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Days of Gas Passed


Overall Album Score: 9.2 out of 10

Ooooohhhhh. The year of 1967 was an interesting time for rock-and-roll bands. Everyone was trying the hardest they could to quickly get out there and come up with some new type of niche that nobody else would have thought of covering. Specifically, within the emerging art-rock camp ... The Beatles capitalized on Vaudevillian art-rock, Procol Harum capitalized on blues-rock art-rock, The Nice capitalized on ... progressive rock, but something nobody thought of doing was capitalizing on old-fashioned-movie-music-rock. So, you can see perfectly why The Moody Blues had to rush to the studio, sacrifice their firstborns to the London Symphony Orchestra, so they could come up with the first old- fashioned-movie-music-rock album on the planet. And it's a good thing they did, too! Just look at where the old-fashioned-movie-music-rock genre is today? ... um ...

I joke of course. (HAH! HAH! HAH!) But really, this album did do something important. This is the first album that utilizes an entire orchestra! But that was a big waste of money if you ask me. Why spend so much money on an orchestra when you have a perfectly good Moog Synth? I dunno!

The concept of an old-fashioned-movie-music-rock album might scare the living crap out of you. Well, there are only sections within this album which occur as straight movie-music (the rest are regular, psychedelic songs) ... and when the movie music does appear, it is generally of a good-quality.

I'm not too convinced, however, that the rock and symphonic combinations really worked that wonderfully together on this album. And, oh if I can be a little bit music-prejudiced, such straight old-fashioned music doesn't seem like it belongs on a rock album. Sure, some artists might actually combine these styles, and the Moody Blues do that ... but as far as including lengthy clips of straight movie music, I've heard of more inspired ideas! However, the psychedelic rock stuff on this album is all pretty much right on the money.


Overall Album Score: 9.2 out of 10 (The LSO might have tried, but it didn't ruin the whole experience of Gases of Future Passed for me. HAH!)


Average Song Score: 9.2 (Even though the London Symphony Orchestra's bit of movie magic in here might be vomit-inducing to some, the songs in here are all luverly.)

Album Tilt: 9.0 (Hoooo Hah! Way to go, prog-rock, ye jolly old kings of Vegas.)

Artist Rating: 9.5 (Well ... the first old-fashioned-movie-soundtrack-rock album of all time should get credit where it's due, eh? ... Oh, and that's not even to mention the first rock album to feature a full symphony orchestra! That's kinda cool.)


Track Reviews

The Day Begins 7/10

Yeionk! This is the most boring track on here. It was recorded exclusively using the London Symphony Orchestra. And it's stale ... 30s ... movie ... music. The day sounds like it actually begins to die (especially when somebody reads this stupid, over pretentious poem that I don't care about). And so does my souuuuuuuuuul. But that's over with, now. Next song, Puh-leaaaase!

Dawn: Dawn is a Feeling 9/10

AND SO IS PAIN! ... oh wait, this song isn't painful. I like it actually. Waitaminute. Let me rephrase that.

AND SO IS SPAIN! ... yeees. That's better.

I do believe that dawn is a feeling, too, especially if you have a hangover.

And, about this song specifically, it is pretty much a danged good classical-music song with a rhythm section. And a danged good rhythm section. And there's singing to it, as well. And danged ... okay ... singing to it. And ... um ... a danged good melody. Yeap. And they close this track with another danged stupid orchestral 30s movie music that makes me realize just why today's youth can't stand black and white movies.

The Morning: Another Morning 9/10

Olllllllay! (Sorry, the London Symphony Orchestra parts of this song sound like stereotypical Mexican music, don't they?) And ... I guess the LSO doesn't suck here too badly, though. I like stereotypical Mexican music as much as anybody. But, putting that part aside, this is a catchy song that is fairly fun to listen to. It's high quality like Adam Sandler's water. (If this is the morning, then somebody must have had a bean burrito!)

Lunch Break: Peak Hour 9.5/10

Oh man! Why does this have to sound like a Broadway soundtrack, now? You know when Gene Kelley is going to work and getting into cabs and waving at women with poodles and ... um ... getting lunch, I guess. The Moody Blues suck! ... Oh wait. I didn't mean that. Um ... yeah. But, you know what? We only have two minutes of Gene Kelley and then we get some STRAIGHT ROCK AND ROLL the way it's supposed to be! Wild drumming, all sorts of ... singing ... it's all very special. This is good old psychedelic the way your mother used to make. So, I'm going to ignore all that Broadway crap in the final store. (I mean ... don't get me wrong. I like Broadway crap. It just doesn't sound like it belongs on here with all these rock songs! Seriously!)

The Afternoon: Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?)/Time To Get Away (Evening) 9.5/10

First of all, I would like to know what on this GREEN PLANET OF OURS were these guys smoking when they decided to come up with that insanely long song title? Whatever it was, it wasn't legal. Do you know how long it took me to write that out? Guess. Yes! About thirty seconds! My life is quickly slipping away from me ... and I don't have all the time in the world to write out long song titles ... oh ...

Addressing this song, it is a very decent one that utilizes the possibilities of progressive rock to some new, gorgeous heights. It's highly creative and multipart ... qualities that any good prog-rock band would certainly have. Even the London Symphony Orchestra is limited here (thankfully) and ... they actually sound more like a pleasant break than just corny Judie Garland bootlicking. (Don't worry. I, myself, realize at this moment that I have no idea what I'm talking about.) Don't you just dig the very end of this track? Does that singing sound utterly over-the-top to anyone else that it just makes you want to laugh? Ooooh... this is good!

Evening: the Sunset / Twilight Time 9.5/10

Man! No wonder America's youth aren't going to the symphony anymore! I mean ... we innocently pick up a Moody Blues album and we are continually being bombarded with this boring stuff! Now, when the ACTUAL song comes up, we are being treated to an odd Indian-tinged song that is entirely listenable and enjoyable. When the Orchestra HELPS with this actual song, they sound pretty good. Oooo... I've done enough complaining about that orchestra. Really. I don't hate them. I'll listen to Beethoven's 7th after I'm done with this. Maybe. Okay ... and so four minutes into this thing, the Moody Blues give us a pretty good, muddled number that is so catchy and fun to listen to that it makes my pants sing. Um. Also take into account that I am wearing my pants on my head at the moment. (What? Nobody can see me!)

Night: Nights in White Satin 10plus/10

Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo?????????????

Oh! If this was the only reason for the existence of the Moodies, then it was all worth it. (I'm sure many of you have heard this song before, but if you haven't then YOU MUST!) The melody is so good that, probably even before this record was released, it was meant to be a classic. I mean ... this song, which is so passionate and beautiful, just makes their imitators look like ANTS! (PANTS!) And, all of my nasty comments toward the London Symphony Orchestra are officially nullified. Crap! They sound great here ... although, the Moody Blues pretty much have entire control over the song. But their idea to fully back this album with an entire orchestra just paid off in sterling silver.

(Look ... in case you're wondering, I'm just going to forget about the last 2-minutes of this song, okay?!! I won't let it keep me from enjoying those Tights of White Satin.)


Before the day passes, please leave your comments here!


slb23@shaw.ca (Simon B.) received Oct. 31, 2004

This is my favourite album by the Moody Blues. [The only other Moody Blues record I have is Long Distance Voyager, which I don't like very much]. I have the vinyl version of DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED, and the sound quality of it is kind of muffled; I have to turn the treble up whenever I listen to it (especially on "Dawn is a Feeling" and "Nights In White Satin"). I really have to go about getting the remastered CD version of this someday.
Anyway, this apparently was quite a landmark album back in its day, but didn't get the recognition it deserved in the US until a few years after its release date, thanks to the release of the hit single "Nights in White Satin". And, this album features, aside from The London Festival Orchestra, a mellotron. The mellotron can be heard on "The Afternoon: Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?)", and "Evening: The Sun Set: Twilight Time".
P.S. The first section of "Lunch Break: Peak Hour" features some ridiculously funny 50's/60's era 'travelling to work' music.
SONG RATINGS:
1. The Day Begins (7.5)
2. Dawn: Dawn Is A Feeling (9)
3. The Morning: Another Morning (8)
4. Lunch Break (7.5)
5. The Afternoon: Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?) (9.5)
6. Evening: The Sun Set: Twilight Time (7)
7. The Night: Nights In White Satin (10)
Album Cover: 9.5
Total Album Rating: 68/80 (85%)


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