Mercator Projected [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
The seaside resort of Brighton, England, is forever twinned with the bank holiday battles between the mods and the rockers, thanks in no small part to the movie Quadrophenia. But this popular shore town's biggest attraction wasn't merely the meeting of two opposing youth cultures, but its Pavilion, a wildly exotic 19th century structure that brought the mysteries of the East to merrie Englande. For East of Eden, formed in Brighton in 1968, it obviously sparked a love of foreign parts, a love they brought directly into their prog rock sound. After releasing a single on Atlantic, the quintet moved to the Decca label's progressively inclined subsidiary, Deram, which released...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
The seaside resort of Brighton, England, is forever twinned with the bank holiday battles between the mods and the rockers, thanks in no small part to the movie Quadrophenia. But this popular shore town's biggest attraction wasn't merely the meeting of two opposing youth cultures, but its Pavilion, a wildly exotic 19th century structure that brought the mysteries of the East to merrie Englande. For East of Eden, formed in Brighton in 1968, it obviously sparked a love of foreign parts, a love they brought directly into their prog rock sound. After releasing a single on Atlantic, the quintet moved to the Decca label's progressively inclined subsidiary, Deram, which released their debut album, Mercator Projected, illustrated by a clever cover that projects Mercator's map onto a bare woman's back, overlain with exotic tattoos. And Eden's sound was indeed all over the map; screaming jazz sax solos, soaring flute, Bartók-inspired violin, storming hard rock, pastoral visions, lashing R&B, medieval fairs, modern jazz, and ancient rituals brought back to life, this wasn't so much prog rock as a whole new realm of music. Eden were extraordinarily popular on the London underground scene, and one can see why. Even on the shorter numbers on this album, the band embarked on excursions into the unknown, flickering through centuries and cultures, with dramatic shifts not just between songs but within them. Only "Northern Hemisphere" sports a more traditional structure, which is why it was spun off on a single. This reissue adds two startlingly sparse considering the finished product demos of album tracks, as well as a stunning and previously unreleased cover of the Byrds' "Eight Miles High."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2008
  • Label: Esoteric
  • EAN: 5013929713321
  • Catalog Number: 2033
  • Sales rank: 77,084

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Northern Hemisphere (5:05)
  2. 2 Isadora (4:32)
  3. 3 Waterways (6:50)
  4. 4 Centaur Woman (7:11)
  5. 5 Bathers (4:58)
  6. 6 Communion (4:03)
  7. 7 Moth (3:54)
  8. 8 In the Stable of the Sphinx (8:33)
  9. 9 Waterways (Demo) (6:40)
  10. 10 In the Stable of the Sphinx (Demo) (11:12)
  11. 11 Eight Miles High (6:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
East of Eden Primary Artist
Steve York Group Member
Dave Arbus Group Member
Ron Caines Group Member
Geoff Nicholson Group Member
Technical Credits
Gene Clark Composer
East of Eden Composer
David Crosby Composer
Roger McGuinn Composer
Derek Varnals Engineer
Noel Walker Producer
Phil Smee CD Package Design
David Wedgbury Cover Photo
Mark Powell Producer, Remixing
Paschal Byrne Remixing, Remastering
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