1967. The Beatles were working on Sergeant Pepper, the Rolling Stones were getting busted and going psychedelic, Pink Floyd were wowing them down at the UFO, Timothy Leary was advising the world's youth to "turn on, tune in, drop out," art was exploding with extravagant flashes of colour, light shows were swirling, flowers were for wearing, life was for living and to be young was a treasure and an opportunity. Magic was in the air. And in a studio in London, the five members of the Moody Blues gathered to fashion a portion of that magic into an album the like of which the world had never heard. The result was this still remarkable collaboration of rock band and orchestra, featuring a collection of strong songs and musical themes, outstanding among which is, of course, their hit single, 'Nights In White Satin.' The latter is widely recognised as one of the best singles in the history of recorded music. The whole album is one of the finest artefacts of a revolutionary musical era. In the current age of cynicism it's fashionable to dismiss the Moody Blues as limp, lame, hippy has-beens. Personally, I rate them as among the all-time great British rock bands and find their albums still fresh, enjoyable and relevant after all these years. This album stands up remarkably well, taking us through a day from sunrise to night with every note, phrase and lyric perfectly judged to create what is arguably the first themed rock album. The quality of the musicianship from the band members is amazing. This was a band who could genuinely play real instruments. Their voices combine beautifully too. A true classic, still capable of rekindling the magic of a golden era of optimism and wonder.