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4 stars The sound of music

"Once upon a time" is an early EP from IQ related band Jadis, with only three tracks but a running time of around 20 minutes.

The opening track, "Follow me to Salzburg" was actually written by the band some years before it was recorded in 1993. As a result, only Gary Chandler was involved in both the composition and the performance, the line up having changed significantly in the intervening years. The title, which has nothing to do with the actual song, relates to the film "The sound of music".

The song itself is a wonderful piece of mellow neo-prog, with melodic guitar work and lush keyboards. It segues seamlessly into "All in one day", another song which had been around for some years before it made it onto CD. The track has various changes of pace, and some fine Hackett like lead guitar. While this soft neo-prog may be somewhat derivative and predictable, here the strong performance and melodies make for a wonderfully appealing work.

The final track is predominantly instrumental, with just a brief vocal section during its 7+ minutes. The band seem proud of the numerous time changes they squeezed into the piece, but in reality it is actually quite repetitive.

For me, Jadis have had a tendency towards short-comings in the melody department, so it is pleasing to report that here we have a strong set of fine songs.

This EP has since been deleted and incorporated in remastered format on the 2001 Jadis release "Medium rare".

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


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