The Moody Blues / Days Of Future Passed 50th anniversary deluxe set

Original ’67 stereo mix’s CD debut / 5.1 surround mix / Many outtakes 

Universal Music are to put out a 50th anniversary deluxe edition of the The Moody Blues‘ 1967 album Days Of Future Passed.

The band’s second album was an orchestral rock concept album, and features their famous single, Nights In White Satin. It will be reissued as a three disc, 2CD+DVD set and one of the big selling point is the reversion to the very original 1967 stereo mix which was superseded in 1972 due to damage on the original master tape. All CD reissues have used this mix and not the ’67 original. Apparently, ‘technology’ has allowed the repair of the audio from the original tapes and so this original stereo mix gets its first CD release on this anniversary set. The first CD includes this and nine bonus tracks.

The second CD offers alternate versions and outtakes. In total this package has 33 audio tracks, which is seven more than the previous SACD/CD set.

The DVD element includes a 5.1 surround sound mix derived from the original 1972 Quad mix. Presumably, this is the same surround mix that was included on the now out-of-print 2006 SACD edition of this album. The original Quad mix was by Tony Clarke and Justin Hayward and John Lodge enhanced it for the 5.1 mix. This disc includes a hi-res stereo version and previously unreleased video footage of the band performing three tracks from the album at MIDEM on 24th January 1968, eight weeks after its release.

You do wonder why they haven’t opted for a blu-ray audio here, to allow for lossless 5.1 surround mix. Likely to be a budget-related issue since DVDs are cheaper to author and manufacture. Regardless, it’s certainly much cheaper than tracking down the previous SACD version.

This 2CD/DVD set will be issued on 17 November 2017.

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Days of Future Passed vinyl reissue


Disc: 1 – Album & bonus tracks
2. DAWN: Dawn Is A Feeling
3. THE MORNING: Another Morning
4. LUNCH BREAK: Peak Hour
5. THE AFTERNOON: Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?) / Time To Get Away
6. EVENING: The Sun Set: Twilight Time
7. THE NIGHT: Nights In White Satin


1967 Studio Recordings

8. Long Summer Days
9. Please Think About It

BBC Radio Sessions

10. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
11. Love And Beauty
12. Leave This Man Alone
13. Peak Hour
14. Nights In White Satin
15. Fly Me High
16. Twilight Time

Disc: 2 – Alternate Versions and Outtakes
2. DAWN: Dawn Is A Feeling
3. THE MORNING: Another Morning
4. LUNCH BREAK: Peak Hour
5. THE AFTERNOON: Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?) / Time To Get Away
6. EVENING: The Sun Set: Twilight Time
7. THE NIGHT: Nights In White Satin
8. Tuesday Afternoon (Alternate Mix)
9. DAWN: Dawn Is A Feeling (Alternate Mix)
10. The Sun Set (Alternate Version without orchestra)
11. Twilight Time (Original vocal mix)
12. I Really Haven’t Got The Time (B – side single)
13. Fly Me High (A – side single)
14. Love And Beauty (A – side single)
15. Leave This Man Alone (B – Side single)
16. Nights In White Satin (A – side single)
17. Cities (B – side single)

Disc: 3 – DVD
5. 1 Surround Sound Mix & 96kHz / 24 – bit 1967 stereo mix

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Just bought this 50th anniversary edition. The “5.1” mix seems to be 4.1–I’m getting nothing from the center speaker. Is that to be expected, or should there be center channel information?

Kevin Wollenweber

This is a fantastic release. I never liked the remix, no matter what decade it came from, so I was overjoyed to finally see this album’s original mix as I heard it years ago. Please, please also reissue IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD with the same care. As for SACD, I don’t know where you get a player that will allow you to hear the SACD layer, and I only bought one SACD disk, thinking that all players, even the blu-ray players, would suddenly allow me to play the SACD layer. But I hope that other Moodys albums are reissued with the absolute original masters, now that they’ve been able to digitally restore what was missing because of perceived damage that seemed such an obstacle before; well worth the effort in my opinion!!


The 67 mix is just so f**king lush, got Nights on repeat, the strings are so wonderful on this mix.


I just got my copy of this. The 5.1 mix is in DTS 96/24 – this is (of course) not lossless, but it is the codec used by Steven Wilson for the Jethro Tull re-releases. Subjectively, it sounded very nice to me.

The lossless 96/24 stereo mix on the DVD is the 1967 mix, which means (I think) that the SACD is the only way to get 1972 stereo mix in high resolution. The accompanying booklet (a re-write of the booklet in the 2008 single-CD release) refers to the 1967 and the 1972 mixes (1978 is not mentioned).

The mastering credits in the booklet, being mostly the same as those in the 2008 booklet, would lead one to believe that the 1972 stereo mix and all the bonus tracks are the same masters as those prepared in 2006/2008, so possibly a little loud/brick-walled:


Christopher Reichardt

The 1972 date is incorrect. There is a printed interview with Moody Blues recording engineer Derek Varnals avaiable at the following link in which Varnals talks in detail, about his remixing of Days of Future Passed. In happened in early August, 1978.


Jess R Hernandez

This is truly wonderful news…I’ve been listening to an 80’s era Deram/Polygram U.S. cassette with the original `67 mix now for over 30 years…mastered from scratchy vinyl no less. I transferred it to a TDK home compact cassette in the late 90’s because the Deram tape was beginning to wear out and make noise…anyway. I noticed the listings for this release are Amazon UK and JPC (Japan,)…is there gonna be a U.S. release of this, or will Universal just import copies of the release here…

Jess R Hernandez

Sorry…I thought JPC was a Japanese retailer, ( I thought the J stood for Japan…I have to stop being so hasty,) …much apologizes to JPC…


I hope the mono-tracks aren’t as squashed as on the SACD-set CDs.
My current surround-set doesn’t work with my SACD, so it’s nice to have that one back… :)

Ron Hatchell

FYI: I don’t know if this information helps anyone, BUT quad recordings (from various 8-tracks and reel-to-reels) can easily fit onto a standard CD-R with flawless 4-channel separation. I suspect DVD’s can hold more information than others might suspect.

chris miah

Just hunt around online for the original first vinyl pressing 1W/2W . I found a copy in near mint condition for £8.00 last year, job done !


@Nicholas Love I think the issue is whether there were any overdubs done during mixing. It is far more important to keep the artist’s intent by not dropping those overdubs on the floor. If all of the source material is available, then a good engineer can produce a superior mix and that is what we’ve seen from JT, et. al. I’d say the Pink Floyd remix of Meddle is an exception, but I blame that on the mastering as opposed to the mixing. There is something going on in the upper register that makes it hard to listen to.

Paul Wren

Why not just buy an excellent condition original release on vinyl as they are not bank busting prices?

Nicholas Love

I think all this marketing is funny. The jethro Tull, Yes, King Crimson reissues are supposed to be better new remixes, the 2006 Doors remixes were supposed to be superior to the original but the 2017 reissues are supposed to be better because they are the original mixes, Sgt Pepper is supposed to be better because it’s a new remix that sounds like the original mix and Pink Floyd remixed one studio album on a box set with a new mix of Live at Pompeii. So, record labels, what mix are we supposed to want?


Hi Paul – Universal also listing a single LP of this too – I love it when I beat the Amazxon bots ‘;0)

Nick Lees

Um. To buy a 5th version of this or not?

I suspect not. From the original LP through two iterations of CD/SACD, I very recently bought the 24/96 download from Qobuz (£8.87 as a Sublime subscriber) and it’s quite frankly wonderful in every way. I’m sure the Hi-Res on this new set will be excellent too, but how much more excellent…


“You do wonder why they haven’t opted for a blu-ray audio here, to allow for lossless 5.1 surround mix.”

There’s no reason to think (yet) that the DVD doesn’t contain high-res surround data. The product listing explicitly calls out the resolution of the stereo tracks but doesn’t specify anything about the surround tracks. A DVD Video layer can still hold up to 6-channel LPCM at 24-bit / 96 kHz alongside LPCM stereo data at 24-bit / 96 kHz; they’d only have to go with DVD Audio or Blu-ray Audio if they wanted to include 192 kHz streams, which DVD Video won’t support.

elliott buckingham

i hope threshold gets this treatment would love to hear a 5.1 mix

Philip Cohen

The main difference in the original mix (versus the remix) is that the original mix has two instances of live during mixdown overdubs which are not included in the remix, specifically the harmony vocals during the middle section of “Time to Get Away” and a piano overdub on one of the other songs. But the remix has vastly superior sound quality.


“The main difference in the original mix (versus the remix) is that the original mix has two instances of live during mixdown overdubs which are not included in the remix, specifically the harmony vocals during the middle section of “Time to Get Away” and a piano overdub on one of the other songs. But the remix has vastly superior sound quality.”

It’s not clear if there were any live overdubs during the mix or not. That actually seems unlikely.

Both the quad mix and the 1978 stereo remix were, according to Derek Varnals, taken from a 16-track sync-up of the original multitracks created for the quad mix. It seems likely that either the tapes onto which the overdubs were made were not part of the sync-up for some reason, or those parts were added during a reduction mix, and a choice was made (either intentionally or inadvertently) to use the pre-bounced elements, which did not have the overdubs.


Is this really that hard? Yes has managed to get it right: Blu-Ray + CD in a slipcase. Heck, I even bought TFTA even though I don’t really even like that album. This would have been an easier decision, but no. They had to screw it up.


Do you know if there is any extra documentation that comes with this release? A booklet or extended liner notes etc…


Ok, I am shocked. No live concert no one wants. No inclusion of vinyl some may want but other may not. WOW. Just the meat and no fat or filler. The dvd is a good addition so we can get the better sound without paying thru the nose. At least it is not a giant box with a huge book and all the trimmings, we would then have to pay over $100.00.
Lets just hope they get the sound right for our enhanced listening pleasure.

PS – Thanks for all you do Paul. You deserve an award for most useful info for new releases.


That’s the first of heard of complaints about bonus live discs

Warren Mason

I will second the live material complaint as so much “live” material is heavily augmented in the studio. I would gladly pay for a truly live album with no (or VERY slight) overdubs for just about any band I listen to. Ideally complete shows. Unfortunately, very few artists are willing to release unvarnished live material warts and all. In fact, is anyone here aware of any artists who have released live material proclaiming no studio augmentation?


“Anyone here aware of any artists who have released live material proclaiming no studio augmentation?”

The late Alvin Lee, once dubbed “the fastest guitarist in the west,” was noted for exactly this on live productions in which he was featured, notably with Ten Years After, Alvin Lee & Co. and Ten Years Later. Two examples (both of which are smokin’ hot):

Ten Years After – Recorded Live (1973)
Liner Note: “This album is a truthful recording of Ten Years After with no overdubs or additives. What you hear is what happened on the night. Recorded over four nights in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Frankfurt and Paris with the Rolling Stones mobile recording truck and later mixed from sixteen track to stereo at Olympic Studios in London. In answer to the inferior live recordings sold illegally, this is the official Ten Years After bootleg.”

Alvin Lee & Ten Years Later – Ride On (1979)
Liner Note: “B Side: This is a true and faithful recording of Ten Years Later on stage with no overdubs or effects added.”

Julian H

Status Quo’s Live double LP from 1976 is also completely unaltered (except for the running order) – something Francis Rossi later said he wishes they had fixed. It’s great!

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s Bootleg Archives are completely live

And I’m sure there are many other examples of albums that are, indeed, live.

Nic Blinston

Yes; Orchestral Manouvres in the Dark released their Royal Albert Hall performance of Dazzle Ships / Architecture & Morality recorded direct on the night. Nowadays they are much more relaxed about forgetting the lyrics or playing the odd bum note, all of which adds to the atmosphere.

Will Thompson

Ten Tear After In Concert and Rainbow 1972 tour. Both state several times it’s the real thing. No overdubs.


I’m shocked too. Where’s the Knights In White Satin demo recorded drunkenly on a Mutoscope Voice-O-Graph on the way home from the Frog and Ferret, or the full size replica of Neil Armstrong’s left glove ?


The 5.1 mix was also released on a DTS disc btw.

Rik K

I have one of these, and still enjoy it. I suppose it isn’t as ideal-sounding as SACD or even this new DVD offering, but I have a soft spot for the old, long-forgotten DTS-CD surround format.


Indeed, if Quad mix is going to be used again, it must be assumed that it will be a 4.1 channel output in fact (just like the previous OOP SACD, with no front speaker output).


It’s not good when two key points are wrong:

1) The remix was made in 1978, not 1972.

2) While it’s not entirely clear what the status of the first generation master tapes are, excellent tapes of the original mix have always existed, and have been used for various comps. They were prepared for a CD reissue, but the band vetoed use of the original mix in favor of the remix.

Jim Mcdonald

How many more times do they expect us to buy the same old stuff.
Can’t wait for the 60th anniversary edition.

Steven Roberts

Hmmm. Think I’ll stick with my SACD set, thanks!


So will I…

John Lodge`s Fridge

I love The Moodies music. I have every album, compilation, DVD & box set. Whether I`m about to have another copy of DOFP remains to be seen. This is my least liked Moodies album. Take away that soppy orchestral stuff and you would have a fine album.


I wondered if the 2nd disc was the ’72 mix as well. It makes the most sense, anyway.


While I would like to hear the original 1967 mix, I’m OK with the SACDs of the first seven albums that I already own.

Ian McJannet

An iconic album and it’s NOT available on vinyl ???????
What are they thinking of …..

Mike the Fish

Just think of the potential moaning if they did vinyl:

1) It’s all analogue, but it’s not the original 60’s mix
2) It’s not all analogue, but it’s the original 60s mix

and many, many more…

Brian Kutscher

Back in the early 1980s, I found a new Japanese pressing of the album on vinyl that has the 1967 mix on it in a store in Ann Arbor, MI. I treated it like gold and played it only once to record it onto reel to reel tape. I then put it away for safe keeping. In the early 2000s, I pulled it out and digitized it at 44.1k/16. I did it again in recent years at 96k/24. The vinyl is so quiet that I can hear the master tape’s hiss for a fraction of a second before the reverse gong starts to sound. Very few light clicks and pops have been eliminated manually from the wave file and the his was removed by a gentle application of noise reduction software. It was SUCH a great mix!

The 1972 remix has an error that shows up in the quad mix of Tuesday Afternoon. On the repeat of the song, when Justin is singing the extended Ahhhs, Mike Pinder flubbed a chord on one of the two Mellotron tracks (when he moves to the Ab chord the first time in that figure). On the 1967 mix, that Mellotron was turned off in the mix during the mistake, but it is there in the 1972 and SACD mixes.

The 5.1 mix in the SACD set (for all of the 5.1 versions of the LPs from 1967-1972) was essentially just the 4.0 (quad) mix with almost nothing in the “Center” channel and little in the subwoofer channel. Too bad In Search of the Lost Chord never got a 5.1 mix. I would love to get my hands on the master tapes and create one! Technology today makes it possible to take all of the submaster tapes, digitize all of the tracks, and synchronize them, so one isn’t limited to the 4 tracks that were on the final studio master tape.

Craig Williams

The seven “extra” tracks is a duplication of the album on disc 2 (probably the 70s remix). Other than that all the bonus tracks are exactly the same as the 2006 deluxe.


Not necessarily I think, Dawn Is A Feeling (alternate version) was on the 2006/2008 releases too.


Correction, that’s on here too, but now called (alternative mix). I think you’re right.

Philip Cohen

So, are tracks 1 through 7 (On Disc 2), the 1972 mix?

Derek Langsford

One would think that having a hi-res 5.1 SACD version from 2006, and providing a 96/24 stereo mix that blu-ray would be a natural format to use. Makes me wonder who they think their target market is with the original stereo mix (a serious music collector) but a lower res 5.1 (the general public who have not upgraded to blu-ray or do not have SACD capability). Are they intentionally compromising he collector? Or assuming they have the 2006 SACD?

Universal have been all over the map with releases lately – DVD-A on some, blu-ray on others (Sgt. Pepper had both in the Deluxe Box), and DVD-video on yet others. I wish they’d give consumers the option and let those of us who have the capability to play and means to buy blu-ray versions to do so (e.g. as they did for the Rush 5.1 mixes of Moving Pictures and 2112).

Paul Mortimer

A new engineer, in a new town? ;)

Auntie Sabrina

How ironic that there is technology allowing repair of the audio from original tapes to be used here yet not on a certain boxset release