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To Our Children's Children's Children is the fifth album by The Moody Blues, first issued in late 1969. It was the first album released on the group's newly formed Threshold Records label, which was named after the band's previous album from the same year, On the Threshold of a Dream.
It was inspired by the 1969 moon landing, and the songs centre around the twin themes of space travel and children, with minor-key tonalities and a distinct psychedelic influence.
It is the fourth of what are popularly considered the group's "core seven" albums from 1967-72, and as such represents the peak of their career to some. While the extracted single, "Watching and Waiting", did not do well in that market, To Our Children's Children's Children was critically well-received and sold well, reaching #2 in the United Kingdom and #14 in the United States. The band found most of the songs impossible to perform live, due to extremely lush orchestrations and a great deal of overdubbing. For this reason their following album, A Question of Balance, was more stripped down and basic in instrumentation. This change only lasted for one album and the next, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, saw a return to their earlier orchestral sound.
The 1997 remastering of this disc somewhat improves the sound on the band's most personal album, although the difference is less dramatic than on the other classic seven albums, and fans may miss the lyrics that were formerly included. Oddly enough, this was also the group's poorest-selling album of their psychedelic era, taking a lot longer to go gold -- for all of their presumed connection to their audience, the band was perhaps stretching that link a little thinner than usual here. The material dwells mostly on time and what its passage means, and there is a peculiar feeling of loneliness and isolation to many of the songs. This was also the last of the group's big "studio" sound productions, built up in layer upon layer of overdubbed instruments -- the sound is very lush and rich, but proved impossible to re-create properly on-stage, and after this they would restrict themselves to recording songs that the five of them could play in concert. There are no extended suites on this album, but Justin Hayward's "Watching and Waiting" and "Gypsy" have proved to be among the most popular songs in the group's history. The notes in the new edition also give a good account of how and why the Moody Blues founded their own Threshold label with Children's Children and their growing estrangement from Decca Records.
01."Higher and Higher" (Graeme Edge) - 4:07
02."Eyes of a Child I" (John Lodge) - 3:24
03."Floating" (Ray Thomas) - 2:59
04."Eyes of a Child II" (Lodge) - 1:24
05."I Never Thought I'd Live to be a Hundred" (Justin Hayward) - 1:06
06."Beyond" (Edge) - 2:59
07."Out and In" (Mike Pinder, Lodge) - 3:50
08."Gypsy (Of a Strange and Distant Time)" (Hayward) - 3:33
09."Eternity Road" (Thomas) - 4:19
10."Candle of Life" (Lodge) - 4:15
11."Sun Is Still Shining" (Pinder) - 3:40
12."I Never Thought I'd Live to be a Million (Hayward) - 0:34
13."Watching and Waiting" (Hayward, Thomas) - 4:16