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Jade Warrior


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.68 | 121 ratings

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5 stars Jade Warrior - Last Autumn's Dream (1972)

I was struck with awe by the Akarma vinyl reprint of Jade Warrior's debut album. I finally found my copy of their third album, which represents a continuation in style. Empty drawing board progressive rock heavily influenced by eastern (Japanese) folk influences. As if famous film director Akira Kurawasa had formed a rockband. The second album focused (at times) unsuccessfully on the rock / heavy psych side of the band.

It's wonderful to listen to a band that so full of fresh ideas that it almost forgets to finish it songs. The music full of chunky clean guitars, wild fuzz guitars, flute orchestrations, Asian percussion and some mildly psychedelic vocals. Sometimes is feels like listening to a small traditional Japanese orchestra, with even the electric guitar tuning in, in that ethereal sound. It feels like listening to a scene in a movie. The opening song reminds me of the better King Crimson ballads, like Candance and Cascade. Plain beauty. Joanne is wildly psychedelic rock track. Obedience another scenic fuzz guitar soundscape that reminds me a bit of the opening of Larks Tongues. The ending of the album is another symphonic folk highlight of the band's career. A bit like the best parts of Embryo's folk-styled albums.

This music is guided imagination. Dreaming away to far away lands and stories. Progressive rock listeners that can't appreciate a lack of song structure will definitely hit a wall here, but for adventurous listeners this record must surely hit a chord. I love this record about as much as the debut, so another five star rating for this one.

friso | 5/5 |


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