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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 on 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" (or Classic Seven) albums from 1967 to 1972, 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 UK and #14 in the US. 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.
"Higher and Higher" (Graeme Edge) - 4:07
"Eyes of a Child I" (John Lodge) - 3:24
"Floating" (Ray Thomas) - 3:02
"Eyes of a Child II" (Lodge) - 1:20
"I Never Thought I'd Live to Be a Hundred" (Justin Hayward) - 1:06
"Beyond" (Edge) - 2:59
"Out and In" (Mike Pinder, Lodge) - 3:50
"Gypsy (Of a Strange and Distant Time)" (Hayward) - 3:33
"Eternity Road" (Thomas) - 4:19
"Candle of Life" (Lodge) - 4:15
"Sun Is Still Shining" (Pinder) - 3:40
"I Never Thought I'd Live to Be a Million" (Hayward) - 0:34
"Watching and Waiting" (Hayward, Thomas) - 4:16
Justin Hayward – vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, sitar
John Lodge – vocals, bass guitar, harp
Ray Thomas – vocals, flute, tambourine, bass flute, oboe
Graeme Edge – drums, percussion
Mike Pinder – vocals, Mellotron, piano, EMS VCS 3, Hammond organ, celesta