50 Essential Albums of 1967

From the Doors' debut to Aretha Franklin's first smash

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The Moody Blues, 'Days of Future Passed'
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The Moody Blues, 'Days of Future Passed'

In September 1967, the Moody Blues were asked by their label to record an adaptation of Dvorak's Ninth Symphony – as a stereo-demonstration LP. The struggling Moodies, a former white R&B band that had gone without a hit since 1965, instead created their own orchestral song cycle about a typical working day, highlighted by singer-guitarist Justin Hayward's ballads, "Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?)" and "Nights in White Satin." Days of Future Passed (released in the U.S. the following year) is 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 Finder's Mellotron.

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