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Peace warrior more like,
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This review is from: Jade Warrior: Remastered (Audio CD)
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.