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East Of Eden


Eclectic Prog

4.16 | 154 ratings

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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: they were better live.

Einwahn | 3/5 |


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