Top reviews from United Kingdom. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. For anyone who loves Camel, Genesis and early Marillion, this is a must. Pendragon were one of a clutch of bands including IQ, Pallas, Solstice and the aforementioned Marillion, who made up a new wave of British Progressive Rock in the s. Despite that, they were still largely ignored by the mainstream. It's not really reflective of what the band are all about, but it's an up-tempo start to the album.
Both 'The Pleasure of Hope' and 'Leviathan' show the band opening up a bit and showing off their musical prowess, with some neat guitar and keyboard interplay, but it's the next track, 'Alaska', which finds the band in full flow, with their signature formula: a song split into two parts, the first, a dark, moody, almost bleeding hearted ballad, before they let rip on the second part with a snorting instrumental.
Closing track, 'The Black Knight' is one of THE classic Pendragon pieces; brooding and atmospheric with some beautiful weeping guitar from Nick Barrett and more instrumental breaks. The remastering of this edition has gone some way to clean up what were fairly low budget original recordings and on a good sound system, those instrumental runs really come alive. And that's the real strength of 'The Jewel'. The instrumental breaks really are something to behold.
It seems slightly at odds with the high level of musicianship on display. That being said, I think Barrett would improve significantly in this area from 's 'The World' album onwards, Album), whereby his vocal deliveries compliment the music quite well.
However, one thing that is well beyond doubt, is that when it comes to guitar playing, he is one of the finest and most underrated musicians of his generation. As for the remaining members of the band, Rik Carter offers some classic swirling moogs and stabbing synths and the rhythm section of Peter Gee and Nigel Harris on bass and drums respectively is solid and flows well.
I say start at the beginning with 'The Jewel' and work your way forwards. It's a hell of a journey! A good album from Pendragon. Has some good stuff on this showing what was to come on future albums. Plenty of guitar solos, good melodies and good lyrics. Would like to have given it 3. The track "Black Knight" is the standout track for me plenty of variations just like we have come to expect from the band on later albums.
Its good value for Pendragon (3) - The Jewel (CD as it lasts over an hour and there is not a real bad track on it. But when you compare to the likes of their album "Pure" which is truly excellent and a 4 or 5 star album in my opinion this album "The Jewel" is a little light.
Overall well worth buying if you are a Pendragon fan. Decided it was time I had this on CD, not least because "Pleasure of Hope" is one of my favourite prog tracks from any era and hearing it again it does not disappoint. A brilliant sweeping piece of music. The album itself never knocked me out at the time and I drifted away from Pendragon but listening to it again it sounds fresh and not some 25 year old relic from another time.
There is Pendragon (3) - The Jewel (CD nostalgia factor to lsitening to this, memories of good times down the Marquee in the early 80's to see this lot, Marillion, IQ, Pallas, flood back, which is no doubt comforting but I misjudged this album then as it is a good record.
It does wear its influences on its sleeve - Genesis, Camel and surprisingly alot sounds like Marillion but this is no bad thing. Note to self - must listen to what they have been doing since My only regret in general is that to date this remains the only album of theirs to find it to Album) remastering suite.
Shame, as it does greatly improve the sharpness of the overall sound. One of the classic British new wave prog releases of the time Along with Marillion's 'Script' and IQ's 'The Wake' and even 25 years on from it's original release, still sounds excellent -'The Black Night', 'Alaska' ''Leviathan', prog classics one and all. Bear in mind that this was recorded on a fairly low budget, so soundwise, it isn't up there with the big boys of the time, although still sounds very good for an independant release.
Great band and a great starting place for what's to come. This is Pendragon's debut album released in It is staggering to think this music is over 25 years old now and the band is still going strong today. It actually took a bit of an effort to obtain the album as with several other of their early titles, they no longer seem to be on general release.
Well obviously showing its age and the production is not as polished or strong as more recent titles and despite the remix is a bit tinny in places. However, the trademark Pendragon sound which the band built on with their later work is already evident here. Nick Barratt comes across more akin to Peter Gabriel on this album than anyone else.
Not sure about the extra tracks, they don't quite sit with the core of the album and they probably won't make it on my MP3 player but the rest of the album very good. One person found this helpful. Fantastic Neo Prog Album which got the band started off. See all reviews. Unlimited One-Day Delivery and Album). There's a problem loading this menu at the moment. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Both albums continued the darker, heavier, more progressive metal -influenced direction of the band.
In Aprilthe band announced that they had parted ways with drummer Scott Higham for "personal reasons". In September the band released a 40th Anniversary boxed set containing five compact discs.
The first three represent a complete live concert recording made in London during In Februarya new album called Love Over Fear was released. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
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