Saturday, February 8, 2014

"The Voice" by The Moody Blues

Song#:  0708
Date:  08/08/1981
Debut:  56
Peak:  15
Weeks:  17
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Thanks to the single "Gemini Dream" (#12), the Moodies returned to popularity and their album "Long Distance Voyager" became their second #1, nine years after "Seventh Sojourn" reached the top spot in 1972. The success of the album continued with this second single which also got into the Top 20. It would do even better at rock radio hitting #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart.

ReduxReview:  This was another awesome single from the LP and I've always like this one just a bit better. It is the album opener and the ominous intro and darker tone really attracted me. It was actually this single that made me buy the album, which remains a top favorite of mine.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  The "Long Distance Voyager" featured on the album cover is most likely the little space vehicle near the top of the cover in the sky. This is one of the Voyager space probes that were launched in 1977 to explore the outer solar system. Voyager's initial mission was to observe both Jupiter and Saturn. Both Voyager 1 and 2 reached the Saturn system in 1980 and 1981. It was big news at the time and most likely provided inspiration for the LP.


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