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The Moody Blues — Legend Of A Mind
Album: In Search Of The Lost Chord
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Released: 1968
Length: 6:32
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Timothy Leary's dead.
No, no no no, he's outside, looking in.

Timothy Leary's dead.
No, no no no, he's outside, looking in.

He'll fly his astral plane,
Takes you trips around the bay,
Brings you back the same day.
Timothy Leary.
Timothy Leary.

Timothy Leary's dead.
No, no no no, he's outside, looking in.

Timothy Leary's dead.
No, no no no, he's outside, looking in.

He'll fly his astral plane,
Takes you trips around the bay,
Brings you back the same day.
Timothy Leary.
Timothy Leary.

Along the coast you'll hear them boast
About a light they say that shines so clear.
So raise your glass, we'll drink a toast
To the little man who sells you thrills along the pier.
He'll take you up, he'll bring you down,
He'll plant your feet back firmly on the ground.
He flies so high, he swoops so low,
He knows exactly which way he's gonna go.
Timothy Leary.
Timothy Leary.

He'll take you up, he'll bring you down,
He'll plant your feet back on the ground.
He flies so high, he swoops so low.
Timothy Leary.

He'll fly his astral plane,
He'll take you trips around the bay,
He'll bring you back the same day.
Timothy Leary.
Timothy Leary.
Timothy Leary.
Timothy Leary.
Timothy Leary.
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Classic, timeless, ground-breaking artistry that resonates today almost as much as it did the first time I heard it my Freshman year in high school in 1968.  In the summer of 1972 I heard this entire album (and all their others up to that point) during one of my first acid trips and had what I can only say was a spiritual awakening of consciousness that altered the trajectory of my life. "Psychedelic" became more than just an adjective for music & culture, but rather a label for something I could not effectively articulate then and now. Definitely a "you had to be there" experience that has very clearly stayed with me some four decades since I flew so high and swooped so low and discovered exactly where I could go.

But I digress.

For hardcore Moody Blues fans, they were rock & roll hall of famers decades before the actual Hall got around to begrudgingly giving them the nod. It never mattered to us except for a matter of pride for our heroes. Timothy Leary's dead, but the Moodies fly on forever.
   
This would have been a fantastic instrumental.
with the current psychedelic renaissance and research,  i love how timothy leary and the moody blues are enjoying having the last laugh.
50 years on and it's still trippin'
memories....
I wonder if this song was played at Timothy Leary's funeral.
 TerryS wrote:
Dense texturally, chord and key changes, acid oriented, raga flavored, post engineered post mortem.
Oi'll give it foive, (which equals10.)
Plus 6 points to anyone who remembers the second sentence reference. 
 
Janice Nicholls on Juke Box Jury, right?  An'  Oi'll Boiy it...  :) 

Psychonaut extraordinaire TL!
Oh, and happy legalization, Canada!
is there a finer way to start a foggy Saturday than with a hit of the Moody Blues?
 astonaz972 wrote:
saw them at the isle of Wight festival in the 70s mind-blowing rock and roll forever .Still smashed :)
 
Saw them in Chicago right after Every Good Boy Deserves Favor came our and they blew the roof off of the old place. (Forgot what it was called. So long ago, so lost in the fog.)
 GypsyD wrote:
RIP Ray Thomas, just missed the band's induction, after 54 years playing, and 29 years qualified for the bogus 'award'.  His tribute to Doctor Tim will live forever! 
Tribute to Ray Thomas- Early video of Legend

 Legend- Live at Red Rocks

RIP Ray Thomas, just missed the band's induction, after 54 years playing, and 29 years qualified for the bogus 'award'.  His tribute to Doctor Tim will live forever! 
Tribute to Ray Thomas- Early video of Legend

saw them at the isle of Wight festival in the 70s mind-blowing rock and roll forever .Still smashed :)
Drugs were not involved in the production of this song.
One of the most brilliant rock songs ever written. Certainly in the top few prog rock songs.
 ahess247 wrote:
If I never hear another Moody Blues song it will be too soon.
 

Totally agree.   This was quite a comedown from the previous song, Talk Talk’s I Believe in You.  
 Rockit9 wrote:
WTF were these guys on?
 
Amazing talent.
SUCH a good song.
WTF were these guys on?
 boxofrain wrote:
Thanks for this one.  The younger RP listeners cannot imagine how great this song was in those times so many years ago now.

 
Headphones, beanbag chair, floating away listening to this song. Yep. So long ago...
Now, listening on computer speakers at work. *sigh*
 Hannio wrote:

Because founder Jann Wenner doesn't like the Moody Blues.  It's his private clubhouse and he gets to choose who's in and who's out.

 
Now they are.
 maxjboxer wrote:
The Moody Blues are not in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame!   WTF??

 
Because founder Jann Wenner doesn't like the Moody Blues.  It's his private clubhouse and he gets to choose who's in and who's out.
 maxjboxer wrote:
The Moody Blues are not in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame!   WTF??

 
Because founder Jann Wenner doesn't like the Moody Blues.  It's a private clubhouse and he gets to choose who's in and who's out.
If I never hear another Moody Blues song it will be too soon.
It's amazing that they knew in advance that someday Timothy Leary would be dead.
The Moody Blues are not in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame!   WTF??
 boxofrain wrote:
Thanks for this one.  The younger RP listeners cannot imagine how great this song was in those times so many years ago now.

 
Not was great. Is great. I think the young pups can get that by themselves. However, you may want to explain who Timothy Leary is...
 scraig wrote:


 
That's pretty much what I see 30 minutes before getting a migraine.
Thanks for this one.  The younger RP listeners cannot imagine how great this song was in those times so many years ago now.
The tune in, the turn on and the drop out came via the smart phone
What is the equivalent of "I inhaled"?

"I dropped"?  
{#Cheesygrin} 

 scraig wrote:


 
Yeah, pretty much.


It must be 10 years since I heard this last. Nice....
Saw t Moodies twice . Once at Kleinhans Music Hall , Buffalo, NY,  with infinite leg room. Kleinhans is world class acoustics.

rating: 9 

 I was 15 when this album came out and yes I had some kool aid LOL

 

kcar wrote:


LOL. I had the same itch while I was reading "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test"...until I got to the part where someone goes into a psychotic break during a trip and doesn't come out of it. 

 


Dense texturally, chord and key changes, acid oriented, raga flavored, post engineered post mortem.
Oi'll give it foive, (which equals10.)
Plus 6 points to anyone who remembers the second sentence reference. 
 Skydog wrote:
I never bought a Moody Blues album, they played this one on the radio so much I didn't need to
 

 
I did that with a lot of albums.  Now I wish I had bought many of those albums.  Big holes in my collection because of that.

This is not one of those albums though.  Have both the vinyl and the CD. 
 MM_Oz wrote:
Good score Bill... segue from David Bowie and Lazarus... stroke of genius ' onya

 
No kidding. And dare we forget the recently passed Dan Hicks-I see a theme here, Bill...Cool. Glen Frey soon?
Good score Bill... segue from David Bowie and Lazarus... stroke of genius ' onya
I never bought a Moody Blues album, they played this one on the radio so much I didn't need to
 
This following Lazarus, f@$!ing brilliant! 
 AhhtheMusic wrote:
First time I heard this I was around 12.  This song made me want to do acid before I ever had....who says music doesn't lead people to drugs?!

 
LOL. I had the same itch while I was reading "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test"...until I got to the part where someone goes into a psychotic break during a trip and doesn't come out of it. 
 FrankRizzo wrote:
So in the 15 years since the first post to this song back in 2003, there have been only 21 additional posts besides mine. Not surprisingly of course one of them belong to @Lazarus. Pretty amazing. I guess the trippy songs (and fans) are dying out with the boomers.

+3 ppl posted as I was typing this, go figure+

 
WHAT? its 2018 already? wow man! i musta tripped out there for a while{#Sleep}
(3 years or so i guess)
LOL
Silly me! I thought "ooh a Beatles track I actually like"
good to wake up to  : )
 FrankRizzo wrote:
So in the 15 years since the first post to this song back in 2003, there have been only 21 additional posts besides mine. Not surprisingly of course one of them belong to @Lazarus. Pretty amazing. I guess the trippy songs (and fans) are dying out with the boomers.

+3 ppl posted as I was typing this, go figure+

 
Maybe you're right about this. But, as much as I engaged in the adventuring referenced in this piece, the Moody Blues always struck me as trying too hard to be psychedelic, without somehow making the case that they were there (obviously, in my and only my opinion). Other bands in some sense brought the experience into a broader context in a way the this band never did for me. I like the sound of this band, but in some ways they never broke through the barrier.
So in the 15 years since the first post to this song back in 2003, there have been only 21 additional posts besides mine. Not surprisingly of course one of them belong to @Lazarus. Pretty amazing. I guess the trippy songs (and fans) are dying out with the boomers.

+3 ppl posted as I was typing this, go figure+
I love the Moody Blues!
First time I heard this I was around 12.  This song made me want to do acid before I ever had....who says music doesn't lead people to drugs?!
wow, this is a lovely relic
everything the Moody Blues did was beautiful 
 WonderLizard wrote:
About the only quarrel I had with the band at this time was Ray Thomas's falsetto on some of the choruses, like this one. Like nails on a blackboard. Otherwise, what a great band.

 
I'm pretty sure it was John Lodge that did the higher (pun intended) voice range in their songs.
I haven't done acid in 12 years but this was a staple...
 
     Far-out Bill !
Saw Leary speak/perform twice. First at LSU about 1977. Can't remember what he said, but I remember the room packed to overflowing and everyone intent on hearing him.

A few years later, took my wife to see him on his unfortunate stand-up tour, stopping in San Francisco. I don't remember enjoying it, and my wife hated it. What I'd thought be an interesting thoughtful presentation was a comedy hack.

 
Great to hear this on a Moody Blues kind of Birthday, as the snow piles up outside, smells start to come from the stove, nice buzz on...
Work just does not matter at this point.
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song...
Oh boy, Timothy Leary's back!! It's been quite a trip, Bill  {#Sunny}
the original progressive rockers.. {#Cheers}
About the only quarrel I had with the band at this time was Ray Thomas's falsetto on some of the choruses, like this one. Like nails on a blackboard. Otherwise, what a great band.
 Poacher wrote:
British Army LSD Test
 
Great post!  Thanks for that!
That is absolutely magnificent. Is it Ok to call that program rock? Glorious prog rock....

Classic - can't believe it's so rarely played on RP?! 

 Hawker wrote:
Great song,especially the flute and mellotron sounds.
If you really want to understand what T Leary was about,read his book "Flashback". His early work with prisoners and LSD was very intresting. Too bad the media focused on the lifestyle.
 
I always loved the scene in the book where he was being admitted to the California prison system, and the official giving him the psych test coughed and noted that he had written a couple of the psych tests he was being administered!
The variety of RP can't be beat.  But on those weeks where I'm listening every day, most all day, I do sometimes wish for some song(s) that come out of the blue.

When I heard this, I thought to myself that I didn't remember this being played on RP before.  Looks like it's not a frequent visitor to the playlist.  I rate it an 8, and will keep my rating there or higher as long as it only gets played once a month or so.
Brilliant set DJ! (many bows)
Massive Attack
Arcade Fire
Moody B's
they flow along beautifully, Super sounds, thankyou 
Great song,especially the flute and mellotron sounds. If you really want to understand what T Leary was about,read his book \"Flashback\". His early work with prisoners and LSD was very intresting. Too bad the media focused on the lifestyle.