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SHINE ON

Jane

 

Heavy Prog

1.70 | 8 ratings

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febus
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Honorary Collaborator / In Memoriam
1 stars MODERN DAY JANE!

SHINE ON is a 2003 JANE album released by the PETER PANKA'S version of the band. Yes, there is no KLAUS HESS, the heart and soul of the glory days of JANE but somehow the line-up playing on this album cam make this band version legitimate as the 4 members were all at one time or another playing with the band in the 70s.

Apart of PETER PANKA on drums,CHARLY MAUCHER played bass on JANE's first and third album and WERNER NADOLNY was their first keyboardist as well. Guitarist KLAUS WALTZ was part of the band for HERE WE ARE and JANE III.So the credentials are here, but does it mean we are back to real JANE music? definitely not!

SHINE ON is a product of a band well in their fifties and it sounds like it! There is absolutely nothing prog on this album, except the great cover design. The only link to JANE past is the band logo. What you hear on this recording is middle of the road mainstream rock with absolutely ano adventurous spirit. Verses,chorus and verses again followed by a prefabricated 10 second guitar solo . This is an album of 4 buddies having a good time recording together with no sense of urgency. They are not here to rekindle with their past, just playing conventional songs you have heard a million times on radio before in your life.

The vocals are so predictable, you always know in advance what's coming next and they get sometimes very corny. (just listen to the horrible HOW TO DO IT RIGHT) .It should have been a law in Germany to forbid to record songs like that.Where are you KLAUS HESS when we need you ? I don't know if JANE would have been better with their lead guitarist on board as him too, sure is 30 years older as well in the meantime. But HESS was the spirit and the sound of the band and without him, just the name remains from the glorious times, nothing more.

Don't ask me which songs are the best ? after multiple listenings, i still can't come up with one that stand out, not one. Oh! yes, everything is well played, the sound is clear but that's not enough to add stars to the rating.This is JANE only in name!

1 STAR.

febus | 1/5 |

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