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Justin Hayward Audio Cassette
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Justin Hayward (b. Swindon, October 14, 1946; full name David Justin Hayward) got his first guitar at age nine. In 1965, he joined pre-Beatles English rocker Marty Wilde as a member of his backing band, the Wilde Cats. By the end of 1965, Hayward had four songs that he felt ready to record on his own, which led him to former skiffle king-turned-producer Lonnie Donegan. It was Donegan's ... Read more in Amazon's Justin Hayward Store

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Trax Music
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,019,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

Track Listing: 1. The Tracks of My Tears 2. MacArthur Park 3. Blackbird 4. Vincent 5. God Only Knows 6. Bright Eyes 7. A Whiter Shade of Pale 8. Scarborough Fair 9. Railway Hotel 10. Man of the World 11. Forever Autumn 12. As Long as the Moon Can Shine 13. Stairway to Heaven

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC BLUE 18 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
I ordered this as a fan of Justin Haywards for many years but I didnt realise the utter quality of every track on this album.
Vincent,The tracks of my tears,Stairway to heaven,to name a few are sang with such heart that it hurts.
Im 50 something,and am critical about music but beleive me
this is a classic, that you will want to play over and over again.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Blue Justin Hayward 23 May 2006
By Kelly G
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderfully crafted album that showcases Justin's great voice. The Symphony adds a whole new dimension. There is a good variety of songs from different songwriters, including Simon & Garfunkel,Beach Boys,Beatles, and Zeplin. The best version of Forever Autumn is on this album. The only song that is not as good is Scarborough Fair, because the woman singing the canticle drowns out Justin.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Class 24 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is a real showcase for Justins superb voice. He sings every track with such sincerity, and orchestral accompanyment compliments this perfectly. Tracks of my tears and stairway to heaven are my favourite tracks. Buy it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a pleasure and suprise this is! 10 Jan 2008
By caz.t
Format:Audio CD
I ordered this out of curiosity more than anything else and although I am not a great fan of such grand orchestral arrangements of pop/rock songs, in this case I was absolutely taken aback by this CD. The fact that it is just vocals and an orchestra without the distractions of guitars, drums, synths etc. just lets the lyrics shine through. It was almost as if I had never really heard them properly before and Justin Hayward has such a gift for almost 'story telling' lyrics, it is captivating to listen to. There are a few tracks that I would not have included if it were my choice, but it isn't, so you have to respect the reasons for their inclusion as they obviously mean something to the Justin Hayward & Mike Batt. Having said that, the reason I have given 5 stars is that Justin's voice is superb as are the musical arrangements. I never did like 'Vincent' before now, but this version is just awesome,beautiful... I can't stop playing it. As for 'Stairway to Heaven' who'd have thought it could be done, but it is absolutley magical with the lyrics taking us on a journey throughout the song. I have to give it 5 for these two tracks alone for they way they have been presented - superb!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking Vocals! 4 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Justin Hayward has never seemed able to stop recording - he loves music that much. This unusual collaboration between the Moody Blues arguably best singer and pop composer Mike Batt is extraordinary. Taking some of the best big hits of the sixties and seventies, this duo have recrafted some well-loved (and well-covered) standards.
Who would have dared to take Led Zeppelin's huge hit, "Stairway To Heaven" and turn it into "classical" mode? It's an astounding success. "MacArthur Park" seems to fit the format more likely, but even this version seems to rival the original Richard Harris masterpiece! "Vincent" is sung with an entirely new feeling that surpasses Don McLean's version and "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" stoutly stands out - Procol Harem should be proud.
This album is meticuosly produced and the arrangements are just a bit more than great. Haywards vocals are more distinct and pronounced than on many Moody Blues albums and it is a thrill to finally hear the lyrics clearly, instead of guessing all these years. This is a rare and classic album indeed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic...from a True Classic! 5 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
(Sigh) This is the album I always hoped Justin would release. Well, he did, and it made me very happy just for that reason alone. When I heard it and really paid attention to every song, I was beyond euphoric. The carefully picked favourites are delivered with such mastery that even a True Blue Moodies fan would find it hard to grasp.
The 2 songs that are the moments of truth for me, "Vincent" was always a fav by Don McLean, but Justin does it so well he indeed makes it his own.
The same with "Bright Eyes", I found myself wondering which version was the better one and that speaks volume's as to the talents of this man.

There may not ever be another album like this from Mr. Hayward, but do get this while you can, it is truly a masterpiece.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Justin 12 April 2005
By Joan-Violet VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I havent got the CD yet still have it on plastic I bought it the week it was released fom the fan club...and I wasnt disappointed..Stairway to heaven Justin does this one superbly I dont think there is a cover to match it...he takes this Led Zep Zap to a different level...and well who can match Justin's version of Vincent he breaks away from Don McClean's folky rythymes giving it a more classical appeal..Tracks of my tears was released as a single with some merit of success. I love Railway hotel it hits me somewhere....and Forever Autumn already a big hit with Justin this was not a cover as we know and adds to the classic appeal of the Album...I must get the cd.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Justin Hayward linking up with Mike Batt didn't make sense to me at first....The Wombles and The Moody Blues. Nah, didn't make sense. But then some of the tracks, McArthur Park, Vincent, God only Knows, Whiter Shade of Pale, Man of the World, are some of the classic Rock tracks of my time. And whilst Justin Hayward is one of the greatest singer / songwriters of his generation he isn't afraid to perform songs written by others. And here we have a full album of just that. And his interpretation of the tracks - true to the originals - is beautiful. And clear. Sung with passion and warmth. As with every song he sings, this album showcases his wonderful voice. You don't have to be a Justin Hayward fan, a Moody Blues fan or, indeed, a fan of the tracks that he has chosen. Just a fan of beautiful music. If you are, give this a try. Trust me, you'll love it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
lovely cd would recommend
Published 14 days ago by rachel
4.0 out of 5 stars great music from a great musician.
Hayward excels in his interpretation of rock classics from people such as Led Zeppelin,Beach Boys and and Don Mclean.great music to chill out to,or for those long car journeys
Published 5 months ago by alan
5.0 out of 5 stars cant really give a fair comment
Bought this for my grandaughtes at xmas, she is 9, she seems to like it its never off when she is in the car, I quite like some of it but then im an oldie as she says
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. M. Wright
2.0 out of 5 stars classic blue
i love Justin Hayward...this just doesnt have it...there are a couple of good tracks, one of which is MacArthur Park...but it just hasnt hit me..
Published 7 months ago by Mr. D. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Trip down memory lane
Lots of great covers and some really magnificent solo versions of Moody's originals too.

Highly recommended for all JH and Moody's fans.
Published 7 months ago by nausealand
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I won't say there aren't dud tracks there are three, but they are sadly Mike Batt's own compositions and Blackbird - The others, given how much I paid for it are superb, the best... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. Andrew Horlock
2.0 out of 5 stars Turn up the volume
I bought this to play in my car but it just isn't suitable . Justin Hayward's voice is too weak but occasionally he sings louder and I quickly have to turn the volume down. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mike .L
3.0 out of 5 stars not quite sure
Justin plays other artists hits ? bit of a strange collection of songs i'm not sure I like the choice of material to be fair Stairway to Heaven maybe a step too far . Read more
Published 15 months ago by A. J. Harknett
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Blue
This is an absolutely lovely C.D by Justin. Been searching for: Forever Autumn. It`s a very moving song , but I love it.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs Turnbull
3.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like?
This is a pleasant but not very memorable CD. I bought it as I have always liked Justin Hayward's "Forever Autumn" , which is on this disc, but the other tracks don't... Read more
Published 16 months ago by D. Burrows
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