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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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3.52 | 14 ratings
Jadis
1989
3.87 | 149 ratings
More Than Meets The Eye
1992
3.52 | 89 ratings
Across The Water
1994
2.93 | 53 ratings
Somersault
1997
3.20 | 61 ratings
Understand
2000
3.30 | 94 ratings
Fanatic
2003
3.15 | 84 ratings
Photoplay
2006
3.70 | 66 ratings
See Right Through You
2012
3.68 | 19 ratings
No Fear Of Looking Down
2016

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

3.89 | 22 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)

3.02 | 25 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 | 13 ratings
Once Upon A Time (EP)
1993
2.50 | 11 ratings
Once Or Twice (EP)
1996
2.14 | 3 ratings
The Great Outside
2003

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 Jadis by JADIS album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.52 | 14 ratings

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Jadis
Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
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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
3.02 | 25 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
2.50 | 11 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
3.15 | 84 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
3.30 | 94 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 | 61 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 .
 Once Upon A Time (EP) by JADIS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1993
3.38 | 13 ratings

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Once Upon A Time (EP)
Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

3 stars Jadis is best thought of as adult-oriented rock toying with neo-proggish extended instrumental solo breaks (especially on the guitar), putting catchy melody above gloomy atmospherics, whereas in other neo-prog band it is often the other way around. This is a 3-song EP, released between the first and second albums, but representing earlier material. Follow me to Salzburg is more mellow, nice guitar parts. All in one Day is a typical Jadis track, starting with a nice mysterious intro, and then alternating between more upbeat and more serene sections. Mostly instrumental View from Above starts faster and goes down slower. Jadis' brand of neo-prog is somewhat bland, true, but Gary Chandler's earnest everyman vocal delivery thankfully saves us some of the musical pomposity often associated with neo-prog.
 Across The Water by JADIS album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.52 | 89 ratings

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Across The Water
Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Jadis' second is a consciously more all-round band effort than their well-received debut, not just about the wild guitar solos, but with a fatter bass and more countermelodies from keys. Across the Water is a typical example of neo-prog- lite, having a dated 80's style "thin" sound, accessible melodies, but generally good song writing, with the best of them starting with a memorable intro, then some verses and an extended instrumental break with tempo changes and different solos. Songs are a little bit uneven, but with such strong numbers as Everywhere I turn, Daylight Fades and In Isolation it's a deserved 3 and a half stars - its not as fresh as the debut, but still better than what followed.
 More Than Meets The Eye by JADIS album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.87 | 149 ratings

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More Than Meets The Eye
Jadis Neo-Prog

Review by Progrussia

4 stars Jadis is neo-prog, not far from its many middle of the 80-s started British peers (IQ, Pallas, Pendragon), but stands out for being very much guitar-dominated. Especially so on their first properly released album, More than Meets the Eye, where the blues-inspired, frequently high-octane, but always melodic guitar solos are front and center, making up the bulk of the songs. But I'd disagree with the common opinion that the verses and vocals are merely attachments to this. While Gary Chandler is no Caruso, of course, they are also catchy and hooky enough. And although Jadis has an accessible, 80-s style sound, songs are not simplistic as they seem at first glance, usually consisting of several main themes.
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