DES 18012 Days of Future Passed
Executive producer: Hugh Mendl
Released on November 1967
UK CHART POSITION #27 . . . US CHART POSITION #3 (re-charted #3 in 1972)
Find it at GEMM
DES 18012 cover  

1 967 was a watershed moment in pop music, as the broad horizons of the post-Pet Sounds landscape beckoned to bands like The Beatles, The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones and many others. Each went off in their own directions, Pink Floyd in pursuit of the ultimate sonic acid splash, The Beatles to perfect Britpop in the studio, and the Moodies to make a classical pop record. (The Stones, for their part, tripped and took a noisy tumble down the hill.) While some of the original gilding still shines on Days of Future Passed, the psychedelic precocity of its intent has left a patina that obscures some of the fine handiwork involved in its painstaking fabrication. The London Festival Orchestra, conducted by Peter Knight, might have been the subtle salting needed to bring these songs a better flavor, but mostly it places the Moodies in the middle of Pepperland (though they did arrive there first). The spoken poetry, introduced here for the first time, is the height of pretension, invoking Helios in a Homeric summoning of the dawn as if the sun shined out of their art. And yet, it’s this ambitious pretense to music as classical art that makes Days so compelling. Much of what the Moodies reach for is simply beyond their grasp; “Dawn Is A Feeling” and “Another Morning” are mawkish attempts to merge classical and pop themes. But no amount of failure can diminish the album’s great achievement: “Nights In White Satin.” This was, and remains, one of pop music’s most sublime victories, invoking a majesty that elevated the medium in an instant from popular voice to artistic expression. Not to be overlooked is “Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?),” which introduced the mellotron into the Moodies music and achieved much the same effect as Nights without the strings. The remainder of the record has its moments, “Peak Hour” (despite its remarkably shrill chorus) and “Twilight Time” among them. At this early stage, Justin Hayward’s songs carry the day, while John Lodge and Ray Thomas (whose affection for Eastern sounds here suggests an affinity with George Harrison) search for a suitable muse. That would all be in the past, though, as the Moodies looked forward to a new future where each songwriter found their own voice. It was indeed a new day dawning for the Moodies and for pop music in general. Not bad for a day’s work.

DES 18021 back cover
DES 18021 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. THE DAY BEGINS    5:49
  2. DAWN: DAWN IS A FEELING    (Mike Pinder)    3:49
  3. THE MORNING: ANOTHER MORNING    (Ray Thomas)    3:40
  4. LUNCH BREAK: PEAK HOUR    (John Lodge)    5:16
  5. THE AFTERNOON: FOREVER AFTERNOON (TUESDAY?)    (Justin Hayward)    8:48
  6. EVENING: THE SUN SET / TWILIGHT TIME    (Ray Thomas)    6:14
  7. THE NIGHT: NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN    (Justin Hayward)    7:38

    All music composed by Redwave-Knight (though I'm assuming that means the orchestral parts)

CREDITS

GRAEME EDGE -- drums, vocals
JUSTNI HAYWARD -- guitars, vocals
JOHN LODGE -- bass, vocals
MIKE PINDER -- keyboards, vocals
RAY THOMAS -- flutes, vocals
PETER KNIGHT -- concductor
THE LONDON FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA -- orchestra
Tony Clarke -- realisation
Michael Dacre-Barclay -- realisation
Derek Varnals -- recording engineer
David Antsey -- cover painting

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK November 1967 Deram LP SML 707 red/black label
US 1967 Deram LP DE 10612/DES 18012 avail. in mono/stereo versions
NET 1967 Deram LP 6412 347  
AUS'L   Deram LP SMLA 707  
FRA 1967? Deram LP 258058  
GER   Deram LP AML 707  
ISR   Pax LP ISK 1070  
UK 1972? Deram LP SML 707 brown/white label reissue
US September 1972 Deram LP DES 18012 brown/white label reissue
JPN 1973 Deram LP K18P31 insert
JPN 1982 Deram LP L20P-1042 lyric insert
CAN 1980s Deram LP DES 18012  
US   Deram LP/CD/CS 820 006  
US   Mobile Fidelity LP MFSL-1-042 original master recording
WW 1997 Universal CD 844 767 digital remaster
JPN 1997 Deram CD UICY-9210 digital remaster
US May 20, 1998 DTS CD/CS VLE4418TC DTS 5.1 surround sound
US September 30, 1998 Mobile Fidelity CD UDCD-512 gold Ultradisc original master recording
JPN July 2, 2002 Polygram Int'l CDLE   ltd. ed. (5,000 copies) digital remaster

 

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