Label: Not On Label (Jade Warrior) - JWRCDR-1971/№2 • Format: CDr Album, Reissue, Unofficial Release • Country: Russia • Genre: Rock • Style: Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock
Jade Warrior are a British musical group that were formed inoriginally evolving out of a band named July. Jon Field and Tony Duhig met in the early s when working in a factory both driving forklifts. According to Field, the process was not unlike " InTomcats returned to England, changed their name to July, and released their one only eponymous album, a psychedelic pop-rock collection.
Later it was re-issued as Second of July with some alternate versions and outtakes, and then as Dandelion Seeds with yet a different track list. Already in the line-up were Glyn Havard, bass, and Allan Price, drums. The outfit was basically a pick-up band designed to tour the Northern British clubs and capitalise on the success of the aforementioned hit record. A month or two later, Duhig, Havard and Price travelled to Persia later to become Iran and worked in various nightclubs for three months, only to return to England practically destitute after a series of management mishaps.
Before this, however, Duhig had introduced Havard to Jon Field, suggesting that he make a vocal contribution to Duhig and Field's own musical project. When Havard and Duhig returned from Persia, they and Field set about recording a series of demos that laid the foundation for the initial Jade Warrior albums. In the words of David Duhig, Tony's brother and later a band member"Tony met Glyn Three-Horned Dragon King - Jade Warrior - Released and Allan Price,  Dancehall Priority - Dreadzone - Once Upon A Time Three-Horned Dragon King - Jade Warrior - Released formed a band, which nobody really mentions because they went off to Persia to do some sort of money gig.
I suppose the most notable thing about that is that Tony caught some sort of disease he called 'Persian Leg,' Phlebitis! That was around the end of ' Working along those lines, we sat down in Jon's living room and drew up two lists, Three-Horned Dragon King - Jade Warrior - Released comprising words we identified with the quieter, meditative side of the band, and the other expressing the heavier, more menacing aspect. The hard Sol (Batucada) - Kinky - Recordatorio featured a more macho selection such as 'Spear' and, of Lonesome Avenue - Gasolin - Gas 5, 'Warrior'.
Jon's first wife, Jenny, had made the suggestion that we might select our name from a choice of verbs rather than nouns, but after some deliberation, we ditched this idea as being too outre. In the end we decided on 'Jade', from the soft list, and 'Warrior' from the hard one. I guess had it gone differently, we might just as easily have been called something like 'Lotus Spear'.
Later a Red Hot Records press release stated that, "Jade Warrior was a Japanese term for a samurai warrior who was also a poet and scholar", but Havard expressed doubts as for the literal truth of this interpretation. InJade Warrior signed a deal with Vertigo their old band-mate Patrick Lyons, now Patrick Campbell-Lyons, had become a producer and a scout for this labelaccording to Havard, 'in a package' with Assagaian Afro-rock band, with whom they shared the same management.
Havard said, "They didn't want us, but they wanted Assagai because Afro-Rock, courtesy of Osibisa, was perceived to be the next best thing. Our production company, Mother Mistro, basically told them that if they wanted Assagai, then they'd have to take Jade Warrior as well".
This according to an official biography"left Jade Warrior a contract with a record company, which had little actual interest in the band, and very little willingness to support or promote them. This was followed in the same year by Released with appearances from Allan Price on drums, and guest saxophonist Dave Conners. The album, taking a step back to revisit "the wall-of-all-colors approach of their debut with a more surefooted and substantive instrumental approach," featured mysterious-sounding, introspective instrumental tunes "Dark River", "Obedience", "Borne on the Solar Wind" juxtaposed with melodic pieces like "A Winter's Tale" and "May Queen" and harsh rockers "Snake", "The Demon Trucker", "Joanne".
Around this time the band were filmed at the Marquee Club in London as part of a visual showcase for several acts represented by Gaff Masters management, including Rod Stewart and Long John Baldry.
With enough material for another two albums, the band recorded Three-Horned Dragon King - Jade Warrior - Released the tracks for Eclipse and Fifth Element during Vertigo, sensing an imminent change in an ever-fickle market decided against a release and cancelled the band's contract. This decision was partly influenced by the band having already parted company with their management. Despite this, Vertigo did release some of the tracks on various samplers. He did so, and decided to sign Duhig and Field who also provided flute on Mike Oldfield 's Tubular Bells  as an instrumental act, which given the current success of Mike Oldfield's, "Tubular Bells" was seen by many people as a shrewd move.
Duhig and Field were to create four albums on Island Records, with their sound expanded to include choirs, harp, and a string quartet. First came Floating Worlda complex concept set themed around the Japanese philosophy of Ukiyowith the songs revolving around two interrelated and interlaced series of compositions.
According to AllMusic, "[The] sheer diversity of sounds and moods, the constant clash or gentle intermingling of Eastern and Western styles, and Three-Horned Dragon King - Jade Warrior - Released set's glittering atmospheres made Floating World an undeniable masterpiece". It was followed by Wavesanother concept album dedicated to " Personal issues, illness, and Duhig moving house to set up a recording studio, meant that the next album to be released was the compilationReflectionstaken from their Vertigo years and containing some at the time unreleased tracks.
It was not until that any new material emerged with the release of Horizen on Pulse Records, described as definitely a "Tony Duhig project": he wrote all of the music, while Field performed on only a few of the tracks.
InAt Peace was released by Earthsounds label. This album, recorded at Tony Duhig's studio in only four days and performed solely by the duo, has been seen as the least typical of the Jade Warrior albums, close to ambient and even new-age music. This was followed by another long hiatus until Jade Warrior started their next project with new Bekker - Right On Time members Colin Henson guitar and Dave Sturt fretless bass.
However, they were dealt a blow by the sudden death of Tony Duhig in before he could contribute to the album. The band decided to continue Three-Horned Dragon King - Jade Warrior - Released with the album, which became the release Breathing the Storm on the Red Hot Records re-released on CD by Voiceprint in It seemed for a while that Jade Warrior may have disbanded, as their only output was the previously mentioned Eclipse and Fifth Elementbut these were Three-Horned Dragon King - Jade Warrior - Released joined by the re-issue of all four Island albums in After about a year, Axis Of Evil - Black Zombie Procession - We Have Dirt Under Our Nails From Digging This Hole WeRe I Henson withdrew from Jade Warrior, citing severe creative differences with the other band members.
Tony Duhig would be very proud of" Amazon review. In Maynews came that Jade Warrior was working on an instrumental album Haiku and the as yet untitled 'song album'. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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