DVD review: THE MOODY BLUES – Days of Future Passed – Live

THE MOODY BLUES - Days of Future Passed - Live

Eagle Vision [Release date 23.03.18]

Over the past few years a number of bands that have been releasing records since the 1960’s have reached that impressive milestone that is celebrating 50 years of being together, the other side to this is we are also reaching a number of anniversary editions of landmark albums.

The Moody Blues recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the release of “Days of Future Passed” by embarking on a tour playing the album in its entirety. It was in Toronto that the band recorded this with the addition of a full orchestra.

The first part of the show finds the band’s 3 original members Justin Heyward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge joined by the usual supplementary band members to perform a handful of tracks such as “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock n Roll Band)”, “The Voice”, “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere” and “The Story In Your Eyes”, and for a band formed in 1964 they sound great.

The second part of the show is a swirling mix of trippy backdrops, the orchestra and the classic album in question. When a rock band plays with an orchestra, and it is done properly, it can sound immense- as it does here, it is almost like a film score at times.

With the addition of actor Jeremy Irons on the spoken word tracks “Morning Glory” and “Late Lament”, the interludes all still in place and tracks like “Dawn Is A Feeling”, “Peak Hour”, “Twilight Time“, “Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)” the band literally roll back the decades. However, it is with their best known song “Nights In White Satin” that they absolutely win hands down.

The show closes with encores in the form of “Question” and “Ride My See Saw”, and the fans in Toronto can leave the venue knowing they have witnessed something amazing.

Bonus material on the DVD includes interviews with the band remembering the original 1967 album.  ****

Review by Nikk Gunns



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