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DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED

The Moody Blues

 

Crossover Prog

4.14 | 500 ratings

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friso
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4 stars The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed (1967)

This is for sure one of the most prestigious projects of the sixties. A former beat-band introducing the mellotron to the public, whilst combining it's adoring sound with a full-blown orchestra! Moreover, the Moody Blues made it a concept album about a day in the life. The songs resolve around parts of the day, morning, afternoon, ect. The opening and ending section is played by the orchestra and there's also some poetry. The role within the songs for the orchestra is often minimal, but always functional.

The sound of the Moody Blues is really classic on this lp. The mellotrons sound really warm and the band has a 'thick' sound. Often parts don't sound to clear, but the power of music compensates. The vocals are great and the songwriting, especially on side two is very strong. Most of the song show symphonic prog ideas, whilst combing it with beautiful song-writing craftmanship. My favorites are Tuesday Afternoon, Twilight Time and ofcourse the impressive version of Nights in White Satin.

Conclusion. This project is very special, not only for it's very early release, but also for it's totally original concept. As far as I'm aware this is the first rockband-orchestra project in the history of music. It might also be the first concept album of rock-music. The symphonic sound and some other progressive features make this a real treat for fans of the early prog. This album is recommended to this group of proto-proggers and those interested in early prog and the development of the genre. Four stars, though I must admit the side one deserves only three stars.

friso | 4/5 |

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