Sunday, February 8, 2015

Jesse Harper - 1969 - Guitar Absolution in the Shade of a Midnight Sun

Jesse Harper
Guitar Absolution in the Shade of a Midnight Sun

01. Jug-A-Jug Song    
02. Blues News    
03. Other Side Of Time    
04. Circles    
05. Keep Cool    
06. Midnight Sun    
07. Hole In His Hand    
08. Fall Down    
09. Ashes And Matches    
10. Love Song    

Drums – Unknown Artist
Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals – Jesse Harper

"During the mid sixties in New Zealand, the leading bands all included strong lead guitarists. Human Instinct had Billy TK, Ticket had Eddie Hansen, the Underdogs had Harvey Mann and the Brew had Doug Jerebine.

Harvey Mann had learned much of his technique and style from Doug Jerebine. The Underdogs and Human Instinct were good competition for each other, both fighting for the ultimate cult following. When the Brew folded, Doug went to England and began writing and recording under the name Jessie Harper. When the Human Instinct made a brief visit to England, they met up with Jessie and he provided them with a number of his songs. In fact seven of the songs on the Human Instinct's first two albums were written by Jessie Harper.

While in England Jessie Harper recorded an album full of original material, and this music was finally released in 1992 by Kissing Spell. The album was called "Guitar Absolution In The Shadow Of The Midnight Sun". The cover image is "The Agony In The Garden, Studio Of El Greco, 16th Century".

When Jerebine tired of the rock'n'roll lifestyle, he shaved his head and went to India to join the Krishna faith.



  2. This record is an unofficial release. The artist, Doug Jerebine (aka Jesse Harper) was persuaded to part with a tape by the man from Kissing Spell who said he would do it right and pay and so on and then Doug never heard anything more and the record came out anyway. Finally the record was officially released on US label Drag City in 2012. The CD release has an amazing bonus, a 25 minute live song called Nava Shanti from 2011, which shreds as much as a 65 year old monk who's been a sitar playing krishna for 40 years can shred. This link ( is to a solo show he did at a library in 2011, which gives an idea of his chops. This link ( is a fiery jam with a drummer in a tiny radio studio, which is described here;( Also most of the songs from the original 1969 demos were worked into the first three albums by NZ band The Human Instinct. All highly recommended for people who like impeccable 70s guitar bands on the heavy side.

  3. The drummer is Dave Preston (3) - according to the liner notes he played for the Merseybeats, according to Discogs he was on Nirvana (2)'s first album and played for the Creation. Solid!

  4. Bugger the link is gone! I love your blog btw...