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Eden's Island [180 Gram Vinyl] Limited Edition

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Eden Ahbez (born George Alexander Aberle; April 15, 1908 - March 4, 1995) was an American songwriter and recording artist of the 1940s-1960s, whose lifestyle in California was influential on the hippie movement. He composed the song Nature Boy, which became a #1 hit for eight weeks in 1948 for Nat ''King'' Cole and has since become a pop and jazz standard. Living a bucolic life from at least the 1940s, he traveled in sandals and wore shoulder-length hair and beard, and white robes. He camped out below the first L in the Hollywood Sign above Los Angeles and studied Oriental mysticism. He slept outdoors with his family and ate vegetables, fruits, and nuts. He claimed to live on three dollars per week. In 1959, he began recording instrumental music, which combined his signature somber tones with exotic arrangements and ''primitive rhythms''. He often performed bongo, flute, and poetry gigs at beat coffeehouses in the Los Angeles area. In 1960, he recorded his only solo LP, Eden's Island for Del-Fi Records. This mixed beatnik poetry with exotica arrangements. Ahbez promoted the album through a coast-to-coast walking tour making personal appearances, but it sold poorly. This wonderful piece of unique music is now available again with a silk-screen hand printed new cover. The record has been remastered, and Surf Rider, an additional song from the original record session has been added. Limited Edition.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Eden's Island
  2. The Wanderer
  3. Myna Bird
  4. Eden's Cove
  5. Tradewind
  6. Full Moon
  7. Mongoose
  8. Market Place
  9. Banana Boy
  10. The Old Boat
  11. Island Girl
  12. La Mar
  13. Surf Rider


Product Details

  • Vinyl (February 5, 2013)
  • limited_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Moi J'Connais
  • ASIN: B00B5DOVMY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,847 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Eden Ahbez was best known for writing "Nature Boy" - a big hit for Nat "King" Cole. This album, however, should be viewed as an instrumental album (a Martin Denny style cross between islandesque and jazz music - featuring jazz great Paul Moer!) with a sort of beat poetry accompanying it. (Bob Keane of Del-Fi Records described Ahbez's lyrics as a cross between Kahil Gibran and Rod McKuen.) In any event, the lyrics and the music work together to create a very ethereal sound that is absolutely haunting - in a positive way!
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Eden's Island is music for the end of a stressful day. The soothing sound of musical seashells blended with soulful prose, lifts one's spirit from the mundane world of techno and transports it into Paradise. A glass of wine and an ocean breeze helps. Ahbez is a unique artist who reveals his soul without regret. This is a CD worthwhile having in your collection. I first heard Ahbez's music while I was at the university in the 70's and have never grown tired of listening to it.
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The song I listened to is a uniqual expression of the soul and passion. It is soft and santimental. I like the way it make me feel. There is a kind of nostalgic cry for love. It is like you are coming from a twilight zone of broken heart and you look for recovery. There is a purity in the willing to love and be loved. There is a painful expression of being alone and isolated.
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Eden Ahbez was one of the original hippies before the term was used. Eden was most certainly before his time, living a true bohemian lifestyle(sporting long hair and a beard, he must of seemed really weird to the folks back then) influenced by the california "nature boys" who lived outside under the stars, ate fruits and nuts and practiced meditation and yoga. These "nature boys" was a heavy influence on the later known hippies of 1960's and the music here relects their philosophy. Eden wrote all the tunes, plays a few of the instruments along with singing occassionally and reciting his beat style poetry. The music is exotica (a weird mix of tropical sounds, 50's pop and jazz)which can be considered kind of like the "new age" music of its day, very relaxing. If for nothing else, this is a great historical document in song and sound of the precurser to the late 60's counter culture.
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