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The Moody Blues


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5 stars Days of Future Passed ? 1967 (4.6/5) 13 ? Best Song: The Night: Nights in White Satin

This album has been so wildly hailed and heaped with mass praise that if you've any inkling of interest in art rock or all that jazz, then you're bound to come across it right expediently. I'd deftly wager too that you'd gobble it up like a munchkin, because there really was no album like it about this time. No, Sgt. Pepper was NOT like it. Sgt. Pepper was pop with classical themes. This is totally classical with pop themes. It's this reason exactly that I end up rating the latter a bit higher than the former (blasphemy I know). It's this very album that introduced me to classical music and forced me to enjoy it in its splendors. As much issue you might have with the Moody Blues, no one can ever faithfully deny this album's right to sit well atop the mount in the grand pantheon of rock classics.

Yeah it has some barmy brit poetry and a silly concept that wouldn't make it as a contemporary Andrew Lloyd Webber play, that much is assured, but it is this fascinating naivety which brings me ever closer to their vision. They're not pretentious in the arrogant way. They're precocious little scamps who'd never play twenty minute jam sessions about space wars or space gates or guns on a horse or something. This, excepting the one track which must not be named (okay I'll name it, it's Nights in White Satin) is pure classical, but you could well enough call it classical- light. Their debut sure as hell didn't give much inclination toward this direction now did it? Let's get something straight, mister ? this thing, though dated, has real personality?and yes I created a Moody Blues page solely with the intention of reviewing this record. It's some of the most enduring contemporary classical I ever did hear. There's pop songs hidden in there too and they are sweet, somber, melancholy, and such and so.

A few warnings: For those of you with a real hatred for symphonies, Mozart, or flutes, you might as well go listen to your damn Sex Pistols. I will never in my heart feel comfortable awarding this little sucker as high on the scale as Animals (which openly demolishes it) or higher than Sgt. Pepper (which openly?I'm bat fuck insane). I can't explain it, and I don't think I will be able to any time soon. It's real consistent. Nights in White Satin is unfathomably pretty. Gah, I just lost the internet.

Alitare | 5/5 |


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