By rights, the Eyes of Blue should have an exalted place in the pantheon of art rock and progressive rock bands. They were around before almost all of them, and doing film work and making music in a jazz-rock fusion idiom before the latter had been understood, and they were signed to two major labels in succession, Deram and Mercury. Instead, except for drummer John Weathers, who later joined Gentle Giant, the Eyes of Blue are scarcely remembered at all. The Eyes of Blue started out as a jazz and rhythm & blues-oriented outfit (Graham Bond wrote the notes for their first album), doing songs in that vein as well as less well-suited material such as "Yesterday." They were initially signed to Decca's progressive rock imprint Deram Records, and cut a series of excellent but neglected singles, and then moved to Mercury, where they concentrated on albums, enjoying their greatest musical if not commercial success. They 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.
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The Welsh progressive rock band Eyes of Blue had its share of ups and downs - the "ups" certainly including gigs opening for The Spencer Davis Group, The Move, The Moody Blues, The Who, and Led Zeppelin, and the "downs" relating to the promising group's flameout in a short period of time. Late in 2015, Cherry Red's Esoteric Recordings imprint shone a light on Eyes of Blue with the first authorized CD releases of the band's two Mercury albums, both from 1969: Crossroads of Time and In Fields of Ardath.
Like many of the above-named bands with whom Eyes of Blue shared bills, the group's sound developed quickly in the ever-changing musical landscape of the 1960s. Born from the merger of The Smokestacks and The Mustangs and adopting the latter name, they were rock-and-rollers; soon, they gravitated towards Motown and soul. As the Eyes of Blue, they were signed to Decca's hip Deram label, but Deram tried to shape them into pop artists, a move at which they took umbrage. After two singles, they parted ways with Deram to pursue a heavier sound. In the new liner notes to Esoteric's reissue of Crossroads of Time, bassist Ritchie Francis recalls, "We heard the Doors and that changed everything for us." Drummer John Weathers adds, "Bands like Vanilla Fudge, Buffalo Springfield, The Doors, Love and Moby Grape were all big influences on us." American producer Lou Reizner, then working in A&R for Mercury, took an interest in the band. He signed them to a licensing deal with the label, and began working on their first album.