What does it sound like?:
Days Of Future Passed was one of the first prog albums I ever bought, albeit not until about five years after its release, and it was also my introduction to the music of The Moody Blues. Not only that, it was, I believe, one of the first ‘orchestral’ rock albums, even having the orchestra playing on the album credited alongside the band.
That was all a long time ago, and to celebrate the record’s fiftieth anniversary, the remaining three band members (Mike Pinder and the now late Ray Thomas had long since retired), performed the entire work, once again accompanied by a full blown orchestra.
The concert begins though with the band themselves running through some of their other material, such as I’m Just A Singer in a Rock n Roll Band, and the sublime Isn’t Life Strange – they still sound great, despite the passing of the years.
The main event sees a full rendition of Days Of Future Passed, which hasn’t aged a bit – those not familiar with the album, which charts the course of a day from dawn till night time, will probably at the very least know Tuesday Afternoon and of course Nights in White Satin, but the whole thing is full of equally good music. Jeremy Irons helps out with the talky bits, and it’s pretty much a note perfect rendition.
Finally, we get a couple of encores of Question and Ride My See-saw, followed by a decent documentary with the band reminiscing on the making of the album all those years ago.
What does it all *mean*?
I’d forgotten how much I liked this album, not having heard it for a long, long time, and how it introduced me to the joys of the band’s other albums in that prolific and fertile era, which sadly now seem to be largely neglected and forgotten.
Goes well with…
Growing old gracefully.
Might suit people who like…
Other Moodies albums, melodic prog.