THE MOODY BLUES Days Of Future Passed (Deluxe Edition) (1967) + In Search Of The Lost Chord (Deluxe Edition) (1968)


Days Of Future Passed (Deluxe Edition) (1967)
In Search Of The Lost Chord (Deluxe Edition) (1968)
Two Psychedelic Definers

The Moodies made some great LPs after these two releases, but as a full, glorious, swirling document of the beginnings of the psychedelic era, few albums hit the psych sweet spot quite like Days Of Future Passed and In Search Of The Lost Chord. With all of music’s excesses that would soon follow, it’s hard to fully appreciate the extremes both band and label went to in 1967 – including the expense of a full orchestra – to realize the group’s grand design. The idea was actually kick-started by Deram Records, who wanted a classically oriented rock record – a rock version of Dvorak’s “New World Symphony,” to be precise – to help push the all new concept of “stereo” in the UK. Before the experiment was through, however, The Moodies convinced the label to invest in their vision of a classical rock record instead. It was the strength of new Justin Hayward compositions, “Nights In White Satin” and “Tuesday Afternoon,” both of which would later heat up the charts, that would seal the deal. It took The Beatles to expand the expectations of what a beat combo could do, but The Moody Blues advanced the notion a step further, and they did it with their own ideas – an important distinction in an era when far too many simply mimicked what The Beatles had already re-invented.

For In Search Of The Lost Chord, the band immediately moved past the classical/rock fusion when they introduced a Mellotron into their ranks, solely to enhance the group’s dynamics without the insanely expensive cost of an orchestra. The instrument immediately became synonymous with 1967, psychedelia and the era in general. In Search Of The Lost Chord is still my favorite of the Moodies albums, as it possesses serious, studious craftsmanship, but reeks of innocence and experimentation – not to mention the memorable tunes buried in the lush surroundings. It’s filled with English eccentricities, Indian influence, mystically poetic nonsense (perfect for drug consumption) and a surprising variety as distinct as the personalities of the individual bandmembers. Besides… isn’t it quaint to hear drums (occasionally) exiled to just one side of the stereo spectrum again? The bonus disc includes a bunch of cool, alternate mixes (along with some live BBC recordings). Days is mostly limited to mono & BBC versions, but the hard copy Deluxe Edition also boasts a 5.1 Surround Mix. I’ve read there’s also a 5.1 for In Search Of…, but it wasn’t released in the US. Amazon’s got one and the other.


Days Of Future Passed (Deluxe Edition)
1
The Day Begins/Morning Glory (5:51
)
Dawn: Dawn Is A Feeling (3:49)
The Morning: Another Morning (3:56)
Lunch Break: Peak Hour (5:30)
The Afternoon: Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?)/Time To Get Away (8:24)
Evening: The Sun Set/Twilight Time (6:41)
The Night: Nights In White Satin (7:27)
2
Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon) (Alternate Mix)
(4:21)
Dawn Is A Feeling (Alternate Mix) (2:20)
The Sun Set (Alternate Version Without Orchestra) (2:50)
Twilight Time (Alternate Vocal Mix) (2:29)
Nights In White Satin (Mono Single Master) (4:28)
Fly Me High (Mono Single Master) (2:55)
I Really Haven’t Got The Time (Mono Single Master) (3:10)
Love And Beauty (Mono Single Master) (2:25)
Leave This Man Alone (Mono Single Master) (3:00)
Cities (Mono Single Master) (2:26)
Long Summer Days (1967 Studio Recording) (3:15)
Please Think About It (1967 Studio Recording) (3:44)
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (BBC Radio Sessions) (2:24)
Love And Beauty (BBC Radio Sessions) (2:13)
Leave This Man Alone (BBC Radio Sessions) (2:53)
Peak Hour (BBC Radio Sessions) (3:23)
Nights In White Satin (BBC Radio Sessions) (3:49)
Fly Me High (BBC Radio Sessions) (2:47)
Twilight Time (BBC Radio Sessions) (2:08)

In Search Of The Lost Chord (Deluxe Edition)
1
Departure
(0:45)
Ride My See-Saw (3:39)
Dr. Livingstone, I Presume (2:59)
House Of Four Doors, Pt. 1 (4:13)
Legend Of A Mind (6:37)
House Of Four Doors, Pt. 2 (1:47)
Voices In The Sky (3:29)
The Best Way To Travel (3:14)
Visions Of Paradise (4:16)
The Actor (4:39)
The Word (0:49)
Om (5:50)
2
Departure (Alternate Mix)
(0:56)
The Best Way To Travel (Additional Vocal Mix) (4:04)
Legend Of A Mind (Alternate Mix) (6:45)
Visions Of Paradise (Instrumental Version) (4:32)
What Am I Doing Here? (Original Version) (3:56)
The Word (Mellotron Mix) (1:03)
Om (Extended Version) (6:09)
A Simple Game (Justin Hayward Vocal Mix) (3:28)
King And Queen (1968 Studio Recording) (3:56)
Doctor Livingstone, I Presume (BBC ‘Top Gear’ Radio Show) (2:59)
Voices In The Sky (BBC ‘Top Gear’ Radio Show) (3:54)
The Best Way To Travel (BBC ‘Top Gear’ Radio Show) (3:40)
Ride My See-Saw (BBC ‘Top Gear’ Radio Show) (3:51)
Tuesday Afternoon (BBC ‘The Afternoon Pop Show’) (3:26)
A Simple Game (Single B-Side) (3:45)

 

8 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    May 26, 2011 - 13:32 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    Jim
    October 15, 2011 - 14:51 | Permalink

    Magnificent!
    More Moodies Please!!!!!

  • 3
    Etihad Eidos
    August 7, 2012 - 15:29 | Permalink

    Thanks for the share. “In Search Of The Lost Chord” was a big album in my house. Still think of my Dad when I hear it. Looking forward to this!

  • 4
    paraquad
    October 27, 2012 - 04:18 | Permalink

    Thankyou Willard Great Music Happy Memories.

  • 5
    Anonymous
    September 18, 2013 - 22:28 | Permalink

    could the DOFP post be put on ZS by any chance…?

  • 6
    joe
    October 6, 2013 - 12:07 | Permalink

    The Moodys would be a GREAT choice for one of your Bonus Tracks compilations.

  • 7
    November 8, 2013 - 16:48 | Permalink

    Apparently they never made a quad version of In Search of the Lost Chord, so there is no 5.1 surround version of that particular album. They developed the 5.1 SACDs and 2013 Timeless Flight surround DVDs from the quad masters. The deluxe edition still has an excellent stereo SACD layer though, that’s worth listening to. :)

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