The second album by the Moody Blues
, or the third, depending on who's counting. It is a concept album about hallucinogens, including an ode to Timothy Leary (Ledgend of a Mind). Arguably out-dated, the alum does include a large number of "signs of the times"- a massive yantra
on the inside of the leaf, for instance, the inclusion of very sitar-esque guitar parts, and the final track OM
, which surpasses even George Harrison
's Within You, Without You
in neat quasi-Indian strangeness.
On the whole, it is a totally likeable album. Ray Thomas
's flute playing is absolutely phenomenal, and Mike Pinder manages to create an entire orchestra out of the mellotron
. Also, the cover art by painter Philip Travers
is awesome. The album was released on Deram Records in 1968, and was produced by Tony Clarke.