Showing posts with label Justin Hayward. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Justin Hayward. Show all posts

Friday, 29 May 2020

Since you've gone - The Wilde Three

The previous two entries on this blog came with the big one: this single. I have been hunting for the two Wilde Three singles for decades now, but they are very rare and so I haven't been able to get them - until now. 'Since you've gone' was the first release by the Wilde Three, the group formed by Marty Wilde after his solo career didn't go as well as before. Figuring that there was a trend for harmony groups, he enlisted his wife Joyce and a young unknown singer called Justin Hayward to record a handful of tracks. This single shows exactly what they were made of: two great songs written by Marty (using his pseudonym Frere Manston) and performed with passion by three excellent singers.

The single didn't chart, and Justin soon parted ways again. However, it was Marty who encouraged him to write his own song material. Without him, the world might never have heard songs like 'Nights in white satin', for that was a song penned by Hayward just two years later.

Meanwhile, this single sits proudly in my record collection now. And if anyone can find the other one, 'I cried', I will gladly pay. 

My collection: 7" single no. 6292
Found:, received May 29, 2020
Cost: enough
Tracks: 'Since you've gone' / 'Just as long'

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Forever autumn - Justin Hayward

In 1989 the Jeff Wayne epic 'War of the worlds' was re-released, including for the first time on the cd format. To promote this, two singles were re-released as well: 'The eve of the war' (a re-release I'm still looking for) and 'Forever autumn'.

It's almost needless to say that these re-releases were not a commercial success. 'Forever autumn' did not reprise its 1978 chart success at all. But at least it's a pretty new sleeve and a nice collector's item for fans of 'The war of the worlds'.

My collection: 7" single no. 935
Found: Free Record Shop, Den Haag, July 7, 1989
Cost: 6 guilders
Tracks: 'Forever autumn' / 'Thunder child'

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Forever autumn - Justin Hayward

The mailman made me happy today, when he delivered this little package to my doorstep. Although I have the UK pressing of 'Forever autumn', this Dutch pressing came in a beautiful sleeve; and sometimes the sleeve is what counts.

'Forever autumn' reached number 22 in the Dutch Top 40 and number 5 in the UK singles chart. It is of course a track from Jeff Wayne's marvellous musical version of the book 'War of the worlds'.

My collection: 7" single no. 4100
Found:, received October 10, 2009
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Forever autumn' / 'The fighting machine'

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Forever autumn - Justin Hayward

Unlike 'The eve of the war', this second single taken from Jeff Wayne's musical version of 'War of the worlds' did not come with a beautiful picture label. Still, this is the way the single was released in the UK, and I thought it would be a nice addition to my collection. Unfortunately, this particular copy proved to be pressed on pretty bad quality vinyl. I saw some spots in the shop, but I assumed it was dirt which I could wipe from the record. But it's actually engrained in the vinyl itself! Well, kindof another collector's item, I guess.

'Forever autumn' was a huge hit for Justin Hayward, peaking at number 5 in the UK singles chart and number 22 in the Dutch Top 40.

My collection: 7" single no. 3986
Found: Sister Ray, London, August 5, 2009
Cost: 1 pound
Tracks: 'Forever autumn' / 'The fighting machine'

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