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Mercator Projected Import, Original recording remastered

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Northern Hemisphere
  2. Isadora
  3. Waterways
  4. Centaur Woman
  5. Bathers
  6. Communion
  7. Moth
  8. In The Stable Of The Sphinx
  9. Northern Hemisphere (Single Edit) (Bonus Track)
  10. Eight Miles High (Bonus Track)
  11. Waterways (1968 Demo) (Bonus Track)
  12. In The Stable Of The Sphinx (1968 Demo) (Bonus Track)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 15, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Eclectic Discs
  • ASIN: B0002ONC4K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,462,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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East of Eden released a several albums, 1969's Mercator Projected being their very first album, and it's also said to be their best. The album was originally released on Deram, the same label that gave us the Moody Blues. Mercator Projected is an excellent example of prog rock at its beginnings. You get psych, jazz rock, and Middle Eastern styles. A couple of rockers, some jams, some atmospheric numbers, phased vocals à la The Beatles' "I Am the Walrus", strange electronic effects. The band featured violinst Dave Arbus, who was also the same guy who played on The Who's classic "Baba O'Reily" (known as "Teenage Wasteland" for those who don't remember the actual title). The rest of East of Eden at that time also consisted of bassist Steve York (who jumped ship after this album for Manfred Mann Chapter III), saxist Ron Caines, guitarist and vocalist Geoff Nicholson, and drummer Dave Dufort (although the album misspelled his name as "Dufont"). Apparently the band wasn't exactly known for keeping steady lineup, and within a couple of years, they switched over to Harvest Records and went for a more country-influenced sound. Some of the best songs on Mercator Projected includes "Northern Hemisphere", "Isadora", "Bathers", "Moth", and the instrumental "In the Stable of the Sphinx". In regards to "In the Stable of the Sphinx", I just recently acquired an album released on Elektra Records called The Zodiac - Cosmic Sounds (The Zodiac were basically Paul Beaver, and various L.A. session musicians, and a narrator who sounded like Jim Morrison, doing psychedelic rock, with Moog synthesizer, ethnic instruments, and naturally rock instruments), released in 1967. One piece was called "Taurus" and it sounded awfully familiar to me.Read more ›
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Up until a few months ago, I had never even heard of East Of Eden. I just HAPPEN to get a CD-R copy marked simply as 'East Of Eden' from a friend. At first, I thought it possibly MIGHT'VE been a Gong spinoff project, you know... how they've had several short-lived ones? I was later informed the CD-R was, in fact a live bootleg CD. This had to have been my FIRST time I've ever gotten a bootleg of a band that I ACTUALLY liked BEFORE knowing anything about the band. So, I then knew I needed to find out more about this 'experimental progressive' UK ensemble. 'Mercator Projected' was originally released in 1969 as this was the band's first record. After listening to this CD reissue for the first two times, I can NOW understand why East Of Eden never made it big. Their music is simply too way-ahead-of-it's-time for most listeners. Might say they're too inventive for their own good. Most inspiring tracks here are "Northern Hemisphere", the awesome "Waterways", "Centaur Woman", the album's lengthiest cut "In The Stable Of The Sphinx" and one of the three bonus tunes, a decent cover of the Byrd's "Eight Miles High". If this doesn't prove these guys meant business, I have no idea what would. Players: Geoff Nicholson - guitar & vocals, Dave Arbus - violin & flute, Ron Caines - sax & vocals, Steve York - bass and Dave Dufort - drums. Might appeal to fans of Third Ear Band, Lard Free, Can, King Crimson or Soft Machine.
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This is an early progressive rock masterpiece that was released during the end of the psychedelic era (1969). Psychedelic influences such as raga guitar solos, phasing, vocal distortion, and mellotron are all over Mercator Projected. East Of Eden can certainly hold their own instrumentally next to a band such as King Crimson. Nothern Hemisphere is a great piece of hard rock with echoed vocals and fat guitar riffs. The band plays hard and heavy throughout making this album one of progressive rocks loudest moments. Waterways is an atmospheric composition devoted to distorted vocals and violin playing. Towards the middle of this standout composition the band explodes into a raga rock solo. Absolutely Brilliant!!!!! Centuar Women is an excellent, powerful blues-rock track that eventually delves into some free form playing. This album certainly deserves it's lost classic status. For fans of early progressive rock or psychedelia, this album is a no-brainer!!
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Cannot remember how many times a day i used to play this record. It was in a class of its own and I cant forget the Northern hemispehre change of tempo. The groove was really deep just there.
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It is my humble privlige to be the virgin reviewer of this.

East of Eden were a late 1960's-70s hard rock, prog band, and they had a violin. The violin was not a big feature in this band, mainly working as part of the rythm section.

What stands out here are the giutars and flutes and saxes. You could compare this, vaugly, to Court Of The King Crimson King, in that there is hard rock, and some jazzy, orchestrated ballads.

But East Of Eden play their hand a lot broader on this album than King Crimson did on their debut. The guitars are crunchier, and the hard rock has more of a blues base. (If Cream had pushed into the prog era, they might have tried stuff like this.) They also highlight the jazz elements more than Crimso did--where they synthasized a lot of the styles they used, East Of Eden tended to tackle one, or superimpose two, at a time.

If you like psych or prog you gotta have this. This band should have been a lot bigger. Maybe they didn't sell because the title sounds more like a docteral thesis than a rock record. Pity.
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