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Days of Future Passed
Days of Future Passed
Studio album by The Moody Blues
Released 10 November 1967 (UK)
11 November 1967 (US)
Recorded October - November 1967
Studio Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London
Length 41:34
Label Deram
The Moody Blues chronology
Singles from Days of Future Passed
  1. "Nights in White Satin"
    Released: 10 November 1967
  2. "Tuesday Afternoon"
    Released: 19 July 1968

Days of Future Passed is the second album and first concept album by English prog rock band The Moody Blues, released in November 1967 by Deram Records.[7]

With its fusion of orchestral and rock elements, it has been cited as one of the first examples of progressive rock.

Background and recording

Recording sessions for the album took place at Decca Studios in West Hampstead, London between 9 May and 3 November 1967.[8] The band worked with record producer Tony Clarke, recording engineer Derek Varnals and conductor Peter Knight.[5]

The group has claimed that after two years performing as a struggling white R&B band, the Moody Blues were asked in September 1967 to record an adaptation of Antonín Dvo?ák's Symphony No. 9 for Decca's newly formed Deram Records division in order to demonstrate their latest recording techniques, which were named "Deramic Sound".[7] Instead, the band (initially without the label's knowledge) decided to focus on an album based on an original stage show that they'd been working on. However, Derek Varnals disputes this story, claiming that even at the start of the sessions in 1967 there was no intent to record a Dvo?ák album and that talk of this project did not emerge until the mid-1970s.[9]


The album's music features psychedelic rock[5] ballads by singer-songwriter and guitarist Justin Hayward, Mellotron played by keyboardist Mike Pinder[7] and orchestral interludes by the London Festival Orchestra.[5] The band and the orchestra only actually play together during the last part of "Nights In White Satin."

Music writers cite the album as an early example of progressive rock music.[4][10][11] Bill Holdship of Yahoo! Music remarks that the band "created an entire genre here."[12]David Fricke cites it as one of the essential albums of 1967 and finds it "closer to high-art pomp than psychedelia. But there is a sharp pop discretion to the writing and a trippy romanticism in the mirroring effect of the strings and Mike Pinder's Mellotron."[7]Will Hermes cites the album as an essential progressive rock record and opines that its use of the Mellotron, a tape replay keyboard, made it a "signature" element of the genre.[13] An influential work of the counterculture period,[14]AllMusic editor Bruce Eder calls the album "one of the defining documents of the blossoming psychedelic era, and one of the most enduringly popular albums of its era."[5]

Original and later mix

In 1972, it was discovered that the master tapes for Days of Future Passed had deteriorated to a point where only the essential elements of each song remained. As a result of this, the album was remixed in its entirety for reissues between 1978 and 2017.[15] Some compilations, however, have used the original 1967 stereo mix for certain songs.[16] The original mix of the entire album was eventually recovered in its entirety and transferred digitally, before being released on Compact Disc in November 2017.[15]

The ways in which the later mix departs most noticeably from the original are:

  • 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.
  • On "Another Morning" Ray Thomas's double vocals are spread left and right in the stereo channel. The flute interlude is also played twice towards the end of the song before the orchestral segue.
  • The orchestral intro "Lunch Break" goes on about 20 seconds longer before fading out.
  • The bridges to "(Evening) Time to Get Away" have John Lodge singing alone; all the backing vocals on that part have been lost.
  • The end of "(Evening) Time to Get Away" is missing a Mellotron part and only repeats twice, instead of three times.
  • "The Sun Set" is missing some piano parts, percussion parts, and the reverb on "through the night" is different.
  • The backing vocals on "Twilight Time" are heard through the entire song instead of only coming in at certain points.
  • At the beginning of "Nights in White Satin", as the orchestral prelude ends, there is one less beat of time before the rhythm section starts in.
  • Some of the strings near the end of "Nights in White Satin" (before "Late Lament") are out of sync with the main body of the song.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
PopMatters 9/10 stars[17]
Rolling Stone (1968) (mixed)[18]
Rolling Stone (2007) (favourable)[7]
Spin (favourable)[13]
Sputnikmusic 5/5[4]
Uncut 4/5 stars[10]
Yahoo! Music (favourable)[12]

Days of Future Passed was released on 10 November 1967 in the UK and 11 November in the US. It reached number 27 in the UK Albums Chart[19] and number 3 in the US in 1972. Billboard chart.[20]

Upon its release, Rolling Stone gave the album a mixed review, writing "The Moody Blues [...] have matured considerably since 'Go Now', but their music is constantly marred by one of the most startlingly saccharine conceptions of 'beauty' and 'mysticism' that any rock group has ever affected."[18] The album has since received acclaim - Spin cited it as a classic of progressive rock,[13] and in 2007 Rolling Stone included it in its list of essential albums of 1967.[]

Days of Future Passed was issued as a discrete Quadraphonic open reel tape in 1977.[21] This master was also used for a 2001 dts 5.1 channel audio CD release[22] and again for a two-disc Deluxe Edition SACD release in 2006.[23]

On November 17th, 2017, this original mix was made available for the first time on CD. [15]

Track listing

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Lead Singer Length
1. "The Day Begins"
  • "The Day Begins"
  • "Morning Glory" (unlisted)
Peter Knight and Graeme Edge
  • Knight
  • Edge
Mike Pinder
  • Instrumental
  • Pinder (recitation)
  • 4:08
  • 1:42
2. "Dawn: Dawn is a Feeling" Pinder Justin Hayward and Pinder 3:48
3. "The Morning: Another Morning" Ray Thomas Thomas 3:55
4. "Lunch Break: Peak Hour" John Lodge Lodge 5:33
Total length: 19:08
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Lead Singer Length
1. "The Afternoon" Hayward and Lodge
  • Hayward
  • Lodge
Hayward and Lodge
  • Hayward
  • Lodge
  • 5:06
  • 3:17
2. "Evening"
  • "The Sunset"
  • "Twilight Time"
Pinder and Thomas
  • Pinder
  • Thomas
Pinder and Thomas
  • Pinder
  • Thomas
  • 3:37
  • 3:23
3. "The Night" Hayward, Edge and Knight
  • Hayward
  • Edge and Knight
Hayward and Pinder
  • Hayward
  • Pinder (recitation)
  • 5:38
  • 1:46
Total length: 22:27

Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1967 UK Albums Chart 27[19]
1972 Billboard 200 3[20]
Year Single Chart Position
1967 "Nights in White Satin" UK Singles Chart 19[24]
1968 "Tuesday Afternoon" Billboard Hot 100 24
1972 "Nights in White Satin" UK Singles Chart 9[25]
Billboard Hot 100 2



The Moody Blues:


  • Tony Clarke - production
  • Derek Varnals - engineering
  • Hugh Mendl - executive production, liner notes
  • Michael Dacre-Barclay - production
  • David Anstey - cover design, cover painting
  • Steven Fallone - digital remastering


Reed, John (1999). "Days of Future Passed Re-release liner notes". London, England: The Decca Record Co. Ltd. 

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