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JADE WARRIOR

Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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The music of JADE WARRIOR is somewhat difficult to describe. Among the influences you'll hear in various aspects of JADE WARRIOR's music are rock, jazz, Latin, Japanese, African, ambient, and the kitchen sink (almost literally - there are spoons and an empty whiskey bottle in there somewhere!). It's often melodically simple, and rhythmically complex... or vice versa. This is the kind of music that everyone can hear different dimensions within and is conqueror of none.

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Last Autumn's DreamLast Autumn's Dream
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3.43 | 73 ratings
Jade Warrior
1971
3.51 | 73 ratings
Released
1972
3.54 | 83 ratings
Last Autumn's Dream
1972
3.53 | 79 ratings
Floating World
1974
3.45 | 65 ratings
Waves
1975
3.17 | 49 ratings
Kites
1976
3.60 | 64 ratings
Way Of The Sun
1978
2.46 | 18 ratings
Horizen
1984
2.21 | 15 ratings
At Peace
1989
3.59 | 24 ratings
Breathing the Storm
1992
3.66 | 16 ratings
Distant Echoes
1993
3.09 | 18 ratings
Eclipse
1998
3.14 | 16 ratings
Fifth Element
1998
3.71 | 21 ratings
Now
2008

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2.61 | 7 ratings
Reflections
1979
4.09 | 23 ratings
Elements: the Island Anthology
1995

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 Way Of The Sun by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.60 | 64 ratings

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Way Of The Sun
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by SMSM

5 stars First, the Esoteric label should be lauded for their terrific remastering and liner notes - a good reason to buy cds over downloading - - Got that labels!

This is the most accessible and not boring instrumental pop music by the so-called "Fathers of New Wave"

Definately terrific instrumental progressive rock in an etheral/delicate vain, but varied without using endless repetitions/tape loops that could be only able to listen to if previously indulged substances that if driving on, one could be arrested for DUI.

Sadly some other classic Jade Warrior recordings are in this vain - please listen such on Youtube before buying (and buy the cd if you like it because the sound on youtube will never be a great and the information never be as interesting as shown on the Esoteric cd)

I consider it a masterpiece because in this vain of new age music label as it is a recording that should be used as an influence and guidance in how to make great in being accessible without being boring repetitive so-called new age recordings, or so self-indulgent (looks good on paper or theory in why it was composed, but sounds lousy to the ears), it becomes inaccessible

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 Last Autumn's Dream  by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.54 | 83 ratings

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Last Autumn's Dream
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by FragileKings

3 stars Jade Warrior was one of those names I stumbled across while leafing through the annals of progressive rock. As I understand, they married far eastern musical sounds with western rock, and their first album solidly established what they were about. The second album did not come off so well, but their third album, "Last Autumn's Dream" managed to come close to their debut, possibly surpassing it depending on whom you ask. This I gathered from the Wiki article and some of the reviews here.

Taking a chance, I ordered the third album without much prior inspection of the music. "A Winter's Tale" sounds quite typical of the day with lots of la-la-las and an English view of a warm fire in the fireplace. There is a kind of Japanese feel to some of the guitar which doesn't sound forced or intrusive. Interesting that they chose to start the album with a laid back song that is one of only three to clear five minutes.

Beginning with a wild guitar solo, "Snake" sounds more exciting with its heavy fuzz-toned, sidewinder bass line. I can picture a viper swishing its coils left and right across the sand. The heavy sound makes Jade Warrior sound closer to proto-metal at times. The music switches style and atmosphere near the end, and there's an eerie flute contribution, but this interesting turn in the music serves only as an outro. Too bad they didn't develop it further. In a way it reminds me a little of "Famine" on the Opeth album "Heritage" except that the Opeth song is one of my favourite Opeth songs and this one here is just kind of interesting. Needs more work.

"Dark River" is where the far eastern influence really starts to show with a flute solo that conjures up images of ninja running stealthily along a river bank at night. The entrancing drumming reminds me of Ron Bushy's solo on Iron Butterfly's "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida". A plunky guitar takes over while the suspenseful flute continues, and then once more the guitar and drums trade places. This certainly is an atmosphere-establishing piece that seems to marry a Japanese ninja movie soundtrack with an Iron Butterfly-influenced tribal drumming rhythm.

"Joanne" seems to be a typical rock number that might have emerged from the southern States somewhere. "Joanne, we're gonna get loaded / Joanne, know what I mean." I can't say the lyrics are particularly good. I might be thrilled about the wild heavy psych guitar solo if this was 1969 but as it is there's not much to praise except that it might be the best part of the song.

"Obedience" has my attention with some traditional Japanese percussion backing more fuzz-toned guitar. This sounds like another piece of music that could have been part of something bigger and grander. A jangling, chiming guitar sound joins along with some warm background instrumentation. And then all fades out. Why didn't they take this further and turn into some wonderful instrumental epic?

The Japanese-sounding guitar plucks over an gentle guitar while flute plays soft notes for "Morning Hymn". This is a gentle number for the awakening sleepy head and the glow of sunbeams across flower blossoms. Not particularly exciting but this is where the band sound like they are on to something different from their peers.

There's more traditional-sounding Japanese percussion and some almost down-home groovy guitar before one guitar introduces a Byrds-like riff. The music then goes back to a laid back groove as the vocals tell us about the "May Queen". The flute creeps in like ripples around a stone. Then we get more of the psychedelic guitar. This is a song that you might find either rather interesting or, if you don't like the scratchy guitar, a bit of a sore spot. They get points for the honest effort at blending styles. Perhaps if they'd kept this up they might have really nailed it on a fourth or fifth album of this line-up.

And the we get a drum intro that sounds like it inspired Nazareth's "Hair of the Dog" while Mungo Jerry's cousin comes in with a typical seventies banana-munching beat. I can just see the big furry sideburns. "Demon Trucker"? With this one and "Joanne" it's hard to tell if these guys were really all that serious about being progressive. Perhaps they still wanted the rock crowd-pleasing tunes to offset the mellow, eastern-flavoured tunes.

"Lady of the Lake" and "Borne to the Solar Wind" take us out with those Japanese-inspired musical stylings. These slower parts with gentle electric guitar, traditional percussion, and flute are for me the most enjoyable parts of the album. I don't know why they split the music into two tracks because "Borne to the Solar Wind" is essentially an instrumental continuation of the music of "Lady of the Lake".

Each time I listen to this album I feel like this is either a band in transition or a band who was trying to cross psychedelic music with eastern-inspired mellow electric rock but still hadn't found the exact formula. For the most part I think the tracks have a lot of good aspects but I am left with the feeling that more effort should have been made toward creating something really memorable. Jade Warrior are too timid about utilizing their uniqueness to its full potential. I am curious now if I shouldn't look at their later albums when Jade Warrior was writing world music or their debut which might have better captured their initial intent. Based on the reviews, it would appear that the band went more for the world music feel that they did quite well here on "Last Autumn's Dream" and dropped the psychedelic space rock sound. They really could have pulled it off nicely, marrying the two styles, with a bit more adventurousness.

I hesitate to call it "good but not essential" but it's better than "Collectors/fans" only. Perhaps a 2.5 star rating of "it has potential" would be more accurate. So, rounded up to three stars then.

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 At Peace by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1989
2.21 | 15 ratings

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At Peace
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Memo_anathemo

2 stars Following my reviews of Jade Warrior, I arrived to the album "At Peace" appropriate title for the style of music portrayed in the album; three long pieces full of relaxation, peace, flutes, slow guitar riffs, environmental sounds, synthesizers ... at the end, very new age. The album is not bad, but nothing compared to other albums in their discography. Perhaps, the most relevant thing about it is the fact that it was the last album where the legend Tony Duhig, co-founder of the band, participated. He died one year later. So, definitely this album is a must for those Jade Warrior fans, who followed the band since their very first album.

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 Breathing the Storm  by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.59 | 24 ratings

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Breathing the Storm
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Memo_anathemo

4 stars Mainly instrumental, I never expected such a beautiful album with the tendency of new age music. I knew Jade Warrior with the first self-titled album and RELEASED, which focused more on psychedelia and space prog, with elements of folk rock. I've heard about the change through time to more relaxing music but never had the chance until now and so far what I have listened to, I have liked it. Breathing the Storm is a beautiful album of instrumental songs that invite you to dream of green landscapes and the wind whistling in the ocean on a cloudy rainy afternoon. Perhaps, the album is not so daring in progressive music but it's beautiful indeed and inspiring. I will keep on listening to Jade Warrior previous efforts to continue discovering the inflection point.

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 Distant Echoes  by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1993
3.66 | 16 ratings

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Distant Echoes
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Memo_anathemo

4 stars After RELEASED, I knew Jade Warrior had a lot of albums with a different touch to their first two albums, more folk and new age oriented than psychedelic. Yesterday, I had the fortune to listen to different albums and one of them was this DISTANT ECHOES. The cover made me think that probably I was going to hear a lot of prehispanic sounds of Mexico or South America, then I was surprised to see the names "Theo Travis" and "David Cross" in the guest musicians lineup, that grew my interest. While listening to it, I notice that it has beautiful musical passages, and yes, there were some new age sounds but also I heard folk rock and space prog sounds. The album is a perfect variation on musical arrangements. To tell you the truth, I really liked it because it is not boring, it is interesting, it is varied, it is relaxing, and you get to hear the whole album. Now, I'm very interested in following the process of change after RELEASED.

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 Waves by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.45 | 65 ratings

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Waves
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

4 stars Like the tide, sometimes high, sometimes low, sometimes boisterous, sometimes peaceful, this album possesses much variation despite maintaining an almost eternal steadiness. Musically, expect generous quantities of symphonic, jazz, and psychedelic progressive rock, making this a wondrously eclectic album. Guest musician Steve Winwood adds quite a bit of flair to Waves with the keyboard instruments. To be fair, the pieces don't flow as united works of music; that is to say, this could have safely been divided into eight or so tracks. For an alternative, more avant-garde experience, try playing both parts simultaneously!

"Waves (part I)" Usually tumultuous music is loud and energetic, but the first five minutes of Jade Warrior's 1975 album is quiet though unsettled. A quarter of the way in, a dominant piano leads into a more structured jazz passage, complete with easy percussion and moaning bass slides. Swirling flute dazzles during perhaps the most satisfying section of the album. The next section focuses on a gentle acoustic guitar. Gentle woodwinds carry the listener away in a reverie of sound.

"Waves (part II)" As with part one, the first five minutes consist of quiet, rolling sounds, this time almost pastoral. Chiming tones and distant electric guitar enter thereafter. The funkiest (and loudest) section of the album features a repetitive groove and a blistering guitar solo, followed by whimsical woodwinds and a gritty keyboard jam. After all that, there is a return to the soothing pastoral music, culminating in a the album's most triumphant passage. The final moments, almost a musical epilogue, offers mellow washes of sound, like a musical cocoon.

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 Waves by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.45 | 65 ratings

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Waves
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by GruvanDahlman
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3 stars I listened again to this album the other morning. Me and my fourteen month old son enjoyed our brekafast as the sun shone in throug our window and the world suddenly seemed so incredibly beautiful. Waves is a beautiful album, there is no doubt about it. The gentleness and relaxing mood (dare I say ambient?) is quite breathtaking. Someone compared it to Camel's Nude and to some extent I do agree.

There are several sections in here that gets my attention, with beautiful flute and at times a biting electric guitar, especially in the second part which, as others said before, is more in the realm of fusion. At least that is true in parts. The whole of the album is more of a gentle exercise in mellowness and ambiance, a british excursion into the worlds beyond our own european existance. There are, as evident by the cover, asian influences on Waves, which are very relaxing.

Though beautiful and relaxing I can't help but feel it is more pleasant than anything. Great as it is, still it is merely pleasant. That should not, however, deter anyone from listening to the album. I promise you, it will be a listening experience you'll enjoy if you care for relaxing music. It may seem like a contradiction giving it only three stars then but that is the thing, though I love listening to Waves it becomes the soundtrack of the moment. Not that much remains, besides the feeling of pleasantness. (Is that even a word?)

Conclusion: Waves is a great piece of music. Relaxing, gentle and calming. Still, it's good for the moment but fails to capture my imagination for any longer period of time. Still I will never sell my copy. It is a precious piece of plastic I really enjoy.

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 Jade Warrior  by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.43 | 73 ratings

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Jade Warrior
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by peterfrederics

5 stars Jade Warrior is an outstanding and innovative album by a group which was prepared to be really different. Why it gets such relatively mediocre ratings from the Progarchives fraternity/sorority is totally beyond me. Whilst Jade Warrior's second and third albums are really good, it is their first one which is truly stunning. What sets it apart is the blend of Japanese themes, flute solos, progressiveness and a lack of pretentiousness unusual for the period. The best way to experience Jade Warrior is to listen to the album as a whole in one sitting and not to pick and choose tracks. So follow All Music Guide's lead which describes it as a "remarkable" album and just enjoy!

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 Released by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.51 | 73 ratings

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Released
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progosopher

4 stars "There stands the archer, a dream within a dream." For many years I thought this was the first Jade Warrior album, and that the title was apt. I still think the title apt, but discovered that this is their second album, a fact no one would find surprising today. The album is overall more cohesive than its predecessor and has some of their most rocking songs, not the least of which is found at the very start. From the beginning we hear something a little different from their first release. The sound is much better and much harder than anything they had done before. Three-Horned Dragon King starts with a ferocious riff and the song stays in overdrive for its six minute duration. Saxophone is added to the mix but there is no shred of jazz in this tune. The second track, Eyes On You, is another rocker. While this is not surprising in itself, it is a rock album after all, the precedent of mellow, hard, mellow, set by the first album is not found here. In the history of Jade Warrior this is somewhat significant. Remember, this is a band that thrives on surprising the listener. Bride of Summer comes next, and this is a slow mellow song throughout. Whereas the eponymous first album featured a number of tunes that combined mellow and hard sections within themselves, this album does that from song to song. In that way, Released is perhaps a little easier to take for most listeners. Still, we are dealing with Jade Warrior, and things are not always as they seem. Water Curtain Cave has a much more jazzy quality. Flute and saxophone carry the main melody, but the former gives us a solo once the song really kicks into gear. Tony Duhig keeps a low profile for much of this song, but his sharp chords give it its jazziness. There is a quiet bridge once again driven by Duhig's guitar above which Jon Fields' flutes drift. It is classic JW in structure as it returns to its beginning and could have fit onto the first album although its reliance on horns is something new. Next we get Minnamoto's Dream, another rocker and one of JW's best songs. Here we are introduced to a whole new level of Jade Warrior, a song simple on the surface but more complex than it initially seems. This one hits hard in various ways, and has a killer guitar solo that can only best be described with the word "nasty." It grinds and grates, wails and wallops the ears. In short, it's awesome. The Hi-Note/Back Ground edition I have, released in 2000, features an extra version of this song. The original release fades out, but the bonus version features a sudden end. Which is better? That is up to the listener because both work. Being more accustomed to the original fade-out, I prefer that one. This song finishes up the original side one. Side two begins with JW's most straight-forward rocker, We Have Reason to Believe. No, this is not a segment for the Holy Gospel Hour, but is rather a song about a party getting busted. For all of their aspirations for sophisticated and complex music, sometimes this band just wanted to rock. And that is what they do here. The next track demonstrates why JW was such an adventurous outfit and quite possibly the one song in their now vast catalog that turned off more people than it attracted. No, it is not a bad song. Quite the opposite. It is a great piece of music but different from anything we have heard so far. Note that the Jade Warrior predilection for diversity is strong here. Barazinbar begins with a groove of guitar and congas. Horns come in with the melody. Once again, we have something rather jazzy, in a Charles Mingus kind of way. The key to this piece is that groove and the Warrior lets it drive for the long haul. Instruments are added in, including kit drum, presumably played by Fields. Duhig jams in front of this with a relatively clean tone. A pattern is set. And it goes on for an even fifteen minutes. It is not all the same, and the groove kicks into high gear at some point relatively early on. You'll notice it when you hear it. Also, we get some of Jon Fields' most raucous flute playing. Once one lets the grooves take hold, it is a fine ride. Glyn Havard has not been mentioned yet, but his vocals and bass hold their own throughout. The original album closes with Yellow Eyes, another quiet song with lovely flute, ending the release on a pleasant note, although this is a song not without some drama. After the cacophony that Barazinbar ends with, it is a welcome respite. The 2000 re-release ends with the aforementioned sudden end version of Minnamoto's Dream. Release may very well be Jade Warrior's most approachable album and thus arguably the best place for a newcomer to begin. It will still challenge the average listener though, a challenge I strongly assert is worth the effort. This is not to say that one needs to listen to the album carefully to either enjoy or appreciate it. That is far from the case. It is one of those albums that offers a great deal no matter how carefully one approaches it, and is definitely an improvement over their introductory release.

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Jade Warrior
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progosopher

3 stars "Feel excited but I wanna feel more."

I joined Prog Archives five years ago in order to vote for one of my favorite albums ever, Last Autumn's Dream. Shortly after, I provided a review for the album. It has been my intention to continue with the reviewing in an organized manner ever since then. Scattered reviews are all that I have presented so far, (and thanks to all the readers who have given me positive comments on them), but I am now in a different place, physically and mentally, where I can engage in that long-term project. Out of the ashes of July (whom I have never heard), Tony Duhig and Jon Field unite with Glyn Havard to form Jade Warrior. The musical ideas underlying the band include unusual rhythms inspired by various cultures worldwide, melodicism that often reflects the Far East which inspired the band name, and sudden eruptive dynamics. Unique chord structures and leads, compounded with flute and an emphasis on conga rather than kit drums are also part of what sets this band apart from any others before or since. In the history of music, no one else sounds quite like Jade Warrior. And that is a good thing. Were they better known, we could even identify a particular sound just by stating their name. The music feels like no other. Jade Warrior's first eponymous album opens on a defining moment with The Traveller. Almost everything that identifies the JW sound is found here. Soft guitar chords lead to conga percussion, flute, a grand electric lead, even soft thoughtful vocals. This is followed in the next track, A Prenormal Day At Brighton, by the classic JW explosion. Not that it is jarring or too abrupt. The song itself moves along in what was to become a typical JW song structure. But it is in the third track, the multipart suite titled Masai Morning, that we see the true adventurousness of the band. African-styled percussion, dramatic rather than fully rhythmic, at least at first, and atavistic flute lead way to a fierce electric riff and we are on our journey through the African veldt, full of danger and death. A brief break for some chanting and more drama, returns us to the ferocity mirroring the lion's attack. We then get the mellow Windweaver, even though it has some abrupt blasts of percussive sound. Their unique melodicism comes to play full time here, and it is beautiful. Another multipart suite comes next, Dragonfly Day, the longest track on the album, and it starts with some more of Tony Duhig's signature guitar leads. These leads are not fast solos. Duhig was no shredder or speed demon. His approach to guitar was far more sophisticated than that. Some of Havard's soft vocals come, and we get an engaging mid-tempo section. The lyrics are kind of trippy/hippy, one of the reasons why this band is put into the Psychedelic/Space Rock category. Jon Field provides some nice flute. Like Duhig, he was limited in his speed so he always emphasized mood and melody. You will not have to listen carefully for the moment of the dragonfly's death but you may miss it all the same; the ensuing music is quite pretty. So enough of that pretty stuff. Let's rock. Petunia may be slow but it is rock nonetheless, especially after Duhig comes in with all the subtlety of a bull in a china shop. People generally consider Neil Young as the godfather of grunge, but that is the best word to describe some of Duhig's work. Grunge. Dirty, distorted, and demonic. The song conveys a sultriness that is a little disturbing. For a true rocker though, we have to move on to Telephone Girl who may be Petunia at a later stage in her life, or perhaps her older sister. The mirrored bass/guitar riff is very cool. This is the most straight-forward song on the whole album, but we have to remember that when dealing with Jade Warrior that is a relative term. Psychiatric Sergeant starts in a jazzy manner before it moves into true JW territory, that is, the music they make that is truly unique to them. Still, it never relinquishes its jazziness. The trippiest song comes next, the aptly titled Slow Ride. This is a short instrumental piece that drifts through the ennui of an evening lost most likely to some sort of controlled substance, or maybe alcohol, or possibly exhaustion. Most likely all three. And then we get the final tune, Sundial Song. Arpeggiated harmonics from Duhig's guitar give a moderate grounding to Field's gliding flute. But only for so long. Jade Warrior, for all the softness, is a rock band. Not that they rock fast but when they want to, they rock hard. A new drifting section follows, a variation on the introduction, and we get some tasty guitar. The final, closing moments convey a luminescent sound of sunlight itself gliding through the atmosphere, a fitting conclusion. Jade Warrior is a band whose style and sound is difficult to identify. Even if one song fits neatly into an established category, the next one that comes along will not. It may fit into another nicely but there is no guarantee. You never know what will come next, but it will always sound like nothing other than Jade Warrior. Their entire output fits this description, as do complete albums; even individual songs. The band would move on from this beginning point but all the elements that make Jade Warrior what it is are present here. This is one band that had fulfilled its promise and they have given us what I consider one of the best bodies of recorded music on the planet. If you are not familiar with their sound, this is a good place to start. If you are already familiar with it, there is much here you will recognize, but it won't be the same. It is never the same.

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