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FIRE, WATER, EARTH & AIR

Jane

 

Heavy Prog

3.41 | 92 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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3 stars Great equipment: Gibson guitars, Ludwig drums, Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer and Gibson Thunderbird bass. Great sound: special 'Dummy-Head' effects. Great music?

Most of the seven compositions contain a slow rhythm featuring lush Hammond organ waves, Moog synthesizer flights, lots of bluesy howling electric guitar runs and melancholical vocals. I won't conclude that on this LP Jane make memorable, inventive or original progressive rock (understatement for precarious progressive bluesrock) but to me their sound on this album is often pleasant and sometimes even moving. Especially the interplay between the guitar and keyboards like in the highlight "Air (Superman)" with echoes from RAVEL his "Bolero". And in 1975 it was hot to present yourself with sophisticated technical ideas (inspired by PINK FLOYD's "Dark side of the moon") so the Dummy-Head effects were a fine bonus in those days. Conclusion: a nice album but I prefer the better renditions on the 2-live-LP "At home live" that was released a year later.

By the way, if you want to witness this Jane 30 years later on DVD, buy the 2- DVD "Krautrock meeting" delivering an excellent 30 minutes performance with veterans Peter Panka and Werner Nadolny, what a warm and inspired gig!

erik neuteboom | 3/5 |

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