Moody Blues-Seventh Sojourn 40th anniversary

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Along with Jethro Tull‘s #1 seller Thick As a Brick and Close to the Edge by YES, #3 in the U.S., the third jewel in 1972’s triple crown of progressive rock, Seventh Sojourn, comes from the Moody Blues. Rock historians are quick to point out that, with the Beatles two years gone, the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin were vying for the unofficial title of World’s Greatest Rock Band forty years ago. Yet it’s the Moody Blues who were equaled only by  the Beatles in placing two albums in the Top Five sales chart simultaneously when Seventh Sojourn went to #1 in the U.S. along with a grassroots radio revival of Days of Future Passed. Moreover, the Moody Blues’ appeal was so worldwide that they embarked on the longest extended tour in history up to that time, revolutionizing the concert tour industry. However, the price of superstardom from such songs as “Isn’t Life Strange”,”Lost in a Lost World”,”For My Lady”,”New Horizons”, and “I’m Just a Singer in a Rock & Roll Band” turned out to be exceedingly high in karmic cost, as you will here from the Blue Jays, Justin Hayward and John Lodge. -Redbeard