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The Moody Blues — Tuesday Afternoon
Album: Days of Future Passed
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7.8

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Total ratings: 2659









Released: 1967
Length: 4:46
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Tuesday afternoon
I'm just beginning to see
Now I'm on my way
It doesn't matter to me
Chasing the clouds away

Something calls to me
The trees are drawing me near
I've got to find out why
Those gentle voices I hear
Explain it all with a sigh

I'm looking at myself, reflections of my mind
It's just the kind of day to leave myself behind
So gently swaying through the fairy-land of love
If you'll just come with me and see the beauty of

Tuesday afternoon
Tuesday afternoon

Tuesday afternoon
I'm just beginning to see
Now I'm on my way
It doesn't matter to me
Chasing the clouds away

Something calls to me
The trees are drawing me near
I've got to find out why
Those gentle voices I hear
Explain it all with a sigh
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 SanFranGayMan wrote:

Yes, a lot of some people really like it. That's why they are performing the entire album each nite over 4 days, 50 years later in January. That is staying power. And you know, I guess one just had to be there in that place and time to really appreciate it as much as those of us who do-50 years on...Count me fortunate enough to be in that place and time.



Acid helped. 
Something special happens when a great band plays with an orchestra. 🥰
Come on Bill, you gotta let it segue into "Twilight Time".  "Nights In White Satin" can still be its own thing.
I have the first eight albums, then some albums of the ventures individual band members tried out with various other musicians, etc. then a couple later albums, etc. Loved their sounds and their lyrics for a long time, beginning with "Go Now" & on thru their history. Thank You, RP, for bringing in Moody Blues!
 Proclivities wrote:

I imagine by "standard" version he was referring to is the single version of this song, which was edited down to just over two minutes.  Maybe Spotify and iTunes employ that version.


This is why you buy an album; not listen to "sound bites". 
I enjoy Moody Blues now and again. But the albums always sound like they are playing through gauze. 
 Bleyfusz wrote:

Born in the same zear, I hope I'm not as dated as this song.



No, zou still look quite zoung! 
Sometimes I hate the imprint movies leave on my brain.  I have always loved the Moody Blues.  My first album purchase when I was 11 years old was Question of Balance, and I set out to memorize the lyrics to every song.
BUT, back to my original statement, this song has lost its original beauty for me, because War of the Worlds pops into my head every time it gets played
 lizardking wrote:

Not the mention that this is a great track from a great (concept) album, one of those albums that should be listened to completely to get the full effect.  This track is a 10 for me, and the album is a 10 too.  Long Live RP!!
 
Hmmn, I think you may have something there!  What about it Bill, an all-album channel?  Whoo-hoo!
Born in the same zear, I hope I'm not as dated as this song.
 Alastair wrote:
This is basically music made up from the parts bin. 
 

Well, I don't know about you, but I do enjoy a well-made sausage from time to time.
Never really focused on the Disney-like middle part of this song before
Nicely remembered!
 Alastair wrote:
This is basically music made up from the parts bin. 
 
Says someone who has no idea of they speak.
 Alastair wrote:
This is basically music made up from the parts bin.
 
Thank goodness
Always a beautiful song to listen to
I love the Moody Blues.  Period! 'Nuf said!
 Proclivities wrote:

"Message From The Country" was released in 1971 - about 4 years after this.
 
Not the mention that this is a great track from a great (concept) album, one of those albums that should be listened to completely to get the full effect.  This track is a 10 for me, and the album is a 10 too.  Long Live RP!!
 yobyot wrote:
Feh. It was terrible on AM radion in 1967 -- and 51 years later it still makes no sense and sounds like a bad imitation of The Move's Message from the Country.
 
"Message From The Country" was released in 1971 - about 4 years after this.
It is Tuesday afternoon here.  Coincidence?  I think not 
It's Tuesday, 13:00 hours here. How apt.
This is basically music made up from the parts bin. 
 dischuckin wrote:
i feel like i'm on drugs
 

I'm on drugs and I feel ya 


In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of their iconic, landmark album, Days of Future Passed, The Moody Blues performed the album in its entirety in Toronto at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in July 2017. The performance was backed by a 67-piece symphony orchestra. The band’s greatest hits were performed in the first half, and then finished with their historic 1967 epic album. Fans have waited 50 years to experience this moment in time.

 
Grayson wrote:
Terrific song. But only afternoon right now for all those Swedish bands played on RP. 
 

Terrific song. But only afternoon right now for all those Swedish bands played on RP. 
 jorgeluis.lopezgarcia wrote:
Is this version different to the "standard" one in Spotify and iTunes? 
 
 
 CHuLoYo wrote:

This is the original album, what the hell are those "standards" you are talking about? This world turns crazy day by day 
 
I imagine by "standard" version he was referring to is the single version of this song, which was edited down to just over two minutes.  Maybe Spotify and iTunes employ that version.
Feh. It was terrible on AM radion in 1967 -- and 51 years later it still makes no sense and sounds like a bad imitation of The Move's Message from the Country.
This song is actually playing on a Tuesday afternoon… coincidence? 
 ExploitingChaos wrote:
Love U Mom
 
{#Heartkiss}

huh....I never noticed before how this song sounds kinda like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and I was hoping that this track came out before that track....not quite...in fact the MBs probably had just heard the Lucy song when they started recording this.  And not taking the time to read the past comments on this song I don't know who all has brought this up already....still keeping my rating at a 9 for this classic track.  Long Live RP!!

i feel like i'm on drugs
(Evening) Time to Get Away
Different song or appendage?  hard to sort out, lyrics found.....
They are always played as if one song but you never see second song listed or lyrics, makes for incomplete experience


Evening has come to pass

The time of day doesn't last
Evening, has earned its place today
I'm tired of working away

Working, living, it brings
Only way to have those things
Toiling has born too many tears,
Turn 'round all those past years

Evening time to get away
Evening time to get away
Evening time to get away
'Til next day

Live all you people, you can see where you're at
It doesn't really matter, so it can't be bad


Live all you people, you can't see where you're at
It doesn't really matter, so it can't be bad

Evening time to get away
Evening time to get away
Harp & glockenspiel in a pop/rock song...well done.
My life in 1967 consisted 100% of blues and Cream, so I found the Moody Blues to be a bit lame, but now .... quiet please, I'm singing along to it.  Wonderful.
Love U Mom
One of the Most important albums of All-Time.
The Birth of Progressive Rock. 

I'm back in the barracks wondering where this came from... Brilliance.

 greiffenstein wrote:
this is the musical equivalent of eating unsalted mashed potatoes.  I guess some people like it 

 
Compared with other (UK) compositions of its era, it's pretty poor - I like your analogy.

We used to call them The Pseudy Blues...
 coloradojohn wrote:
As it fades, this hits me even more in its majesty...its trippy brilliannce,its amazing sonistry, its dazzling wow....

 
Nailed it.
 Steely_D wrote:

Of course it reminds me of childhood, expanding consciousness, and a different feel in our culture that encouraged experimentation and forgiveness.

And I wonder why we can't reproduce that these days, although goodness knows that Porcupine Tree and the like are trying. But something's missing - it's the culture that encouraged us to be different, and forgave us for being that way. No more.

 
Exactly so, Steely D. And more's the pity.
 coloradojohn wrote:
As it fades, this hits me even more in its majesty...its trippy brilliannce,its amazing sonistry, its dazzling wow....

 
Of course it reminds me of childhood, expanding consciousness, and a different feel in our culture that encouraged experimentation and forgiveness.

And I wonder why we can't reproduce that these days, although goodness knows that Porcupine Tree and the like are trying. But something's missing - it's the culture that encouraged us to be different, and forgave us for being that way. No more.
 greiffenstein wrote:
this is the musical equivalent of eating unsalted mashed potatoes.  I guess some people like it 

 
Yes, a lot of some people really like it. That's why they are performing the entire album each nite over 4 days, 50 years later in January. That is staying power. And you know, I guess one just had to be there in that place and time to really appreciate it as much as those of us who do-50 years on...Count me fortunate enough to be in that place and time.
Classic! A 10 fer sure!
this is the musical equivalent of eating unsalted mashed potatoes.  I guess some people like it 
 I'm with you brother  coloradojohn wrote:
As it fades, this hits me even more in its majesty...its trippy brilliannce,its amazing sonistry, its dazzling wow....

 


As it fades, this hits me even more in its majesty, its trippy brilliance, its amazing sonistry, its dazzling wow....
 On_The_Beach wrote:

Cleveland (December 20, 2016)
The names of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2017 Inductees have been released. They are:

Performer Category:
• Joan Baez
• Electric Light Orchestra (eek)
• Journey (ack)
• Pearl Jam
• Tupac Shakur
• Yes

Award for Musical Excellence:
• Nile Rodgers

 
Agree with the eek/ack on ELO and Journey. Shakur wasn't rock so that's a 'no' also.

Baez, PJ, and Yes - definitely.
 buddy wrote:
Just saw MBs on their 50th Anniversary Days of Future Passed Tour and the did this complete album end-to-end, along with a lot of other tunes.  Great show!

 
I am more than slightly jealous!  MBs have been a top 10 band of mine since, well since I was a youngster in the early 80s and I really dug "Wildest Dreams" and then as I got older I discovered the EGBDF album and this one (DoFP) and it was on!  MBs have a style completely different than every other band I've heard.  LONG LIVE RP!!
Just saw MBs on their 50th Anniversary Days of Future Passed Tour and the did this complete album end-to-end, along with a lot of other tunes.  Great show!
Cool to hear extended versions, yes. But that last half is a completely different song, I think.
I really love the extended Moody Blues plays exclusive to RP. The old radio stations, revered as they were, didn't do this!
 Beaker wrote:
Hear hear!
That they aren't in the Hall of Fame is shocking.  Neither is Yes, Tull, ELO, or Little Feat.  
Rolling Stone: Readers' Poll: 10 Acts We'd Like to See Enter Rock Hall of Fame in 2017
 
Cleveland (December 20, 2016)
The names of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2017 Inductees have been released. They are:

Performer Category:
• Joan Baez
• Electric Light Orchestra (eek)
• Journey (ack)
• Pearl Jam
• Tupac Shakur
• Yes

Award for Musical Excellence:
• Nile Rodgers
Is it still tuesday afternoon or wednesday morning...i forgot how long these concept album songs were...solid 8
 Beaker wrote:

Hear hear!

That they aren't in the Hall of Fame is shocking.  Neither is Yes, Tull, ELO, or Little Feat.  

Rolling Stone: Readers' Poll: 10 Acts We'd Like to See Enter Rock Hall of Fame in 2017

 
Yes just got in today.  

The Moodys got snubbed again. 
It said that smell triggers memory more than the other senses. This song will challenge any scent for me. My senior year in High School just flooded my brain.
It is LONG overdue to place The Moody Blues into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Sincerely,

ABBA
R&R Hall of Fame, 2010 
 25demayo wrote:

That may be true about Thursday Afternoon, not that I've ever heard it, but what about Tuesday Afternoon? {#Wave}

 
Homer Simpson saying

That bastard Eno hypnotized me

I put this CD in my car this morning. I will never get tired of this. Got it first on eight track ;)

Thanks Bill for playing the entire track - "evening time to get away"


 jorgeluis.lopezgarcia@gmail.com wrote:
Is this version different to the "standard" one in Spotify and iTunes? 
 

 
Senor,
Long long ago, far far away, people used a new invention made of vinyl in a platter format which got peeled away a little every time it was used. The revolutions were standardized at 33 pm eventually and recordings were stuck at a couple of minutes because that yielded maximum revenue via advertising moments. Bill would know all this.........:)
Fast forward half a century and we haven't changed much, except to register astonishment that such a thing as a concept album could exist. Follow the money and it's the exceptional venue where this is not the norm.
Enter the realm of TAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDDAAAAAAAAAAA
RP.  
 Imkirok wrote:

Like a lot of music produced at this time, Days of Future Passed was intended to be listened to as an entire album, not just singles.  This song is a beautiful portion of the story of a day (or a time).  It is beautiful by itself but even more so when taken in context of the whole album.

 

Well put Imkirok.  Makes me want to click through and buy the CD. 

The synthesizers date this a bit but I dunno, I think it holds up well.   It is a good song.  One of the lighter, poppier Moody Blues songs. 
 jorgeluis.lopezgarcia@gmail.com wrote:
Is this version different to the "standard" one in Spotify and iTunes? 
 

 
This is the original album, what the hell are those "standards" you are talking about? This world turns crazy day by day 
 kcar wrote:

Any tune as lengthy, layered, and multi-faceted as Thursday Afternoon isn't going to remain eternally fresh. It's more fixed in musical conventions of the late 60s than other songs of that era. You certainly don't hear a lot of pop songs these days with an orchestra tagging along. And the MB's copious lyrics with Deep Meaning along with some occasionally cheesy rhyme schemes make some of their stuff seem dated. But if the Moodies' music touched you when you were young, I think it'll always work for you. 

 
Like a lot of music produced at this time, Days of Future Passed was intended to be listened to as an entire album, not just singles.  This song is a beautiful portion of the story of a day (or a time).  It is beautiful by itself but even more so when taken in context of the whole album.


Is this version different to the "standard" one in Spotify and iTunes? 
 
A great song from the minute it was released.
 kcar wrote:

Any tune as lengthy, layered, and multi-faceted as Thursday Afternoon isn't going to remain eternally fresh. It's more fixed in musical conventions of the late 60s than other songs of that era. You certainly don't hear a lot of pop songs these days with an orchestra tagging along. And the MB's copious lyrics with Deep Meaning along with some occasionally cheesy rhyme schemes make some of their stuff seem dated. But if the Moodies' music touched you when you were young, I think it'll always work for you. 

 
That may be true about Thursday Afternoon, not that I've ever heard it, but what about Tuesday Afternoon? {#Wave}
 dragon1952 wrote:

Crap...that must have sucked. Too young to use psychedelic drugs :^ (     .....until you were much older! Aha....I get it now....wink wink.

 
Now that you mention it, it WAS the drugs that changed things for me. Cool.
 
 stalfnzo wrote:
I was 12 years old when I got this album. I liked it back then, but never really appreciated it until I was much older. Great piece. Great album.

 
Crap...that must have sucked. Too young to use psychedelic drugs :^ (     .....until you were much older! Aha....I get it now....wink wink.
Starting to wonder if you had something against Moody Blues.
So close to a 10 it's not even funny...Smokin' to this...After smoking and realizing that you are playing the whole gig I resubmit my vote...

Spent hours listening to this album - wore out my vinyl copy before buying it on CD.
 groundbreaking and game changers they were.. {#Cheers}
 Aud wrote:


The "second part" is really the next song. It is about the "evening."

 
In that case I vote with The Police; bring on the night and skip the evening.
Fundamentally changed my idea of what music could be.
 Hannio wrote:
I always wondered why they thought it would be a good idea to let Tiny Tim sing in the second part.  Kinda ruins it for me.

 

The "second part" is really the next song. It is about the "evening."
 fredriley wrote:
In the immortal words of Joe Strummer: "f*ckin' long, innit?" {#Sleep}

 
Who really gives two sh$ts what the immortal words of Joe Strummer are?  {#Cheers}
 ziakut wrote:
I sorta like the atmosphere this tune creates...but then it is over bloated, like much of MB tunes.

 
Any tune as lengthy, layered, and multi-faceted as Thursday Afternoon isn't going to remain eternally fresh. It's more fixed in musical conventions of the late 60s than other songs of that era. You certainly don't hear a lot of pop songs these days with an orchestra tagging along. And the MB's copious lyrics with Deep Meaning along with some occasionally cheesy rhyme schemes make some of their stuff seem dated. But if the Moodies' music touched you when you were young, I think it'll always work for you. 
 molson wrote:
I feel very fortunate to have been born in the early 60's and experience the 60's music through what is available now. One can argue that there are better eras or time periods no doubt. But I find it a shame the those born in the late 80's and early 90's will never get to connect or appreciate the music before them because it was just never presented to them. Where as previous generations were exposed to everything since the 40's via radio. To make a short story long, LOVE THIS, THANKS BILL!

 
Music from the 1960s is played on the radio constantly - at least in the United States.  There must be hundreds of "classic rock" stations and/or "oldies" stations playing that stuff.  I grew up in the early '60s as well, and I rarely heard music from the 1940s being played on the radio in my childhood or later - unless I was specifically looking for a jazz station.  I heard it in my house, however, since my parents had those records.
I feel very fortunate to have been born in the early 60's and experience the 60's music through what is available now. One can argue that there are better eras or time periods no doubt. But I find it a shame the those born in the late 80's and early 90's will never get to connect or appreciate the music before them because it was just never presented to them. Where as previous generations were exposed to everything since the 40's via radio. To make a short story long, LOVE THIS, THANKS BILL!
 Imkirok wrote:
Great song, but it's even better when you listen to the entire album. 

 
…..... a must
Works pretty well on a crisp sunny Monday Afternoon, too! Never fails to remind me of how these guys were definitely a different group...
Great song, but it's even better when you listen to the entire album. 
 Hannio wrote:
I always wondered why they thought it would be a good idea to let Tiny Tim sing in the second part.  Kinda ruins it for me.

 
Oh really? Didn't know that. Really - odd!!!
One of my all-time favorite songs.  Saw the band live last night - awesome concert!
10 (+1)
 d48m02h1918 wrote:
Gorgeous.....don't hear music like this created today!! {#Daisy}

 
One of the symptoms of getting old is saying what you just said.
I always wondered why they thought it would be a good idea to let Tiny Tim sing in the second part.  Kinda ruins it for me.
 You summed up the era quite well.  I only hope that I too can see the current state of the world as you do..Kokoloco53 wrote:
What a remarkable decade, the 60's. The plethora of music that flooded my ears and the world. I was a freshman in high school when this group hit the racks. A true symphony for the ages. It amazes me how much high quality and variety existed back then compared to today's music scene, which though has some variety, today has just a small fraction of musical styles by comparison. Willie Nelson was hip, Santana ruled the latin beat, Chicago was like a Big Band jazz sound, Jimi stretched the heavens, Crosby, Still and Nash calmed souls, Jefferson Airplane inspired new heights of enlightenment, the Beatles metamorphed with every new album until their candle ran out of wax, and in the middle of all of that we all just grooved to the sweet lovin sounds of Motown that kept us in touch with what our minority brothers were feeling at the time, The World is A Ghetto according to War, Little Stevie Wonder gave us soul, but challenged us spiritually to do the right thing, everyone got along with everyone, for the most part, at least on the surface, at public gatherings and all unitl those gawdawful Angels from Hell destroyed the flames at Altamont. But in spite of all we've been through and are still going through, the world is still a beautiful place, Srive to be happy, brothers and sisters.


 


Rock and roll hall of SHAME keeping the Moody blues out
One of my all-time MB favorites! {#Notworthy}
Honestly, if I never ever hear this song again in my life, I'll be fine. The MBs DO have other songs, I believe.
 spindrift wrote:
Not real big on MBs but I like this one.
 

It's ok, you will get used to him after awhile. He will actually start to grow on you kinda like mold or nose hair.
Gorgeous.....don't hear music like this created today!! {#Daisy}
Not real big on MBs but I like this one.
bumble bees to Tuesday Afternoon into Evening.............. thanks Bill. Perfect
Somehow this sounds more sophisticated than the year of its release would suggest. I had forgotten it was a '67 project.  If Bill hadn't included its year, I may have assumed it was a '70ish vintage.  Sort of the same aesthetic as Sgt. Pepper's — unconventional, symphonic elements of sound and structure, image and story — but less poppy than Pepper. Amazing it has such staying power, but then, it still shines  some of the wonderful light that streamed through the doors opened by all that hash and acid. 
Secretly partial to a little Moody Blues (just a little!) but this is not it...
 MassivRuss wrote:
Mmmm... the purple windowpane was awesome...
 
wasn't that the truth.  those were the days.............
Too bad for all y'all folks that are growing old; this song affects me the same way it did back in high school.  I'm still 17, in the back seat of her Dad's Riviera listening to this on the car's high-tech cassette deck.
Amazing what sounded advanced to me ~40 years ago. And just sounds trite now.
I was quite hooked on the Moody Blues in the late 60s/early 70s, but that certainly has worn off by the time 1980 rolled around.
Prefer so much of your other content that I'll acknowledge that others enjoy this (more than I).
However, your do a GREAT job programming Bill. Thank you for that!

PS - Just found my vinyl copy of "Go Now" from 1964. Now I truly feel old! There's probably some word play I should be doing about Days of Future Passed.
 fredriley wrote:
In the immortal words of Joe Strummer: "f*ckin' long, innit?" {#Sleep}
 

Totally with you on that one Fred.
Mmmm... the purple windowpane was awesome...
 iTuner wrote:
8 average? Really?
 

Should at least be a 9 don't you agree?
I sorta like the atmosphere this tune creates...but then it is over bloated, like much of MB tunes.
 coloradojohn wrote:
OUTSTANDING! I recall being mesmerized — yes, I believe that describes it best — by this as an elementary school student, and again as a junior high kid, and again and again as a high schooler, and as a college hippie, and traveling around the world, and yet, it has always done the trick, and still, it brings a calm, a transporting, a journey in search of...well, you know what the Moody Blues were after — and I count myself lucky to have been turned on, and kept on, and now getting regular re-charges of it from RP, MUSIC GODS be praised!
 
{#High-five}
 On_The_Beach wrote:


https://covers1.img-themusic-world.info/000/22/22624.jpg
 

Sunday Morning - Velvet Underground
Drive in Saturday or his cover of the above - Bowie
Is it the song — or the wonderful memories it evokes of a time long gone?  Dunno.  But a 9, nonetheless.  Nights in  White Satin is, of course — the 10.
8 average? Really?
In the immortal words of Joe Strummer: "f*ckin' long, innit?" {#Sleep}
OUTSTANDING! I recall being mesmerized — yes, I believe that describes it best — by this as an elementary school student, and again as a junior high kid, and again and again as a high schooler, and as a college hippie, and traveling around the world, and yet, it has always done the trick, and still, it brings a calm, a transporting, a journey in search of...well, you know what the Moody Blues were after — and I count myself lucky to have been turned on, and kept on, and now getting regular re-charges of it from RP, MUSIC GODS be praised!
 luisrey wrote:

Thanks for the descriptive journey and encouraging words...yes,"in spite of all we've been through and are still going through". Salutations
  Very well said


 wlpendley wrote:
First heard this on the "juke box" in my local "Dairy Queen", back when a 15-cent ice cream cone could quench munchies...
 
 

Your DQ was ripping you off.  $  .10 in my town. (Unless you splurged for a large)
Nice!
 SpamNRice wrote:
 
That kid was demented!
i love this so much.
It is Tuesday afternoon in Tajikistan.
 
outstanding melody and hooks - goosebumps

 johnjconn wrote:


What comes after Tuesday?
 
Pugsly with an axe?
First heard this on the "juke box" in my local "Dairy Queen", back when a 15-cent ice cream cone could quench munchies...