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JADIS

Jadis

 

Neo-Prog

3.52 | 22 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars Jadis first ever release is kind of a mystery. It´s so rare that few people are even aware of its existence. It´s not cited on several band´s discographies, Its absent 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 Marillion´s guitarist Steve Rothery and had a very different line up from the one we were accustomed to see as their first incarnation (1994´s "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 to their latter, "official" releases. Still, it was far from some crap sounding albums I have heard at the period. The good 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. It´s just a curio, a collector´s item for the hardcore. The band would produce much better recordings of those songs on future releases even if Chandler´s talents as songwriter and performer were evident by the quality of the the stuff in here. Jadis is one of the great neo prog bands of all time.

Tarcisio Moura | 3/5 |

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