THS 7 Seventh Sojourn
Produced by Tony Clarke
Released on November 1972
UK CHART POSITION #5 . . . US CHART POSITION #1 . . . GOLD RECORD
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THS 7 cover  

The Moodies’ seventh sojourn in the studio proved to be their last, for a while anyway. It’s not a great sign that the band was keeping count, but they can still be counted on for good music. Seventh Sojourn has its critics, some of them fans who took umbrage with what sounds to be a more individual approach to songwriting. Earlier albums (To Our Children’s Children’s Children, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour) worked toward a greater whole, dominated by dreamy ballads. Seventh Sojourn still has some of that, notably “Isn’t Life Strange” and “New Horizons,” but it’s an album written by individuals rather than a team. (The band has since cited a certain malaise in the studio when this was recorded.) Mike Pinder in particular seems out of synch with the band, driving them toward the sound of David Bowie (“Lost In A New World”) and Pink Floyd (“When You’re A Free Man”). The rest of the record is quintessential Moodies, from Ray Thomas’ swooning sea chantey “For My Lady” (the prettiest song they’ve ever recorded in my opinion) to the deliciously desperate “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band).” If the remaining tracks fail to stand out, hasn’t that always been the case? The truth (as I see it) is, there isn’t a bad song on Seventh Sojourn. It may not envelop listeners in a conceptual dreamscape, but song for song it’s a fine record. However, it does underscore the fact that Moodyville might not have been big enough for so many songwriters. When five players can each contribute songs of serious merit, something has to give. Still, there are worse ways to make an album than letting five talented songwriters toss their ideas into a pile and pull out the best. Seventh Sojourn is a very solid collection of songs. By no means a band running out of steam, but rather one that succeeds at stoking five separate steam engines.

THS 7 inner gatefold
THS 7 inner gatefold

TRACK LISTING

  1. LOST IN A LOST WORLD    (Mike Pinder)    4:42
  2. NEW HORIZONS    (Justin Hayward)    5:11
  3. FOR MY LADY    (Ray Thomas)    3:58
  4. ISN'T LIFE STRANGE    (John Lodge)    6:09
  5. YOU AND ME    (Graeme Edge/Justin Hayward)    4:21
  6. THE LAND OF MAKE-BELIEVE    (Justin Hayward)    4:52
  7. WHEN YOU'RE A FREE MAN    (Mike Pinder)    6:06
  8. I'M JUST A SINGER (IN A ROCK AND ROLL BAND)    (John Lodge)    4:18

CREDITS

GRAEME EDGE --
JUSTIN HAYWARD --
JOHN LODGE --
MIKE PINDER --
RAY THOMAS --
Derek Varnals -- recording engineer
Tony Clarke -- recording engineer (4)
Phil Travers -- cover and liner art
The Moodies -- inner sleeve

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK November 1972 Threshold LP/CS    
US/SAF November 1972 Threshold LP/CS THS 7 gatefold cover, picture sleeve
US July 7, 1987 Polygram CD/CS 820 159  
US May 20, 1997 Polygram CD 844 773 original master recording
  February 17, 1998 Ultradisc CD   gold disc
  May 20, 1998 DTS CD 4425 digital surround?
JPN December 20, 2000 Polygram Int'l CD 9039 mini-lp sleeve, limited edition, digital remaster

 

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