Saturday, September 02, 2006

Jade "Fly On Strangewings" (UK folk-rock 1970)

Official Press Release:
Jade was one of the most popular UK folk/rock bands of the early 1970's. Folk duo Marianne Segal and Dave Waite toured the late' 60's folk clubs of the UK with the likes of Sandy Denny, The Strawberry Hill Boys (later the Strawbs) Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, The Dransfields, John Martyn, Ralph McTell and other such luminaries of the UK folk circuit. They signed to Dick James Music and under the guidance of producer Jon Miller became Jade, with the addition of keyboardist/bassist and arranger Rod Edwards. In 1970 they recorded their sole album and singles with a the help of a glittering array of talent including Pete Sears (Les Fleur De Lys, Sam Gopal's Dream, Jefferson Starship) John Wetton (King Crimson, Family) Terry Cox (Pentangle) Jimmy Litherland (Colosseum) Michael Rosen (Eclection, Fotheringay) Clem Cattini (Rumplestiltskin The Ivy League) Pete York (Spencer Davis Group, Hardin and York) and Mick Waller (Rod Stewart). "Fly On Strangewings" was released in 1970 under in both the UK and the USA - where it was issued under the name Mariannne Segal and Silver Jade. It received rave reviews and comparisons to Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention. A short tour of the USA and UK plus appearances on Disco 2 (A forerunner of The Old Grey Whistle Test) were part of Jade's short but productive life, before internal pressures split the band in the summer of 1971. Now over 30 years later Jade's sole album is regarded as one of the best albums of the '70's UK folk rock movement. Unknown by many collectors it ranks along with The Trees' "On The Shore" and Mellow Candle's "Swaddling Songs" as one of the great underground albums of the era. Poorly promoted and tragically underexposed original UK copies of the album now sell for hundreds of pounds. Tight electric guitar work harpsichord and violin are blended with breathtaking string arrangements and soaring male/female vocal harmonies. A beautiful production encapsulates the bands vision of a rustic folk/rock idyll wherein the American West Coast hippy dream is enshrined in a pop vision of Constable's Olde England.
Highly sought after by collectors Lightning Tree Records are proud to announce the official reissue of Jade's "Fly On Strangewings".

"Fly On Strange Wings" was Melody Makers album of the month when released in 1970. 30 years later it appeared in the UK's Mojo Magazine as one of the top ten UK folk rock albums of the '70's along with Fairport Convention's "Leige and Leaf". Now at last it is widely available to be afforded the classic status it deserves.


Blogger newelectricmuse said...

I was curious to hear this as Marianne Segal sang on Circulus' first album - and you can hear that Circulus have listened to this Jade album! Some of her singing (and the songs) sound very much like Sandy Denny - the first track sounds just like a Sandy Denny solo track to begin with, then when the band comes in it sounds a bit like "The Scarecrow" on the Circulus album (and that's not just because the lyrics mention a scarecrow!)

P.S. Lost-in-Tyme has the pre-Jade Dave Waite and Marianne Segal album "Paper Flowers" at:

06 September, 2006 03:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you please repost Jade?

29 March, 2007 13:16  
Anonymous arbor said...

sounds like an interesting album thanks for the link

17 November, 2007 02:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please re-post this one. i'm very keen to hear it.

14 August, 2008 11:43  
Blogger andrew said...

Please repost. This is a great album. I have a vinyl copy but it is very scratched.

28 August, 2008 23:38  
Blogger andrew said...

Yes, please re-post this album. I have a vinyl copy but it is very scratched.

28 August, 2008 23:46  
Blogger andrew said...

Please repost this. It is a great album. I have a vinyl copy but it is very scratched.

28 August, 2008 23:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dannick said...

04 September, 2008 06:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

04 September, 2008 06:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the repost - very good quality recording.

04 September, 2008 17:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New link...

07 June, 2009 08:38  

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