The Moody Blues' first full-length studio album, 1967's Days Of Future Passed, was a ground-breaking concept album when it was first released and it remains so 50 years later. So unique in its approach, the recording of their first studio album turned out to be piece of music history. 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 Days Of Future Passed, an album that today, many consider a masterpiece – featuring one full recording without breaks, chronicling "a day in the life of" a person with songs that include: "The Day Begins," "Dawn: Dawn Is a Feeling," "The Morning: Another Morning," "Lunch Break: Peak Hour," "Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)," "Evening Time to Get Away"; Twilight Time" and "The Night: Nights In White Satin." From Days, the song "Tuesday Afternoon" became a massive worldwide hit, and "Nights In White Satin" marked one of the first four minute songs played on the radio, going on to become one of the biggest selling singles in history, and hitting #1 three separate times on Billboard. The ultimate result: one of the greatest-selling albums of all-time.
Says Justin Hayward, "Little did we know when we made Days Of Future Passed that it would eventually change our lives – it took five long years to make it to the top of the charts. But we mustn't take all the credit for this remarkable project – there were many creative minds who contributed at the time, and who believed in us when we were young and inexperienced. We just wrote the songs – about every-man. My dearest wish is that maybe the album has made the world a better place." Adds John Lodge, "Days Of Future Passed...seven days that changed my world..."