Blue Jays (album)

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Blue Jays
Studio album by Justin Hayward & John Lodge
Released 10 March 1975 (US)
14 March 1975 (UK)
Recorded June - December 1974 at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London
Genre Rock, Progressive Rock
Length 47:12 (album)
50:48 (CD)
Label Threshold Records
Producer Tony Clarke, 10cc
Justin Hayward & John Lodge chronology
- Blue Jays
(1975)
Songwriter
(1977)
Singles from Blue Jays
  1. "I Dreamed Last Night"
    Released: April 1975
  2. "Blue Guitar"
    Released: September 1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Discogs 3/5 stars[2]

Blue Jays is a 1975 album by Justin Hayward and John Lodge. It was recorded and released during the Moody Blues' five-year hiatus.

During work on the Moody Blues album that was to follow Seventh Sojourn, bandmates Lodge, Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas and Graeme Edge summoned Hayward and producer Tony Clarke out of a recording session to call off the project. The tension-fraught recording of Seventh Sojourn and subsequent world tour had left the band exhausted and relationships frayed. Pinder, who had emigrated to the United States, was not happy in England (?) and was determined to return home. According to Hayward:

I was under a lot of pressure from Decca to come up with something to release. So I actually went to America to do something with Mike [Pinder], between the two of us. Then Tony Clarke and John [Lodge] turned up at Mike's house as well. Mike took me in the other room and said, "I don't want to work with anybody else. I'm out of this project." So then it became me and John and Tony Clarke, and we made an album called Blue Jays.[3]

The album was recorded in Threshold Westlake Audio Studios in West Hampstead, London.[3]

On March 11, 1975 Blue Jays made its debut in the form of a staged playback of the album at Carnegie Hall. Hayward and Lodge wanted to pipe the music into the street, but New York police said they feared a traffic jam.[4]

The track "Blue Guitar", originally released as a non-album single credited to Hayward and Lodge in September 1975 but performed by Hayward with the band 10cc, was added to the album upon its re-release on CD in 1987.

In 2004, the album was remastered and released on CD with the same bonus tracks.

Original track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "This Morning" (Justin Hayward) - 5:56
  2. "Remember Me (My Friend)" (Hayward, John Lodge) - 5:28
  3. "My Brother" (Hayward) - 3:28
  4. "You" (Lodge) - 4:35
  5. "Nights Winters Years" (Hayward) - 3:40

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Saved by the Music" (Lodge) - 6:09
  2. "I Dreamed Last Night" (Hayward) - 4:29
  3. "Who Are You Now" (Hayward) - 2:29
  4. "Maybe" (Lodge) - 5:38
  5. "When You Wake Up" (Hayward, Lodge) - 5:23

1987 Bonus tracks (also 2004 remaster)[edit]

  1. "Blue Guitar" (Hayward) - 3:37

Personnel[edit]

"Blue Guitar"[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1975 UK Albums Chart 4[5]
1975 Billboard 200 16[citation needed]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1975 "I Dreamed Last Night" Billboard Hot 100 47[citation needed]
"Blue Guitar" UK Singles Chart 8[6]
Billboard Hot 100 94[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. Review of Blue Jays at AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-10-11.
  2. ^ Blue Jays at Discogs
  3. ^ a b "Sammy Sultan Interviews: Justin Hayward (Full Interview)". YouTube. 2013-02-09. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  4. ^ "11 March". The Doors in History. History.waiting-forthe-sun.net. Retrieved 2013-08-25. 
  5. ^ "Chart Stats - Justin Hayward And John Lodge - Blue Jays". Chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  6. ^ "Chart Stats - Justin Hayward And John Lodge - Blue Guitar". Chartstats.com. Retrieved 2009-10-11.