PENDRAGON

(UNITED KINGDOM)

THE JEWEL

(1985)
LABEL:

TOFF

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Bluesy, Neo
"The Jewel' is certainly not a monument of modern prog, but nevertheless an excellent testimony of the great era of neo."
PETER HACKETT (22.09.2005)  
3/5
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20 years after its initial release, was a modernised version of 'The Jewel' justified? Seeing the reactions of some of my young acolytes when they hear productions that are 20 years old or more, I would object that this remastering will allow them to discover Pendragon's debut with a more up-to-date sound.

The album (CD), already long for the time (more than 57 mn), has been extended by more than 10 mn with 2 bonus tracks (4 more tracks than the vynil version!). The tracks are known to the oldest among us and among them are some of Pendragon's must-haves on stage such as "Leviathan", "Alaska" and of course "The Black Knight". 

You have to love Pendragon for what it is to appreciate this 'dusted off' album. Pendragon is an authentic band like its leader Nick Barett, all in spontaneity, simplicity and feeling. Barett's voice is just rocky enough to give it a bluesy warmth and his guitar is always ready to take off on uninhibited melodies.

'The Jewel' was a full and straightforward album, without any real weakness, and the remastering gave a more modern feel to all these nice tracks. This doesn't make it a monument of modern prog, but an excellent testimony of the great era of neo. If, in order to convince the most reluctant, I add that at the time Nolan had not yet arrived and that Rik Carter's keyboards were being wise, I will undoubtedly gain the favours of a public that reproaches the current Pendragon for the excessiveness of the Nolanian flights.

I didn't have the original version of 'The Jewel' in my discotheque and it is with great pleasure that I filled the void with this remastered version that doesn't betray its ancestor. Thank you Pendragon for spoiling us in this way by releasing in a short time an excellent new album and a wonderfully enjoyable remastered album.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Higher Circles - 3:29
02. The Pleasure Of Hope - 3:43
03. Leviathan - 6:13
04. Alaska - 8:39
05. Circus - 6:34
06. Oh Divineo - 6:51
07. The Black Knight - 9:57
08. Fly High Fall Far - 4:36
09. Victims Of Life - 6:53
10. Armageddon - 6:15
11. Insomnia - 4:19

LINEUP:
Nick Barrett: Chant / Guitares
Nigel Harris: Batterie
Peter Gee: Guitares / Basse
Rik Carter: Claviers
   
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ADRIANSTORK
20/05/2014
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La première chanson avec un petit plagiat sur les synthés de Balavoine n'annonce guère une suite réjouissante, Pendragon n'aurait jamais dû être considéré comme un groupe de néo-prog des années 80 aux côtés d'IQ, Marillion et Pallas. Les années 90 seront plus bénéfiques pour ce groupe.
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