Thursday 27 July 2017
Jane - Jane III (1974)
The third album from this German band.
Jane was a quartet on this album with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, piano, percussions and English vocals.
This album is most known as the Jane album without any keyboards. Jane did indeed use a lot of keyboards. But the keyboardist was sitting out this album and returned on the next album. So no keyboards.....
I really like their first two albums and have found, for me, a new and interesting band here. It pays to go back to the 1970s and dig around a bit for exciting bands.
The music is still hard rocking with some krautrock influences. But without any keyboards....
The music here is also pretty melodic with a lot of guitar harmonies filling the holes previously occupied by other sounds and instruments.
To say that this is a guitar dominated album is an understatement. The guitars are also pretty much spacy too.
But........ There is also more than a nod towards the US hard rock scene on this forty-three minutes long album. Or the US rock scene, including the southern rock scene, if you like. The US influences here are pretty obvious.
The end result is not a good album. It is not really a bad or a decent album either. It is somewhere between decent and good. I prefer the band with a bit more colours and a bit more krautrock.