Natural Avenue

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Natural Avenue is an album by John Lodge of The Moody Blues released in 1977 while on hiatus from the Moody Blues. During the hiatus Lodge also did an album with Justin Hayward as The Blue Jays. While not a hit the album fared sightly better than Justin Hayward's release of Night Flight three years later. Robert Hillburn gave the album a favorable review in the Los Angeles Times.

Natural Avenue
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 28, 1977
Recorded1976 at Threshold Studios, London; mixed at Sunset Sound, Los Angeles
GenreRock
Length45:26 (album)
49:28 (Original CD)
53:45 (Reissue CD)
LabelThreshold/Decca
ProducerTony Clarke
John Lodge chronology
Blue Jays
(1975)
Natural Avenue
(1977)
10,000 Light Years Ago
(2015)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Prog3.5/5 stars[2]

The album was originally released on the London label. It was later re-released on CD on the Threshold label in 1987 with one bonus track, "Street Café" (originally released as a single in 1980).

It was released again on Threshold in May 1996 with the additional bonus track "Threw It All Away" (the B-side of the "Street Café" single).

Track listingEdit

Side 1Edit

  1. "Intro to Children of Rock 'n Roll" (John Lodge) – 1:04
  2. "Natural Avenue" (John Lodge) – 3:56
  3. "Summer Breeze" (John Lodge) – 5:22
  4. "Carry Me" (John Lodge) – 5:42
  5. "Who Could Change" (John Lodge) – 6:04

Side 2Edit

  1. "Broken Dreams, Hard Road" (John Lodge) – 4:33
  2. "Piece Of My Heart" (John Lodge) – 3:56
  3. "Rainbow" (John Lodge) – 3:53
  4. "Say You Love Me" (John Lodge) – 6:25
  5. "Children Of Rock 'n Roll" (John Lodge) – 4:31

1987 CD Bonus TrackEdit

  1. "Street Café" (John Lodge) – 4:02

1996/2014 Reissue CD Bonus TracksEdit

  1. "Street Café" (John Lodge) – 4:02
  2. "Threw It All Away" (John Lodge) – 4:17

"Street Café" produced by Pip Williams
"Threw It All Away" produced by Pip Williams

PersonnelEdit

  • John Lodge – 6- and 12-string acoustic guitars (1–7, 9, 10), bass (2–10), harmonica (2), piano (5), vocals
  • Steve Simpson – Spanish guitar (1, 9), 6-string acoustic guitars (1, 3–6, 10), electric guitar (2, 6), vocals
  • Kenney Jones – drums & percussion (2–10)
  • Mick Weaver – piano & organ (2–6, 8–10), electric piano (7), celeste (7)
  • Mel Collins – soprano saxophone (2)
  • Martin Dobson – alto saxophone (2)
  • Jimmy Jewel – saxophone (3, 6)
  • Brian Rogers Orchestra – (3–10)
  • Chris Spedding – electric guitar (5, 7–10)
  • Dennis Lopez – percussion (5)
  • Gary Osborne – vocals
  • John Richardson – vocals
  • Allan Williams – vocals
  • Billy Lowrie – vocals

Chart positionsEdit

Year Chart Position
1977 UK Albums Chart 38
1977 Billboard 200 121

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Natural Avenue at AllMusic. Retrieved 21:20, 17 May 2016 (UTC).
  2. ^ Sexton, Paul. "John Lodge: Natural Avenue". Retrieved 2018-12-31.