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Moody Blues’ ‘In Search Of The Lost Chord’ Gets 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

The new edition of the band’s classic third album will feature alternate mixes and unreleased material.

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The classic third album by the Moody Blues, 1968’s In Search Of The Lost Chord, will be released in a 50th anniversary deluxe edition on 2 November. It will feature bonus and previously unissued material and alternate mixes of this key record in the group’s storied catalogue.

The deluxe edition will comprise a 3CD/2DVD box set with both the original and new stereo mixes of the album. Unreleased material includes a never-before-heard mono version of the Ray Thomas song ‘Legend Of A Mind,’ as well as a live session from influential Radio 1 DJ John Peel’s Top Gear show and another from Afternoon Pop Show. Mono mixes of the related Deram A and B-sides are also included.

The first DVD in the package contains In Search of the Lost Chord  in 96kHz/24-bit 5.1 Surround, as a new stereo mix and the original stereo mix. The second, visual, DVD comprises BBC TV’s Colour Me Pop: In Search of the Lost Chord, broadcast on 14 September 1968, two months after the album’s release; Ce Soir On Danse: The Moody Blues, broadcast by ORTF French TV on 13 July that year, and Carte d’Or’ – ORTF French TV, from 29 October 1968. Both of the French broadcasts are previously unreleased.

In Search Of The Lost ChordThe set also includes a 76-page book with extensive sleeve notes by its compiler, Mark Powell, as well as a generous selection of rare photos and memorabilia images.

The album is also being released as a standard vinyl 180-gram facsimile of the  LP with the original packaging; D2C limited edition psychedelic coloured vinyl with original packaging, exclusively available from the uDiscover store; and as a single CD containing the new stereo mix plus bonus tracks.

In Search of the Lost Chord, based around the concept of the spiritual and philosophical concerns of the psychedelic era, is seen by many Moody Blues devotees as the group’s masterpiece. It featured the much-loved singles ‘Voices In The Sky,’ written by Justin Hayward, and ‘Ride My See-Saw,’ by fellow frontman John Lodge, among compositions by all five members of the band. The album reached No. 5 in the UK and No. 23 in the US.

The 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of In Search of the Lost Chord is released on 2 November. 

3CD / 2DVD BOX SET TRACKLISTING

Disc 1 (CD):

1. Departure – The original stereo mix

2. Ride My See-Saw – The original stereo mix

3. Dr. Livingstone, I Presume – The original stereo mix

4. House of Four Doors – The original stereo mix

5. Legend of a Mind – The original stereo mix

6. House of Four Doors (Part 2) – The original stereo mix

7. Voices in the Sky – The original stereo mix

8. The Best Way to Travel – The original stereo mix

9. Visions of Paradise – The original stereo mix

10. The Actor – The original stereo mix

11. The Word – The original stereo mix

12. Om – The original stereo mix

13. Voices in the Sky (mono)

14. Dr. Livingstone, I Presume (mono)

15. Ride My See Saw (mono) – Previously unreleased on CD

16. A Simple Game

17. Legend of a Mind (mono mix) – Previously unreleased

Disc 2 (CD):

1. Departure – “In Search of the Lost Chord” new stereo mix:

2. Ride My See-Saw – “In Search of the Lost Chord” new stereo mix:

3. Dr. Livingstone, I Presume – “In Search of the Lost Chord” new stereo mix:

4. House of Four Doors – “In Search of the Lost Chord” new stereo mix:

5. Legend of a Mind – “In Search of the Lost Chord” new stereo mix:

6. House of Four Doors (Part 2) – “In Search of the Lost Chord” new stereo mix:

7. Voices in the Sky – “In Search of the Lost Chord” new stereo mix:

8. The Best Way to Travel – “In Search of the Lost Chord” new stereo mix:

9. Visions of Paradise – “In Search of the Lost Chord” new stereo mix:

10. The Actor – “In Search of the Lost Chord” new stereo mix:

11. The Word – “In Search of the Lost Chord” new stereo mix:

12. Om – “In Search of the Lost Chord” new stereo mix:

13. A Simple Game (Justin Hayward Vocal Mix / Remastered 2018)

Disc 3 (CD):

1. Dr. Livingstone, I Presume (BBC Radio One “Top Gear” Session / 1968)

2. Voices in the Sky (BBC Radio One “Top Gear” Session / 1968)

3. The Best Way to Travel (BBC Radio One “Top Gear” Session / 1968)

4. Ride My See-Saw (BBC Radio One “Top Gear” Session / 1968)

5. Tuesday Afternoon (BBC Radio One John Peel “Top Gear” session – 16th July 1968)

6. Departure (alternate mix) – Mixed at Decca Studios, West Hampstead in September 1968

7. The Best way to Travel (additional vocal mix) – Mixed at Decca Studios, West Hampstead in September 1968

8. Legend of a Mind (alternate mix) – Mixed at Decca Studios, West Hampstead in September 1968

9. Visions of Paradise (instrumental mix) – Mixed at Decca Studios, West Hampstead in September 1968

10. The Word (Mellotron mix) – Mixed at Decca Studios, West Hampstead in September 1968

11. Om (extended mix) – Mixed at Decca Studios, West Hampstead in September 1968

12. King and Queen – Mixed at Decca Studios, West Hampstead in September 1968

13. Gimmie a Little Something – Mixed at Decca Studios, West Hampstead in September 1968

14. What Am I Doing Here? (full version) – Mixed at Decca Studios, West Hampstead in September 1968

15. A Simple Game (Justin Hayward vocal version) – Mixed at Decca Studios, West Hampstead in September 1968

Disc 4 (DVD)

“In Search of the Lost Chord” 96 kHz / 24-bit 5.1 Surround, new Stereo mix and re-mastered original stereo mix”

1. Departure –

2. Ride My See-Saw

3. Dr. Livingstone, I Presume

4. House of Four Doors

5. Legend of a Mind

6. House of Four Doors (Part 2)

7. Voices in the Sky

8. The Best Way to Travel

9. Visions of Paradise

10. The Actor

11. The Word

12. Om

Disc 5 (DVD):

1. Departure / Ride My See-Saw – Visual content

2. Dr. Livingstone I Presume – Visual content

3. House of Four Doors – Visual content

4. Voices in the Sky – Visual content

5. The Best Way to Travel – Visual content

6. Visions of Paradise / The Actor – Visual content

7. Om – Visual content

8. Tuesday Afternoon – BBC TV “Colour Me Pop: In Search of the Lost Chord” – 14th September 1968

9. Nights in White Satin – BBC TV “Colour Me Pop: In Search of the Lost Chord” – 14th September 1968

10. Bye Bye Bird – BBC TV “Colour Me Pop: In Search of the Lost Chord” – 14th September 1968

11. Fly Me High – BBC TV “Colour Me Pop: In Search of the Lost Chord” – 14th September 1968

12.  I’ve Got a Dream – BBC TV “Colour Me Pop: In Search of the Lost Chord” – 14th September 1968

13. A Beautiful Dream – BBC TV “Colour Me Pop: In Search of the Lost Chord” – 14th September 1968

14. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – BBC TV “Colour Me Pop: In Search of the Lost Chord” – 14th September 1968

15. Peak Hour – BBC TV “Colour Me Pop: In Search of the Lost Chord” – 14th September 1968

16. Dr. Livingstone, I Presume – BBC TV “Colour Me Pop: In Search of the Lost Chord” – 14th September 1968

17. Ride My See Saw – BBC TV “Colour Me Pop: In Search of the Lost Chord” – 14th September 1968

LP TRACKLISTING (Standard and D2C):

1. Departure – The original stereo mix

2. Ride My See-Saw – The original stereo mix

3. Dr. Livingstone, I Presume – The original stereo mix

4. House of Four Doors – The original stereo mix

5. Legend of a Mind – The original stereo mix

6. House of Four Doors (Part 2) – The original stereo mix

7. Voices in the Sky – The original stereo mix

8. The Best Way to Travel – The original stereo mix

9. Visions of Paradise – The original stereo mix

10. The Actor – The original stereo mix

11. The Word – The original stereo mix

12. Om – The original stereo mix

1CD TRACKLISTING

1. Departure – The original stereo mix

2. Ride My See-Saw – The original stereo mix

3. Dr. Livingstone, I Presume – The original stereo mix

4. House of Four Doors – The original stereo mix

5. Legend of a Mind – The original stereo mix

6. House of Four Doors (Part 2) – The original stereo mix

7. Voices in the Sky – The original stereo mix

8. The Best Way to Travel – The original stereo mix

9. Visions of Paradise – The original stereo mix

10. The Actor – The original stereo mix

11. The Word – The original stereo mix

12. Om – The original stereo mix

13. Voices in the Sky (mono)

14. Dr. Livingstone, I Presume (mono)

15. Ride My See Saw (mono) – Previously unreleased on CD

16. A Simple Game

17. Legend of a Mind (mono mix) – Previously unreleased

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Trina Simon

    September 22, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    I met them and they were so kind, then Justin played three nights in a row in my hometown of 60 years Santa Barbara, i got some autographs on my records and now I am selling my whole vinyl collection out of necessity, I havent listed them yet, contact me if interested at 5306041188. They should have been inducted in the Hall of Fame along time ago! Thanks for this lengthy article! I will check out the pages… I love that album especially ride my seesaw, the word, and voices in the sky. Next to the Beatles they are the best British group and so much a psychedelic relic of the 60s, gentle, creative &spiritual

  2. Palosrob

    October 10, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    This new version is very much like what Ian Anderson is doing with the 40th anniversary of Jethro Tull albums. If this is done even half as well as the Tull anniversary editions, it will be worth the money.

  3. Strangeblue

    October 17, 2018 at 9:22 am

    A Brilliant album, ordered my copy and really looking forward to receiving it.

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