Wednesday 12 July 2017

Jane - Here We Are (1973)

The second album from this German band.

Jane was a quartet on this album with a lineup of guitars, bass, mellotron, keyboards, drums and English vocals. They also got help from numerous guests who provided electronics and backing vocals. Dieter Dierks, the later Scorpions producer, also helped out on this album.

I very much liked their 1972 debut album Together and noted that this band's albums would give me a lot of fun during this summer and the rest of this year.

.... And so Here We Are has proved too.

Here We Are sees the band a lot more mature and restrained than on Together. The blues is still there. But not as wild as on Together. The music has become a lot more softer and a lot more prog rock like too.

There are also some psychedelia as in krautrock here. The band has very much moved in the direction of krautrock here. But they are still not a fully blooded krautrock band.

There are still a lot of hard rock and US rock influences on this album too. It has a very nice 1970s flavour, this album.

I still like their sound with a mix of organs and guitars. What I am not really happy about here is the lack of any great or even good songs. That is my only gripe with this album. An album well worth checking out.

2.5 points

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