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I think that EAST OF EDEN is a very good and worthmentioned prog rock band. They where formed in 1967 and signed with DECCA RECORDS around the year 1969. Their line-up included Dave Arbus (electric violin, flute, saxophone), Ron Caines (alto sax), Geoff Nicholson (guitar, vocals), Steve York (bass guitar) and Dave Dufont (percussion). Their sound was a mixture of jazz-fusion with many oriental influences.

Their first two albums where "Mercator Projected" (1969) and "Snafu" (1970). Excellent albums where you get an outburst of electric violin, flute and saxes combined with Bela Bartok and other classical, oriental and even gypsie tunes always of course on a heavy rock basis. Their most recent album to my knowledge is "Kalipse" (1999) but it is just to be mentioned. I would really like to see this band featured and I think it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that they are.

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Complete discography:
1- Mercator Projected - 1969
2- Snafu - 1970
3- Jig-A-Jig - 1971
4- East of Eden - 1971
5- The World of East of Eden - 1971
6- New Leaf - 1971
7- Mercator Projected / Snafu - 1975
8- Masters of Rock - East of Eden - 1975
9- Another Eden - 1975
10- Here We Go Again - 1976
11- Things - 1976
12- It's the Climate - 1978
13- Silver Park - 1978
14- Son of East of Eden Live - 1990
15- Kallypse - 1996
16- Armadillo - 2000
17- Graffito - 2005

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4.03 | 111 ratings
Mercator Projected
1969
4.11 | 120 ratings
Snafu
1970
3.38 | 31 ratings
East Of Eden
1971
2.28 | 17 ratings
New Leaf
1971
2.30 | 10 ratings
Another Eden
1975
2.71 | 7 ratings
Here We Go Again
1976
2.00 | 3 ratings
It's the Climate
1976
2.75 | 4 ratings
Silver Park
1978
3.36 | 11 ratings
Kalipse
1996
3.14 | 7 ratings
Armadillo
2000
2.27 | 7 ratings
Graffito
2005

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4.00 | 15 ratings
Jig-A-Jig
1971

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3.50 | 2 ratings
Jig-A-Jig/ Marcus Junior
1970

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 Snafu by EAST OF EDEN album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.11 | 120 ratings

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Snafu
East Of Eden Eclectic Prog

Review by aglasshouse

5 stars Snafu is one of those amazing things you discover on this site. A rather obscure piece of music from England in 1970, the band East of Eden released their undeniably perfect album on the apex of progressive music's creation.

Many of the bands sounds point to Gentle Giant,who has the same sort of eclectic zeal that's present in Snafu. East of Eden in the very same manner didn't achieve heavy popularity with their releases either, but was significantly more successful. David Arbus brings a whole new spin on it however, combining the intricate stylings of Darryl Way (Curved Air) and the moving wind instrumentation similar to the soundscapes created by Chris Wood (Traffic). Even in a similar manner to Winwood, Nicholson brings out some fantastic guitar playing as well.

Most if not all of the more significant tracks are six to eight minutes in length, providing enough entertainment while still not going overboard. The aforementioned instrumentation is fantastic with just the right amount of zany attitude. I'd say it's a very good one to pick up if you've heard of them. Give them a listen.

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4.11 | 120 ratings

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Snafu
East Of Eden Eclectic Prog

Review by Einwahn

3 stars I saw East of Eden twice on the early 70's rock circuit. The first time I had never heard of them - the second time I was really looking forward to it. They were electrifying as a live band, led by their commanding virtuoso violinist Dave Arbus. Rock audiences didn't usually dance wildly in those days, but East of Eden were truly irresistible. At my second concert, they proved a dream warm-up act for a very depressed outfit called Supertramp, who started by announcing a song from "our last album, which nobody bought". But the supercharged audience soon lifted Supertramp's spirits and they gave a passionate thank you to "the best audience we've played to in years". (My personal contribution to Crossover Prog history.)

All that said, I'm not quite sure why this album is garnering so many five-star ratings. There is some firebrand stuff (especially on the Jig-a-Jig bonus tracks, which take me way back to the above-mentioned evenings). But it is a mixed bag of alternately interesting and perplexing tracks, the latter being anarchic in the comic mode of Frank Zappa or early Soft Machine. Fun, mostly, but not a masterpiece.

Verdict: an off-the-wall outfit.

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4.11 | 120 ratings

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Snafu
East Of Eden Eclectic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
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5 stars After the interesting experiments blended with 60s heavy psych on their debut album, EAST OF EDEN were in no mood to rest on their laurels with the sophomore release SNAFU. They refined the approach started on the debut and literally jazzed it up a few notches also replacing the bassist and drummer. Alternating between bluesy and ska guitar, free-form jazz and catchy jazz-fusion with ethnic world music incorporated into the fabric. In fact, the band was one of the very first to heavily incorporate influences and rhythms from around the world. In addition to standard rock instruments we also get violin, flute, saxes and various other wind instruments and percussion. One of the most surprising tracks is "Uno Transito Clapori" which is a strange hypnotic electronic piece that sounds like it would be more at home on a COIL album than a jazz-fusion one. Various other unorthodox experiments really add spice to an already strong album.

This album really delivers in the eclectic department and I am absolutely amazed that this album was released way back in 1970. Apparently they took the success (and influences) of King Crimson from the year before to heart and decided to pave their own unique musical path. They did just that and this is an even more enjoyable album than their debut. Unfortunately the experiments would end after this album and they would drift more towards a country folk sound which isn't surprising since a the next year a country folk tune "Jig-a-jig" was a huge hit in Europe and set the course for a tamed down more accessible sound. The track was released only as a single but is included on the remastered version of this album. It's excellent as well. 4.5 stars rounded up to 5

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 Mercator Projected by EAST OF EDEN album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.03 | 111 ratings

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Mercator Projected
East Of Eden Eclectic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars An amazing album from an amazing year ? 1969. The year where music crossed that invisible line into higher progressive arenas. This album was one of the first to successfully do just that but unfortunately remains rather obscure.

It is still rooted in the hard-psych of the late 60s but really jumps into new territory with the crazy different instruments used (electric violin, flute, bagpipe, recorders, saxophones, organs, harmonica, Indian thumb piano in addition to standard rock instruments), the wild jazz improvisation inserted where they see fit (especially the wild instrumental outburst on "Centaur Woman") and the sheer innovative and daring experimentation that they employ. It is very playful and it's apparent that good times were being had by all involved in its creation. It has many of the elements of progressive music that would be expanded upon and refined in the 70s.

Although I prefer the following album to this one, this is definitely an incredible album that I will be revisiting. It's a wild ride that has the best of what the late 60s psychedelic experience was all about with the added bonus of zany creativeness that makes it oh so fun.

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Mercator Projected
East Of Eden Eclectic Prog

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Somewhat more hard-edged and a little less jazzy than the followup (Snafu), East of Eden's Mercator Projected is a credible bit of early prog which compares favourably to King Crimson's debut or Van der Graaf Generator's The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other. Like those two albums, it confidently bridges the psychedelic underground on the one hand and the new frontiers of progressive rock on the other. Dave Arbus in particular deserves acclaim for his violin and flute contributions. Although I think Snafu is the better of the first two East of Eden albums, their quality is so close that I think anyone who enjoyed one would also like the other.

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East Of Eden Eclectic Prog

Review by Warthur
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4 stars Jazzy without obviously slotting into any particular jazz-influenced tradition of 1970s prog - it's not heavy enough to be a riff on the Mahavishnu Orchestra, the inclusion of Dave Arbus' violin and various wind instruments sets the lineup apart from many other fusion outfits of the time, and whilst there is a certain playfulness to the album it doesn't sound like a product of the Canterbury scene - East of Eden's Snafu is a compelling overlooked gem from the golden age of prog. The band are at their best when they get into intense, extended jams, which the long running time of the tracks offers plentiful scope for, and the inventiveness on display means the album offers a stimulating mental workout for the attentive listener.

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East Of Eden Eclectic Prog

Review by friso
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4 stars East of Eden - Mercator Projected (1969)

Now here's an almost forgotten effort by a very early progressive group from England. One doctor of philosophy that retreated for a year on a mountain near Mecca (wind instruments), a painter/football player (sax & organ), a graphic designer (guitar & vocals), a student of oriental music in Turkey (bass) and a coca-coal addict on drums. "Take one violin which blows rock and Bartók, add one flute from the East, mix in Sumerian saxophones, bass, drums, guitar and liquid wordpictures - mark East of Eden", chronicles the backside of the sleeve.

East of Eden projects a psychedelic backgrounds, world music influences, classical influences and some jazz-bassguitar. There are some similarities to the King Crimson debut, mainly the avant-garde endings of the tracks, the use of up-tempo jazz parts, the grotesque arrangements and mystical atmospheres. A bit different from King Crimson's debut is the recording quality that doesn't allow all ideas to solidify and sometimes leaves us with pitch anomalies in the arrangements (which normally bother me a lot). The vocals of Nichelson aren't too melodic, but if you listen to the record a couple of times you'll get into it. I like his gentle approach.

Especially strong are the haunting ballads with classy violin-melodies, like 'Isodora' and 'Waterways'. Opening-track 'Northern Hemisphere' has hard rock vibes but the melodies are well developed. 'Centaur woman' is a psychedelic rock 'n roll track used as a vehicle for several solo sections. The production really lets us down on this track and it's the only weaker track of the album. On side two the first two tracks continue the style of side one. Third track 'Moth' impresses with its bombastic world music arrangement and mystical vocals. The ending track 'In the Stable of the Sphinx' has a lot of different parts and an eclectic progressive style. Brilliant ending that will satisfy proglisteners a lot.

Conclusion. Well developed eclectic progressive rock album that would have been a real masterpiece had it been given the proper production. Buy it I if you are interested in the development of the progressive genre or when you want a really original early progressive record that has a unique take on world-music influences. I'm going to give it the big three- and-a-halve rating.

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4.03 | 111 ratings

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Mercator Projected
East Of Eden Eclectic Prog

Review by Apollo2112

5 stars WOW!

This album just blows me away. How East of Eden managed to be so 'progressive' and yet still rocking in 1969 just amazes me. The blending of eastern influence (as indicated by the band's name) puts this album over the edge. Still, the more traditional rock tracks (Northern Hemisphere, Isadora, Bathers) are still just as great.

Centaur Woman is definitely a standout... for more reasons than one. I personally love the short lyric sections and the riffs are just fun and rocking. Then comes the bass solo. Just perfectly executed, takes up the whole middle section (about half) of the song.

In the Stable of the Sphinx also deserves a mention due to its length. I have to say... what live versions there are of this song are much better... and shorter. The only less-than-perfect moments on this album come during the middle part of In the Stable. After a powerful opening riff, it sort of loses its direction. Thankfully, it gets better and ends strong as well. As I said, this track is better on bootlegs, getting shortened and joined with Bathers.

Northern Hemisphere gets my last shout-out. Very rocking track, got a spot on my personal "Prog that Rocks" compilation. Great opening... a riff that is not easily forgotten.

Overall rating: 9/10 (5 stars)

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4.00 | 15 ratings

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Jig-A-Jig
East Of Eden Eclectic Prog

Review by 1967/ 1976

4 stars And here we are served on a silver platter to a regrettable fact: East Of Eden Rearrange "Jig-A- Jig", an intriguing traditional and Decca decided to use the opportunity to build a fake album with the best songs of the first two albums. So it is not easy to judge this album. While "A-Jig- Jig" is a great album, recommended to all those who love the music of the 70's, on the other side "Jig-A-Jig" is a sick false and anti-commercial album... In short, "Jig-A-Jig" sounds like a commercial operation well done and beguiling. But not for this fact is not without a certain charm.

Musically, this album goes from Folk Rock to Acid Jazz, from Symphonic Prog to the experimental music in a mix that is not easy to understand but that captivates the mind and soul. Thanks to superior musicians.

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 Mercator Projected by EAST OF EDEN album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.03 | 111 ratings

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Mercator Projected
East Of Eden Eclectic Prog

Review by 1967/ 1976

5 stars East Of Eden... Oriental and Western music with Bartok! That's why I approached East Of Eden. And, I admit, I had read of their lack of success was another reason that prompted me to buy this album. Uh... East of Eden are not commercial for musical concept? I do not think this is the cause of the lack of success. In fact, King Crimson were/ are even less commercial music style and have/ had less poetry in their music. In other words, in my opinion, the failure of East Of Eden to be found in the fact that Decca did not know how to do promotion for them, given the music hard to classify.

This album start with "Northern Hemisphere" that with "Isadora" is the track more conventional, more POP and more commercial. If you think that this is the soul of "Mercator Projected" you are outside of the road, because "Mercator Projected" is also "Centaur Woman" a song with great bass soli by Steve York, in a song that is close to King Crimson but with more Jazz in the veins and also more colours in the veins. Great is also "Bathers", an emotional ballad, with great atmosphere. "Communion", insipred by a Bartok string quartet, is another great song, not banal but extremely magical, because too atmospherical.

"Mercator Projected" is not an easy album for 1969 standard, a perfect mix between Oriental and Western music with Bartok, a mix from Family and King Crimson (for example more understandable) and in my opinion with good appeal. Today a winner groupfor Jazz music but in 1969 a great example of Early Prog. The production is not perfect but great for 1969 standards, all focused on making intelligible the musical chaos of the band. But we must not forget that where music is more POP oriented (and mean to trivialize) the poetic magic comes across. certainly because of the great imagination of the authors but also because of the great technique and sensibility of the musicians.

At the end: if you do not know East Of Eden and "Mercator Projected" you should definitely make you a copy of the album and start dreaming.

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