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DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED

The Moody Blues

 

Crossover Prog

4.15 | 528 ratings

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PinkYesGongMachine
5 stars The Moody Blues. Are they prog or psychedelic? I think both. The Moodies are a band that comes out of the psychedelic movement and helped pioneer the prog movement.

Days of Future Passed is an album that is - and I don't say this lightly - a a work of art for music in any genre. This album is very integrating when it comes to symphonic and rock music.

The opening symphonic pieces are movements of incredible atmosphere leading into the Dawn: Dawn Is A Feeling. The elements of stunningly beautiful music are in perfect order here. Very similar to Procol Harum, as are many songs on this album.

The way songs flow into each other makes this obvious concept album a very moving experience. The upbeat "Morning" is very 60s and could be considered "dated", but still delivers a meaningful expression of life for anyone. It reminds me a a bit of the Beatles.

Although Lunch Break is a bit of a silly symphony piece that you may find in an old 60s film or cartoon, it does tend to change pace and develop into a driving rock number that is a very groovy tune that would not be out of place on any psychedelic album created in the hippie era, but the Moodies are so tight and the harmonies are so brilliant that it goes above and beyond most psychedelic music, but it implements elements of prog.

Reaching "Tuesday Afternoon", we come to what I refer to as power side of the album. Three masterworks in secession. This is the Moody Blues that you know and feel. The first "side" is almost an appetizer for the meal of the second. After the classic "Tuesday Afternoon", another sensational track "Twilight Time" comes in and brings the album to another level.

This leads us to the "pop hit", the hot single, but the perfect ending for such an amazing album, "Nights In White Satin." This song has been commercialized and radio-played death, but never loses its original power. And, like "He Ain't Heavy", this is an extremely powerful song for any generation. One of the greatest albums with one of the greatest codas of all-time is how I describe the Moody Blues' Days of Future Passed.

Overall, this is a mind-blowing, masterwork of precision musicianship, layered harmonies and the perfect blend of classical symphonic music with 60s psych, creating a Prog Epic, a piéce de résistance!

PinkYesGongMachine | 5/5 |

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