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  • Audio CD (6 Aug. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca - Pop
  • ASIN: B0001DMMX4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,293 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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'Songwriter' is Justin Hayward's first solo album. Recorded in 1977, two years after the release of the brilliant 'Blue Jays' album made with Moodies bassist, John Lodge.
'Songwriter' is a little different from 'Blue Jays' as it's a bit of a shift from the Moody Blues style of music. It seems that Justin Hayward has moved back to his roots and recorded songs that just wouldn't have worked with the early Moody Blues sound. This is a set of songs that would show Hayward in a different light while demonstrating still further his ability to write amazing songs.
It's a great album from a young Justin Hayward. If you liked 'Forever Autumn' from Jeff Wayne's 'War of the Worlds' then you'll like this album, it's also definitely a 'must have' for any Moody Blues fan.
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I remember buying this album as a 16 year-old on the day it was released and playing it to death over a two-month period. 'Songwriter' came out in close proximity to John Lodge's `Natural Avenue' - another fine album - and I remember the word in the industry prior to both releases was that John's album was even better than Justin's!

But it's 'Songwriter' I'm reviewing here - an album I hadn't heard for quite a few years until I bought a copy of this CD recently. The sound is not quite as dynamic as the vinyl original in my opinion - but this doesn't detract from the quality of the songs and performances.

Listening to it again, I still love `Country Girl' - which was released as a 45 (remember them? :-)), but the melody of the first single from the album `One Lonely Room' has paled slightly for me. The song also features one of the worst couplets ever written, with Justin mourning the loss of his love and singing: `You left a car that had no wheels/You left some shoes that had no heels'. `Raised on Love' is another song with weak lyrics - they are far too soppy - but its very pretty tune compensates for this.

`Tightrope', `Stage Door' and `Lay it on Me' are outstanding tracks, the latter enlivened by Justin rocking-out on guitar - reminding everyone of what a fine player he is. And the voice! What a great set of pipes he had (and after seeing the Moodies live last year, still has!)

The title track is split into two very different, but interesting parts, although I personally think part one - with its more conventional structure - is superior to part two.

The original ten track album ended with two excellent darker tracks `Doin' Time' and the string-laden `Nostradamus', but there are four bonus tracks on this CD release.
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This album showcases Justin's writing talent as well as his musical abilities. Each song has it's own personality and mood. The bonus tracks make this a great addition to your Justin Hayward collection.
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Following success with the Moody Blues and with John lodge in Blue Jays, Hayward steered a wholly different course as a soloist. The songs on here are strong and well crafted, justifying the title of the album, 'Songwriter'. There are some nice orchestral arrangements and beautiful vocals, but the sound has deliberately moved away from the close harmonies of the Moody Blues, afirming that Justin can make a good record both with and without his band mates. The album has four worthy bonus tracks but for me, loses a star for a rather saccahrin 'Raised On Love', complete with singing kiddies! That aside, it is a VERY good album indeed and is to be recommended.
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Yes, I am a huge Justin Hayward fan, but this album is so beautiful. The lyrics and tunes are fabulous. Each song is heartfelt and real. A great cd if you like The Moody Blues or Justin's quite popular song "Forever Autumn." Enjoy this treat!
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I've owned this 1976 LP for a long time and recently decided to changeover to CD..

I always thought the album excellent. Typical soaring, tuneful Hayward lyrics, wedded to different proportions of lush, orchestral, strings and guitar sounds etc. Most of the 10 original songs (not all) excite! Pride of place here must go to one part of 'Songwriter', 'Country Girl' & 'One Lonely Room' - with most of the others not far behind. The 4 bonus tracks aren't great ('Marie' being the best) and not worth bothering about: I can see why they never made the light of day on the original LP.

So for MB collectors, another CD well worth having - as is John Lodges 'Natural Avenue' offering of the same era..

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Perhaps many fans of the Moody Blues have not heard this record? That would be a pity. I first bought this as a vinyl LP in 1980 on my honeymoon in Stockholm at a second hand record shop. I now have it on CD and it is one of my favourites. Simpler arrangements than we may be used to with Justin and the Moody Blues, but the guitar playing! And THAT voice! I specifically like "Raised on Love" and "Stage Door". If you are a fan, please don't hesitate to get this.
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Brilliant album
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