RA­DIO

The Observer - The New Review - - WEDNESDAY 20 -

John­nie Walker’s Long Play­ers Ra­dio 2, 11pm As part of the sta­tion’s 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, John­nie Walker high­lights another key al­bum of 1967, Days of Fu­ture Passed by the Moody Blues. He is joined by the band’s lead singer and song­writer, Justin Hay­ward, as they ex­plore its rather un­ro­man­tic genesis as a ve­hi­cle to demon­strate Decca’s new stereo sound for­mat. With its fu­sion of rock and clas­si­cal, it did the job and also be­came one of the first ex­am­ples of pro­gres­sive rock. It is good to be re­minded of the al­bum’s beau­ti­ful over­ture per­formed by the Lon­don Fes­ti­val Or­ches­tra and to once again en­joy fa­mil­iar Moody Blues songs in­clud­ing their haunt­ing bal­lad Nights in White Satin. Stephanie Billen

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