Sometimes there is one album that sticks in your mind from the “early days”. Mine happens to be the 1969 “On the Threshold of a Dream” by the Moody Blues.
The short opening track is a bit (well more than a bit) twee…but in 1969 at the start of my expanding musical life I can safely say I had heard nothing like it as an LP opener. The constraints of the blog won’t let me flow straight into the upbeat second track as happens on the album which is a shame…you’ll need to use Spotify for that I’m afraid.
Track1 “In the Beginning”
Track2 “Lovely to See You”
It was to be their first British No1 and it was the first time I had come across a concept album (not that I knew then what a concept album was). Even more impressive in those days was that the Moody Blues used a mellotron…that was really cool! Only cool bands used that type of gear. In fact it was so cool that I looked it up yesterday (after 40 years of ignorance) to find out what it actually was. For the record – it is basically a tape sampler that you play with a keyboard. See the link for the boring details.
Unfortunately within my social circle the Moody Blues were considered decidedly uncool which meant that the merits (or otherwise) of the album were never to be discussed for fear of ridicule. If I am being honest about it I didn’t really listen to music that was considered cool but I was lucky; my normal taste in artists was so far “out of the box” at the opposite end of the music spectrum from the favoured ” heavy” rock that I was given grudging respect…if kept at a safe distance.
Anyway, jumping back to the present day…
I am convinced that age is beginning to take its toll. I still have the original LP (which I consider a major triumph after almost 50 years and goodness knows how many house moves) but, strangely, I cannot decide whether or not I have the CD which I would have bought (possibly) within the past 20 years.
Remembering is difficult enough but when you take my random filing system in to account things become a bit tricky. You begin to see the problem? Unfortunately this is only a part of the collection. Just as well the digital stuff is on the computer!
After much debate I ended up buying a new CD for a fiver…I reckon the old one (if it exists) should turn up any day now!