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THE DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED LIVE

The Moody Blues

 

Crossover Prog

4.08 | 3 ratings

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Kingsnake
4 stars Old songs, old voices.

But still it's very great. It's a trip down memorylane. Here Justin, John and Graeme are accompanied by four great musicians to fill up the keyboards/flute/harmony-vocals. The Moodies are way over 70 (!!) years old now, so it's a not a surprise it al sounds a bit sedated. Although the band picks some rocking tracks, it all sounds rather soft. But that's what we already expected, so nothing new here.

CD 1 is a greatest hits, the band runs through their hits from the sixties through the seventies up to the eighties.

But the real treat is CD 2 where the band plays Days of Future Passed in it's entirety, with orchestra(!!!) The band released th original album in 1967, so it's 50 years old (!!!) It's great to hear the difference. And like good wine, it only gets better by aging.

Too bad that Ray Thomas wasn't there to play with them (as is Mike Pinder), because he sadly passed away. I don;t know why Mike doesn't play with the Moodies anymore and if they even asked him to be part of this, but that's a whole other story.

The accompanying band is really tight and I must say I like the female vocals. The baritone voice of Ray Thomas was never replaced, so that's a history-story now.

Anyway: it's great to hear the Moodies do what they do best: play symphonic softrock with so many harmonies. And for a couple of 70-years old geezers, they really deliver a solid live-album.

Kingsnake | 4/5 |

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