I Want TOSOL In High Resolution!

Almost unbelievably, The Other Side of Life celebrates its 30th anniversary.  To “celebrate” there is a vinyl release from Friday Music.  I would call it “ok.”  It’s nice to have a clean stamping on a heavy piece of vinyl, but it doesn’t sound any better than the 1986 vinyl if you find one that’s in tip-top shape, so no special remastering.  I find it strange that TOSOL, which did so much to bring attention and revival to the band, never got an upgrade at the 25th anniversary or now.  It should be ripe for it – it was the band’s first DDD release on CD, meaning it was recorded digitally.

I would have expected it would get an SACD or similar release given the import it has in the band’s portfolio.  The Core 7 got the SACD treatment, though one could argue that SACD is out of fasion.   Still, in the Mobile Fidelity days, everything up through Long Distance Voyager saw the gold disc and remaster treatment, but not TOSOL.

We do have the too-expensive box set, The Polydor Years which is almost an update if you imagine TOSOL along with the live concert CD from the accompanying tour, but it’s not truly an update to TOSOL.

So, not one to raise problems without offering solutions – how about a high resolution download?  I would love a high bitrate download of a FLAC or similar file.  This is often the high-end solution these days in place of physical media, and it should be relatively cheap and quick to produce.  And surely there’s an unreleased track or two kicking around, yes?  And if I really had my wish, it’d come with that original painting with the child that was nixed by the band!

Where To Buy

Current catalog and available merchandise

Music and Videos

www.amazon.com or any other major retailer

Mike Pinder‘s store

Tour t-shirts, mugs, etc.


http://johnlodge.com/store for 10,000 Light Years Ago merch

https://shop.justinhayward.com/ for Spirits of the Western Sky merch

Padding out the collection

I’ve used eBay for quite a while – back when if ordering from the UK I had to get a money order from the post office, send it overseas and wait for my item.  Things are much different today and it’s a great way to find rare (or not!) items.


Other places to search around:



Moody Blues / Strange Times Meet and Greet 1999

This was a charity auction win via the OFC.  The only time I’ve really met the band where you could say a few words.

John Lodge / Natural Avenue Signing

Signing his Natural Avenue vinyl reissue for those who attended a Moodies show that year and already had one.

The Moody Blues / Photo Op 2014

VIP tickets that let you get a photo with the band and check out the view onstage (that part was unexpectedly cool!)