The forthcoming Moody Blues box set, “Timeless Flight”, will come with something very special for the first 300 people who order it through the band’s website.
You will receive a reproduction of the C90 cassette that went into space four times. The tape, which has “Days of Future Passed“ on one side and “Seventh Sojourn” on the other, was presented to the band by Commander Robert “Hoot” Gibson. These two albums traveled more than 10 million miles, circled the Earth more than 420 times and traveled at 26 times the speed of sound. The original cassette was hung in the band’s U.K. office for close to three decades.
The Moody Blues have had a long connection to space travel and NASA. Their fourth album, 1969’s “To Our Children’s Children’s Children”, is about a rocket and opens with the sound of one blasting off. To achieve this, NASA sent the band the sound of a rocket, but it sounded more like a swooshing sound. So they had to re-create it using the Mellotron and by recording the crash caused by tossing a piano off a roof.
The closest the Moody Blues will be playing near Detroit is Cincinnati Ohio on September 27th at the PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center.