As someone who’s been on the “voyage” from the onset, predating Days of Future Passed, I was slow to purchase the box set. I smugly thought I pretty much had heard it all and filled in the blanks with the emergence of You Tube and iTunes. My resolve dissolved when an email from Universal Music dropped into my inbox on May 31st. I ordered the same evening and by June 5th the lovely parcel from Amazon UK sat propped against my door when I arrived home. Amazing job of shipping across the pond! Did I mention I also saved 44.20 GBP? Amazon UK is absolutely peerless, my favorite vendor.
Very pleased I had the change of heart. While there may not be new material within the collection, the box set presentation is exceptional. Not particularly into posters, badges, photos, or bits of memorabilia … I rely on my heart and mind for recollections … but the book and disc array are outstanding. The ink was still fresh. Yes, there are a few errors and omissions. Mistakes happen. I’m neither a sound engineer nor unforgiving audiophile. The pleasure lies in having this treasure box nestled in my lap and the luxury it affords. I can pick and choose between 17 career-spanning discs that capture influential, groundbreaking, and legendary performances. The Moody Blues were inspired originals in 1967 and remain fearlessly golden today. Excess or too much of a good thing is an impossibility. The aural feast can still delight with an unexpected surprise or two. The Blue Jays concert at Lancaster University in December 1975 is one. Live shows are especially dear despite the occasional hiccup or miscue. They encapsulate a moment in time to transport and warm the heart. We were earnest, bold, and gear. How excellent to drift back and remember! This indulgence is priceless.