Hayward & Lodge (The Moody Blues) - Blue Jays CD (album) cover


Hayward & Lodge (The Moody Blues)


Crossover Prog

4.15 | 65 ratings

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Theo Verstrael
4 stars This is the best album the Moody Blues did not make.

Blue Jays clearly illustrates how well Hayward and Lodge could work together in that time. Therefore it remains such a mystery why the guys never came to produce a successor for the great album. For great it is! "This morning" starts so mellow and beautiful that the listener is either totally under the spell of this album or he will never get the magic at all. The acoustic guitar, the harmony, it is simply brilliant. Unfortunately Hayward and Lodge don't succeed in maintaining that high quality of song writing during the full album. Yet there is much more to enjoy. Listen to "My brother", "Maybe" and "When you wake up" and the beautiful English countryside opens up before your eyes. "Nights, winter, years" is a bit too much for my taste, as is 'Saved by the music'. Therefore I will not grant this album 5 stars but actually 4.5 stars. And that last half a star is earned by the fact that the only single that Hayward and Lodge released, "Blue guitar", is included on the album. Go and listen to this more than enjoyable album!

Theo Verstrael | 4/5 |


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