colored and Disc 2 is silver. Also note that because this was originally a quadrophonic mix, the center front speaker is not used)."
Moodies fourth SACD release is as lush, ethereal and intense
J. Bongiorno | Valley Stream, NY United States | 04/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"One of the Moodies greatest achievements is this haunting, beautiful work that transports its listeners to far off realms. If any band is benefited by the surround sound format, it's the Moody Blues as this gorgeous sounding SACD release proves. Sound-wise, the CD plays much better in multichannel surround (even without the SACD player -- as the Dolby Pro Logic II mimics the surround rather well) than standard two-speaker format. Alive and as profoundly moving as ever, To Our Children's Children's Children is beginning to end one of the greatest musical expressions put to record.

Sadly, the fantastic cover artwork by Phil Travers is ruined by the person or persons in charge of reproducing the cover! True of at least 3 of the Moodies' SACD releases, the cover images are reproduced way too light so that nearly all the details of the painting are faded or lost altogether! Unfortunately, this is true on the cover as well as the interior booklet! Take a look at the original pressing of the LPs or any of the prior CD cover releases and you'll see just how bad Decca screwed this up! What happened to the quality control?! It's just a shame that this definitive release does not have the definitive covers it should! For any other band, it wouldn't be such a big deal, but for the Moodies, the cover art and packaging were part of the greater whole and this oversight is a big flaw in an otherwise fantastic release. One other smaller beef is that they should have had entirely new liner notes in each release, rather than just one new paragraph and a repeat of the notes detailed on Days of Future Passed.

At any rate, the music and sound get 5 stars, but 1 star is lost due to the work done by whoever was responsible for the cover art reproduction. Phil Travers original cover is vibrant and rich. This is very washed out and drains much of the original's beauty."