You wouldn’t think it would be possible to have a #1 LP in the UK and be in the…

Written by on May 15, 2018

You wouldn’t think it would be possible to have a #1 LP in the UK and be in the US top 20 without having a single / 45 hit. But it is.

The Moody Blues released their 4th album “On the Threshold of a Dream” on April 25, 1969.

It was a concept album just like the band’s preceding two albums. It explores dreams, especially on the second side, which climaxes with the “Voyage” suite, inspired in part by Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathrustra. The piece, by Mike Pinder, features mellotron orchestration and flute.

The album begins with a poem accompanied by electronic sounds, and these sounds also appear at the close of the album – vinyl pressings of the album continue the sounds into the album’s run-out groove, causing them to play continuously until the record player’s tonearm is lifted. Tape and CD album versions employ a slow fade.

“On The Threshold of a Dream” gave The Moody Blues their first British #1 album, and also increased their American fortunes by becoming their first Top 20 album there. The album also enjoyed lengthy stays in both album charts. But, its one and only single, “Never Comes the Day”, was a commercial flop.

When is the last time you just sat down, maybe had a glass of wine, fired one up and listened to some Moodys?

Happy 49th Birthday to “On the Threshold of a Dream”!!!

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