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Quantum Jump: Quantum Jump

Debut from the band who were more than a one-hit wonder.

For any chart-watcher of the late 1970s, Quantum Jump were one-hit wonders, but this welcome Esoteric reissue of their debut album casts them in a much more deserving light.

The Top 5 tune in question, The Lone Ranger, got them on Top Of The Pops as a 1979 remix, but the original resided on this first album from three years earlier. The masked men of QJ were studio maestros to a man, fronted by now-esteemed producer Rupert Hine, with Mark Warner on guitar, former Caravan member John G. Perry on bass/vocals, and drummer Trevor Morais, previously with The Peddlers. The chart success not only overshadowed the quartet’s technical brilliance, but it also mislabelled them as popsters when the album was an exercise in progressive experimentation. Alta Loma Road, for example, begins and ends in yacht-rock melodicism but takes off into jazz rock in the middle. Something At The Bottom Of The Sea is equally ambitious, mixing acoustic guitar, bass and cosmic synths across eight minutes. This hidden gem now adds the later hit version of their signature song, among other remixes. Tonto rides again.

Prog Magazine contributor Paul Sexton is a London-based journalist, broadcaster and author who started writing for the national UK music press while still at school in 1977. He has written for all of the British quality press, most regularly for The Times and Sunday Times, as well as for Radio Times, Billboard, Music Week and many others. Sexton has made countless documentaries and shows for BBC Radio 2 and inflight programming for such airlines as Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific. He contributes to Universal's uDiscoverMusic site and has compiled numerous sleeve notes for the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and other major artists. He is the author of Prince: A Portrait of the Artist in Memories & Memorabilia and, in rare moments away from music, supports his local Sutton United FC and, inexplicably, Crewe Alexandra FC.