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Blue Jays
     

Blue Jays

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by Justin Hayward & John Lodge
 

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The most romantic album to come out of the Moody Blues' orbit, and the biggest success of their five-year hiatus. Hayward has the more distinctive body of songs, but their strength as a unit lies in their vocal pairing, which is as strong here as it ever was with the group. The pair play the guitars and basses, backed by a group that includes

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The most romantic album to come out of the Moody Blues' orbit, and the biggest success of their five-year hiatus. Hayward has the more distinctive body of songs, but their strength as a unit lies in their vocal pairing, which is as strong here as it ever was with the group. The pair play the guitars and basses, backed by a group that includes members of the Threshold-signed band Providence. Hayward wrote or co-wrote seven of the original album's ten songs, and most of it is fairly impressive as soft romantic rock, although "Nights Winters Years" is a little bit too melodramatic. Lodge has one of the better rockers to come out of the group's orbit, however, in "Saved By the Music," which is also a surprisingly spiritual song. The production by Tony Clarke echoes the best Moody Blues sound. The bonus track, "Blue Guitar," is an added attraction to the CD.

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Release Date:
06/15/2004
Label:
Polygram Uk
UPC:
0042288288220
catalogNumber:
882882
Rank:
41009

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Blue Jays [Bonus Track] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album should be in every Moody Blues fan's collection. When I got this album back in 1975 it really filled the space between Seventh Sojourn and Octave. Everyone got the play on words in the title, the two Moody Blue Jays being Justin & John. And contrary to the impression given by Bruce Eder's All Music Guide review, Blue Jays is not a Justin album with John tacked on. It is a genuine collaboration, with Moody Blues producer Tony Clarke at the helm. (See the notes in the booklet for the 1987 CD release.) Check out the mid-70s solo efforts by the other Moodies too, there's some good stuff there!