Jerusalem - Volume 2 (Legends Remastered)

Published Wednesday 26th September 2018
Jerusalem - Volume 2 (Legends Remastered)
Jerusalem - Volume 2 (Legends Remastered)

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 170258-26829
LABEL: Retroactive RRCD1467
RELEASE DATE: 2018-06-17

Reviewed by Ian Webber

Jerusalem are often described as a hard rock outfit, but this 1980 album, now remastered and re-issued, saw the Swedish rockers develop a more mature and experimental sound. Retroactive Records have polished the overall sound to bring an extra clarity to the original recordings. In many ways the tracks on this album have a real progressive edge that mixes elements of Supertramp with Deep Purple. From the tumbling opener that has a steam train shuffle, "Wake Up" includes dynamic instrumental sections that showcase the interplay between guitars and keys that characterises a large proportion of what is on offer. With its driving, classic rock sound, "Rock n Roll" makes the perfect follow up, allowing Ulf Christiansson's distinctive vocals to take centre stage. This is an album that is full of light and shade with the quieter "Love Song" and "A Flower" adding a strong counterpoint. As with all Jerusalem recordings, a classic gospel message is weaved throughout the tracks without sounding cheesy. The progressive credentials are underlined by the epic "Introduction" that starts with a full organ sound and passes through a full range of sounds, all underpinned by a crisp and satisfyingly punchy bass. Many of the tracks included on this recording have surfaced on compilation and live albums but listening to them in their original setting brings context and a sumptuous, indulgent feel. Any fan of Jesus rock and roll will find this a satisfying and nostalgic listen.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Wake Up [Listen]
2. Rock-N-Roll! [Listen]
3. Love Song [Listen]
4. Gethsemane [Listen]
5. I Depend On You, Jesus [Listen]
6. Introduction [Listen]
7. Dialogue [Listen]
8. By By World [Listen]
9. A Flower [Listen]

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