November 27, 2009 Playlist

"Last Autumn's Dream" by Jade Warrior (1972)
Jade Warrior  "Last Autumn's Dream"  1972 (UK)
Jade Warrior was a somewhat unique British group of the 1970's, founded by Tony Duhig and John Field, formerly of the psychedelic pop group July.  Unlike most groups of the day, they tended to rely on Field's array of exotic hand drums for percussion instead of the usual rock drum kit -- although Duhig's guitar was often a mighty blast of fuzz in the best heavy tradition of the times.  The group's music often had a vaguely "Eastern" feel and was as much based on folk and world music as blues or heavy rock.  (The fact Field often played flute also means that Jade Warrior occasionaly sounds a bit like a rinky-dink version of a much more popular folky English progressive band of the early 1970's:  Jethro Tull.)  The heaviest  Jade Warrior records are the first three, of which this is the third.  Beginning with their next album Floating World in 1974, the group began to take on a more ambient instrumental bent, almost something like "new age" music.  The group has continued to reunite with various line-ups over the years, most recently in 2008 for a CD entitled NOW, which features John Field along with original bassist/vocalist Glyn Havard.  Tony Duhig passed away in 1990.
I couldn't find any video clips of the band performing, but here are some "fan videos" -- "Psychiatric Sergeant" is a mellow number from their debut album, and "The Demon Trucker" is from Last Autumn's Dream.  For a taste of their later sound, here's a bit from Floating World.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year (label) Country
The Beatles Thank You Girl B-side 7" single 1963 UK
Tom Jones I Thank You (Sam & Dave) Tom 1970 UK (Wales)
Sly & The Family Stone Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin A-side 7" single 1970 USA
Sly & The Family Stone Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa There's A Riot Goin' On 1971 USA
The Jimi Hendrix Experience I Don't Live Today Are You Experiencced?  1967 USA/UK
Neil Young & Crazy Horse Cortez The Killer Zuma 1975 Canada/USA
J.D. Blackfoot The Song Of Crazy Horse
   / Ride Away
The Song Of Crazy Horse 1974 USA
Jade Warrior The Demon Trucker Last Autumn's Dream
1972 UK
Jade Warrior A Winter's Tale Last Autumn's Dream
1972 UK
Jade Warrior Snake Last Autumn's Dream
1972 UK
Quicksilver Messenger Service Pride Of Man (Hamilton Camp) Quicksilver Messenger Service 1968 USA
Man Out Of Your Head The Welsh Connection 1976 UK (Wales)
The Flock Tired Of Waiting (The Kinks) The Flock 1969 USA
Quincy Jones Gula Matari Gula Matari 1970 USA
Gabor Szabo Summer Breeze (Seals & Crofts) Mizrab 1973 Hungary/USA
Focus Happy Nightmare (Mescaline) In And Out Of Focus 1970 Netherlands
John Entwistle Nightmare (Please Wake Me Up) Whistle Rymes 1972 UK
Second Family Band Secrets Of Magic Revealed Dream Release (N - cassette) 2009 (Bum Tapes) USA
Second Family Band Streetweaver Streetweaver (N - cassette) 2009 (Tree Tapes) USA
Psychedelic Horseshit Both Sides Now Golden Oldies (N - reissue compilation) rec. 2005-2006 (2009 Wasted Vinyl) USA
Sun Araw The Message Heavy Deeds (N) 2009 (Not Not Fun) USA
Blues Control On Through The Night Local Flavor (N) 2009 (Siltbreeze) USA
Steely Dan Black Friday Katy Lied 1975 USA
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