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|East of Eden|
Genres: Country, Jazz, Pop, Rock
2008 digitally remastered and expanded edition. East of Eden's sophomore album, Snafu, was originally released in 1970 by Deram Records and saw the band take their particular fusion of Jazz, Psychedelia, World Music and ev... more »
2008 digitally remastered and expanded edition. East of Eden's sophomore album, Snafu, was originally released in 1970 by Deram Records and saw the band take their particular fusion of Jazz, Psychedelia, World Music and even Blue Beat, one step further. As ever, the instrumental prowess of Dave Arbus on violin dominated the music, leading eventually to Arbus playing the infamous violin solo on "Baba O'Reilly" by The Who. Snafu was the result of many months in the studio. This Esoteric Recordings reissue has been remastered from the original master tapes and features many unreleased bonus tracks, including five previously unreleased tracks from the aborted album sessions and alternate demo and single versions of their 1971 hit, 'Jig-A-Jig'. An extensive essay features interviews and previously unseen photographs.
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4 stars for the extraordinary "Petite Fille" (bonus track!!!
PortugueseMusicFan | Porto, Portugal | 11/09/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a bit disappointed with the remaster of this precious progressive masterpiece...The 4 stars (only!) are for the inconclusive sound and I must say I bought this because of the excellent bonus tracks!!
In a first listening I realize the dry sound, the musicians seeming to be playing in a far remote place...it's a pity, because Ecclectic Discs recently gave to us supreme remastered versions of acts like Egg or Bill Fay, so what happened here?? I don't know, maybe I'm being unfair and wasn't their fault... I tried to compare in headphones the album tracks that appeared in the Repertoire compilation Jig-a-Jig of 1997. Started with "Nymphenburger", the remastered one don't get a fuller sound, in fact is rather dull, so I prefer the Repertoire one!! The others tracks, a bit more experimental and full of intricate sounds and passages suffer from the same lack of clearity; the Repertoire edition cutted the initial obscure parts, but instead that the sound is more powerfull and we can realize some particularities in background music.
A word to the magnificent bonus tracks, my favorite song is "Petite Fille", a non-album track, here in much more definitive clear-sound than the all album tracks...
It could be better...
East Of Eden - 'Snafu' (Eclectic)
Mike Reed | USA | 09/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First put out in 1970,this was the band's second record.Their follow-up to,and ABOUT as good as 'Mercator Projected'(see my review).Basically,just good progressive.Maybe not for everyone,but if you wish to check out a rarely-heard ensemble of many days gone by as such,do check out 'Snafu'.On this nicely assembled CD reissue,you get(of course)the lp's original eight cuts,with seven bonus tracks tagged on.I mean,if you EVER need a good reason to purchase a CD reissue,THIS is it.Well worth a listen."