Esoteric Antenna, a label of the Cherry Red Records Group, is releasing 10,000 Light Years Ago, the new studio album by Moody Blues singer and bassist John Lodge on May 5 in the U.S. and in Canada (with distribution via MVD Entertainment); and on May 4 in the UK. The title track, “10,000 Light Years Ago,” will be released digitally on April 14. 10,000 Light Years Ago is Lodge’s second solo album. His first solo album, Natural Avenue, was released in 1977, and was recently reissued on CD and vinyl by Esoteric Recordings.
A member of the Moody Blues since 1966, Lodge has written such hit songs for the band such as “Peak Hour,” “Ride My See Saw,” “The Eyes of a Child,” “Isn’t Life Strange,” “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock & Roll Band),” “Steppin’ in a Slide Zone,” “Gemini Dream” (with Justin Hayward), and many more.
10,000 Light Years Ago also reunites Lodge with special guest contributions from former Moody Blues members - flutist Ray Thomas and keyboardist/mellotron player Mike Pinder on the song “Simply Magic.” Guitarist Chris Spedding also appears on the album, among others. The new collection was recorded at various locations and completed at The Mix Factory studios in Florida.
From the opening song “In My Mind,” to the biographical “Those Days in Birmingham,” the more reflective “Simply Magic” and “Lose Your Love”; to the rock influenced “Crazy,” the jazz–tinged “Love Passed Me By” and the powerful “Get Me Out of Here,” Lodge paints a variety of moods on a fine musical canvas.
Lodge comments; “Back in the 60s, when the dreams of a ‘new generation’ were being born, The Moody Blues wrote a stage show which became the album Days Of Future Passed. The theme encompassed the past, present and future experiences of our lives. When Days Of Future Passed was successful, I knew that our decision to stick to our principles by writing and recording music we felt driven to create, was the right one. Upon reflection, I suppose that in my work with the Moody Blues, and in my solo work, I have continued to stick to that principle.”
Lodge adds, “I think that this theme has continued in the music of the Moody Blues and in my music, and it’s a musical record of our generation travelling through life. With 10,000 Light Years Ago, I have continued this theme of constant evolution, as everything in the future remains in reach, and although the past is behind us, it once was our future.”
For nealy 50 years, the Moody Blues have been one of the most enduring and consistent groups in the world. Their remarkable music has enthralled generations of fans since the 1960’s, and their recorded legacy contains some of the most important and ground breaking work in the history of popular music, having generated more than 70 million sales throughout the world. During the course of their illustrious career the band has earned 18 platinum discs and has won numerous awards, including the NARM Number One World Group Award of 1972, the Playboy Vocal Group of the Year Award, the Golden Ticket Award (for the sale of 100,000 tickets at Madison Square Gardens), as well as ASCAP and Performance Awards, the Ivor Novello Statue (in 1984 for an Outstanding Contribution to British Music), and an enviable place in rock history.
Lodge reflects; “With a guitar, a blank piece of paper and a pen, the musical horizon has always been there. I go wherever the songs take me.”
John Lodge will be on the Timeless Flight – Polydor Years tour as a member of the Moody Blues in April and May in the U.S.; and in June in the UK.
10,000 Light Years Ago track listing is as follows:
In My Mind
Those Days in Birmingham
Get Me Out of Here
Love Passed Me By
Lose Your Love
10,000 Light Years Ago