This song got screwed. Plain and simple.
Released as a single, it was shredded down to 2:42. How, I don't know. I've never heard the "radio edit" single, and don't want to. I don't see how it made any logical, musical sense. This song must stay intact as a complete package.
It's also not a "radio-friendly" song, anyway. This is a classic album cut from the Moodies, and it is an absolute classic in concert. Justin Hayward continues, even today, 47 years after the original recording, to nail the bridge-like ending of each verse. The crowd loves singing along with the chorus, and the choral jam, and the build-up to it, is so much fun.
The original version is posted below.
The Moody Blues occupy 15 places in our Top 220 songs. Do they occupy the #1 spot? We'll find out on June 23rd. :)