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View From the Hill

Justin Hayward Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 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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Product details

  • Audio CD (17 Mar 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Castle Comm.
  • ASIN: B00005A8ZE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Heard It
2. Broken Dream
3. The Promised Land
4. It's Not Too Late
5. Something To Believe In
6. The Way of the World
7. Sometimes Less Is More
8. Troubadour
9. Shame
10. Billy
11. Children of Paradise

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best just got BETTER 8 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If any Hayward/Moody blues fans don't have this creation, then get it now. It shows Justin in so many lights....with hints of all parts in his career. The first four tracks are pure Hayward brush strokes. The rest is a slight departure, but a welcome one all the same.
If you like Justin, you won't be let down
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Endeavor! 8 Jan 2003
By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Justin Hayward carries on the legend of the Moody Blues with his latest and best solo effort. As in most MB recordings the beginning starts with an eerie spiritual instrumental before launching into the upbeat "I Heard It". All the songs are also mixed and faded into each other, just like most MB albums.
Stand-out cuts include, "Broken Dream" a melancholy look at days gone by and a coming of age; "The Promised Land" focuses on immigrants with a strong beat, clever, fast paced piano and uplifting lyrics and "Troubador", an upbeat rock/folk number speaks about love and hopeful futures.
Two songs seem more stringently like storytelling. "Something To Believe In" speaks in a positive way about a family on the edge and "Billy" is one of the saddest, lonliest songs ever written by Hayward. Even with it's bleak outcome, the song never reaches the depths of depression, but one of hope - a common theme in most of his songs.
All in all, this album hits on all levels and there isn't a dud in the set. Reaching all extremes in songwriting skills, guitar play and setting numerous moods, this solo effort will be one long rememered.
"The view from the hill is lonelier still without you" - Justin Haywa
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Heard It and Loved It 3 Jun 2004
By Joan-Violet VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I heard this Album on Justin Hayward's web site and loved it instantly, but they were sold out there, so here I am at Amazon giving my view of my purchase with them. I do love Something To Believe In and Broken Dream, its a pure Justin Hayward number with a feeling of Nights In White Satin and Question. The Way of the World is a more rocky number I have that on DVD too on a rare concert bonus track of a Justin Hayward live concert..of Justin walking through NY singing this track, it sure is a catchy one, love the guitar work. Billy is a sad track about a very sad life story of a young man..the music to this ballad is good. Paul Bliss The Moodies keyboard player is on the album with Justin and sings too his own penned song Something to Believe In...Troubadoor is a reflection of Justin's love of the craft. If you liked Songwriter, Night Flight and Moving Mountains you will love this.. an excellant album..smooth, flowing and catchy.
Why dont you stop-feel the wonder, listen to the sound...Well I heard it-I heard it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From an old fan. 19 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a Moody Blues follower since the seventies, I found this most enjoyable. I would certainly recommend it to,other fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mb-freak 12 Nov 2012
By kifa
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love it!!! "Bye it" You get the best of Justin Hayward. :-) The cd is in very good kvality' very nice sound!
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