|To Our Children's Children's Children|
|Studio album by|
|Released||21 November 1969|
|The Moody Blues chronology|
|Singles from To Our Children's Children's Children|
To Our Children's Children's Children is the fifth album by the Moody Blues, released in November 1969. While the single released from it, "Watching and Waiting", did not do well, To Our Children's Children's Children was critically well-received and sold well, reaching number 2 in the UK album chartand number 14 in the US, their best showing yet in that country. "Gypsy (Of a Strange and Distant Time)" became a fan and album oriented rock radio favourite, despite never being released as a single, and remained in the band's concert setlist through the 1970s. The album was mixed and released in both stereo and quadraphonic.
The album was the first released on the group's newly formed Threshold record 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.In the opening track, "Higher and Higher", sound effects of a rocket launching begin the song and last for the first minute. The album was one of those listened to, on cassette tape, by the crew of Apollo 15 in 1971. The album's lushly-produced sound meant that The Moody Blues were only able to perform "Gypsy" live at the time of its release, leading to a creative decision to strip back the production of their next album, A Question of Balance , so that they could perform more of its contents on stage.
|1.||"Higher and Higher"||Graeme Edge||Pinder (narration)||4:07|
|2.||"Eyes of a Child I"||John Lodge||Lodge||3:24|
|4.||"Eyes of a Child II"||Lodge||Lodge||1:20|
|5.||"I Never Thought I'd Live to Be a Hundred"||Justin Hayward||Hayward||1:05|
|7.||"Out and In"||Mike Pinder, Lodge||Pinder||3:50|
|1.||"Gypsy (Of a Strange and Distant Time)"||Hayward||Hayward||3:33|
|3.||"Candle of Life"||Lodge||Lodge, Hayward||4:15|
|4.||"Sun Is Still Shining"||Pinder||Pinder||3:40|
|5.||"I Never Thought I'd Live to Be a Million"||Hayward||Hayward||0:34|
|6.||"Watching and Waiting"||Hayward, Thomas||Hayward||4:16|
|Canada Top Albums/CDs ( RPM )||11|
|French Albums (SNEP)||10|
|Italian Albums ( Musica e Dischi )||19|
|UK Albums (OCC)||2|
|US Billboard 200||14|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
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