Justin Hayward/Spirits Live (live at the Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta)

justin    The music of the Moody Blues has never diminished. Instead it has transformed into many different variations over the years, mostly in a live setting. The atmosphere on the streets tonight truly is the driving beat of the world. This pristine recording documents an evening with Justin Hayward in a solo performance (alongside fellow musicians) giving us renditions of those long standing tunes that we are familiar with as well as some of Justin’s own. A previous album donning yet another solo effort with long time band mate John Lodge entitled “Bluejays” displayed a familiar yet quite original grouping of ideas formulated into a collection of very delicately written songs with a noticeable Justin and John slant. The very same principle seems to have developed here as well. Favorites throughout the years are included but the thing to remember is that every musician has an inner variation and even need to reshape an existing piece to make it his own. That has been accomplished here and the spirits are very much alive in Atlanta.

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