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Classic Blue Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000B6ET9Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,383 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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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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By Marty From SF HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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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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By Mrs. A. M. Chadwick TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Feb. 2016
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The first time I heard Justin Hayward sing was shortly after Jeff Wayne released the vinyl double record set of the musical version of “War of the Worlds”. I heard him song “Forever Autumn” on the radio, not only did I love the song I loved his voice and the emotion he put in the song.

For many years that’s the “Forever Autumn” was the only song I had of his.

So one day I was looking on Amazon and bought a couple of his albums, this was the first I bought, (and I also bought a couple of the Moody Blue albums).

If you’ve never heard of Justin Hayward is then “Classic Blue” is a great album to start with. This album was originally recorded in 1989, (and re-released in 2005). Justin also works with the Mike Batt, (composer and producer) on this album.

The CD booklet has a couple of still photos included and there are two articles in the booklet, the first by Paul Lester and the second by Mike Batt.

If you were to ask me if I’d a favourite, I’d have to say yes. It’s the entire CD. :-)

I find this CD very relaxing and I’m glad it’s in my collection. :-)
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(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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By WOOLLY MAMMOTH TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Jun. 2011
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There seem to be two versions of this album - the original Castle Communications release and a new repackage. I own the former, which has the usual poor Castle Communications artwork, but can be found on Amazon for a few pence. I would imagine the new release is sonically a better quality master. That said, the version I own is also of excellent sound quality.

Now to the album - anyone who knows the Moody Blues will realise that Justin Hayward has a beautiful, rich voice. This is put to great effect on a series of 13 cover versions chosen by Justin and Mike Batt. Backed by an 80 piece orchestra, they do real justice to a set of genuine classics, including 'Stairway to Heaven' and Batt's 'Bright Eyes'. The music is tender and gentle when required and utterly rousing and uplifting at the right times. The orchestration is superb and the musicianship exemplary.

This is a top rate album which I cannot stop playing at the moment - just brilliant!
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