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JASPER WRATH

Crossover Prog • United States


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Jasper Wrath biography
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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3.18 | 17 ratings
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1971

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1997

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3.18 | 17 ratings

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Review by Progfan97402

3 stars Jasper Wrath hailed from Connecticut. In 1971 they released their debut album on Sunflower, an MGM subsidiary (who had a few artists I'm unaware of, plus that label did release very early archival material from the Grateful Dead from 1966). Sunflower never lasted, so it comes as no surprise the Jasper Wrath LP went out of print, and while hard to find, seems quite a bit harder to find without the punch hole. This band later fell victim to a scam on the tax dodge label Dellwood (a label that originally started as a legit label back in the mid '60s, but by '77 was resurrected, this time with that dubious reputation), with two albums released under phony names: Arden House and Zoldar & Clark. In the late '70s there was a brief glut of tax dodge labels (from about 1976 to about 1978), but apparently these labels were caught, and shut down. "Did You Know That" has strangely almost- Santana-like feel, especially parts that reminds me of "Evil Ways". There's also a nice jazzy guitar break without a doubt inspired by Wes Montgomery.

Anyways, Jasper Wrath's actual authorized album from 1971 didn't exactly set my world on fire. There's potential for a totally mindblowing album, but there's some filler. The band combined psychedelic with a bit of an AM rock feel, some folk, and early prog (nothing complex or challenging, hence "crossover prog"). It's the kind of music that you could tell the band had that potential to score an AM hit, but the music was frequently "too weird and trippy" for AM radio. Fantastic example: "Odyssey". I totally dig this song, especially the chorus, and wonderful creative passages. As I said, a potential for AM radio airplay if it didn't have that trippy spacy atmosphere. Many other songs are of varying quality, but has a lot of creative passages to keep my interests, but "Autumn" seems a bit repetitive and lacking in the creative department. "Roland of Montever" is the lengthiest piece on the album and the closest to full-on prog the album got (in fact more eclectic prog in this piece than crossover). "Drift Through Our Cloud" features some really interesting use of an early drum machine.

What prevent me from thinking more highly of this album is it's a bit uneven. The best stuff is simply amazing, "Odyssey", for example, but then you have stuff like "Autumn". "Mysteries (You Can Find Out)" has some nice ideas, but a couple of cheesy vocal parts I can do without. Given this was 1971, don't expect symphonic prog from an American band (Kansas wouldn't see their debut until three years later, and even that album was a strange combination of boogie/southern rock and symphonic prog, as the band in general before going full-on AOR by the end of the '70s). This is more in tune with the psychedelia of the late '60s, and AM rock of the early '70s (strangely). Maybe not priority number one, but if you need more obscurities, it's worth having because it does has some great material, but some so-so stuff as well. Three and a half stars is what I can honestly give it.

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3.18 | 17 ratings

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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.

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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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