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2.85 | 34 ratings | 2 reviews | 12% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1984

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Images Of Dune (11:58) :
- a) Prescient Dawn
- b) The Freman
- c) Journey On A Dream
2. Carribbean Wave (5:37)
3. Horizen (2:18)
4. East Wind (7:08)
5. Grey Lake, Red Mountain (5:29)
6. Long Wait At Mount Li (7:02)

Total time 39:32

Line-up / Musicians

- Tony Duhig / acoustic & electric guitars, Roland guitar synth, percussion, composer & producer
- Jon Field / alto, concert & Chinese flutes, percussion

- David Duhig / 2nd electric guitar solo (2)
- Gowan Turnbull / sax (2), flute (4)
- Brad Lang / bass (2)
- Annise Hadeed / steel drums & timbales (2)
- Jeff Barak / drums (6)
- Pro Musica of London Chorus (members) / chorus vocals (6)

Releases information

Artwork: Stefan Suchomski

LP Pulse ‎- PULSE 005 (1984, UK)

CD Earthsounds ‎- CDPulse005 (2001, UK)

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JADE WARRIOR Horizen ratings distribution

(34 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(24%)
Good, but non-essential (44%)
Collectors/fans only (18%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

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Review by soundsweird
2 stars Other than the track Caribbean Wave, which sounds like nothing else on the album, I was underwhelmed. Before I ever heard the album, I remember thinking that it would be nice to hear Jade Warrior add some electronic sounds to their mix. Well, maybe so, but not the kind of synth sounds they employ here. Even in the 80's, when there wasn't such a glut of crappy New Age synth music, I thought this was generic and uninspired. I kept the LP, but never upgraded to the CD that was recently issued for the first time.
Review by kenethlevine
3 stars According to original member and vocalist Glyn Havard, who was unceremoniously written out of the group when they signed to Island Records as an all instrumental band, the group named itself JADE WARRIOR to reflect their yin and yang, their predilection for juxtaposing heavy and soft interludes, sometimes abruptly. They certainly lived up to this name throughout their Vertigo years, and even during the mellower albums that followed. Of course, all along we wondered what the group JADE would sound like, stripped of the WARRIOR. Wait, we didn't? Well, regardless, that question was at least in part answered by 1984's "Horizen", which is largely a Tony Duhig solo album with invited guests. Even Jon Field himself is only on several tracks.

This is a uniformly smooth and mellow album, but, all things considered it could have been a lot worse. Yes the whole production is coated in a lustrous sheen that befits the ascendancy of the New Age era which JADE WARRIOR pioneered, but the compositions are actually reasonably thought out and executed. The album opens with its most triumphant and lucid piece, the "Dune" suite which was ostensibly an ultimately unsuccessful candidate for soundtrack to the movie of the same name, based on the work of science fiction writer Frank Herbert. That doesn't diminish the brilliance of the piece. This is followed with the only major contrast on the album, the steel-drum led "Caribbean Wave", which is certainly one of their more vivacious pieces, and wholly successful.

While the remainder is a notch or two below the opening numbers, "East Wind" and the closing "Long Wait at Mount Li" do offer modest challenges, including a choir on the finale. Overall, this is a rather successful attempt to integrate the classics of the Island era into a more chill 1980s format that still promotes mindfulness. 3.5 stars rounded down.

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