Days of Future Passed Live
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The Moody Blues classic 1967 album Days Of Future Passed is regarded as one of the foundation stones of the progressive rock genre. 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. 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. This is without doubt the definitive live version of this much loved album and will be treasured by fans of The Moody Blues for years to come.
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)
Blu-ray Track Listing
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
Remembering Days Of Future Passed Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge discuss the making of this classic album.
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1969 – Caught Live +5
1970 – Isle Of Wight
1991 – Live At Montreux
1992 – Live At Red Rocks
2000 – Royal Albert Hall
2005 – Lovely To See You
Each concert is different and memorable, but this latest set from May of 2017 with a full orchestra at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts in Toronto really shines.
Recreating and celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘Days Of Future Passed”, the Moody Blues are in perfect form – possibly more, despite the lack of Mike Pinder and the sad passing of Ray Thomas. There are four support members to make up the difference without outshining Hayward, Lodge and Edge.
The concert is magically lit with laser and spotlights, a perfectly arranged band and orchestra and a huge panoramic screen in the back showcasing psychedelic photos, videos and all album covers – sometimes moving about. The ‘spoken word’ of Graeme Edge is done by a prerecorded actor Jeremy Irons on the back screen with so much emphasis on the words, it adds immense magic and gravity to the presentation.
The concert begins with nine classic Moody Blues songs from over the decades before it jumps in ‘Days Of Future Passed’. Then it really becomes interesting. The entire album is played exactly as on the album, but each song is done from start to finish without any overlap or direct sequencing. One really gets to appreciate the orchestral versions played note for note by the orchestra. The back screen portrays amazing photos and videos representing parts of one day – morning to night - the theme of the album.
The camera work is stellar with shots of the members of the orchestra and the audience without too much emphasis on either. It really is one of their best live performances ever recorded. Of course, there has to be the classic encore of ‘Question’ and ‘Ride My See Saw’. It is a grand finale to a spectacular event.
Blu-Ray also includes generous interviews with Hayward, Lodge and Edge describing what it was like to record this classic album. There are also lots of ‘set-up’ options. The sound is so crystal clear and the video is hypnotizing.
We still miss Mike Pinder and Ray Thomas; Rest In Peace.
Safe to say, this performance took me back to innumerable moments in my life when I wished I could emulate the philosophies set forth in the music, or relive the rapture of the music. The "Core 7" albums came and went and I was forced to grow up (a bit). I married, became a Christian and did most of the nerve wracking tasks that we all took for granted. I still found solace with my earphones and beanbag chair after everyone had gone to bed. The Moody Blues were a fairly significant part of my life, and to see them perform again at such a high level was a joy. It was a little like having old friends show up in my living room, unannounced.
This concert is almost exclusively "Days of Future Passed" album performed entirely from start-to-finish, and then an encore at the end with (2) tracks: "Question" & "Ride MY See Saw".
Upon review of this DVD track listing, apparently I missed a bunch of tracks/performances that were not aired on PBS 02DEC2017.
I'm thinking I'll order this Blu-Ray so I can watch it again & again