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JADIS was formed by guitarist / vocalist Gary Chandler, and drummer Stephen Christey in the late 1980s. They quickly achieved notoriety by opening for IQ, and then Marillion on the "Clutching at Straws" tour. Steve Rothery was impressed enough to produce some demos tapes, which became very popular. As often happens during a band's beginnings, members move on before the big break happens. Nick May became the new bass player, and Martin Orford shared some of his spare time from IQ to help out on keyboards. This lineup proved even more popular, and JADIS became headliners. Nick didn't last very long, and they went to the IQ pool again to recruit John Jowitt.

Having established themselves as a prime live act over the course of several years, they felt it was finally time to record an album. 1992's "More than Meets the Eye" became not only the band's first release, but it was also the debut for Martin Orford's new GEP label. The album was met with much acclaim, and even got some radio play. SI Magazine voted it 'Album of the Year.' Many still maintain that this is JADIS' finest work.

They spent the next year concentrating more on a follow up than live work. Striking while the iron was hot was important, but they also had a reputation to protect. While working on the new album, they also wanted to keep interest alive. So, a mini CD called "Once Upon a Time" was offered. It was originally intended to start a series of discs dedicated to new recordings of the band's early work. The second album, "Across the Water" was released in May 1994, and sold out the first pressing in ten days. Once again the critics were also on board. Classic Rock Society voted JADIS 'Best Band,' and "Across the Water" got 'Album of the Year.'

By 1995, it was time for the "unofficial" members of the band to move on. The funny thing is, they didn't leave just because of their commitment to IQ. John and Martin joined John Wetton's band for his tour. Martin did stick around long enough to appear on one track from the 1996 EP "Once or Twice," but Mike Torr was brought in as the new keyboardist. Steve Hunt came in to fill the bass slot. This lineup stayed intact for 1997's "Somersault." This album was also an opportunity for the band to go independent. They had a friendly split with GEP, and did "Somersault" on their own. It was distributed by Steve Rothery's label, Dorian Music. This is also the point where the critical accolades start to fade. "Somersault" did not genera...
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JADIS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.44 | 16 ratings
Jadis
1989
3.86 | 155 ratings
More Than Meets The Eye
1992
3.52 | 92 ratings
Across The Water
1994
2.93 | 53 ratings
Somersault
1997
3.20 | 62 ratings
Understand
2000
3.29 | 96 ratings
Fanatic
2003
3.14 | 86 ratings
Photoplay
2006
3.67 | 68 ratings
See Right Through You
2012
3.69 | 33 ratings
No Fear Of Looking Down
2016

JADIS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.87 | 24 ratings
As Daylight Fades
1998
3.46 | 13 ratings
Live Outside
2001

JADIS Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.23 | 16 ratings
View From Above
2003

JADIS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.01 | 26 ratings
Medium Rare
2001

JADIS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.00 | 3 ratings
Baboon enquiries
1984
3.38 | 15 ratings
Once Upon A Time (EP)
1993
2.51 | 12 ratings
Once Or Twice (EP)
1996
2.22 | 4 ratings
The Great Outside
2003

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 No Fear Of Looking Down by JADIS album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.69 | 33 ratings

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No Fear Of Looking Down
Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars The last release before this one, 2012's 'See Right Through You', was seen as one of Jadis's best albums, and rightly so. But, for me there was a key element missing and at least for this album, he's back. Jadis has had some great musicians play with them over the years, but it has always been built around the voice, guitar and songs of Gary Chandler, and he has been aided and abetted for more than quarter of a century by Stephen Christey on drums. These two were joined by Andy Marlow (bass) and Arman Vardanyan (keyboards) for the last album after the departures of the IQ boys, but although Andy is still there, Arman has left to be replaced by the incomparable Martin Orford. This is Martin's third stint with Jadis, and it is wonderful to see him back again, as I know from conversations with him some years ago that he had felt the need to leave the scene and was planning never to return. But, one thing led to another, and here he is again, rekindling a relationship with Gary that is very special indeed. I was lucky enough to see Jadis play live quite a few times, both with and without Martin, and also caught some of Martin and Gary's duet gigs, which were always incredible.

Although this album was released towards the end of 2016 I have only just got my copy, and to say that it I something I have been eagerly awaiting is something of an understatement. But would it live up to expectations? Of course it would. From the first note to the last, this is solid, classic Jadis. They are a band that sound like no other, and have kept true to their roots for many years, with everything built around the vocals and guitar and then layered and built from there. The drums have a rawer sound than normal, while Andy's bass is quite a long way back in the mix, but with Gary and Martin harmonising vocally, and providing the backdrop for each other musically, this could only ever be Jadis.

I only have a few criticisms, namely that the album is only forty-five minutes long, we had to wait four years for it, and they're never likely play New Zealand so the chances are I'll never catch up with them in concert again! While this is playing, I am transported to another world, and I am just so pleased to have yet another Jadis album that I can return to time and again. Let's hope we don't have to wait quite so long for the next one, as yet again this is quite superb.

 No Fear Of Looking Down by JADIS album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.69 | 33 ratings

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No Fear Of Looking Down
Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Jadis first release since the excellent See Right Through You (2012). The stakes were high since that was their best album since 2000īs Understand , and we all wondered if Gary Chandler and company would come up with something as powerful and refreshing after a few not so good records before SRTY (although the band never did put out a bad record). At first I was not really convinced by No Fear Of Looking Down: it sounded different and I was not sure if I liked what I was listening. But from the second spin on it was clear that the new stuff was every bit as good as the previous one. I guess it was a good thing that they did not want to repeat themselves.

The song structures, bar the first track, Listen To Me, which could have been in See Right Through It, are indeed different, sometimes plowing fields that Jadis have never venture before, like the obvious celtic sounds of the instrumental Change Of The Season. But careful observations show that Chandlerīs trademark guitar sounds are still all around the album. He overdubs a lot of those making some fine patterns of sounds together with subtle and delicate keyboards on the background. And thatīs what really makes the record so great: he has a unique style that always set Jadis apart. Some people will say this band is not really "progressive" due the lack of more symphonic keys and things like that, but prog music was always about going further away from the run-of-the-mill music of the moment and thatīs exactly what this band does: they sound like no one else. And thatīs something a lot of other more "progressive" bands try so hard for years and years and never seems to get (Glass Hammer and The Watch come to mind, but there are many more).

The good news are that the compositions are inspired, strong and there is no filers. Great melodies and clever arrangements. And Martin Orford (of IQ fame) is back to the fold. The bad news: it seems that he just guested on this album, itīs not a permanent come back. In any case he adorns the music with his keyboards, his harmony vocals skills and sometimes with his flute. As usual, the production is very good and the performances are impeccable. I dontīthink any track really stands out that much, since the track list is very well balanced and all the songs are very good. When I listen to it, I listen it from beginning to end with the same pleasure. This is surely one of my top ten albums of 2016.

Conclusion: if youīre a fan of Jadis, go for it! It may sound a little different at first, but youīll be rewarded with repeated spins. If youīre not familiar with this great band, this is a good place to start to know one of the most interesting, unique and subtle prog bands that are around for more than 20 years. Recommended!

 No Fear Of Looking Down by JADIS album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.69 | 33 ratings

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No Fear Of Looking Down
Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars 2012's See Right Through You breathed some life into the old franchise. No Fear of Looking Down is a similar kind of reflective AOR with light proggy infuences. A typical Jadis song of today consists of some lazy verses followed by a more robust instrumentation. Their later albums have some good songs and some filler. See Right didn't have that problem, but here it resurfaces again. Keepers - the more energetic opener Listen To Me, lovely Celtic instrumental Change of Season, catchy A Thousand Staring Eyes, and the by Jadis standards unpredictable and atmospheric Just Let It Happen - though those characteristics may be its only good features. Instrumental part in Abandoned also sounds nice, but seems artificially attached and underdeveloped.
 Jadis by JADIS album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.44 | 16 ratings

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Jadis
Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Jadis first ever release is kind of a mystery. Itīs so rare that few people are even aware of its existence. Itīs not cited on several bandīs discography, even on their official site. It was recorded in 1989 and it seems to be the sum of some recordings at the time and a few songs from older demos. It was produced by Marillionīs guitarist Steve Rothery and had a very different line up from the one we were accustomed to see as their first incarnation (1994īs "debut" More Than Meets The Eye): here only guitarist/singer/songwriter Gary Chandler is present. Even the long time sidekick Stephen Christey was not credited on this record. Here Chandler is backed by Trevor Dawkins on bass, Pete Salmon o keyboards and a couple of drummers: Mark Law on side 1 and Paul Awin on side 2.

What strikes me the most about this album is the excellent songwriting and the overall very good performances. Considering its obscureness I presumed the songs were weak and/or done by an inferior line up. Of course the production is not up tot heir latter, "official" releases. Still, it was far from some crap sounding albums I have heard at the period. The god news is that no cut is a lost gem, since all the tracks were either re-recorded on future CDs or available on compilations.

In the end is understandable why this LP never got a CD release. Itīs just a curio, a collectorīs item for the hardcore. The band would produce much better recordings of those songs on future releases. Even if Chandlerīs talents as songwriter and performer were evident by the high quality of what I heard. Jadis is one of the great neo prog bands of all time.

 Medium Rare  by JADIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2001
3.01 | 26 ratings

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Medium Rare
Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars British band Jadis plays accessible, energetic guitar-driven neo-prog (in layman's terms - long-ish songs with multiple lead themes, guitar-synth interplay), running the specter from adult-oriented rock to hard rock. This a collection of EPs and various outtakes, dating from the first decade of the band's recording career (considered to be their best, although all albums merit a spin). But given the 70-minute length, the strength of the original material and the fact that the songs have been remastered or rerecorded in a way that brings out the instrumental power of the band (important, given the later Jadis tendency to drift into blander forms of AOR), it is a worthy, if unspectacular, listen
 Once Or Twice (EP) by JADIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1996
2.51 | 12 ratings

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Once Or Twice (EP)
Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Once or Twice is another Jadis EP of older material that was released between main albums. But the material is original and of high quality, so it merits a separate mention. Songs on Once or Twice average 5 minutes, which is shorter than the "old" Jadis standard of 6-to-7. But the emphasis is on instrumental firepower, and the song constructions resemble "old" Jadis with intricate intros, melodic verses, power chords and in-your-face solos. The EP starts with two energetic rockers, followed by a power ballad and a live rendition of one song off the classic More than Meets the Eye album. Maybe not the best songs of Gary Chandler's career, but good and three stars.
 Photoplay by JADIS album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.14 | 86 ratings

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Photoplay
Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars While fellow neo-prog peers were steadily gaining in popularity, thanks to Internet (in fact, it could be argued that the best works by artists such as IQ and others came 20 years into their existence), Jadis seems to have hit a snag, with subsequent albums becoming less popular. They were never that complex anyway, but kept on simplifying their sound. Photoplay is an eleven-song collection of tight rock tunes, having more to do with classic rock than neo-prog (some of them pretty heavy by Jadis standards). They aren't as simple as they seem at first glance, often moving between softer and heavier sections, and there are some good riffs and melodies, so common criticism of this album is a bit unwarranted. However, the overall impression is still of inconsistency (a song may have a good opening riff... and nothing else of note) and low energy. I think the problem is that what set Jadis apart from other neo-prog bands was their exciting instrumental firepower and guitar solos. Without that, they're just average among dozens of bands like that.

 Fanatic by JADIS album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.29 | 96 ratings

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Fanatic
Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Fanatic corrects somewhat for the blandness of the Understand album by adding to its core of long-winded adult- oriented rock elements of arena rock, soul and more spacey Pink Floydisms . The album even starts with a weird western-followed-by-an-evil laugh intro to the rockin' The Great Outside, and even the shorter songs changing gears often. So, while never would they reach the heights of the first two albums, Fanatic is a passable album for Jadis (and it must be noted that even though More that Meets the Eye is their most famous album, the majority of their music is the kind you hear on Understand and Fanatic) - a band that is low on drama, but high on melody.
 Understand by JADIS album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.20 | 62 ratings

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Understand
Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

2 stars On Understand, Jadis shift the balance in their sound between neo-prog and adult-oriented rock further towards the latter, resulting in a set of pleasant, but ultimately bland songs, lacking standout hooks or even catchy choruses of old. Where in the World is. again, a pleasant ballad kind of song. For fans of Gary Chandler's fiery solos of the More than Meets the Eye era, there's the solos ending Alive Inside following two minutes of inconsequential verses. Counting all the Seconds is an exercise in the neo-prog's Pink Floydian obsessions, with a requisite spacey power guitar solo. Other than that there's little of note here. Probably one of the weakest Jadis releases.
 Somersault by JADIS album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.93 | 53 ratings

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Somersault
Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Jadis plays an accessible, melodic kind of neo-prog. This album, Somersault, is their worst-rated here on PA, but I would disagree. Sure, its uneven and not as good as the first two (and neither is what came later). But it still sports a punchy, clear production and four longer songs with multiple lead themes, whose melodies grow on you on repeated listens (and those are, it can argued, the best kind of melodies). The sound, while being recognizably Jadis, also undergoes some evolution, as the instrumental breaks are more centered on musicians' interplay rather than just the guitar solos - sorry, Martin Orford fans, the keys here are more varied than what he offered on Jadis releases when he played .
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