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Jade Warrior


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.63 | 121 ratings

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5 stars Jade Warrior ' st (1971)

One of progressive rock's most remarkable debut albums. Jade Warrior plays nomadic heavy psych with lots of Asian traditional influences (flute, percussions, harmonies). On their debut album I find their mixture of fuzzed up rock and world music folk most appealing. The record sounds inspired, even to the point of not finishing up compositions because of the next beautiful idea. This would bother me on other records, but world music is supposed to be different from western pop ' especially in songs structure. The heavy fuzz guitar sounds a bit too distorted, but it adds to the 'obscure record' feel. The idea behind how the band switches between heavy psych, early Crimsonian balladry and traditional Asian music is hard to grasp, which adds to the atmosphere of listening to an creative outburst of talented musicians. I wouldn't be at all surprised if King Crimson also got some ideas from this record for their gentler passages on 'Larks Tongues in Aspic'.

On the follow-up record 'Released' (1971) Jade Warrior would focus on their brand of Asian folk infused (jazz)rock, before setting course for their trademark 'new age prog' sound. Lovers of that later sound will find this album a bit harsh, but for me 'Jade Warrior' (1971) represents a perfect balance between harmonic beauty, raw power, magical abstraction and a rare sense of originality.

friso | 5/5 |


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