Title - 'Days of Future Passed Live' (2CD)
Artist - The Moody Blues
For those not in the know, although I would assume that figure isn't too high, The Moody Blues are an English rock band formed in Birmingham, England in 1964.
They first came to prominence playing rhythm and blues music, but their second album, Days of Future Passed, which was released in 1967, was a fusion of rock with classical music and established them as pioneers in the development of art rock and progressive rock.
The band became known internationally with singles including "Go Now", "Nights in White Satin", "Tuesday Afternoon", and "Question". They have been awarded 18 platinum and gold discs. The Moody Blues have sold 70 million albums worldwide.
Indeed, they will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
The aforementioned Moody Blues classic 1967 album Days Of Future Passed is regarded as one of the foundation stones of the progressive rock genre. It has even been described as a "landmark" and "one of the first successful concept albums" ever.
In 2017, the band headed out on the album's 50th Anniversary Tour including the wonderful show captured at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts in Toronto accompanied by a full orchestra. Released now via Eagle Rock Records, Day of Future Passed Live is not only on double CD, but also in both Blu-ray and DVD formats.
Part One The Moody Blues In Concert
1. I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)
2. The Voice
3. Steppin' In A Slide Zone
4. Say It With Love
6. Your Wildest Dreams
7. Isn't Life Strange
8. I Know You're Out There Somewhere
9. The Story In Your Eyes
Part Two Days Of Future Passed Live
10. The Day Begins
11. Morning Glory
12. Dawn (Prelude)
13. Dawn Is A Feeling
14. The Morning (Prelude)
15. Another Morning
16. Lunch Break (Prelude)
17. Peak Hour
18. Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)
19. Evening (Time To Get Away)
20. The Sun Set (Prelude)
21. The Sun Set
22. Twilight (Prelude)
23. Twilight Time
24. Late Lament
25. Nights In White Satin
26. The Night (Finale)
28. Ride My See-Saw
The concert begins with the band by themselves performing a selection of classic Moody Blues tracks before they are joined by the orchestra to perform Days Of Future Passed in its entirety, plus a couple of fantastic encore tracks.
Featuring narration performed by Jeremy Irons and, on the Blu-ray and DVD versions of this wondrous release, atmospheric projections galore that, one and all, transport you back to the psychedelic era of their classic 1967 record, this new live show is as good as it gets now for all fans of The Moody Blues.
Including the iconic hits “Nights in White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon”, among others, the show pays homage to the band’s five decades of musical influence and showcases their groundbreaking foray into progressive rock.
And aside from their noted hits segment of the show, this retelling of the entire Days of Future Passed is truly magnificent. The entire album's music featured psychedelic rock ballads, all brought forth from the mind of the great singer-songwriter and guitarist Justin Hayward, sure, but for me it was always the Mellotron (played by keyboardist Mike Pinder) that had be hooked.
An influential work of the counterculture period, and one of the defining documents of the blossoming psychedelic era, along with being one of the most enduringly popular albums of its era, Days of Future Passed Live (2CD) is, without a shadow of a doubt, the definitive live version of this much loved album.
The Moody Blues: Justin Hayward (guitar, vocals); John Lodge (bass, vocals); Graeme Edge (drums, percussion).
With: Norda Mullen (flute, guitar, percussion, vocals); Julie Ragins (keyboards, percussion, guitar, saxophone, vocals); Alan Hewitt (keyboards, vocals); Billy Ashbaugh (drums, percussion); and Elliot Davis (musical director, conductor and co-arranger).
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