THS 1 To Our Children's Children's Children
Produced by Tony Clarke
Released on November 1969
UK CHART POSITION #2 . . . US CHART POSITION #14 . . .
GOLD RECORD
Find it at GEMM
THS 1 cover  

T his album actually works on a conceptual level, where a tear in space and time is opened to reveal the mysteries of the universe. That’s a loose interpretation, mind you, and listeners in a “medicated” mood may discover their own variation on that theme, but the signposts are there. A foreboding orchestral swarm (perhaps symbolic of the Big Bang) is dispelled, and the Moodies draw their audience into a suitable plane of consciousness on “Higher and Higher.” Admonished to see with the “Eyes of a Child,” we’re treated to a peter pan-orama of the magical world below on “Floating.” After a short acoustic interlude, “I Never Thought I’d Live To Be A Hundred,” the instrumental “Beyond” serves as an interstellar train ride past various stops, arriving at “Out And In” where we unlock the key to the universal “Oz” within us all. We are the “Gypsy,” travelling down “Eternity Road” in search of life’s answers, drawn to the “Candle of Life” where all is revealed. Reminded that the “Sun Is Still Shining” back on earth, we return to our individual Kansas. “Watching and Waiting” (which served as the single), sums up the lessons learned: this world was made for us, its magic and perfection waiting to be discovered. The songs on To Our Children’s Children’s Children are soft and dreamlike, the mellotron and acoustic guitars wafting along like strands of incense smoke. Believing that the individual sections are part of a bigger whole helps this amorphous-sounding album take shape. This is a record that seeks to develop a one-on-one relationship with the listener, a presumption that pegs it as prog rock. It is greater than the sum of its parts; a very good picture painted with merely good strokes (“Gypsy,” “Candle of Life,” “Floating”). You won’t find any “classic” tracks on To Our Children’s Children’s Children, but don’t be fooled: this is still classic Moodies.

THS 1 inner gatefold THS 1 back cover THS 1 lyric sleeve
THS 1 inner gatefold THS 1 back cover THS 1 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. HIGHER AND HIGHER    (Graeme Edge)    1:05
  2. EYES OF A CHILD, PART 1    (John Lodge)    3:34
  3. FLOATING    (Ray Thomas)    3:02
  4. EYES OF A CHILD, PART 2    (John Lodge)    1:20
  5. I NEVER THOUGHT I'D LIVE TO BE A HUNDRED    (Justin Hayward)    1:06
  6. BEYOND    (Graeme Edge)    3:00
  7. OUT AND IN    (Mike Pinder/John Lodge)    3:44
  8. GYPSY (OF A STRANGE AND DISTANT TIME)    (Justin Hayward)    3:35
  9. ETERNITY ROAD    (Ray Thomas)    4:17
  10. CANDLE OF LIFE    (John Lodge)    4:19
  11. SUN IS STILL SHINING    (Mike Pinder)    3:35
  12. I NEVER THOUGHT I'D LIVE TO BE A MILLION    (Justin Hayward)    0:34
  13. WATCHING AND WAITING    (Justin Hayward/Ray Thomas)    4:17

CREDITS

GRAEME EDGE --
JUSTIN HAYWARD --
JOHN LODGE --
MIKE PINDER --
RAY THOMAS --
Derek Varnals -- engineer
Adrian Martins -- engineer
Robin Thompson -- engineer
Phil Travers -- art

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/CAN/GER November 1969 Threshold LP/CS THS 1 gatefold cover, blue/white label
US November 1969 Threshold LP/CS THS 1 gatefold cover, white/purple label
THAI     LP CSJ 947 unique cover
US   Threshold LP THS 1 comet/stars label reissue
JPN 1973? Threshold LP LAX-1024 gatefold cover, lyric insert
US   Mobile Fidelity LPLE MFSL-1-253 limited edition original master recording
US June 11, 1996 Ultradisc CD UDCD-671 24kt digital remaster
UK 1997 Threshold CD 844770 digital remaster
JPN April 24, 2002 Polygram Int'l CDLE   limited edition (5000) digital remaster

 

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