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The Moody Blues


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5 stars Here is where HISTORY begins, "Days of Future Passed" is really the first conceptual-progressive rock album, like it or not.

Reformed in 1966 with a new guitar player (Hayward) and a new bassist (Lodge) and also the addition of new instruments (mellotron, the most notable), The Moody Blues recorded this brilliant piece.

There are some dull parts at the first track, "The day begins" and some pretentious moments at the last track, the "Late lament" pseudo-poetry. But the real musical score is fine, the orchestrated parts then doing a good job linking the songs; also singing and playing by band members are awesome.

The story of one day in a person's life is well told and felt:

'Dawn is a feeling' reminds us of that natural indolence when we wake up. Great ballad, soft, almost drowsy. Fine initial orchestrated part. Hayward voice is another instrument here. Ellegant;

'The morning' brings a kind of freshness of beautiful winter days with some funny and happy tunes. Flute intro is awesome and then keyboards enter uplifting the atmosphere. Good lyrics too. Tasteful;

'Lunch break' introduces us inside the frenzy activities of midday hour. Intro is glorious, nervous, it's like being clogged in the city traffic. After a fading moment the song goes to a rocky part delightfully dated in the 60s. Pleasant;

'Tuesday afternoon', almost an epic, the singer's voice decays just like afternoon nearing evening, a marvelous effect. One of the best songs in Moody Blues' roster. Excellent;

'Evening' changes from a posture edging inertia to an optimistic sensation. Many changes and variations, catchy, agreeable. Fair;

'Nights in white satin', probably the most beautiful prog-rock ballad, is candid and gentle, the sadness of a lonely night is perfectly understood. The way the song flows is astonishing and exciting and there's always a background mellotron tune, a kind of registered mark for this marvelous song. Unique.

Really a MASTERPIECE, compulsory for all music fans (not only prog-fans). Total: 5 stars.

Atkingani | 5/5 |


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