Eyes Of Blue

From: Britain

The Eyes of Blue should have been recognized as one of the founders of progressive rock, having been around before almost all others. Instead, with the exception of drummer John Weathers, who later joined Gentle Giant, the Eyes of Blue are hardly remembered at all.

The Eyes of Blue started out as a jazz and rhythm & blues-oriented outfit. They were initially signed to Decca’s progressive rock imprint Deram Records, and cut a series of excellent singles. The band then moved to Mercury, where they concentrated more on albums and enjoyed their greatest musical success. The Eyes of Blue were taken seriously enough to collaborate with Quincy Jones on the score of the movie Toy Grabbers, and the group actually managed to appear in the movie Connecting Rooms.

The band found strength early on with their R&B-based material, including songs like “Love Is The Law,” “Crossroads Of Time,” and “7 & 7 Is.” On their first album, the Eyes of Blue showed some Eastern Influences, something that would be heard throughout their existence. Their second album was more experimental, with extended instrumental passages and classical influences. In 1968, they backed Buzzy Linhart on a self-titled album. After finding no commercial success, the Eyes of Blue disbanded by the end of the ’60s. Phil Ryan later played with Man, and John Weathers joined Pete Brown and Piblokto! on the Harvest label, before joining Gentle Giant.

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1968 album Crossroads of Time

  • Prodigal Son

From the 1969 single Mercury 72911

  • QIII