Octave is the ninth album by The Moody Blues, and their first release after a substantial hiatus following the success of the best-selling Seventh Sojourn in 1972. The album proved to be the last for the group with keyboardist Mike Pinder, who departed during the album's sessions, and declined... MORE
Octave is the ninth album by The Moody Blues, and their first release after a substantial hiatus following the success of the best-selling Seventh Sojourn in 1972. The album proved to be the last for the group with keyboardist Mike Pinder, who departed during the album's sessions, and declined an offer to tour with the group. Pinder had just started a new family in California, and found that he was not getting along with his bandmates as he had. As a result of Pinder's departure, Justin Hayward and John Lodge were forced to play some of the remaining keyboard parts themselves, and Pinder would be replaced by former Yes keyboardist Patrick Moraz in time for their 1979 tour, beginning a new era in the band's history. Octave was considered a departure from previous Moody Blues albums, mainly because the group's use of lounge-style organs and synthesisers in place of a Mellotron or Chamberlin. Real strings were used on three songs: "Under Moonshine" and "I'm Your Man", as well as "Survival". LESS
This is "Gemini Dream" by UK progressive rock band "The Moody Blues". Released in 1981 it was the first hit single from their UK & US number 1 album "Long Distance Voyager". The song was written by vocalist band members Justin Hayward & John Lodge. Long Distance Voyager was a Moody Blues album released in 1981, and was their first with keyboardist Patrick Moraz in place of original keyboardist Mike Pinder. After the completion of the 1978 album Octave, Pinder decided against touring with the Moody Blues to promote the album, so the group replaced him with former Yes keyboardist Moraz. The band then waited three years before releasing a new album, the longest gap between Moody Blues albums since the group went on hiatus after the release of Seventh Sojourn in 1972. Long Distance Voyager is only partially a concept album, as only half of the songs relate to a "travelling" referred to in the album's title. The final three tracks comprise a mini-suite that combines themes of carnival jesters and the chaos experienced backstage at a rock show. Upon release in 1981, Long Distance Voyager became the Moody Blues' second US number one album, and was also the source of the top-40 singles "The Voice" (#15) and "Gemini Dream" (#12). For more information about this artist visit: www.moodyblues.co.uk *Note: Ifyou are a record company employee or artist(s) who object(s) to this rare"audio enhanced" material being promoted (albeit in a lossy mono format) on YouTube then please contact us ...
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