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Classic Blue Import, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (February 26, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary UK
  • ASIN: B000B6ET9Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tracks Of My Tears
2. Macarthur Park
3. Blackbird
4. Vincent
5. God Only Knows
6. Bright Eyes
7. 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

Editorial Reviews

1993 reissue on Castle of the Moody Blues vocalist's 1989solo album for Trax Music with Mike Batt & The LondonPhilharmonic Orchestra assisting. The 13 track album iscomprised of pop & rock classics, including 'The Tracks OfMy Tears', 'God Only Knows', 'MacArthur Park', 'A WhiterShade Of Pale', 'Blackbird', 'Man Of The World' and'Stairway To Heaven'.

Customer Reviews

His voice is beautiful on all the songs.
Susan L. Todd
When I hear Justin singing, I feel his respect for each listener, and that respect makes me, as a listener, feel special.
This album works, and if you are a fan of the Moody Blues or Justin, by all means, give it a chance.
Justin's biggest fan

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Lee Roschen on March 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
An album of virtually doing the unthinkable, Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward, with the help of producer Mike Batt records a very daring album of pop classics with a full orchestra for instrumental backing. Can you imagine Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" being sung by Justin with a full orchestra?? Well, quite frankly, I couldn't either when picking up this album when it was first released. So the question must be asked if this type of recording is even remotely effective in its scope. If one is a die-hard Moody Blues fan, the answer is definitely "yes". However, this album might appeal more to someone who prefers classical music than one who considers themselves a moderate Moody Blues/Justin Hayward fan.

Also included in this set is a slower, stirring rendition of Hayward's solo single "Forever Autumn" (from Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of "The War Of The Worlds"), plus other pop classics like Richard Harris' "MacArthur Park", and Procol Harum's "A White Shade of Pale" just to name a few all done in the previously mentioned musical style.

Although not all that easy to locate, this album is a wonderful departure from Hayward's usual music style. Fortunately, his incredible voice is in top form here, although he didn't attempt to hit that last high note on "MacArthur Park" (would you if you were singing it??). But overall, this album is VERY GOOD, and highly recommended.`

Now how about nominating The Moody Blues for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame??? LONG OVERDUE!!!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Madalena M. Carrozzo on February 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is a beautiful collection and selection of songs by the voice of the Moody Blues who delivers interpretations in his own signature style. Call it a vanity album if you choose; this is clearly a showcase for his voice. His plaintive vocals are crystal clear and immaculate throughout, with many a number sending a shiver up the spine as only an emotional Justin Hayward vocal can. I especially enjoyed his version of "MacArthur Park" (a 60's throwback which I've always liked and found fascinating). JH's rendition, I feel, surpasses the original. I played Justin's for my mother (for whom I'd bought Richard Harris' album with my allowance as a child) and she liked Justin's rendition better (a true compliment, if you ask me!). The orchestral version of his worldwide hit, "Forever Autumn" is stunning and just as heart-rending as its counterpart. Simon & Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair" is also an outstanding cut. Not many artists would dare try to cover "Stairway to Heaven" or "A Whiter Shade of Pale" and Justin does these classic mainstays of rock radio justice. He also does "Man of the World" by original Fleetwood Mac member, Peter Green, and as a Beatles' fan, "Blackbird" was a happy addition for me. Now, if only Justin would do "Classic Blue, Part II" and perhaps try "If You Could Read My Mind" and "The Last Time I Saw Her" both by Gordon Lightfoot (my other favorite artist and one who, I understand, Mr.Hayward is also a fan of); "Aubrey" by Bread; and perhaps, the Beatles "She's Leaving Home", there would be the start of a second gem of a classic album. Talk about emotional vocals. What do you say, Justin?Read more ›
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Graf on September 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Even though Mr. Hayward did not write one these songs (and he's written a few classics) it is one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard from him. There are so many more songs I'd love to hear him sing, but the song list is good and shows what a voice the man has. "Scarborough Fair", "Vincent" and my favorite, "Bright Eyes" done so well by Art Garfunkel originally, Justin breezes through these songs as if they were written just for him. The only one I would've left off is "Stairway to Heaven". Seems an odd one throw in there, but the rest are truly as the title says, "Classic". This is a MUST for any Justin Hayward or Moody Blues fan.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
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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