Moody Blues detail ‘In Search of the Lost Chord’ 50th Anniversary Edition

On November 2th, Polydor/Republic/UMe will release the 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of The Moody Blues’ classic third album, In Search of the Lost Chord. The deluxe format is a 3 CD/2 DVD box set, featuring the album’s remastered original stereo mix and new stereo mix, plus rare and unreleased tracks, including a never-before-heard mono version of “Legend of a Mind.” There are BBC Radio One John Peel Top Gear and Afternoon Pop Show sessions, as well as mono mixes of the related “Deram” single A and B sides.

DVD 1 contains an audio only of In Search of the Lost Chord 96kHz/24-bit 5.1 surround mix, new stereo mix, and original stereo mix. DVD 2 comprises video of BBC TV Colour Me Pop: In Search of the Lost Chord from September 14, 1968; the previously unreleased Ce Soir On Danse: The Moody Blues – ORTF French TV from July 13, 1968 and previously unreleased Carte d’Or – ORTF French TV from October 29, 1968.

A 76-page book is also included, with extensive sleeve notes by compiler Mark Powell, plus a host of rare photos and memorabilia images.

The previously unreleased “Legend of a Mind” (mono mix) is available now for streaming and for immediate download with digital album pre-order.

The set will also be available on single CD, 180-gram vinyl featuring a facsimile of the original LP with the original packaging, limited edition color vinyl featuring psychedelic color vinyl with original packaging only available from the uDiscover store, and a 45 track deluxe digital edition.

Released in July 1968, In Search of the Lost Chord is regarded by many to be the group’s masterpiece. A concept album, concerning itself with the spiritual and philosophical concerns of the psychedelic era, the group eschewed the use of an orchestra, opting instead for the Mellotron (played by keyboardist Mike Pinder) and other exotic instrumentation, with which they experimented and played themselves, including flute, sitar, tabla and cello.

3 CD/2 DVD | CD | LP

CD 1:

1. Departure – original stereo mix
2. Ride My See-Saw – original stereo mix
3. Dr. Livingstone, I Presume – original stereo mix
4. House of Four Doors – original stereo mix
5. Legend of a Mind – original stereo mix
6. House of Four Doors (Part 2) – original stereo mix
7. Voices in the Sky – original stereo mix
8. The Best Way to Travel – original stereo mix
9. Visions of Paradise – original stereo mix
10. The Actor – original stereo mix
11. The Word – original stereo mix
12. Om – 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

CD 2:

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)

CD 3:

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

DVD 1: In Search of the Lost Chord 96 kHz / 24-bit 5.1 surround mix, new stereo mix, and remastered 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

DVD 2:

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

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