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US band JASPER WRATH was formed in 1969, when Jeff Cannata (drums), Michael Soldan (keyboards), and Robert Gianotti (guitars) left their former bands to pursue other musical directions; and with the addition of Phil Stone (bass) the new band was formed.

The first six months or so of it's existence the band concentrated on writing new material, and then sent oout demos to select record companies in New York and Los Angeles. A few weeks later MGM Records contacted the band, and after a live showcase for the label the band landed a record deal. Their debut album was recorded at Phil Ramone's studio over a few weeks, and was issued in 1971.

A short time after the release a national tour is planned, but when Gionatti suddenly decides to leave the band; and a suitable replacement can't be found, the outfit temporarily splits.

Following an excursion in Europe a new line-up is formed. Cannata, Soldan and Stone (now also handling flute) remains from the first line-up, and James Christian (vocals), Scott Zito (guitars); and later Soldan's place as an active member is taken over by Jeff Batter (keyboards, synths).

The reformed Jaspwer Wrath doesn't issue any new material though; but continue as a live act until 1976. The material made in this second stage of their was later made available on a compilation album released in 1997; including selected tracks from illegal albums issued by the Dellwood label under false names (Ardent House: Coming Back; Zoldar & Clark: The Ghost of Way).

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3.24 | 16 ratings
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 Jasper Wrath by JASPER WRATH album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.24 | 16 ratings

Jasper Wrath
Jasper Wrath Crossover Prog

Review by progbaby

3 stars 3.3 stars really.

I agree with the other reviewer that this is not an essential album. It's still good none-the-less. I may get some disagreements about this but I personally am reminded of the Quicksand "Home is where I belong" in parts of this album. Even tho they're from 1970 Connecticut, there seems to be elements of West Coast Harmonies and some touches of melancholia that the Quicksand album brings to mind. Mostly keyboard/guitar driven prog/pop with some nice flute elements thrown in. The vocal harmonies at times gives a Crosby Stills Nash feel to it. I'm also reminded of the vocal harmonies from some of the Pell Mell (see reviews) albums from Germany.

I'm still in search in some hidden surprises from the golden age. This was one of them.

If anyone out there has the Quicksand "Home is where I belong" album and enjoys that, I think you may wish to try this album out too although I think the Quicksand album is a little stronger. These go nicely side by side. A good effort but I can totally understand why they were doomed from the start. Too proggy to be a "top 40" of the day but not proggy enough to be considered more than a 3rd/lower-2nd tier prog album.

 Jasper Wrath by JASPER WRATH album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.24 | 16 ratings

Jasper Wrath
Jasper Wrath Crossover Prog

Review by VOTOMS

3 stars The rare Jasper Wrath (self-titled) only full lenght. The album cover is fine, great use of colors. This album is the definitive crossover prog at times. Seems a common song but you know that is progressive. The first two tracks are fine, prog based rock. There's no focus on technical stuff or skills, just simple and cool prog songs. My CD version includes It's Up To You, a slow harmonic track. I like this one. Autumn reminds me of Beatles. Odyssey is a soft listening song, a little bit repetitve, but not annoying. Did You Know That is my favorite track, catchy rhythm. Drift Through Our Cloud shows an electro-tribal-psychedelic song, sorta Beatles influenced track. Portrait is another slow song, a good melody, I think. Roland of Montrevere is, no doubt about it, the most progressive track here. Is another good track.

Well, this is a good album, but nothing too special about it. I could normally live my life without it. I do not feel tempted to listen to it.

Thanks to windhawk for the artist addition.

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