DES 18025 On The Threshold of A Dream
Produced by Tony Clarke
Released on April 1969
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #20
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DES 18025 cover  

I f you haven’t heard this album yet, you’re in for a treat. Alluding to the listener’s likely state of mind, On The Threshold of a Dream features a brilliant succession of songs, instrumental segues and spoken poems. I haven’t heard a more cogent case for the Moodies’ unusual approach to songwriting -- allowing each of the five members to follow their own muse within the context of a group effort -- than on this album. Graeme Edge’s poetry has seldom shone so bright, Mike Pinder’s “Have You Heard” adds a brilliant shade of pink to the Blue machine, and Justin Hayward (usually good for one hit) scores a hat trick with “Lovely To See You,” “Never Comes The Day” and “Are You Sitting Comfortably.” The records that followed no doubt strove for the same happy union, but seldom delivered on the promise of their portentous openings. Edge’s “In The Beginning” promises much, advocating freedom from the machines, or more specifically freedom from the mechanized world around us. “Lovely To See You” accepts us into the fold, and from there the concept gives way to a series of vignettes: “Dear Diary,” “Send Me No Wine” and a pair of psychedelic rock tracks to add some muscle. What ties Threshold together is its swift pacing, using seamless segues to connect the band’s individual contributions into a cohesive whole. This technique prevents a musical morass from forming, a problem that plagued subsequent albums. The second side also gets off to a quick start with the single “Never Comes The Day,” the sort of pretty acoustic daydreaming that helped define the Moodies, a field revisited on “Are You Sitting Comfortably.” However, I’d argue it’s the closing combination of “Have You Heard” and the instrumental “The Voyage” that bring Threshold to the brink of brilliance. Mike Pinder has always been the most likely of the five to write outside the band’s established idiom, and here he stumbles upon a musical epiphany of heroic proportions, sandwiched around the albums’ best orchestrations. So if you’re on the outside looking in, clueless to the Moodies’ attraction, cross through The Threshold and join the party.

DES 18025 inner gatefold DES 18025 lyric booklet DES 18025 London sleeve
DES 18025 inner gatefold DES 18025 lyric booklet DES 18025 London sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. IN THE BEGINNING    (Graeme Edge)    2:08
  2. LOVELY TO SEE YOU    (Justin Hayward)    2:35
  3. DEAR DIARY    (Ray Thomas)    3:56
  4. SEND ME NO WINE    (John Lodge)    2:20
  5. TO SHARE OUR LOVE    (John Lodge)    2:54
  6. SO DEEP WITHIN YOU    (Mike Pinder)    3:07
  7. NEVER COMES THE DAY    (Justin Hayward)    4:43
  8. LAZY DAY    (Ray Thomas)    2:43
  9. ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY    (Justin Hayward/Ray Thomas)    3:31
  10. THE DREAM    (Graeme Edge)    0:55
  11. HAVE YOU HEARD - PART I    (Mike Pinder)    1:23
  12. THE VOYAGE    (Mike Pinder)    4:07
  13. HAVE YOU HEARD - PART II    (Mike Pinder)    2:38

CREDITS

GRAEME EDGE --
JUSTIN HAYWARD --
JOHN LODGE --
MIKE PINDER --
RAY THOMAS --
Derek Varnals -- recording engineer
Phil Travers -- cover painting
David Wedgbury -- inside front cover photographs
Terence Ibbot -- inside back cover photograph

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK April 1969 Deram LP SML 1035 gatefold cover, lyric booklet
US/CAN May? 1969 Deram LP DES 18025 gatefold cover, lyric booklet
GER 1969 Deram LP 6.22166  
NET   Deram LP 6412 328  
US October 17, 1994 Ultradisc CD UDCD-612 original master recording
US May 20, 1997 Polygram CD 844 769 digitally remastered
JPN April 24, 2002 Polygram CDLE   limited edition (5000 copies) digital remaster

 

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