Days Of Future Passed (50th Anniversary) [VINYL]
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Audio Cassette, 7 July 1987
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November 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of The Moody Blues' "Days of Future Passed", one of the first albums to fuse rock music with an orchestra, DOFP is now regarded as one of the albums that gave birth to Progressive Rock. A vinyl LP of the original album will be released on November 17th.
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1) After the orchestral intro, "Dawn Is a Feeling" begins more abruptly, and there is less echo on Mike Pinder's vocal on the bridge, making it more prominent;
2) On "Another Morning" Ray Thomas's double vocals are spread left and right in the stereo channel. The vocals on the original are centred, and sound almost mono in comparison. The flute interlude is also played twice towards the end of the song before the orchestral segue;
3) The orchestral intro "Lunch Break" fades later in the newer mix before the song "Peak Hour" begins;
4) The bridges to "(Evening) Time to Get Away" have John Lodge singing alone; all the backing vocals on that part have been lost;
5) The end of "(Evening) Time to Get Away" is missing a mellotron part and the vocals only repeat twice, instead of three times;
6) "The Sun Set" is missing some piano parts, percussion parts, and the reverb on "through the night" is different;
7) "Twilight Time" begins more abruptly after the orchestral interlude;
8) The backing vocals on "Twilight Time" are heard through the entire song instead of only coming in at certain points (on the original);
9) At the beginning of "Nights in White Satin", the song starts prominently on the last note of the orchestral intro; in the original version, there is a slight delay and the crossfade between the intro and the song beginning is much more subtle.
All CD issues of the album prior to this 50th Anniversary release feature the 1972 stereo mix. Presumably this new mix was done so that a quadrophonic version of the album could be released as well. As a huge fan of both this album and the Moody Blues in general, I couldn't wait to get a copy of this release with both versions on it, and I couldn't award it any less than five stars - it is the Moody Blues after all! And while it is interesting to compare the differences and similarities between the two different versions, I wouldn't recommend buying this unless you are a hardcore fan or a collector and actually want a CD copy of the 1967 stereo mix for the sake of completing your collection. If you already have a previously issued CD copy of this album (which will contain the 1972 stereo version), and aren't overly concerned with the nuances of remixes or different versions etc., I would stick with your existing copy. Having listened to both versions of the album, the main difference with the newer mix is that the Moody Blues songs have more clarity and stereo separation than the original, especially the vocals; the orchestral passages interwoven around the songs are not noticeably different on the older mix, but the 1967 versions of all the tracks do sound quite worn compared to the remixes. In short, the 1967 version is obviously what the album was supposed to sound like when it was first issued, complete with harmony vocals, instrumental passages and echo effects which are not present on the 1972 remix. But for overall sound quality, the improved stereo separation on Ray Thomas's "Another Morning" and the punchiness of the bass and drums, the 1972 stereo version is far superior. If you haven't already got this album and intend to buy it, save yourself a few quid and buy the 2008 CD. That edition also contains the same bonus tracks featured here (the pre-DOFP singles which were issued in the spring and summer of 1967).
Making it's digital debut is the Original 1967 Stereo Mix which has been lovingly restored after being deemed too damaged since 1972.
And what a wonderful job they've done too!
It sounds fresh, vibrant and exciting.
From the opening orchestral movement to the gong at the end the experience is breathtaking.
Also included is the freshly remastered 1972 Stereo Mix along with all the bonus tracks from the excellent 2006 Deluxe Edition.
You also get a DVD that includes the 5.1 Surround Sound and 24bit 2.0 Stereo Mixes, a poster and a lovely booklet.
All in all an exceptional package at a very reasonable price!
WELL DONE UNIVERSAL!!!
Now...come on Universal, how about you reissuing all the rest of their back catalogue in exactly the same way???
And don't feel like you have to wait for the 50th Anniversary!
There are 4 mixes, and 2 HD codecs.
All other bands should take note of this exceptional release.
Rather than spread this over 5CDs and a DVD in a 12" x 12" super deluxe box with a couple of superfluous leaflets and charge £100
This is in a compact case - for £8.99!
The album comes in mono, stereo and on the dvd 5.1 mix, all sound excellent and also footage of them singing on French TV.
Plus loads of bonus tracks, if you are a Moody Blues fan, then this CD is for you.
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Ein informatives booklet und ein DIN A4 Poster runden dieses Set ab. Ich bin hoch zufrieden und kann es nur weiter empfehlen, außerdem ist der Preis von knapp 20 Euro ein echtes Schnäppchen-also zugreifen!
Este disco le tengo mucha admiración emocional pues la última canción "Nights in White Satin" me fue dedicada, pero dejando el ámbito emocional, cualquier persona que se haya encontrado con esta canción durante su vida, es muy probable que se fuera a enganchar, nuevamente, este es mi 2do disco favorito, lo cual lo recomiendo ampliamente, solo está detrás de Blackwater Park de Opeth, que es mi primer disco favorito.
Extiende tu gusto musical, sigue coleccionando!
Maar al lang niet meer in mijn bezit,dus nu deze heruitgave gekocht,en die bracht weer mooie herinneringen naar boven.
De plaat klinkt geweldig op 180 gram vinyl,en ook de hoes is van uitstekende kwaliteit.
Van The Moody Blues is dit de mooiste plaat ooit,een mengeling van klassiek en rock die mij zeer bevalt.
Het enige wat ik mis,is een opname datum of jaar,die stel ik net als bij klassieke muziek opnames,zeer op prijs.
Aanbevolen deze beroemde LP!