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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: VERTIGO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 20 July 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm amazed that I've only recently heard of this band. Talk about well-kept secrets. This 1971 debut comes from a trio with a vast collective imagination. They fit in with the progressive spirit of the age but use sparse arrangements, combining flute, guitar and congas/bongos (not sure which)for the most part. On "The Traveller" and "Dragonfly Day" they conjure up an awesome shimmering sound that exemplifies their main strength. Style tends to rule over substance. While the material is good, it's not hard to see why they remain obscure. It's a fine album, but it isn't commercial.

Lyrics tend to be vivid, but delivered almost like poetry rather than sung. Terms like "freedom" and "turn me on" rather give away the era. Some of the guitar work smacks of bluesy hard rock which, given the smallness of the arrangements, gives mixed results. Nevertheless, there are many beautiful moments, especially the gentle, hypnotic opening to "Sundial Song". Well worth the money if you're into the spirit of the subtler early 1970s rock bands.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Hobbs on 17 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Die-hard Jade Warrior fans will adore this album for its usual blend of enchanting melody and haunting vocals with an obligatory twist of prog rock.
You travel the world and all its continents with Jade Warrior - taking in everywhere from Africa (Masai Morning) to the Far East, with a brief stop for a Prenormal Day at Brighton. Home's best for this reviewer and Windweaver is simply sublime. As they say, "City sights bring me down, Let the wind on the river turn you on!"
There are darker notes with some discomfitting lyrics for those of a weird nature - Telephone Girl covers prostitution, while Psychiatric Sergeant explores issues of schizophrenia (or possibly multi-personality disorder) from the perspective of the affected. Poetically powerful.
For most of the tracks, it's difficult to believe this is such an old-timer. Just don't expect it all to sound undated; not everything from the early 70s sounds quite so fresh today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fallingforstars on 5 Jun. 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Wow! - this CD has clearly been lovingly restored using state of the art equipment with barely a hint that good old fashioned tape was the media on which this seminal album by one of musics sorely neglected bands was recorded. If you know Jade Warrior you'll just love the detail and sheer energy captured here that up until now has not been fully realised. You've got to hand it to the Japs - from a superbly printed card sleeve complete with miniature version of the original Vertigo inner sleeve to the repro of the centre label of the LP for the disc art this release is exemplary. Judging by the attached obi the releases for the follow up albums "Released" and "Last Autumn's Dream" are in the pipeline. I just can't wait! - 5+ stars for content and remastering.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jackarmy1071 on 1 Sept. 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is ok if you want to sleep through a bout of flu!
About as interesting as a visit to your accountants!
Bored to death zzzzzzzzzzzz!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Ahhhh! 6 April 2005
By Carl Johnson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is Jade Warrior's first release from 1971. It was dismissed by most critics as a not commercially viable record. The original recording was carried on Vertigo, this record did sell as a slow sell. Reality is, it is late 60's early 70's MAGIC! Jade Warrior were in uncharted waters and because the focus of the band at that time was on the electric guitar and Flute, they were always compared to Jethro Tull.

The Traveller is the openning track and takes the listener into a calm mystical place- reminiscent of the psychedelic movement of the 60's, but NOT as cliche. The re-master FINALLY got the mix correct! Fuller bass and balanced sound.

After Traveller, they travel into some more potentially commercial pieces on the record like Telephone Girl and Petunia, but head back to exquiste space with pieces like Dragonfly Day.

Jade Warrior influenced many a "new-ager" in their career. It is because of this that this is a monumental recording. I pedrsonally feel the 1st album captures the best from the "Tullish" period of the band. Please keep in mind the record was released in 1971. It still sound excellent today. Exquisite Spin!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A RARE and beautiful album from the amazing Vertigo label ! 23 Sept. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Formerly known as the Vertigo VEL-1005 (LP), this disc from Jade Warrior was their first recording, the most outstanding, and the best in my opinion. The tracks are positively strange, and their unusual sound ranges from tribal music to an indescribable sort of psychedelic rock ('Petunia', 'Psychiatric Sergeant'). Jade Warrior are well-known for their progressive / meditative rock albums ("Floating World", "Waves"...), and their first offering is no exception on that point.
If you plan to buy this legendary album, be warned : the Line Records LICD 9.00548 CD transfer has not the sound quality one would expect from such a recording. Fortunately, the remaster(Background /Hi-Note) is said to have virtually eliminated the sonic problems found on the Line CD. Good work ! Thanks to record companies such as Hi-Note, some pop music archives of the past can be (ultimately) restored today. And the CD's, of course, does NOT suffer from surface noise that harmfully affected most of the original copies of the still treasured Long-Play. ...ø...
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Worth it for many moments of brilliance 31 Dec. 2007
By Elliot Knapp - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Jade Warrior's self-titled debut contains some remarkable music and is especially notable as the first chapter for a band that created some of the most eclectic and beautiful rock music of the 70's. I tend to disagree with critics' later assignment of the "world music" label to Jade Warrior's music; yes, they are eclectic and often utilize instruments, scales, and folk melodies from different cultures the world round, Jade Warrior is ultimately a rock band putting a decidedly aggressive spin on these so-called "world" music elements. For any fan of progressive, psychedelic, and experimental or art rock from the 70's, Jade Warrior is bound to be a satisfying investment.

"The Traveller" is a truly sublime opener, with two guitars tentatively probing over extended chords, framing a mysterious flute line. This figure is interrupted by some unusual percussion instruments, which gives way to an expansive, atmospheric, pulsing chord over which Tony Duhig's massively-fuzzed guitar soars. This is the kind of music that really feels like a journey to another world, or at least a very compelling impression of this one. By the time the sung lyrics enter (the end of the song), you'll probably be hooked.

In many ways, "The Traveler" sums up the best characteristics of this album and, in turn, the band itself. When they put their minds to it, Jade Warrior are unmatched at marrying philosophical/mystical concepts to expressive music. Although they're using some typical 70's rock instrumentation (electric guitar and bass), the intelligence of the arrangements and obvious thought they've put into having each musical move mean something conceptually really shows, and can be a powerful listening experience. "Windweaver" proves this in spades, with a fluxing arrangement that buoys the song's images of nature contemplation. The band's less usual instruments--flute (no, it's not very much like Jethro Tull just because it has a flute, and yes it is played with much more skill than labelmates Gravy Train), "world" percussion, and some chanting--serve to elevate the music to unique and forceful heights. The unorthodox percussion lends a heavy, thudding groove to the nearly menacing "A Prenormal Day In Brighton" (which could equally apply to both powerful drug and religious experiences). To my knowledge, there isn't a standard drum kit on the record, which really sounds fresh, making the percussion stand out a lot more than your average rock beat, which is exactly what it does on the sometimes-manic "Masai Morning," which musically and lyrically narrates a jungle hunt from perspective of both hunter and hunted, punctuated by some spectral wordless chanting. Likewise, the haunting flute and narrative qualities of the music make the metamorphosing "Dragonfly Day" a grand listening journey worthy of this album's beautiful cover art. These gorgeous, palpable atmospheres resurface on the album's two closing tracks, "Slow Ride" and "Sundial Song."

The main detractors of the album are definitely the first 3 songs on side two: "Petunia," "Telephone Girl," and "Psychiatric Sergeant." Although they're not terrible by any standard, they effectively break the resonant and mysterious spell that the first half of the album casts on the listener. "Telephone Girl" is typical 70's hedonistic rock on which the band's interesting percussion sounds out of place, while the surprisingly jazzy flute opening to "Psychiatric Sergeant" is undercut by the song's middling lyrics. The bluesy "Petunia" is actually a pretty good (if lecherous) song, but loses points because it really doesn't fit with the lustrous landscapes painted by the band on side one--after they've shown how capable they are at surprising the listener's ear with unconventional, otherworldly melody and texture, why waste time with the oh-so-familiar and mainstream sounds of blues? By the time the record ends, the last two tracks echo the gorgeous first half, but in a way that makes the middle that much less appealing.

Overall, Jade Warrior's debut is a worthwhile effort; the low points aren't unlistenable by any means, and the high points are something to behold. As with a lot of experimental music, it's reasonable to forgive a band's uneven missteps into ordinary territory for their efforts to come up with something entirely new, which Jade Warrior certainly succeeds in doing here. If you enjoy this album (which you probably will if you managed to find out about it), Released and Last Autumn's Dream continue in a similarly rewarding (if flawed) direction. Later, when the band signed with Island, they dropped the vocals and focused heavily on instrumentals and captured some really impressive atmospheres and musical journeys on albums like Floating World and Way of the Sun, for listeners who are particularly impressed with the band's instrumental skills and don't mind an absence of vocals.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Jade Warrior - self-titled (Repertoire) 1 Jan. 2007
By Mike Reed - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1971, this was the band's first album. This is the first time I ever got to check out this UK progressive / art rock group for myself. Not sure as to WHY I was simply SO impressed with this CD, but all I can say is that I plan to keep it in my 'current rotation stack' for awhile. Hard to believe Jade Warrior never got off the ground. I mean, musically speaking, I would put them right up there along the likes of ELP, Yes, Nektar and possible Marillion. Tunes I was most taken with were "Prenormal Day In Brighton", "Dragonfly Day" and "Telephone Girl". Line-up: Glyn Havard - guitar & vocals, Tony Duhig - bass & keyboards and Jon Field - guitar, flute, keyboards & percussion. Duhig and Field came from the psych band July. A must-have.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rare And Unusual 12 Oct. 2000
By Jack Rusher - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have fond memories of spinning this LP (yes, I still have it and just listened to it today!) and having friends or acquaintances ask, "Who is this?? This is great music!" Yes indeed, it certainly is great music! I've had this album since the middle 70's and I just can't say enough about it. The unusual arrangements coupled with tribal-like instumentation (including drums) is just wonderful! And the flute work is like none other that I'm aware of. The overwhelming image of birds in flight is just inescapable and tremendous! Unlike later LP's by this unusual band, JW allows us inside their verbal minds with lyrics on this effort. "Petunia" and "Telephone Girl," while not popular with women's LIB types, are gritty and well done combination rock/jazz pieces as is "Psychiatric Sergeant." File this LP and this band under "U" for unusual as well as "W" for well done.
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