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England — The Last of the Jubblies
(Vinyl Tap MABEL 1, 1978/1995, CD)

by Mike Ohman, Published 1996-03-01

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Best known for their classic Garden Shed, England will forever be remembered as one of the few "new" bands of the late 70s United Kingdom brave enough to make unadulterated, symphonic prog (on a major label, no less) at the height of punk. The Last of the Jubblies consists of demo recordings made after the band found themselves without a label when Garden Shed bombed commercially. The line-up is the same as Garden Shed except for bass player Martin Henderson, replaced by some guy only known as "Jaffa." There is a lot more emphasis here on long, instrumental passages than on the first album. Also, they seem to be turning away from the bright, sunny melodics that characterized songs such as "Three Piece Suite" and "Paraffinalea," moving into darker territory they began first to explore on "Poisoned Youth." This may or may not sit well with fans of the first album. In any case, the music is still of high quality, making The Last of the Jubblies a worthwhile progressive rock artifact from this dark period in prog-rock history.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 9, 1995 releases, 1978 recordings

Related artist(s): England

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