Not a review of the new X-Men movie, starring Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy as Professor X and Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender as Magneto; instead the 1967 concept album The Moody Blues did with the London Festival Orchestra.
My father had this album among others and I wish I’d grabbed the collection before they got rid of it when they moved to Sunny Queensland. (Interestingly I don’t remember similar albums though, Tommy or Sergeant Pepper?). I can remember hearing Days of Future Passed on our HMV record player back in England. It’s the album that gave the world “Nights in White Satin”.
Listening now, it’s a bit twee and flowery in sections, especially the opening “The Day Begins”. Albums like this have been mocked by all and sundry, including the obvious Spinal Tap and other comedy troupes. There’s a feeling of there being a missing animated movie peopled by stereotypical English characterisations somewhere in Youtube land.
But honestly, it’s one of these pieces of music which, like the lyrics say “time stands quite still”; a view into another age, flower power of the late 1960s. The Moody Blues were apparently one of the first to mix orchestral and rock music, which these days seems totally obvious. Back in the day though, the rock and roll music was frowned upon by the establishment.
So, if you want an aural view of the 1960s, you might choose to have a listen to Days of Future Passed.
Found: 22 July
Where: Lost & Found Market, 511 Lygon Street, Brunswick