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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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3.91 | 4 ratings
Jadis
1990
3.82 | 130 ratings
More Than Meets The Eye
1992
3.44 | 80 ratings
Across The Water
1994
3.02 | 41 ratings
Somersault
1997
3.23 | 47 ratings
Understand
2000
3.30 | 77 ratings
Fanatic
2003
3.12 | 66 ratings
Photoplay
2006
3.60 | 56 ratings
See Right Through You
2012

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

3.87 | 20 ratings
As Daylight Fades
1998
3.43 | 11 ratings
Live Outside
2001

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

3.21 | 12 ratings
View From Above
2003

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

2.97 | 19 ratings
Medium Rare
2001

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

2.00 | 1 ratings
Baboon enquiries
1984
3.40 | 10 ratings
Once Upon A Time (EP)
1993
2.43 | 9 ratings
Once Or Twice (EP)
1996
2.05 | 2 ratings
The Great Outside
2003

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 Fanatic by JADIS album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.30 | 77 ratings

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Fanatic
Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars The fifth Jadis album `Fanatic' is more accessible adult guitar-driven rock from the British band, but despite the typical beautiful and surreal proggy artwork - would have looked amazing on vinyl - make no mistake. What we have here is nothing to be confused with full-blown progressive rock, despite the band being given the Neo prog tag. This is more likely to do with the association of IQ and Arena members John Jowitt on bass and Martin Orford on keyboards, on and off in the band since their terrific earlier album `More Than Meets The Eye'. The truth is, Jadis could possibly be considered a more sophisticated and intelligent kind of AOR - I know, quite a concept! But don't dismiss them just yet, there's enough to interest prog fans all the same.

All the members have standout moments throughout (and, despite not sharing the recognizable status those above mentioned members do, definitely not overlooking the rock-solid contributions of long-term drummer with the band, Steve Christey), Jadis is undoubtedly a showcase for guitarist and lead vocalist Gary Chandler. Always a grand, heartfelt and sublime player, `Fanatic' also demonstrates how far even his vocals have come from the early days of the band. Where his singing voice used to be pleasantly dull yet perfectly serviceable at best, here his tone is smoother and more confident, with tighter melodic arrangements and restrained yet well-implemented instrumental passages overall very much helping the sound of the group too.

`The Great Outside' opens as a drowsy country plucker before the whole band kicks in delivering a punchy rocker, full of pounding drums, aggressive synths stabs and driving searing guitarwork with a nice Mellotron breeze in the middle. Despite being a pleasing commercial rocker with a triumphant vocal, listen to how well the band fill `Into Temptation' with murmuring bass, strong washes of synths, chiming sedate guitar passages, regal soloing and alternating time-changes that brings them close to a Marillion and IQ-like sound. 80's Genesis-influenced `Each and Everyday' balances cold electronic percussion with gentle synths and acoustic strums around a dreamy groove. `I Never Noticed' is a shimmering gutsy rocker with loopy synth soloing and relentless heavy guitars that fade into the ambient instrumental title track with a blissful synth and piano passage and stirring guitar cries.

`Yourself Alone' is all heavy brooding slow riffs and a stomping beat for the verses with a surprisingly upbeat compassionate chorus over humming Hammond organ and thick upfront bass. The poppy `Take These Words' is uptempo and jaunty with some crisp guitar soloing that's very pleasant. Prog highlight `What Kind of Reason' mixes a sorrowful and sadly romantic vocal with strident acoustic strumming over grand orchestral synths and extended guitar soiling through the course of it's 8 and a half minutes. This superb track should have been the closer, instead the band add the grinding `Who Can We Be Sure Of?', with it's streamlined Rush sound that fades out very abruptly, to end the disc with kind of a non-event. It would have been better If it had been placed before `...Reason', which would have ended the album in a more epic maner. The Special Edition comes with a further bonus track, `The Flame Is Burning', an average plodding and slightly monotonous commercial rocker.

Repeated plays reveal many little details and subtle intricacies to even, what appears on the surface to be, some simplistic and overly straight-forward pieces. There's no doubt that many of Jadis' albums have more or less the same sound, and I do feel that the band really should `play the prog game' a bit more and offer some extra extended, more complex pieces. After all, it is a prog audience the band are essentially supported by, so best to give them a little more of what they crave! But still, `Fanatic' is simply a fine collection of superbly crafted rock played with professionalism and style by a group of talented musicians.

Three and a half stars.

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 More Than Meets The Eye by JADIS album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.82 | 130 ratings

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More Than Meets The Eye
Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by maryes

3 stars 3,5 stars !!! Really !"More Than Meets the Eye" from British band JADIS is a good album and captive the audience as soon the music starts, the fourth initial tracks are truly amazing with a great performance from the band... Although as a clearly prominence to guitar melody. The first track "Sleepwalk " sounds like an "party invitation" with their graceful guitar main phrasal with a "break" very well fit which makes that phrasal still more beautiful ! another great detachable moment as in the track 4 " Wonderful World" a sweat ballad with a "pulsating" middle section. However, the three last tracks, in spite isn't be bad tracks, don't follow the same level from the previous tracks... an cause a certain "imbalance" in the whole album. For this reason my rate is 3 stars, with a reservation which this work deserves a place im my collection !!!

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 View From Above by JADIS album cover DVD/Video, 2003
3.21 | 12 ratings

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View From Above
Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Jadis first and only one DVD released so far from 2003 named View From Above, live in Poland. Well this quite good, nothing really special in their playing or in the performance of the musicns, but as a whole not bad at all. The best pieces are from my fav Jadis album - Across the water, In isolation for example is great here as in studio, very smooth guitar lines and pleasent vocal passages from Gary Chandler. Not a groundbreaking DVD but pleasent enough for me to give 3. Little more diversity in their arrangements would been better for sure, to much time the pieces sounds alike. Anyway good effort from neo prog second armada of artists.

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 Fanatic by JADIS album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.30 | 77 ratings

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Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars So the classic line-up of Steve Christey (drums), John Jowitt (bass), Martin Orford (keys/vocals) and Gary Chandler (vocals/guitar) are back together. Martin and John had both departed for a while as they were too busy to commit (both being in some band called IQ, plus also John with Arena, and Martin with John Wetton), but now they are back and it is as if they have never been away. Look at my CD collection and the one that looks the most battered is probably their debut album, 'More Than Meets The Eye'. It is a classic, and one that still regularly gets played in my house, very loudly. Jadis are a prog band that simply do not sound like anybody else. While the music can be very complex, it is also often very simple, with the main components often being the two lead instruments of Gary's guitar and his voice. They are both instantly recognisable, solid yet fluid, gentle but hard when required. But while Jadis will only ever be recognised as such while Gary is in the band, the others are key. Martin and Gary have built up an understanding over the years that very few guitarists and keyboard players have, as anybody who has seen their sets as a duo will attest to. This means that either can provide lead knowing exactly what the other will be doing, and this interaction comes through also in their studio work.

The album starts with 'The Great Outside', and the cinematic view of a guitarist gently picking some strings while sat outside a house in the Deep South, late in the night. That gives way to Jadis opening proceedings with a crunching start. This is a prog band that has never been afraid to rock, but always within certain constraints. They are not a hard rock outfit, but one that brings melody and harmony together in a way envied by many but perfected by no others.

The title cut is the shortest number, at just over four minutes, but none of these are exceptionally long with 'What Kind Of Reason' being just over double that. What Jadis manage to do is to capture a place that is timeless, a world that the listener can just drop into and feel that it is a place of safety and tranquillity and one that can be enjoyed forever. Is this a better album than their debut? Pass, ask again in another ten years and I might be able to tell you ' but I do know that it is certainly one of the most enjoyable albums I have ever had the pleasure to listen to. For more information about this and their other albums visit the band site at www.jadis-net.co.uk.

First appeared in Feedback #74, Jun 03

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 Live Outside  by JADIS album cover Live, 2001
3.43 | 11 ratings

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Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars While Gary Chandler is of course the main man, and drummer Stephen Christey has been there for many a moon, there are many Jadis fans (myself included) that felt that Jadis without Martin Orford weren't really Jadis at all. With John Jowitt also back in the fold then the classic line-up were back together once again and while 'As Daylight Fades' was only released three years ago, it is fitting that another live album has been released featuring these guys.

Three songs feature on both, but when they are as good as "Wonderful World" or "Batstein" who cares? Jadis have one of the most instantly recognisable sounds in the prog world, due mostly to Gary's laid back vocals and guitar work. With JJ and Steve in perfect harmony, and Gary and Widge having one of the most understanding of partnerships then it is no surprise that they sound like they are having a great time.

Songs such as "Where In The World" are uplifting and powerful, while "Racing Sideways" is just clean plain fun. When Gary tells the crowd how long they are planning to play Widge also joins in. What do you want from an album: Great songs, musical ability, and harmony vocals? There is all this and much, much more. They even throw in a couple of covers for good measures ("Comfortably Numb" is awesome).

They may never have fully been appreciated in the UK, but this is one of our great prog bands.

Originally appeared in Feedback #64, Dec 01

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 Medium Rare  by JADIS album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2001
2.97 | 19 ratings

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Medium Rare
Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars Still one of the few prog bands who have an definite sound of their own, Jadis has been for many years the showcase foe the vocals and guitar of Gary Chandler (and long may it continue to do so). This album brings together the two CD EP's of rare material they released some time ago, along with lots of extra stuff to bring it up to over seventy minutes in length.

The songs are from various sources, and there are comments about each along with who played on it ? just a shame that for some reason the CD plays in the order of the back of the booklet, but this is a slightly different order to the listing inside. But this is just nit picking as the album is strong enough to stand as a standard release. Personal faves are the acoustic medley (don't like the naff fade out though) and "This Changing Face" which both feature just Gary and Widge. Please can we have a complete album of this some time?

As well as these, some demoes, unreleased material and live cuts make this an album that any Jadis fan will be proud to own.

Originally appeared in Feedback #62, May 01

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 Across The Water by JADIS album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.44 | 80 ratings

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Across The Water
Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars ''More Than Meets the Eye'' was received warmly worldwide, followed by triumphant reviews and radio airplay, and Jadis strengthened their existence with some superb gigs in Germany, Holland and France.In 1993 their live scheduled was a bit lowered with the band working intensively in studio, releasing the EP ''Once Upon a Time'' at the fall of the year, containing three early Jadis tracks.From January to March 94' Jadis completed the works of their upcoming album ''Across the Water'' at Parkland Stusdios in the Denmead village, released in May on Giant Electric Pea.

What marked Jadis internationally as a great Neo Prog act were the shining melodies and the twisted guitar lines of Gary Chandler and with ''Across the Water'' the man just prooves who is the leading force of Jadis.The second CD of the group includes powerful yet melodic compositions with warm vocals, growing rhythmic parts, memorable melodies and passionate atmospheres.The overall style remains fairly accesible, though it seems there is a bit more room for Orford to deliver some additional keyboard textures.Speaking of Orford, many moments of ''Across the Water'' are characterized by the epic sound of IQ with slightly more demanding instrumental themes in some tracks and an excellent production supporting Jadis' sound.What the album lacks is the pair of unmet, striking melodies of ''More Than Meets the Eye'', but even so this work is far from betraying the listener.No weak moments, mo empty places, just dynamic and elaborate Neo Prog in the old-fashioned way.

Guitar-led Neo Prog with a strong melodic content is the style better suited for Jadis and ''Across the Water'' is just that: Well-composed, accesible and melodic Neo Prog with some very sensitive instrumental and vocal parts.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

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 See Right Through You by JADIS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.60 | 56 ratings

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See Right Through You
Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars I believe I was not the only one to be kind of skeptical about this album. After all, Jadis recent releases were no match to their 90´s stuff. Not bad, of course, the high quality of Gary Chandler´s songwriting was always one of their strong points. But clearly, he was lacking the same inspiration and direction he once had. Besides, after their last studio offer, 2006´s Photoplay, they had lost the former members of IQ, keyboardist Martin Orford and bassist John Jowitt. In other words, they were not in the best of the situations, to say the least!

So I was genuinelly surprised of how good See Right Through You turned out to be. Somehow guitarrist, vocalist and songwriter Gary Chandler found his muse and the collection of songs he presented is probably the best he has ever done since their classic debut, More Than Meets The Eye. The music on this disc wasn´t exactly a return to their roots, but the basic elements that made them famous are right here: the strong sense of melody, fine guitar lines that sound deceptively simple at first, but hide the delicate and complex tapestry of sounds that is Chandler´s trademark and the tight musicanship. Chandler is one of the very few guitarrists that have a style totally of his own. Fortunatly his long standing sidekick Steve Christey is still on board with his discreet, but every effective and unique, drumming technique.

More fortunate still is the fact that the new members Arman Vardanyan (keyboards) and Andy Marlow (bass) fitted right in, and they sound like they were in the band forever. In fact I did not miss Orford nor Jowitt at all! Marlow, specially proves that jadis has kept their fame of having always terrific bass players on board. Vardanyan keys are also perfect for the band´s sound delivering a subtle, but fine, background landscape for the guitar-led sound of Jadis. If you´re looking for long instrumental jams or explicit displays of technique, go search somewhere else. But if you like prog rock with lots of subletleties, great songwriting and fine melodies, welcome!

With a fine production and powerful performances, the songs flow evenly without lows. All the tracks are good and I always hear the whole CD without skipping a single tune. However, the opener Why Can´t I Be Me is definitly a highlight, with its inspired intro, great guitar licks all over, thumping bass and dreamy keyboards. Certainly this song will be featured in any serious future compilation, alongside with their classics like Daylight Fades or the Beginning And the End. More Than Ever is another favorite in an album full of good stuff. Chandler´s guitars never sounded so conspicuous and so original.

Conclusion: in an year (2012) where several of my fave bands did not really released some of their best CDs, See Right Through You was a more than welcomed surprise. A fine return to form for this legendary band that proves they still can deliver one of their strongest albums after all these years. Whatever the reasons why they did it, I hope they keep on this track for the next works. Final rating: 4,5 stars at least. Highly recommended!

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 See Right Through You by JADIS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.60 | 56 ratings

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Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by francisco neira

5 stars I don't remember any Jadis album I dislike, and this case is not the exception.

After 6 years of hiatus, Jadis is back!

Gary Chandler and Steve Christey (a very good drummer if you ask me) returns now with two new cohorts: Arman Vardanyan on keyboards and Andy Marlow on a bass. The addition of these two fellows indeed contribute to a good soundwall for Gary´s always melodic and strong riffs. Vardanyanhas moments in which his protagonism leads the songs with a very original trademark that makes clear he is not limited only to ambiance sounds

What it is a surprise for me is that this work is a sort of "back to the basis"; in terms of style and tempo. I was waiting for a continuance in the way Fanatic and Photoplay were made (a sort of straightforward tunes; with of course, great neo prog elements), but the outcome here are mild long tracks with the Jadis distinctiveness´ lee way in the developing of their compositions with a more modern approach that recap so far, the evolution of the band through aprox three decades.

So, if you are a Jadis fan go ahead and get it ! and enjoy once again the Jadis magic !!

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 See Right Through You by JADIS album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.60 | 56 ratings

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Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars I just need to check the calendar before I write this review. Yep, it's 2012, it's just that at the moment it feels like the best part of twenty years ago. Over the last few months I have written reviews of Galahad, Landmarq, Citizen Cain, Big Big Train and others that were active in the Nineties and now here are Jadis back with their first album in six years. I have to confess that 'More Than Meets The Eye' is one of my favourite albums of all-time of any genre, I am probably the only person in New Zealand with a Jadis ringtone (a snippet of "Wonderful World"), and still have very fond memories of the first time I saw Jadis in concert with some outfit called Shadowland on the 'Lurve Ambassadors' tour (and that was 20 years ago!).

So, let's be honest, the chances of me writing a bad Jadis review are pretty slim. Since the last album, 'Photoplay', both Martin Orford (keys/flute/backing vocals)and John Jowitt (bass) left the band and they were initially replaced by Giulio Risi and Andy Marlow respectively but Giulio has also since left and on this album the keyboards are provided by Arman Vardanyan. But, the stalwarts over the years have been the backbone of drummer Steve Christey and the heart and soul of guitarist/singer Gary Chandler. As long as they are there, then Jadis keep going.

I don't know what has been happening over the last six years, as there are very little details on the website, but let's hope that it isn't another six years until the next album as yet again this is superb. Jadis have a sound like no other, with the dual-tracked vocals and the focus on the guitar. Keyboards and bass have their role in all bands, but here it is to provide a backdrop to allow Gary to fly, something he does extremely well indeed. Yes there are times when all of the guys have their turn in the spotlight, but this is all about the guitar. If one has to put in another band reference, then the nearest is probably Camel, but to me Jadis are Jadis: they steer their own path, with less layers and demonstration of virtuosity than many others, yet always very melodic with songs that stick in the mind and demand to be played time and again.

If you have yet to come across this great British band, then you owe it to your ears to do so. For more details visit www.jadismusic.com

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