The Moody Blues “Days of Future Passed”

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#225 in the Series) is The Moody Blues, Days of Future Passed.

When listening back to this album the first thing that hits me is “This was 1967!”  I remember hearing some of the hit songs on the radio when I was a kid. I wish I would have remembered more what people were saying about the release.  This was definitely ahead of his time stuff.   How many bands had orchestral arrangements in their music?

I was thinking which other acts featured an orchestra ‘back in the day.’  I came up with Procol Harem (Live), Pink Floyd (Ummagumma), Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Pictures at an Exhibition), King Crimson (Court of the Crimson King.)  Please list more below if you can think of some.

‘Nights in White Satin’ was a mega hit while ‘Tuesday Afternoon’ didn’t do too badly as well.  This I did not know. .. While the album was released in 1967, ‘Nights in White Satin’ was a hit single in 1972. By then, the Moody Blues had released five more albums.

Days of Future Passed was based on a day in the life of an ‘everyman.’ It took us thru songs such as “The Day Begins,” “Dawn,” “The Morning,” “Lunch Break,” “Afternoon,” “Evening” and “Night.” Here’s how they were actually titled.

Track Listing

Side One

  1. The Day Begins (4:08): “Morning Glory” (1:42) (Peter Knight & The Moody Blues) (Graeme Edge) (unlisted track) – 5:51
  2. Dawn (0:38): “Dawn is a Feeling” (3:10) (Mike Pinder) – 3:49
  3. The Morning (0:21): “Another Morning” (3:34) (Ray Thomas) – 3:56
  4. Lunch Break (1:53): “Peak Hour” (3:40) (John Lodge) – 5:33

Side Two

  1. The Afternoon: “Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?)” (5:06) (Justin Hayward) (contains the unlisted track “(Evening) Time to Get Away” (3:17), composed by John Lodge) – 8:23
  2. Evening (0:38): “The Sunset” (2:38) (Pinder) / “Twilight Time” (3:23) (Thomas) – 6:40
  3. The Night: “Nights in White Satin” (5:38) (Hayward) / “Late Lament” (1:46) (Graeme Edge) (unlisted track) – 7:24

Personnel

  • Justin Hayward: Acoustic and electric guitars, piano, keyboards, vocals.
  • John Lodge: Bass guitar, electric guitar, vocals.
  • Mike Pinder: Keyboards, mellotron, piano, vocals, (including spoken).
  • Ray Thomas: Flutes, horns, percussion, keyboards, vocals.
  • Graeme Edge: Drums, percussion, vocals.
  • Peter Knight: Conductor, arrangements.
  • The London Festival Orchestra.

Day of Future Passed peaked at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Album (1972)

‘Tuesday Afternoon’ peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 (1968)

‘Nights in White Satin’ Peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 (1972)

PETITION TO INDUCT THE MOODY BLUES INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

OFFICIAL MOODY BLUES WEBSITE: www.moodyblues.co.uk

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