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Days of Future Passed [Bonus Tracks]

Days Of Future Passed [Bonus Tracks]


This is the second major reissue of the classic 1967 Moody Blues album in 28 months, in yet another configuration and format; Polydor's European division had done a double-disc SACD/CD hybrid "Deluxe Edition" in the late winter of 2006, which garnered significant sales in America as a direct import. Apparently, the powers that -be at Polydor have decided that the American market can't support a double-disc edition of this album; or that the Super-Audio market is mostly a European/Japanese phenomenon best supported over there, so there is no SACD multi-channel mix of the album on this release. Essentially, this disc is comprised of the remastered CD layer from the latter release, augmented with some (but not all) of the mono singles that preceded and accompanied the original LP (strangely enough, the mono mix of "Nights in White Satin" -- the one single track overlapping directly with this album, which was included among the double-disc set's bonus tracks -- is absent here). There were complaints from some quarters about the remastered sound on the double-disc set, which this reviewer did not agree with, and the opinion here hasn't changed -- the producers have done a very good job of bringing out details in the mix, especially very subtle elements of the guitar and bass work, and the true, lush majesty of the orchestra, that were only suggested and hinted at in prior editions. They may have sacrificed some dynamic variation in the process, but the listener has gained a good deal, including a fresh appreciation for the backup singing throughout this record. The bonus tracks include those chronologically related singles, which are mostly more lighthearted than the material off the album, but not dissimilar in style; this reviewer likes the remastered sound they offer here, especially on "Cities," a B-side that always seemed harsh and compressed on the original single. Also present is the most interesting rarity of all those associated with this album, the Moodies' rendition of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" as done for the BBC (oddly enough, a song whose history points to a biographical footnote on the Moody Blues, as guitarist/singer Justin Hayward got to the Moodies by way of his response to a blind ad originally placed by the Animals, who had already found their replacement guitarist); and the same four alternate takes and mixes that were on the double-disc hybrid set's second platter. The latter will delight the true fans of the group and this album, though it is difficult to imagine that too many of them wouldn't already have purchased the double-disc edition long before this CD showed up. The annotation is full and thorough, and for the latecomer to the band this is a good successor to the '90s remastered edition, though those who preferred the dynamics of the latter should probably hold onto the latter. [The CD was also released with bonus tracks.] ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB Mansfield
  • Seller rating:
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 600753066317



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Track listings

  • 1. Day Begins, The
  • 2. Dawn: Dawn Is A Feeling
  • 3. Morning: Another Morning, The
  • 4. Lunch Break: Peak Hour
  • 5. Evening: The Sun Set/Twilight Time
  • 6. Afternoon: Forver Afternoon, The (Tuesday?)/(Evening) Time To Get Away
  • 7. Night: Nights In White Satin, The
  • 8. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood [Bbc Radio Session]
  • 9. Fly Me High [1967 Mono Single Masters]
  • 10. I Really Haven't Got The Time [1967 Mono Single Masters]
  • 11. Love And Beauty [1967 Mono Single Masters]
  • 12. Leave This Man Alone [1967 Mono Single Masters]
  • 13. Cities [1967 Mono Single Masters]
  • 14. Tuesday Afternoon [Alternate Mix]
  • 15. Dawn Is A Feeling [Alternate Version]
  • 16. Sun Set [Alternate Version Without Orchestra], The
  • 17. Twilight Time [Alternate Vocal Mix]
 
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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