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Way of the Sun [VINYL] Import

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  • Vinyl (17 Oct. 1990)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mango
  • ASIN: B00008FCAD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,532,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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Format: Audio CD
I was very luck to have a fellow musician introduce me to this band back in 1978, along with Gentle Giant. Along with them Jade Warrior are one of my all time favourite bands. They never truly received the recognition they deserved, despite sharing the same sound engineer as Mike Oldfield, a guy called Tom Newman.

In fact Jon Field and Tony Duhig guest on Oldfields 'Hergest Ridge' album where it's obvious Oldfield has 'borrowed' their ideas.

This album is astonishing from the get go, it grabs you by the ears and never let's up, shifting from sheer powerful exuberance in Latin American rhythms, with Tony Duh it's incredible guitar chords evoking the power of the sun, juxtaposed with Jon Fields haunting flute playing and melodies evoking beauty and a sense of aching loss only emulated by Morriconne's soundtrack for the film 'The Mission'.

I agree with the other reviewer, a band criminally underrated and ignored, sadly hitting their peak with this album when due to punk, it was no longer cool to be doing 'concept' albums. The saddest irony being that Jade Warrior's four concept albums for Island records were heads and shoulders above everybody else, including their contemporary Mike Oldfield.

If your curious about this band and like top notch instrumental music from the 1970's, this is the album to start with for Jade Warrior's music. I warn you, if like me you get hooked then you'll back catalogue their whole discography.

Simply some of the best British music ever produced in the 1970's by one of its best 'unknown' bands.
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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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8e4121d4) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
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HASH(0x8eae6804) out of 5 stars It's A Masterpiece 16 Jan. 2009
By Stephen KEEN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When I 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 parts of 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
HASH(0x8dc69d68) out of 5 stars 5 stars easily 19 Nov. 2008
By Bryan - 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
HASH(0x8f383dd4) out of 5 stars 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
HASH(0x8e949540) out of 5 stars 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!
HASH(0x8ead99fc) out of 5 stars Jade Warrior - Island discs remastered 16 Jan. 2012
By witsend99 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Among the most neglected bands in history, and during the brief ISLAND record label years, one of the most progressive for their time...

WAVES, FLOATING WORLD, KITES and WAY OF THE SUN..... I used to listen to these 4 albums (the pinnacle of Jade Warrior production) But in the 70's the LP pressings were not ideal, even the expensive imports had noisy grooves. Recently I discovered these unique treasures were remastered by ECLECTIC. They have all the full sound and separation of those originals -- sans snap, crackle and pop. Thank God.

Good liner notes as well.

For the newcomer, here's who they are...

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