Everyone I knew in the early 80’s had a copy of “War Of The Worlds”, the double album with the wonderful book of ink penned drawings. The rich voice of Richard Burton. The madness of Phil Lynott and the pure voice of Julie Covington. But it was the distinct, very english voice of Justin Hayward that helped me remember, it was vunerable and heartfelt and I knew nothing about him.
As I grew older I found he was in the Moody Blues and that voice was on “Knights In White Satin” frail and very English. I was thrilled to discover this 1985 collaboration with Jeff Wayne and it did not disappoint, like an outake from “War Of The Worlds” with operatic backing singers !! Rare stuff this with a more prog rock B-side in “Take Your Chances.” There is not much between the 12″ and 7″ version just longer instrumental bits but the message is simply if you love something, set it free; if it comes backs it’s yours, if it doesn’t, it never was. No recognition at the time probably because it was on the small, Towerbell Record label.
NEW LINK 2017