I actually like this combination very much and find that the group fits neatly under the progressive umbrella - which seems to get larger with every new band I discover. While all of the musicians are very good, there is not a lot of grandstanding, although it is fun to hear them rock out every so often with the electric instruments. The ten tracks are fairly short, but seem to flow together into one large suite of sorts.
In general, the music ranges from quiet and meditative passages played on acoustic instruments such as flutes, acoustic guitars and a suite of percussion instruments to heavy proggy sections complete with thunderous drum parts and heavily distorted ear splitting electric guitars.
The combination works very well and makes for an exceptionally interesting listen. There are also some very nice spacey passages too Clouds and Rainflower are great examples of this that provide nice contrast. All in all, Jade Warrior is an exceptional prog band that is criminally underappreciated. Floating World is very highly recommended along with Waves ; Kites ; and Way of the Sun All four albums can be purchased at one time on the compilation Elements: The Island Anthology.
Although it is out of print and pretty expensive even used, it is still cheaper than buying all four remastered albums. Oh you've got to be kidding me! Only a small amount of reviews for mid 70's Jade Warrior?
The most amazing thing about Jade Warrior is the way their music takes me to different continents across the world. This band feels absolutely authentic. The real deal. But sadly, not many people are aware of them. The Asian vibes are unbelievably strong and constantly present throughout the album, with dazzling flute and acoustic work. That's just a TINY example what's in store for any listener awesome enough to check out this album. Jade Warrior is the kind of band where you really believe the band members were in a special state of mind to create music this powerful.
See all 14 customer reviews. It's a complex set, and helpfully this reissue's excellent sleeve notes assist in making sense of it. The compositions may be interlaced, but the album itself is as diverse as any previous Jade offering. The opening "Clouds," for example, juxtaposes an ethereal girls choir, tinkling wind chimes, glowing ambient passages, and incendiary guitar licks.
If you listen to this album be aware that the atmosphere, the surroundings and the mood you're in are very important. Don't try to listen when you're busy and tense, but sit back in a lazy chair and listen relaxed to all the sounds and rhythms floating by. The middle-section of the second piece is a bit heavier with its jazzy and freaky guitar solo."Floating World" is the first of Jade Warrior's 'island era' albums & represents a transition to highly refined & highly inspired instrumental music. By the time of this release, , the band reduced to only the two founding members - Tony Duhig & Jon Field/5.