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Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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The music of JADE WARRIOR is somewhat difficult to describe. Among the influences you'll hear in various aspects of JADE WARRIOR's music are rock, jazz, Latin, Japanese, African, ambient, and the kitchen sink (almost literally - there are spoons and an empty whiskey bottle in there somewhere!). It's often melodically simple, and rhythmically complex... or vice versa. This is the kind of music that everyone can hear different dimensions within and is conqueror of none.

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3.57 | 112 ratings
Jade Warrior
1971
3.56 | 107 ratings
Released
1971
3.68 | 122 ratings
Last Autumn's Dream
1972
3.68 | 110 ratings
Floating World
1974
3.60 | 95 ratings
Waves
1975
3.28 | 72 ratings
Kites
1976
3.69 | 89 ratings
Way Of The Sun
1978
2.79 | 29 ratings
Horizen
1984
2.53 | 23 ratings
At Peace
1989
3.63 | 32 ratings
Breathing The Storm
1992
3.78 | 23 ratings
Distant Echoes
1993
3.28 | 33 ratings
Eclipse
1998
3.37 | 27 ratings
Fifth Element
1998
3.66 | 28 ratings
Now
2008

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2.65 | 8 ratings
Reflections
1979
4.21 | 20 ratings
Elements: the Island Anthology
1995

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 Last Autumn's Dream by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.68 | 122 ratings

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Last Autumn's Dream
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by friso
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Jade Warrior - Last Autumn's Dream (1972)

I was struck with awe by the Akarma vinyl reprint of Jade Warrior's debut album. I finally found my copy of their third album, which represents a continuation in style. Empty drawing board progressive rock heavily influenced by eastern (Japanese) folk influences. As if famous film director Akira Kurawasa had formed a rockband. The second album focused (at times) unsuccessfully on the rock / heavy psych side of the band.

It's wonderful to listen to a band that so full of fresh ideas that it almost forgets to finish it songs. The music full of chunky clean guitars, wild fuzz guitars, flute orchestrations, Asian percussion and some mildly psychedelic vocals. Sometimes is feels like listening to a small traditional Japanese orchestra, with even the electric guitar tuning in, in that ethereal sound. It feels like listening to a scene in a movie. The opening song reminds me of the better King Crimson ballads, like Candance and Cascade. Plain beauty. Joanne is wildly psychedelic rock track. Obedience another scenic fuzz guitar soundscape that reminds me a bit of the opening of Larks Tongues. The ending of the album is another symphonic folk highlight of the band's career. A bit like the best parts of Embryo's folk-styled albums.

This music is guided imagination. Dreaming away to far away lands and stories. Progressive rock listeners that can't appreciate a lack of song structure will definitely hit a wall here, but for adventurous listeners this record must surely hit a chord. I love this record about as much as the debut, so another five star rating for this one.

 Jade Warrior by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.57 | 112 ratings

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Jade Warrior
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by friso
Prog Reviewer

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.

 Waves by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.60 | 95 ratings

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Waves
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by WFV

5 stars I'm guessing everyone on this site has had many of those aha musical moments where you discover something new and it results in that glowing enlightened feeling like you are holding the most precious gem in front of your own eyes. The discovery of Jade Warrior has put my musical fandom on a different, brand new plane - ambient music. Meditative, relaxing, soothing, some call it New Age. I feel a great deal of this kind of music started with Jade Warrior's previous masterpiece Floating World and the vision crystallizes with Waves. In my prog collection, this really only rivals Celeste in terms of sheer beauty. A five star masterwork from the most unsung of unsung prog acts from the golden age. Original Jade Warrior champion Steve Winwood contributes memorable organ and piano solos, adding to the layers of interest.
 Now by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.66 | 28 ratings

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Now
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by WFV

3 stars I like this album, and it is a fitting denouement for this obscure yet thrilling collective.

The first time I listened to it I expected the more New Age Jade Warrior that had prevailed since Nineteen Eighty Four's Horizen. I was wrong - this is a real rock and roll record that does have some atmospheric passages with a lot of trademark flute. Still, clanging rough Frippian guitars (another JW trademark) peek through here and there adding color and a sinister attitude to the proceedings. The real surprise were the vocals, there here and there almost everywhere. They don't detract from the music for me, they are just there.

The last three cuts are the highlight for me, it's like the rest build up to them. Excellent closing statement in Everything Must Pass.

Definitely on the softer side of contemporary prog, but a nice find nonetheless for inclined parties.

 Floating World by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.68 | 110 ratings

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Floating World
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by WFV

5 stars Jade Warrior went from postpsych nobodies to highly original instrumentalists with an eastern slant on their fourth proper release. Rarely has the personality of a prog outfit changed in such a blinding manner. I can see how some would consider this lightweight or weak or even boring.

Personally, there are days I think this is my favourite musical recording of all time. Not just in prog terms, but the whole spectrum. I can and have listened to this album for days on end on repeat without tiring of it.

Now, I'm a person who has alienated most who know me with my listening choices, so I'll reiterate this is personal and my tastes TO ME seem to turn off people around me. Oh [%*!#]ing well.

When I first heard Floating World (I had heard their previous three recordings before) I got a strong feeling all prog roads I had taken up til that point led to this band and this record.

The album flows like fine wine. My only teeny tiny complaint would be the album doesn't have a priceless ending, but I've come to terms it's really perfect for what the duo is going for.

Mountain of Fruit and Flowers, Waterfall, Rain Flower, and Easty are the highlights for me but the rest make the glue that holds it all together. In my mind, this is a left field prog masterpiece that is really the first ambient recording I have in my collection (Brian Eno has stated Floating World is an important album).

Steve Winwood was a champion for Jade Warrior after playing with them on the circuit, and he was crucial to the signing of the duo to Island Records. Steve encouraged Jade Warrior to go with all instrumental concept albums. This raises my professional esteem for Winwood's art quite a bit, right or wrong. Roll with it Baby

For me, it's not tough to pinpoint the excessive attraction. Yes, I'm familar with Eastern music and customs, Yes I like things that fly in from left field and hit you on the chin. Yes, I root for the underdog, which Jade Warrior remained throughout their existence. Yes I'm fond of art that is truly original. Yes I believe SIMPLICITY and ACCESSIBILITY is an attraction enhancer, along with thought provocation and stimulation.

I think the only other record that MAYBE has made me feel that way that I recall is Penguin Cafe Orchestra.

Streamlined left field greatness. I think unheralded is the proper term. Terrific packaging and liner notes make for a true listening experience, I find headphones are the preferred method

 Jade Warrior by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.57 | 112 ratings

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Jade Warrior
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars The seeds of JADE WARRIOR were planted all the way back in the early 60s when Jon Field and Tony Duhig met while working in a factory and discovered they had a mutual interest in jazz and world ethnic music. After several years and experimenting with many different instruments they created a few bands and then moved on and eventually recorded a somewhat popular album under the July moniker. Finally in the year 1970, after adding Glyn Harvard on bass and vocals, John Field who would handle flutes and percussion along with Tony Duhig who handled guitars would buck the trends of the day and create a totally new sort of progressive rock that took ethnic influences in a totally new direction. The newly formed band quickly garnered enough attention to instantly score a deal with Vertigo Records.

The eponymous debut album by JADE WARRIOR pretty much sets a precedent of their entire career, one which presents the listener with a strange plethora of musical ideas often not gelling together in the most cohesive manner but more often than not leaving the listener entertained while always begging the question of "why would they do it like that?" Immediately on the first track this band sets itself apart from the pack. It begins with a nice clean and slow contemplative guitar part that becomes accompanied by a flute and then when the congas kick in throw you off totally. The term JADE WARRIOR supposedly has a Japanese samurai connection and the music does seem to have an Eastern meets Western feel with African and Latin vibes thrown in for good measure. They also utilized a unique combination of blues rock with Santana like percussion instead of traditional blues rock percussion.

After a soft and sweet opening track, it's quite the old switcheroo when on the second track "A Prenormal Day In Brighton" it delves into the 60s psychedelic blues rock scene creating a stark contrast between the first track. As the album continues the songs generally fall into two camps. One is the contemplative mellow and clean tracks that conjure up the exotic ethnic influences infused with a spacier acoustic type of freak folk and the more heavy psych bluesy hard rockers. The down side is that these tracks don't quite gel together as seamlessly as they probably should but on the other hand all of these tracks, no matter how stilted in their juxtapositions are quite enjoyable. It's not like the two styles even alternate. For the most part the slower tracks proceed up to "Telephone Girl" which begins the heavier hard psych rock style with the second track being the exception in the flow of things.

JADE WARRIOR has always been an underdog of sort in the prog world most likely due to their inability to create well flowing deliveries of their music to create a totally satisfying album experience without any stilted feel but i have to admit that i really like many of their albums and this debut release is the perfect place to start as it in a nutshell sums up what JADE WARRIOR's musical vision was from the start. While the next couple of albums focus on the heavy blues rock aspect of their music and beginning with "Floating World" they went for the spacier folky ethnic sounds, this debut has a mixture of both styles sometimes playing hand in hand but most of the time not. One of the most unique albums in 1971 that may not be an all time classic but one that is consistent in quality if not perfectly laid out in presentation.

 Way Of The Sun by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.69 | 89 ratings

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Way Of The Sun
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by SMSM

5 stars First, the Esoteric label should be lauded for their terrific remastering and liner notes - a good reason to buy cds over downloading - - Got that labels!

This is the most accessible and not boring instrumental pop music by the so-called "Fathers of New Wave"

Definately terrific instrumental progressive rock in an etheral/delicate vain, but varied without using endless repetitions/tape loops that could be only able to listen to if previously indulged substances that if driving on, one could be arrested for DUI.

Sadly some other classic Jade Warrior recordings are in this vain - please listen such on Youtube before buying (and buy the cd if you like it because the sound on youtube will never be a great and the information never be as interesting as shown on the Esoteric cd)

I consider it a masterpiece because in this vain of new age music label as it is a recording that should be used as an influence and guidance in how to make great in being accessible without being boring repetitive so-called new age recordings, or so self-indulgent (looks good on paper or theory in why it was composed, but sounds lousy to the ears), it becomes inaccessible

 Last Autumn's Dream by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.68 | 122 ratings

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Last Autumn's Dream
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Jade Warrior was one of those names I stumbled across while leafing through the annals of progressive rock. As I understand, they married far eastern musical sounds with western rock, and their first album solidly established what they were about. The second album did not come off so well, but their third album, "Last Autumn's Dream" managed to come close to their debut, possibly surpassing it depending on whom you ask. This I gathered from the Wiki article and some of the reviews here.

Taking a chance, I ordered the third album without much prior inspection of the music. "A Winter's Tale" sounds quite typical of the day with lots of la-la-las and an English view of a warm fire in the fireplace. There is a kind of Japanese feel to some of the guitar which doesn't sound forced or intrusive. Interesting that they chose to start the album with a laid back song that is one of only three to clear five minutes.

Beginning with a wild guitar solo, "Snake" sounds more exciting with its heavy fuzz-toned, sidewinder bass line. I can picture a viper swishing its coils left and right across the sand. The heavy sound makes Jade Warrior sound closer to proto-metal at times. The music switches style and atmosphere near the end, and there's an eerie flute contribution, but this interesting turn in the music serves only as an outro. Too bad they didn't develop it further. In a way it reminds me a little of "Famine" on the Opeth album "Heritage" except that the Opeth song is one of my favourite Opeth songs and this one here is just kind of interesting. Needs more work.

"Dark River" is where the far eastern influence really starts to show with a flute solo that conjures up images of ninja running stealthily along a river bank at night. The entrancing drumming reminds me of Ron Bushy's solo on Iron Butterfly's "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida". A plunky guitar takes over while the suspenseful flute continues, and then once more the guitar and drums trade places. This certainly is an atmosphere-establishing piece that seems to marry a Japanese ninja movie soundtrack with an Iron Butterfly-influenced tribal drumming rhythm.

"Joanne" seems to be a typical rock number that might have emerged from the southern States somewhere. "Joanne, we're gonna get loaded / Joanne, know what I mean." I can't say the lyrics are particularly good. I might be thrilled about the wild heavy psych guitar solo if this was 1969 but as it is there's not much to praise except that it might be the best part of the song.

"Obedience" has my attention with some traditional Japanese percussion backing more fuzz-toned guitar. This sounds like another piece of music that could have been part of something bigger and grander. A jangling, chiming guitar sound joins along with some warm background instrumentation. And then all fades out. Why didn't they take this further and turn into some wonderful instrumental epic?

The Japanese-sounding guitar plucks over an gentle guitar while flute plays soft notes for "Morning Hymn". This is a gentle number for the awakening sleepy head and the glow of sunbeams across flower blossoms. Not particularly exciting but this is where the band sound like they are on to something different from their peers.

There's more traditional-sounding Japanese percussion and some almost down-home groovy guitar before one guitar introduces a Byrds-like riff. The music then goes back to a laid back groove as the vocals tell us about the "May Queen". The flute creeps in like ripples around a stone. Then we get more of the psychedelic guitar. This is a song that you might find either rather interesting or, if you don't like the scratchy guitar, a bit of a sore spot. They get points for the honest effort at blending styles. Perhaps if they'd kept this up they might have really nailed it on a fourth or fifth album of this line-up.

And the we get a drum intro that sounds like it inspired Nazareth's "Hair of the Dog" while Mungo Jerry's cousin comes in with a typical seventies banana-munching beat. I can just see the big furry sideburns. "Demon Trucker"? With this one and "Joanne" it's hard to tell if these guys were really all that serious about being progressive. Perhaps they still wanted the rock crowd-pleasing tunes to offset the mellow, eastern-flavoured tunes.

"Lady of the Lake" and "Borne to the Solar Wind" take us out with those Japanese-inspired musical stylings. These slower parts with gentle electric guitar, traditional percussion, and flute are for me the most enjoyable parts of the album. I don't know why they split the music into two tracks because "Borne to the Solar Wind" is essentially an instrumental continuation of the music of "Lady of the Lake".

Each time I listen to this album I feel like this is either a band in transition or a band who was trying to cross psychedelic music with eastern-inspired mellow electric rock but still hadn't found the exact formula. For the most part I think the tracks have a lot of good aspects but I am left with the feeling that more effort should have been made toward creating something really memorable. Jade Warrior are too timid about utilizing their uniqueness to its full potential. I am curious now if I shouldn't look at their later albums when Jade Warrior was writing world music or their debut which might have better captured their initial intent. Based on the reviews, it would appear that the band went more for the world music feel that they did quite well here on "Last Autumn's Dream" and dropped the psychedelic space rock sound. They really could have pulled it off nicely, marrying the two styles, with a bit more adventurousness.

I hesitate to call it "good but not essential" but it's better than "Collectors/fans" only. Perhaps a 2.5 star rating of "it has potential" would be more accurate. So, rounded up to three stars then.

 At Peace by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1989
2.53 | 23 ratings

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At Peace
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Memo_anathemo

2 stars Following my reviews of Jade Warrior, I arrived to the album "At Peace" appropriate title for the style of music portrayed in the album; three long pieces full of relaxation, peace, flutes, slow guitar riffs, environmental sounds, synthesizers ... at the end, very new age. The album is not bad, but nothing compared to other albums in their discography. Perhaps, the most relevant thing about it is the fact that it was the last album where the legend Tony Duhig, co-founder of the band, participated. He died one year later. So, definitely this album is a must for those Jade Warrior fans, who followed the band since their very first album.
 Breathing The Storm by JADE WARRIOR album cover Studio Album, 1992
3.63 | 32 ratings

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Breathing The Storm
Jade Warrior Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Memo_anathemo

4 stars Mainly instrumental, I never expected such a beautiful album with the tendency of new age music. I knew Jade Warrior with the first self-titled album and RELEASED, which focused more on psychedelia and space prog, with elements of folk rock. I've heard about the change through time to more relaxing music but never had the chance until now and so far what I have listened to, I have liked it. Breathing the Storm is a beautiful album of instrumental songs that invite you to dream of green landscapes and the wind whistling in the ocean on a cloudy rainy afternoon. Perhaps, the album is not so daring in progressive music but it's beautiful indeed and inspiring. I will keep on listening to Jade Warrior previous efforts to continue discovering the inflection point.
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