Yesterday morning I listened to Days of Future Passed, at least that first half of the album on the way to work. It was the first time in at least 6 years I listened to it. I was digging through a giant box of old cd’s a few days ago and it ended up in my hand. I am really glad I did that. When I got home from work last night I gave it a complete listen while knocking back a few beers. Again, Im really glad I did that. This album really took on some new life for me yesterday, so I shall blab a little about it.
Without going through the whole thing and breaking it down, I will say this album stands the test of time. I mean it starts like some kind of sweeping orchestra piece and ends with a spooky cosmic love song. I have never really been a fan of concept albums, but this was the cutting edge for 1967. I also have to mention the Mellotron during “Afternoon”(or Tuesday afternoon), what a wild contraption that thing is. It’s a polyphonic keyboard that plays prerecorded 8 second loops. Ill admit, I had to look it up. I took one look at the schematic for the Mellotron and was amazed(but that’s a whole other thing). Using the London Festival Orchestra for all the instrumental interludes is very cool. Ill admit there are a few spots they loose me but within a minute or two they get me back. Its like sometimes the album sounds a little hoky to me, but overall I really like it.
I have read this morning that this is the “Cutting Edge “ of Progressive Rock….. I have gone on record saying Im not a huge Prog Rock fan, but this is different. Im not sure exactly why I think it is much better now that I am 40, but maybe the concept of a day in the life seems like a more complex concept to tackle….I don’t know, but I know this album could not have been easy to make…
Love them, Hate them?? I would really like to hear other opinions on this album or any of their others. Also, does anyone have the original mix as in vinyl??
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