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The Present

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This article is about The Moody Blues album. For what's happening now, see Present.Singles from The Present"Blue World" Released: August 1983"Sitting at the Wheel" Released: November 1983"Running Water" Released: March 1984

The Present is the eleventh studio album by The Moody Blues, released in 1983. It is the second album of the Patrick Moraz era. It had three minor hit singles, "Blue World" (#62), "Sitting at the Wheel" (#27) and "Running Water". The album itself features strong compositions, but with a track order designed to capitalise on the legacy of the more successful Long Distance Voyager, with Justin Hayward's songs at the beginning and Ray Thomas' as finales.

The Present also became, in 1983, the first compact disc manufactured worldwide. In November 2008, the album was remastered and released on CD with two extra tracks.

The cover is a pastiche of Maxfield Parrish's famous painting Daybreak, with some subtle details: The "X" that the standing child is giving to the other is said to symbolise the Roman numeral "X", this being the Moody Blues' tenth album (with Lodge and Hayward).

^ Connolly, Dave. The Present at AllMusic^ Somay, Errol (1983-10-27). "The Moody Blues: The Present : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-06-06. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 

Contents

Original track listing1.1 Side One1.2 Side Two1.3 2008 remastered CD expanded edition

Original track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]
"Blue World" (Justin Hayward) – 5:20"Meet Me Halfway" (Hayward, John Lodge) – 4:08"Sitting at the Wheel" (Lodge) – 5:40"Going Nowhere" (Graeme Edge) – 5:33
Side Two[edit]
"Hole in the World" (Lodge) – 1:54"Under My Feet" (Lodge) – 4:51"It's Cold Outside of Your Heart" (Hayward) – 4:27"Running Water" (Hayward) – 3:23"I Am" (Ray Thomas) – 1:40"Sorry" (Thomas) – 5:02
2008 remastered CD expanded edition[edit]

The 2008 release contains two extra tracks:

"Blue World" (Single Edit)" – 3:38"Sitting at the Wheel (Steve Greenberg Remix)" – 7:32

Personnel[edit]

The Moody Blues[edit]
Justin Hayward – vocals, guitarJohn Lodge – vocals, bass guitarRay Thomas – vocals, harmonica, fluteGraeme Edge – drumsPatrick Moraz – keyboards
Additional personnel[edit]
Pip Williams – sequencing

Charts[edit]

Album – Billboard (North America)

Singles - Billboard (North America)