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2.44 | 26 ratings | 1 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1971

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Bradshaw The Bison Hunter (6:10)
2. Ain't Gonna Do You No Harm (2:57)
3. Get Happy (4:18)
4. Don't Be Afraid (4:17)
5. Man Said (2:19)
6. Song For No One (3:45)
7. Joe (3:36)
8. Nothin' To Do (3:24)
9. Road Song (2:26)
10. Home Blues (3:46)

Total time 36:58

Bonus tracks on 2002 remaster:
11. Jig-a-Jig (3:38)
12. Boogie Woogie Flu (3:20)
13. Last Dance of the Clown (3:50)
14. Sin City Girls (3:38)
15. All Our Yesterdays (2:48)

Line-up / Musicians

- Jim Roche / guitar
- Dave Arbus / violin, winds
- Dave Weller / tenor saxophone
- David Jack / bass
- Jeff Allen / drums

Note: The actual instrumentation could not be confirmed at this moment

Releases information

Artwork: Hipgnosis with Gabi Naseman (photo)

LP Harvest - SHVL 796 (1971, UK)

CD Progressive Line ‎- PL 566 (2002, US) Remastered with 5 bonus tracks

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EAST OF EDEN New Leaf ratings distribution

(26 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(8%)
Good, but non-essential (33%)
Collectors/fans only (29%)
Poor. Only for completionists (17%)

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Review by Sean Trane
2 stars 2.5 stars really wioth the bonus tracks

After the catastrophically unprog eponymous album on Harvest (of all labels), EOE needed to reconvene discuss their musical directions. Not sure they went ahead, though because after the Jig-A-Jig monstrous, but totally unrepresentative hit, after their semi-country rock third album, the probably were a little lost. With a very enticing sexy artwork, with a butterfly tattoo, but a relatively stable line-up (finally), this was their second album in 71, plus a bunch of singles throughout, so the least we can say was that the group was not about to profit from dole money. Amazingly enough singer David Jack is the only songwriter (even credited so on the JaJ monster instrumental hit) bar the opening track, which is rather strange since he gets sole credits on the two instrumental pieces in the bonus tracks..

Hearing the lead-off track Bradshaw the Bison Hunter, you'd swear that that EoE is back on saddle, because this track is easily much better than anything they'd done on the previous album. Alas, this wouldn't last as Bradshaw is rather unrepresentative (and the only track receiving credits other David Jack as songwriter as it boasts as a group effort) of the rest of the album. No Harm, Get Happy, Don't Be Afraid, Joe, Song For No-one, etc. are all way to close for comfort to country rock or a folky/country singer/songwriter or basic blues-rock. The rare tracks (other than Bradshaw) being worth another mention are the Man Said (strictly on private tastes), and the finale Home Blues (also on personal tastes), sounding like Free doing a good blues track, David Jack doing a credible Paul Rodgers. The least we can say is that an album such as this one have a few tracks that fit the "filler" category.

I am not aware of this album getting an EMI reissue, but there floats around a version of the semi-legit Progressive Line label, which boasts a whopping five bonus tracks, all from 71 and 72 singles. If the unmistakeable Jig-A-Jig is present (a good point, because in some ways it is prog), the remaining four tracks are A and B-sides of two singles. The first of which is Boogie Flu (a non-interesting boogie) and the much more Bach-like Last Dance Of The Clown, an excellent track that should've answered JaJ's success. The later Sin City Girls single is lesser interest (about dancing shoes, puhhhleaeaeaease) and best forgotten and its flipside not deserving such a poor spectacle. All Our Yesterday is pure rip-off to the fab four, but pleasant enough to .

Little wonder after such another mediocre album (although it was better than its predecessor), violinist Dave Arbus would leave the band. And while this album is a tad better, the group is still trying to find itself, but even with the three good bonus track, this album cannot be considered as essential.

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