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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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Way of the SunWay of the Sun
Import · Remastered
Esoteric 2010
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Last Autumn's DreamLast Autumn's Dream
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Repertoire 2007
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Jade WarriorJade Warrior
Import · Remastered
Repertoire 2004
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WavesWaves
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ESOTERIC 2010
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Floating WorldFloating World
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ESOTERIC 2010
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ReleasedReleased
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Repertoire 2006
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NowNow
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EclipseEclipse
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REPERTOIRE 2009
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WavesWaves
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KitesKites
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Esoteric 2010
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3.44 | 74 ratings
Jade Warrior
1971
3.50 | 77 ratings
Released
1972
3.53 | 84 ratings
Last Autumn's Dream
1972
3.58 | 82 ratings
Floating World
1974
3.51 | 65 ratings
Waves
1975
3.17 | 49 ratings
Kites
1976
3.60 | 64 ratings
Way Of The Sun
1978
2.46 | 20 ratings
Horizen
1984
2.23 | 16 ratings
At Peace
1989
3.59 | 25 ratings
Breathing the Storm
1992
3.72 | 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
4.20 | 18 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
3.53 | 84 ratings

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Last Autumn's Dream
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by FragileKings
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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
2.23 | 16 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 | 25 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
3.72 | 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
3.51 | 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
3.51 | 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
3.44 | 74 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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 Waves by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.51 | 65 ratings

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Waves
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progosopher

5 stars Waves is the second of the Island releases and one of the main reasons for controversy with the Elements anthology. The album begins with some very quiet drumming, helping to create an atmosphere of a distant exotic land. This ends and is followed by the slowly growing roar of a large wave going by. The Elements anthology cut the birds and drumming for the sake of space. The band was not happy with the choice, for the whole mood is shifted by the omission. Still, it is overall an excellent album and any one not familiar with the original would probably not notice anything amiss. Waves differs from its predecessor, Floating World, in that it is organized in two extensive suites, both clocking in at over 20 minutes on the original release, rather than a series of individual pieces segued together. This makes it a more cohesive album, although it too runs the gamut of JW styles. We get acoustic jazz, some floating ambient sections, as well as some sections that rock out. On the surface this sounds much the same as the earlier release, but there is an emphasis on rhythm that sets it apart. In fact, there are sections of the album that just simply groove in ways not found on any previous JW album. There is an emphasis on melody as well. This, tied in with the strong rhythms, make for a more memorable listening experience. In other words, where Floating World did just that, float, Waves moves along deliberately, sometimes gently and sometimes with power. Again, the band consists of Tony Duhig and Jon Field who both play a variety of instruments besides their regular guitar and flute/percussion, respectively. The rhythmic nature brings Jon Field's musicianship to the forefront. His flutes are highly melodic and enhance the rhythms. More so, almost all the lead melodies enhance the rhythms. Thus, the album is a very solid work. Other musicians appear, not the least of which are Tony's brother, Dave (again) on lead guitar in one section and Steve Winwood on moog and piano, throughout. Graham Morgan also appears playing drums. Other than that, it is all Field and Duhig continuing what they began on their first Island outing: using instruments to generate particular sounds and not relying on the same arrangements and orchestrations. Winwood's role deserves special mention. He became a champion for the band and was instrumental in them getting their contract with Island Records. Although he is not listed as such, I do believe he assisted with the production. Part I begins with the slow and powerful movement of a wave in deep water and ends with a light, delightful groove. In between is some of the best JW music yet. Life is good. Part II begins with bird and a short and very quiet drumming session, a reprise of the edited opening for Part I. A crescendo demonstrates that the distant land is waking up again, perhaps after an afternoon nap. The centerpiece of Part II is the powerful groove I describe in the proceeding paragraph. My two favorite sections are Part I, starting at 15:50, which lasts for a few minute to close out the first suite and Part II, starting at 4:50, which runs over six minutes. Each of these sections represents the best this album has to offer in terms of rhythm and melody blending together. The section in Part II begins with a chimes and some soft guitar before moving into some ominous chording to set the stage, and then a powerful groove featuring Dave Duhig on his ferocious lead guitar comes in. Tony Duhig's rhythm guitar really gets it moving. By the time Field's rhythmic flutes come in, the section is at full groove. Winwood plays a cool moog solo. The music winds down and we are in gentler waters. The music moves through a number of positively lovely sections, beautifully segued, and ends on an unexpected spacey note. Still, the exotic atmosphere remains, only now it is nightfall instead of sunrise. It is like we have spent a day on a tropical island somewhere. Life is still good. Waves is aptly titled, as insinuated above. Each of the two parts moves along from one section to another quite gracefully even if a little abrupt at times. The concept of rhythmic flowing is central to the recording. In fact, I don't think I have ever used that word more often in a review. The trademark JW sound explosions are softened here and function as crescendos rather than eruptions. With it's construction in two long suites, its emphasis on flow, and the solid cohesion between lead and rhythm, Waves is perhaps the most consistent and strongly built of all Jade Warrior albums. For me, it stands on par with its predecessor on Island (which also means it is very different from the earlier phase of the band with Glyn Johns), and signifies that the band had hit a new plateau. Not to be missed.

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 Floating World  by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.58 | 82 ratings

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Floating World
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progosopher

5 stars Floating World came out originally in 1976. At the time, there was very little precedence for it although the release of their two lost albums in 1998 showed that the band had worked on some of the ideas previously. It is widely regarded as one of the first world music recordings. Indeed, its influences and instrumentation are widely diverse, yet it all becomes an extended flowing piece which, despite the occasional bursts of sound, is amazingly coherent. Individual tracks are easily noticeable and titled, but the whole functions as one suite of multiple and often contrasting sections. Both Duhig and Field play many different instruments, along with a host of guest musicians. This is truly a studio recording, and I am not aware of any attempt to recreate any of it on stage. The album opens with some mood setting ambience, titled Clouds, which is shattered by the trademark Jade Warrior explosion of sound. The listener is lulled into a calm mood for a brief period and then woken up suddenly. JW had long used such methods, so anyone familiar with any of their music should not be surprised at this. I think it is actually kind of a Zen thing, a musical rendition of satori, which comes like a lightening bolt out of a clear blue sky. We then get the jazzy jam of Mountain of Fruit and Flowers, a re-recording of one of the tunes lost for decades following the demise of Vertigo. This is followed by the gentle Waterfall, which wafts and wanders. Great acoustic guitar by Tony! A little bit of weird noise leads to Red Lotus, one of JW's most powerful pieces. This song rocks with power and majesty, reaches a crescendo, and then fades out with a rather magical flute section. Not to be missed! The original side two opens very much like side one with another version of Clouds. From there we get two quiet pieces, Rainflower and Easty, where Duhig introduces a magnificent guitar sound and style he frequently used on later recordings. This style has its precedence in earlier recordings, but here he has perfected it. The sound is multi-layered, melodic, and evocative of distant clouds on the sea's horizon. Then we get Monkey Chant. You have not heard anything until you have heard Monkey Chant. The piece is based on the actual Monkey Chant performed by Balinese villagers. The chant itself is an exercise in unity and sung by men only. The film Baraka depicts it briefly and I highly recommend you see it. Besides the Monkey Chant, it is a beautiful film. So, on top of the Balinese chanting, which has its own unique rhythms and tropes, once heard it cannot be forgotten, we have a very dynamic sequence of JW sound explosions and some incredibly fiery lead guitar by former JW alumnus and Tony Duhig's brother, David Duhig. Like the original chant, once heard, this cannot be forgotten either. A calmer piece, Memories of a Distant Sea follows, and we need it. The title is apt. The album wraps with Quba, a piece that encapsulates much of what we have already heard. The dramatic end and brief words spoken by a woman caps the album off. The musical journey is complete. No more needs to be played, but I have a little bit more to say. My praise of Duhig may sound like he is the primary force behind the album, but that would not be true to the case. There are many layers to the music here, and for every lead there are countless supporting parts. Nor does Duhig take all the leads. Jon Field comes to the forefront just as often. We can safely say this version of Jade Warrior is a collaboration, that neither person has a role over the other. Floating World is truly a masterwork, one that transcends genre and challenges description. Sure, we can identify this section as rock, or that as jazz, or this or that, but to apply those depictions to the album as a whole would do it a tremendous injustice. If the same old guitar-keyboard-bass-vocal arrangement is boring you, try this. Here, instruments are used purely to generate a particular sound and feel. This is music at its best, beyond type. After decades of listening to this album, I still find new dimensions and characteristics. What better praise is there than that?

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