Moody Blues at Oakdale in Wallingford July 9
WALLINGFORD >> It’s been 50 years since The Moody Blues put out their landmark album “Days of Future Passed,” and the group is not only still playing great hits like “Nights in White Satin” but performing the album in its entirety (and with a 67-piece symphony orchestra in Toronto this week).
A trimmer version of the Moodies show, sans symphony, will be at Toyota Oakdale Theatre July 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ($56 to $249 plus fees) are at oakdale.com.
How did the album come about? As a publicist puts it, “Their record label, Decca Records, had requested that the band record an album to test ‘stereo recording,’ which was in its infancy at the time. Being primarily a classical label, The Moody Blues were asked to record a rock version of Dvorak’s 9th Symphony. The band complied, but wanted to record it on their own terms. Behind closed doors, they came up with the concept of fusing classical music with rock, but written to their own soundtrack.”
The result was a full album without breaks, chronicling “a day in the life of” a person with songs that include “Tuesday Afternoon” (a huge hit) and “Nights in White Satin,” which was one of the first four-minute songs played on the radio in that era.