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DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED

The Moody Blues

 

Crossover Prog

4.14 | 549 ratings

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CCVP
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5 stars My introduction to Moody Blues

This album right here is absolutely fascinating. It is the center of the argument about beginning of progressive rock (some say this is the starting kick, and some say its the first King Crimson album, In the Court of the Crimson King) and i think people are right to think that Days of Future Passed is the true beginning of progressive rock, and lets see why wile talking about its great music.

One interesting fact is that Days of Future Passed almost did not made it because the record label executives thought that mixing rock music and symphonic music was disastrous: it would not sell to its destined audience (the rock fans), would alienate them (the rock fans) and would enrage the symphonic music fans (because it mixed symphonic music with a lower kind of music). Probably this is the reason why this album is praised as the first progressive rock album: because it was the first album able to join rock music and symphonic music and making something completely different, innovative and groundbreaking: rock music to be listened and not to be danced, like symphonic music.

Another thing that signs in favor of this album is that Days of Future Passed is a concept album. Although the concept is not exactly mind blowing but it is a concept. The concept is about the day of a normal person, from his awakening to his sleep.

However, there are some downsides in this album. The band is the normal 60's band and have nothing extraordinary in its music by itself, i mean, the parts where the band plays are sometimes dull, contrasting with the great orchestral passages. The vocals are also not very good, and sometimes even below average because the singer sometimes sings out of tune. Fortunately, good qualities outshines its downsides, making this album a great album to listen.

Like all concept albums, this album must be listened as a whole and it is definitely worth it. The music is great, specially the orchestral pieces and, because of its groundbreaking originality and composition (to progressive rock), i think this album is worth the masterpiece grade.

CCVP | 5/5 |

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