RED JASPER re-issues

Action Replay 3.5/5

Anagramary 3.5/5

Angel Air 2012

Red Jasper were an English prog rock band who released several acclaimed yet low key albums in the late 80s and early 90s, and they are getting a decent reissue campaign here.

Action Replay is a live set recorded at the beginning of 1992 and so called as the late 1991 show planned yielded an unusable recording. The recording here is good but edited strangely – the tracks seem jump or fade one to another with little crowd or banter between. Still, the music is solid and tight, the prog mixing folk prog (Jethro Tull) through Crimson, Hawkwind and Genesis to Marillion. The delivery is hard and punchy, with some changes of influence, it’s a decent set that captures the live sound and catalogue well. And the tin whistles and guest keyboards add an extra dimension. The lead guitar is, at times, blistering too.

A few albums later (also now available on Angel Air) and 1996 saw the band record Anagramary, which would be the band’s last (the label folding, outside business interests). It continues in a similar (very English) vein, with opener Perfect Symmetry a hint of power metal over an earthy Celtic Marillion feel. Babylon as a much more modern progressive feel, building from the acoustic intro. In Her Eyes re-explores the folk prog side. Some good tracks, work exploring. And it comes with a bonus track too.

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Featured Albums w/c 6 July (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 MANDOKI SOULMATES Living In The Gap (Red Rock Production/Cleopatra)
12:00-13:00 MAGNUS KARLSSON’S FREE FALL – We Are The Night (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 BEN REEL The Nashville Calling (B.Reel Records)

Power Plays w/c 6 July (Mon-Fri)

ZENITH MOON Gypsy (Golden Robot Records)
RARITY Leave It Alone (New Damage Records)
THE RISING I Want You (indie)
MANDOKI SOULMATES Young Rebels (Red Rock Production/Cleopatra)
LA GUNS Well Oiled Machine (Golden Robot Records)

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