Justin Hayward & John Lodge - Blue Jays

180 Gram Black Vinyl LP Record Reissue + Download

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Blue Jays is a collaborative studio album by English musicians Justin Hayward & John Lodge, originally released in March 1975 via Threshold Records.

After the release of The Moody Blues Seventh Sojourn (1972) album and subsequent world tour, the band members took a break from the band from 1974 until 1977 to pursue other solo projects.

In 1975 Hayward and Lodge released the very successful Blue Jays album which was produced by Tony Clarke and recorded at the Moody’s studios in West Hampstead, London. The album featured ten songs, five credited to Hayward, three to Lodge and two as collaborations.

The project was launched in highly unusual fashion with a playback (but not a live performance) in the historic surroundings of New York’s Carnegie Hall. “It was the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Hayward later told Q magazine. “There’s John and me in the dressing room at Carnegie Hall and the house is full and all there is on stage is a record player with a couple of spotlights on it. And they say, ‘Ladies and gentlemen! The very first performance of Blue Jays!’ And then someone plonks the record on.”

Blue Jays was a big success on both sides of the Atlantic, eagerly embraced by long-time Moodies fans who had been starved of new material for three years. It reached No. 4 in the UK, spending an impressive seven weeks in the Top ten and fourteen in the Top 40. In America, it climbed to No. 16 in a 23-week chart run.

Billboard’s enthusiastic review of the album noted that its symphonic sound “brings back memories of the ‘Nights In White Satin’ days, with smooth, flowing cuts, powerfully soothing production and solo and harmony vocals that are reminiscent of the best of the Moodies…expect immediate FM play (response is already strong).” The magazine’s advice to record dealers was “Let the consumers know who this duo is and you’ve got a super seller on your hand”.

This album is a 2019 reissue on 180 gram black vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with a download code, pressed in Europe via Threshold Records.

(602577979347)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

This Morning

5:55

A2

Remember Me, My Friend

5:27

A3

My Brother

3:27

A4

You

4:34

A5

Nights, Winters, Years

3:36

B1

Saved By The Music

6:08

B2

I Dreamed Last Night

4:27

B3

Who Are You Now

2:30

B4

Maybe

5:36

B5

When You Wake Up

5:19

SKU 602577979347
Record Label Threshold Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 779 793 4
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 04 October 2019
Original Release Date (Year) 10 March 1975
Barcode # 602577979347
Shipping Weight 0.3800kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Heavyweight Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Reissue, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Progressive Rock
Format VINYL LP

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