Classic Blue

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Classic Blue
Classic Blue.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 4, 1989
Recorded1988 - 1989
Abbey Road Studios, London
StudioAbbey Road Studios
GenreSymphonic rock
LabelTrax Records, Castle Music
ProducerMike Batt
Justin Hayward chronology
Moving Mountains
Classic Blue
Justin Hayward and Friends Sing the Moody Blues Classic Hits
Alternative cover
Reissue cover.
Reissue cover.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]

Classic Blue is the fourth solo studio album by The Moody Blues member Justin Hayward. Classic Blue was released in 1989 by Trax Records (later re-released on Castle Music Records in 1994), and features Mike Batt, who also produced the album, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The album includes cover versions of many hit songs, such as The Beatles' "Blackbird", and Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." It also includes a re-recorded version of "Forever Autumn," a song from Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, in which Hayward originally sang lead vocals.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Tracks of My Tears" (Smokey Robinson, Marv Tarplin, Warren Moore)– 3:23
  2. "MacArthur Park" (Jimmy Webb) – 7:16
  3. "Blackbird" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 2:31
  4. "Vincent" (Don McLean) – 4:53
  5. "God Only Knows" (Brian Wilson, Tony Asher) – 3:34
  6. "Bright Eyes" (Mike Batt) – 3:53
  7. "A Whiter Shade of Pale" (Keith Reid, Gary Brooker) – 4:28
  8. "Scarborough Fair" (Traditional; arranged by Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel) – 4:18
  9. "Railway Hotel" (Mike Batt) – 3:23
  10. "Man of the World" (Peter Green) – 3:29
  11. "Forever Autumn" (Paul Vigrass, Gary Osborne, Jeff Wayne) – 5:15
  12. "As Long As the Moon Can Shine" (Mike Batt) – 4:20
  13. "Stairway to Heaven" (Jimmy Page, Robert Plant) – 7:42

Chart positions[edit]


Year Chart Position
1989 UK Albums Chart 47


  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. Classic Blue at AllMusic