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  • Vinyl (17 Oct. 1990)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mango
  • ASIN: B00008FCAD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,203,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sun Ra
2. Sun Child
3. Moontears
4. Heaven Stone
5. Way of the Sun
6. River Song
7. Carnival
8. Dance of the Sun
9. Death of Ra

Product Description


ESOTERIC RECORDINGS are proud to release the classic
1978 album Way of the Sun by JADE WARRIOR.
This wonderful band first came to attention with a clutch of
albums recorded for Vertigo Records in the early 1970 s. By
1974 they had become the vision of flautist JON FIELD and
guitarist TONY DUHIG and had signed to Island Records.
Noted by CHRIS BLACKWELL as one of his favourite groups,
the four albums recorded by JADE WARRIOR for Island were
classic ambient works, stunning in their beauty and power.
Way of the Sun was JADE WARRIOR s final album for the
label, arguably one of their finest, and remains an
outstanding listening experience.
This Esoteric Recordings reissue has been re-mastered from
the original tapes and fully restores the original album
artwork. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Dinsdale on 18 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is the final Jade Warrior work in the Island Records tetralogy recorded between 1974-8, and newly remastered by Esoteric. As usual the packaging is beautiful and helps emphasise the very visual aspect of the music within, as well as the beautiful continuity of the four albums. It is perhaps the livliest, most focused of their works, relying less on textural effect and dynamics and more on strong, easy melodies.

It is a sunny optimistic music, with African and Amazonian textures perfect for a summer's day. There are nine pieces here which move delicately from section to section whilst never interupting the singular mood, although `Carnival' is easily the most uptempo piece they ever recorded, almost sounding like Santana. The sleevenotes tell us that the music was worked on in the order in which it finally appears, and there is a great resultant cohesion here, with particular textures running like golden threads through an ancient tapestry. There is some sun-kissed flute work throughout from Jon Field, alongside airy acoustic guitar and percussion and Tony Duhig's electric guitar playing and sound has been honed to an all time peak of perfection. This album is the pinnacle of the Jade Warrior catalogue and the close of 4 years' dedicated work on a singular vision across all 4 Island albums.

In many ways the beautiful and stand out closing piece `Death Of Ra' also symbolises the death of the Jade Warrior dream, and indeed (this being 1978) the end of albums conceived on such a grand scale. Time would not be kind to them as the Eighties closed in, but for many their '70's catalogue remains up there with Mike Oldfield's finest work, albeit criminally unrecognised by comparison.
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By BlueMoon on 1 Dec. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bought this on vinyl in the seventies, only just got round to replacing it, forgotten how good it was. Buy it Now!
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By PaulJF. on 23 Dec. 2011
Format: MP3 Download Verified Purchase
For us sad folk of a certain age, this album is a must. I managed to find a vinyl copy a coupla years ago but it has a few minor scratches . . . unlike the MP3 version.
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
It's A Masterpiece 16 Jan. 2009
By Stephen KEEN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When I first began to collect Jade Warrior's "Island era" albums on vinyl in the seventies I commenced with "Waves" [1975], & for a while I thought that Tony Duhig & Jon Field had reached some peak of musical achievement. I was quite mistaken. My next purchase [out of sequence with the chronology of the four albums] was "Way of the Sun" [1978]. I gave up trying to define or predict anything about Jade Warrior's music ever again.
Whatever this album's title & cover art suggest is only a thin representation of the musical depth within. The music is built around ethnic Central American themes with segments that can sound majestic & sometimes almost orchestral, while much of it is exotic, haunting, & mystical.
I have always loved the sound of flute, & this album is a flute lover's delight. Once again Jon Field's flutes evoke celestial beauties & harmonies in partnership with Tony Duhig's guitars, both electric & acoustic. But Tony's electric guitar playing on this album is nothing short of mesmerizing, especially on the final track.
The first track "Sun Ra" creates a vivid impression of a sunrise. Then "Sun Child" is centered around a delightful flute tune, with picollos also, & the enchanting sounds of harp played by a guest musician. "Moon Tears" is a sweetly earthy tune played with both wooden flute & conventional flutes as well as guitars, & a myriad of small bells & chimes as it drifts into "Heaven Stone", a beautiful flute piece with cool jazz-like accompaniment largely from acoustic guitars. "Way of the Sun" ventures into a more familiar Latin American influence with Tony Duhig's electric guitars multi-tracked. Then "River Song" has multi-tracked flutes producing joyful trills & flutters. "Carnival" has a lively rumba-like rhythm, followed by "Dance of the Sun", based on a tribal percussion beat.

Most tracks contain modest keyboard backing with Duhig's electric guitar frequently drifting in & then fading out of the various musical segments. As with the earlier masterpiece "Waves" there is a real musical & recording mastery in this album. At the very least this music may send you somewhere else for a while.
But nothing will prepare the listener for the awesome final track titled "Death of Ra" which has Tony Duhig's electric guitar & Jon Field's flute harmonising with sad overtones which are almost tearfully beautiful.

Where on Earth did two Englishmen find the inspiration to create music like this? "Way of the Sun" is the last of Jade Warrior's "Island era" albums. I can certainly recommend all of them, but don't miss this one, it's a masterpiece.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5 stars easily 19 Nov. 2008
By B. E Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Way of the Sun sounds like it was influenced by both Santana and Camel- the incredible guitar playing of the former, and the instantly jaw-droppingly beautiful instrumental playing of the latter.

Why is it that whenever I listen to any rock album from the 70's, I find that at least 80% of the music is good? Bands back then knew how to put a song together.

Make sure when you listen to this Jade Warrior album you have the lights off in your room and you're feeling warm, because the music contains a friendly and comfortable atmosphere that's sure to please fans of beautiful instrumental playing and especially Camel fans.

We really need for the 70's to make a comeback with young people today. Maybe someone 14 years old will find out about Jade Warrior, and recommend the music to their friends, and that will start a trend that will carry all through North America and Europe.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Jade Warrior Is A Band That Should Be Heard By More Listeners 7 Aug. 2005
By Blabberless - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Way of the Sun" is a more upbeat album than their previous 3 releases, blending Eastern sounds with soft fusion and progressive. Soft flute passages mix with acoustic guitars and lush percussive waves, similar at times to Mike Oldfield and even Gandalf.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of my favorite albums 4 Sept. 2008
By Blues_King - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I love Jade Warrior's spacey mood music and this album is one of my favorites. From the first song to the last it paints a great cohesive picture that kind of reminds me of Egypt and/or South America. It demands serious, not casual listening however. You can't be walking around or washing the dishes and appreciate this album(or other Jade Warrior albums). The use of many different instruments sound great through my Altecs and peak with "The Death of Ra". The Death of Ra is a great emotional funeral songs with great guitar work in the mold of Santana. I recommend this album if you like percussive, spacey instrumental type music. It ain't Chuck Berry!
the most accessible and not boring instrumental pop music by the so-called "Fathers of New Wave" 23 Sept. 2014
By S M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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)
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