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Snafu [Import]

East of EdenAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 20, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B0012NOKKK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,619 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars East Of Eden - 'Snafu' (Eclectic) September 5, 2006
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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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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'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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Can't quite rise above October 24, 2008
By IRate
Format:Audio CD
Prog rock with the emphasis on rock feels a little too redundantly jam-oriented and psychedelically dated when not briefly outshining dated shackles with inspired fusion work. Fans of the more extroverted antics of older progressive bands between Gong and Jethro Tull looking for more material could do worse. Funny to have bonus songs actually feel like a bonus.
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This is one interesting band for people who like progressive rock jams. Some of the guitar playing reminds me of Relayer-era Yes, while the songs are written in a multi-part way that seems to flow naturally. A talented bunch of musicians, and unfortunately forgotten. It's really hard to believe more people don't know about this wonderful album.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good January 16, 2010
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This is a good album, but hardly East Of Eden's best.

Oh yeah, I forgot--who the hell are East Of Eden? Well, they were one of the more song oriented progressive bands of the early 1970s, and like King Crimson and Curved Air and Roxy Music, used a violin. They, like Roxy, mined blues and structured rock songs to mutate into progressive rock, in both the playing and the writing,

This album has some pretty good instrumentals and jazzy workouts. But to hear what this band could REALLY do, get both their self-titled album and Mercator Projected. Each album has better songwriting, and the self-titled one has much stronger vocals.
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