Wednesday 3 May 2017
Red Jasper - A Midsummer Night's Dream (1993)
The second album from this British band.
Red Jasper was a quintet with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, flutes, mandolin, keyboards and vocals.
Most reviewers in ProgArchives describe this band as overlooked. I did not hear about this band until the end of 2016 when I got their new album and then purchased a 2 for 1 CD which included this album too. Oh yeah, this band is overlooked. The band and their six albums.
Jethro Tull meets Marillion is the best description I have heard on this band. Which is a true label on this band.
Red Jasper is most definate a folk-rock band. You get the mandolin, flutes and vocals on the top of the folk-rock melodies here. There are also some pub-rock influences here in addition to some clear neo-prog influences.
There are also a lot of electric guitars here with some good solos and riffs. Which also drags this album towards Marillion territory.
The vocals is very good and most stuff here is good to very good. Unfortunate, there is not any great or very good songs here. But this is still a good album which really deserve some more attention. And so does the band too.