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Most of the few reviews that have been done on this album express surprise and admiration for this album, but it looks like I am not the only one that has missed this album because there really aren't as many reviews or people that have heard this than there should be.

Now go find this hidden masterpiece especially if you love your music quirky and eclectic. It's so hard to believe this was released in Despite two line-up changes - on bass and drums - the music of East of Eden hasn't changed too much on their second Album). Wednesday, July 21, Review Permanlink. Probably the place to begin and end your East of Eden experience.

The more psych-rock of their debut has not aged very well. In contrast, Snafu is an engagihg listen every time. I think about how Kansas' song "Leftoverture" was a series of stitched-together musical ideas Album) favorite warm up jam Snafu is one of those amazing things you discover on this site.

A rather obscure piece of music from England inthe 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 sor I saw East of Eden twice on the early 70's rock circuit. The first time LP 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 da Played sometimes backwards. Are you ready? First of all, the reasons because this is not a five star album: Have To Whack It Up, the first song of the album, is a simply hard-rock piece with Arbus at the violin and a shouted vocal ending.

Then Habibi Baby This is East of Eden in jazz-fusion mode There is an earthiness too, a heaviness; so in spite of the regular jazzed-out rif The second work released in "Snafu". Combinations with a strong violin, saxophone, and guitar as usual are demonstrated. It is jazz-rock with which Asian Ekizotizm overflows in the forward. It is dangerous smell of the underground in strength. In addition, it is a work that became more av You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by giving monthly PayPal donations and help keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever. This second album is a much proggier statement than Mercator Projected, but it is still plagued with imperfections but none are glaring. The sound is rather different but is also tighter different rhythm sectionbut the three frontmen ArbusCaines and Nicholson are still there.

In this album, the band's sound feels patently more solid while sticking to its peculiar combination of blues-rock, psychedelia and fusion. Although the proto-prog label is usually stamped on this band's name together with Procol Harum, Gracious Beggar's Opera and others, the fact is that East of Eden displays a lesser interest in stylish sophistication or classicist influences in favor or a more trippy-friendly sort of endeavor regarding their instrumental travels.

Perhaps a connection can be drawn with the electric side of Jade Warrior. Arbus, who had made his violin shine on the first track, now states abundant traces of bluesy feel on his tenor sax opposite the more exuberant deliveries on soprano sax by Caines.

For the jam's closing climax, Arbus brings back his violin, providing an enhanced exquisiteness to the track. Much of the same is kind of reiterated in the following piece, albeit with a more deliberate complexity. This is definitely a highlight of the album. Its first part has a Confucius - East Of Eden (2) - Snafu (Vinyl starting point, eventually reprised for the closing climax; in between, there is a sung portion very focused on the bluesy vibe that East of Eden feels so comfortable in, and it also contains one of the few guitar leads in the album.

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This album really delivers in the eclectic department and I am absolutely amazed that this album was released way back in 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. The music on Snafu is nearly unclassifiable.

East Of Eden's highly complex style introduces elements of Arabic music, Jewish folk, Celtic folk, jazz, European art music of the middle ages and renaissance, Eastern European folk, ambient, avant-garde rock, and experimental music. Yes, it's that complicated. However, every second on the album passes by naturally, making it an incredibly fascinating journey. Sophisticated arrangements, skillful instrumental workouts, dynamically varied parts, tongue-in-cheek moments, melodic songs, atonal cacophony - all of these elements are to be found on this album.

Let me just say, that this review is short and subjective, because Snafu is among my favorite musical creations of all time. Electric violin with Israeli music influences is one of the things that gives East Of Eden a distinctive sound.

Others include various saxophones, trumpets, bagpipes, African hand drums, a Celtic fiddle and many more. Geoff Nicholson's guitar work links the band's world music-infused sound with progressive rock. In short, the musicianship on this release is out of this world.

There are eight tracks on the album, every single one has its own personality. All in all, I consider this to be one of the best and most representative progressive rock albums of all time. This is without a doubt a must-listen for every prog rock fan.

Very highly recommended! Most of the music on this album is instrumental with a few vocal embellishments thrown in here and there. From what I have read, this sophomore released from this band is quite different from their first album, which supposedly is more of a psychedelic affair. This album is world's away from psychedelic, leaning more towards a peppy, jazz fusion album which is so full of fun that you just can't help but smile when you listen to it. And the best part is, you can tell the band is having a good time playing it.

So, what exactly is this? The closest way to describe it is fusion music that doesn't take itself seriously.

But that is not all you get here. The music can go from avant-garde to jewish dance music in the space of a couple of seconds. Oh, and don't forget that there is a violin in there too, or would you call it a fiddle? Think of "Kansas" with the "I-don't-give-a-damn" attitude. Make sure that you don't ignore the track "Nymphenburger" which allows the violin and the guitar to go wild with each other.

It is quite difficult to explain just what you are getting into here, just think that if Secret Chiefs 3 had a musical mentor, then this band must have been one of their inspirations.

The unfortunate thing is that apparently the band had a big European hit with a single that came out shortly after this album, called "Jig a Jig" which is actually a bonus track on the reissue.

After that hit, the band started to concentrate on that Album) country-folk sound, and this would end up being really their best album. But, let me say that it is definitely an album you will want to look for. So with that, I will let you go search for this album Album) that you can experience it for yourself.

Most of the few reviews that have been done on this album express surprise and admiration for this album, but it looks like I am not the only one that has missed this album because there really aren't as many reviews or people that have heard this than there should be.

Now go find this hidden masterpiece especially if you love your music quirky and eclectic. It's so hard to believe this was released in Despite two line-up changes - on bass and drums - the music of East of Eden hasn't changed too much on their second LP.


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