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TOGETHER

Jane

 

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3.71 | 148 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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4 stars When one listens to the opening song "Daytime", it seems that an unreleased "Floyd" bonus track from "ASOS" is playing. This is an extremely beautiful song. These background keys are truely somptous and even the vocals are not that bad here. The guitar play during the second half combined with these great keys is one of the best moment of music you can expect. THE highlight of this album. The finale is an explosion of gorgeous keys and crying guitar. PHENOMENAL.

"Wind" is on the heavy side. Somewhat psychedelic-hard-rock. It sounds a lot like some "Ten Years After" songs from the "Crickle Wood Green" or "Watt" period ("TYA" is a band that I like very much BTW, a part of my flesh and bones).

I'm not as positive about "Try To Find" which is a blues-rock song with not too much conviction. Organ play sounds familiar with the ones of Hensley ("Heep") : heavily pumped out the machine. It turns out in some sort of heavy psyche.

The longest song from this album "Spain" starts obviously with a Spanish oriented intro. It is another highlight. Not thanks to the vocal part but the duo keyboards/guitar works perfectly. The combination of these Spanish sounds with heavy keys is very original for the time (remember, this is a 1972 recording).

References here are plenty : early Floyd ("Daytime"), early Purple ("Spain"), early Heep ("Try To Find"), early "Ten Years After" ("Wind" and "Hangman"). In terms of musical style, some hard-rock, some psychedelia and some space-rock as well. If this mix of genre suits you, you'll be enchanted with the music delivered here.

If the bands I have mentioned are appealing to you as they are to me, there are great chances that "Jane" will be an interesting discovery. This album is available in the CD format for about eight ? (+ shipment) on the Amazon marketplace. It is the same for most of their early releases, so do grab two or three, you won't be disappointed.

The only negative comments I can think of is that, like "Eloy", the job of the vocalist is not really good. And, again like "Eloy", even at the time of release ('72), the music is a bit outdated. Sounds more like a record from the late sixties actually.

Still, four stars for this solid rocking album. Mainly thanks to the GREAT "Daytime"

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |

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