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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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Floating WorldFloating World
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KitesKites
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Way of the SunWay of the Sun
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Jade WarriorJade Warrior
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WavesWaves
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ReleasedReleased
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Elements - Island AnthologyElements - Island Anthology
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Distant EchoesDistant Echoes
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3.44 | 75 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 | 67 ratings
Waves
1975
3.21 | 49 ratings
Kites
1976
3.62 | 63 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
3.62 | 63 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 | 67 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 | 67 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 | 75 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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 Way Of The Sun by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.62 | 63 ratings

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Way Of The Sun
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progosopher

4 stars Way of the Sun is by far the most accessible of all the Island recordings while still remaining all instrumental. The closest comparison I can think for it is not actually any of Jade Warrior's previous albums, but perhaps some of the more Jazz-Rock Fusion styles of Santana. The duo of Jon Field and Tony Duhig elicited the services of the South American group Gonzales and Dick Cuthell, a reggae artist. At first these choices may seem strange but the focus of this album is very different from anything else they had ever released. The key to Jade Warrior is to always expect the unexpected and be prepared for the next sudden turn. The idea behind this album is to depict the life of an imaginary Meso-American/Egyptian culture. The builders of Teotihuacįn, precursors to the Aztecs in central Mexico, the Mayans, and the Egyptians of course, all built pyramids and worship of the sun was critical to their cultures. While the style of the music here is not necessarily Latin, various influences are heard. Generally speaking, this album is energetic with a few soft interludes here and there. Life in this culture is both good and sad. Liveliness is balanced with introspection. Beautiful melodies abound, but there are also many flights of electric abandon. Tony Duhig plays some of his most ferocious leads here, the kind of thing he might have given over to his brother Dave on previous recordings. Dave Duhig often plays fast; Tony is more melodic, but he can grind a grungy sound better than anyone, including Neil Young and any of the grunge players from the 90s.

Among my favorite songs are Heaven Stone, Way of the Sun, Dance of the Sun, and the closer, Death of Ra, which is one of the greatest guitar ballads I have heard, comparable and perhaps better to Camel's Ice. As usual, all the songs segue together in a series, but each here also stand out on their own. In other words, one can listen to a track by itself and enjoy it fully without having to hear it in the context of the rest of the album (although that always helps). Song lengths average in the 4-5 minute range, with some shorter, some longer. In many ways, Way of the Sun harkens back to the earlier Glyn Havard days, while remaining almost totally different. Such statements can only make sense if you are familiar with Jade Warrior's music.

Less challenging than Kites, Way of the Sun is also more cohesive and is probably the best introduction for rockers to the Island recordings. It is the last of the series. Not selling very well, Island Records dropped them. What we have here is a commercial failure but an immense musical success. The four Island recordings now stand as classics of their era, albums ahead of their time, and major influences on world music. So, another chapter closes for Jade Warrior. Fortunately, it was not the final one, and the duo of Field and Duhig would continue to create music.

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 Kites by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.21 | 49 ratings

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Kites
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progosopher

4 stars "What does the venerable sir do?"

Kites is recognizable as in the same series as its two predecessors, Floating World and Waves, but it is distinct from them in many ways. For one, it is more ragged and flows uneasily. There are the same signature movements between slow ambient and energetic pieces where the transitions are abrupt, as is expected. Dave Duhig does not appear at all, so the hard rock fire he usually brings is completely absent. This makes Kites more widely different than the earlier stage of the band's career. Since they do not rock, the more energetic pieces tend to be bright, even strident in places; distortion is replaced by pizzicato. The album is constructed as a series of short pieces, all interconnected. And since this was first released at the time of vinyl, the composition of the original two sides were split between both Jon Field and Tony Duhig, the two remaining full-time members of Jade Warrior.

Side one, Field's side, is more cohesive and features some of my favorite tracks on the album: Wind Song, which has the rhythmic element found in the earlier Island releases (Field is at least as much a percussionist as a flautist), and Airborn, which has a similar rhythmic ambience to it but with a more pronounced highlighting of flutes and Guitar. These two tracks are also the most reminiscent of the sound they have established with their label.

It is impossible to separate the remaining seven tracks from one another. Even though the pieces are all short (only one passes the four minute mark while another doesn't even make it to one), they come as a whole. It is this side that makes Kites both the most elaborate of all of Jade Warrior's and one of my least favorite. It is here that we get the most striking contrasts between the lively and the ambient. The music is often exceedingly beautiful, but the individual tracks are either not long enough or coherent enough for the listener the truly get into their moods. Yet this is prime Jade Warrior. The concept of the warrior-poet, depicted so iconically on the cover of floating world, is most apparent here, for there is a clear theme found in the titles of the pieces themselves. We are hearing an encounter between the warrior poet and the emperor, or something like that, on a river bank. The music has an organic sound to it, even with the extensive use of electric instruments. Again, Field and Duhig are using instruments to convey the sounds they wish to express with whatever instrumentation that will express them the best. The finale, The Last Question, represents the Jade Warrior vision in micro form.

The title, Kites, reflects the Jon Field tracks most directly, but the Duhig section also conveys the notion of the kite. To understand this, we have to understand that kites are not merely a child's activity, nor a game. In Japan, kites were used for many purposes included celebrations, festivals, and consecration of temples. Traditionally, there are many different styles with many different meanings. In other words, the kite of traditional Japan is used much like a flag in modern days. The most important of those aspects here are the consecration of temples, especially in Duhig's section. The meeting, the conversation, has a sacred element to it. The expression of wisdom may be gentle, or ambient in the case of this music, or it can be jarring in both positive and negative ways. We often use the phrase 'mind-blowing' when introduced to a thought that expands our understanding in a surprising manner; conversely, we can also gain wisdom that is disturbing. The mind is the kite, when set aloft with no control or discipline, its flight will end in disaster; no matter how magnificent the flight may be, it will crash and splinter. However, the kite that is controlled, the mind that is disciplined for a purpose, will be guided in its flight, convey beauty, and will be brought back home safely.

Even though it can be a difficult listen, Kites is perhaps the penultimate Jade Warrior. The concepts which underlie the band's music are not merely presented in the individual pieces of the album, but the album itself in its entirety represents those concepts. Challenging, yet rewarding, is the most concise way to describe it. Take that as an invitation. Or a warning. Will the kite of your own mind be chaotic or disciplined in the listening? More than likely a combination of the two. Whether you crash or soar is up to you.

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