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Jade Warrior Audio CD

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of Jade Warrior's best 24 Jan 2002
By Mark Jeantheau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Having been a Jade Warrior fan since discovering their music in the early 1980s, it was great to see their two unreleased albums from the 1970s--"Eclipse" and "Fifth Element"--finally put to disc. I think "Fifth Element" is one of their best albums. It's a little more consistent than their first three albums (I, Released, and Last Autumn's Dream), which all have some amazing tracks but occasionally get mired in psychedelic excess. That seems to be less of a problem on "Fifth Element." I'll admit that my favorite Jade Warrior tunes still lie on those first three albums, but I think FE is just as strong overall. For anyone who loves the first three JW albums, this is a must-have too.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better late than never..... 7 May 2006
By HOG( I WANT IT ALL) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I made this purchase I feel like some of the other reviewers and had mixed feelings about this recording.But after giving it a listen on a few road trips (with my wife) It grew on me.It's pretty well balanced ,and enjoyable.All of the Jade Warrior CD's are great stuff,from the first to the island years (which is all I have).It has a few heavy's (24 hour movie) and some lighter stuff .Great for a "Rainey Day".It falls I line with the 1st three orginal releases but not quite as heavy.It's just to bad this and "Eslipse" were not released on time in 1973 but better late than not at all.(Even the wife likes it).
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very uneven 17 April 2002
By Allen Ray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I totally agree with Mr. Phillips above. The instrumental tracks are well-performed and hint at better things to come, whereas most of the tracks with vocals are anywhere from mildly disappointing (when compared with those on "Jade Warrior" or "Last Autumn's Dream") to downright embarrassing, such as on the cheesily-titled "Discotecnique," "Have You Ever," and others. It's hard to believe that Glyn Havard, the vocalist/bassist/lyricist on this album is the same person who penned the gorgeous, picturesque words on "A Winter's Tale," "May Queen" and "Lady of the Lake." Obviously, I regard "Fifth Element" as a very expensive purchase considering it's only half good; however, since I've become a hopeless fan of Jade Warrior, I'm keeping my copy. After listening to this, though, I can appreciate why Vertigo didn't renew their contract and why their future record company Island Records insisted that they lose the vocalist. The real reason was that Island wanted to have an instrumental artist on their rosters that could compete with Virgin records' Mike Oldfield. (Musically, Jade Warrior are head and shoulders above Mike.) Perhaps it's one of the bigger anomalies in the annals of music business decisions, but as a result of a record company's "suggestion," an artist's music took a quantum leap forward. Go figure!
Though "Eclipse," the other album from these same 1973 sessions, also suffers from the same uneveness, it actually has a much better ratio of good vs. mediocre/bad material. And like like the above reviewer suggested, someone should release "Reflections," which would constitute a better value for money spent.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Schizophrenic Missing Link 8 Jan 2001
By Gary L. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As is explained in the liner notes, Jade Warrior was in the process of splitting in "two opposing factions over the direction of the band" during the recording of this previously unreleased album.
It shows. About half the tracks (especially the first which was reworked later by the revamped Jade Warrior) clearly indicate what JW was to become - one of the most exciting music forms to emerge in the '70s, a sound so ahead of its time that is has become truly timeless .
The other part of this CD is another direction entirely. . Psychedelic, hard-edged stuff that would fit just right on the soundtrack to some '60s hippie movie.
Buy this and ECLIPSE (or better yet, someone release REFLECTIONS) and you'll have one great Jade Warrior disc.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An underrated album 28 May 2008
By Sergio López - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I always wished to "reveal" the mysterious forgotten Jade Warrior albums, now I listened to this "Fifth Element" (the previous four elements quadrilogy for Island Records) and "Eclipse" material and I
have found that all this material has just been too underrated.

And this is perhaps due to a mixture of higher expectation of JW's
audience to these lost mythical albums and the sad story about this material being rejected by the Vertigo label, seeming that the band's quality in both composition and sound was not good enough (terrible mistake!) which it's not true.

But if we compare the evolution of the band, you'll probably find in the '73 material a more polished sound (I would say DELICATE, yeah is the right word) and better care in melodies, moods, rhythm...than in the previous albums. The band is now focusing more in that features than in the vocal / lyrical arragements, and Glyn Havard, yet correct in his role, seems getting out of race this time.

So this is not a lost "Floating World Part Two" album, but happily I find it has much more in common with that album than with the Vertigo ones, as the natural evolution of the band, and it's an album that brings connection with the two periods.

If you are fan of Island period and also you like albums as "Last Autumn's Dream" or "Released" don't miss this one, you'll enjoy it!
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