Thursday, February 28, 2019

In Search Of The Lost Chord

A year or so ago, I was stuck in a late 60's musical mindset. I was listening to tons of stuff from The Doors, Cream, The Beatles and The Stones, and I was loving the history of this music. It was fresh and pushing boundaries for it's time, and it just felt important. It has taken me a long time to finally recognize how great these bands were, an suddenly I was hit with an urge to dig around and see if there was something else that I'd been missing out on.

I started researching other bands from that era, and when I saw the name The Moody Blues, I figured that I'd give them a shot.

After checking out their discography, I decided that their 1967 album Days Of Future Passed might be a bit too much to start with since it was recorded with an orchestra, so I bumped thing out a year, and looked up their In Search Of The Last Chord album from '68.

I really didn't know what to expect here, but as we started to get into Ride My See-Saw I was getting really excited over what I was finding. The rest of the album didn't hit me as hard as that one song, but there was still something there that kind of kept my interest, so I revisited it off and on..and while it didn't completely grow on me like some of the other classic bands of the time, this is still a fun album to spin every once in a while.

While I was out visiting some local stores last Fall, I spotted the record in the racks and for six dollars, I added it to the slowly growing collection for the late 60's.


Johnny said...

My mother-in-law bought me this Moody Blues CD for Christmas a couple of years ago and I still have yet to dig into it, but now I'm kinda stoked to. I've been deep in the late 60s stuff recently too after watching The Vietnam War PBS doc. I never really appreciated Jimi Hendrix before and just knew the songs that get regular play on classic rock radio, and I am now 100% obsessed. If you habven't started going down that avenue, you should. His live albums specifically. A once ambivalent opinion of the guy has turned into an every morning religious experience.

Mike said...

Hey Johnny! Thanks for the comment. Yeah, this Moody Blues album has some sections that are a bit odd, but the strong songs on here, help me to overlook that. Those first two Hendrix albums are essential!