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Egg [Original recording remastered]

Egg, East of Eden Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 Nov 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Eclectic
  • ASIN: B0002O399I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,735 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bulb
2. While Growing My Hair
3. I Will Be Absorbed
4. Fugue in D Minor
5. They Laughed When I Sat Down at the Piano
6. The Song of McGuillicudie the Pusillanimous (or Your Socks are Hanging in the Coal Cellar with Thomas)
7. Boilk
8. Symphony Number Two (featuring Movement One; Movement Two; Movement Three Previously unreleased; Movement Four)
9. Seven is a Jolly Good Time
10. You Are All Princes

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By P. A. Murphy VINE VOICE
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I came to Egg via a friend who knew of my penchant for keyboard-based 70s prog bands, although he warned me it was mere `juvenilia' from 1970 , considering the impressive pedigree these three chaps would amass in the following years (Campbell moved into professional music education and recently made a delightful contribution to BBC4's Prog Britannia programme, Brooks joined Groundhogs and other top-flight rock bands and Stewart joined a million other respected bands and projects).

I can sort of see his point: it's certainly not as focused, confident and commanding as Egg's follow-up, The Polite Force, certainly is. Nor is it as tempo-terrifying as things got on The Civil Surface. It's as if the band were trying to find their sonic identity as they went along -- and there's an over-reliance on freak-out noise and the kind of studio effects that must have seemed fun to make, and fun to hear the first time, but nowadays, removed from the times they originated, seem just a little random and time-consuming.

But before I sound like I'm down on the album, I should say that it is excellent, with great highlights and at the very worst, a groovy, late Sixties feel.

In the spirit of a band trying to find their own voice, much of the good stuff on Egg sounds like someone else, but oh boy, these guys stole from the best that was around at the time. Consequently, I Will Be Absorbed reminds me of nothing if not Kevin Ayers Joy Of A Toy and Fugue In D Minor is exactly the sort of classical reworking one could find on a Nice album Ars Longa Vita Brevis.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare gem - reissued 3 Dec 2004
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This is a great record from a great but little known band...not least for some of the most pretentious sleeve notes of all time. That apart, it is a really exceptional collection of real 'music'.
Unusual time signatures, just organ, drums and bass (no electric guitar) and intense and witty vocals ...'while growing my hair'.....and enough variety of jazz/rock fusion to create sustained interest.
I saw them play at the Marquee once....they were awesome and LOUD....and I am very pleased that this CD release has come out to replace my very old vinyl copy thats been played to death.
Even if you've never heard them....buy it!
As unknown to jazz rock as Nick Drake originally was to folk...and look at him now!!
I'll stop now before I turn into the sleeve notes!! :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inacurate Amazon link 22 Dec 2013
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The Egg link on this page takes you to a very different band call 'The Egg'. Not the organ, bass and drums trio that produced this album and a couple of others. The founding members of the group were Dave Stewart who played organ (not David A. Stewart of Eurythmics), Mont Campbell on bass and vocals and drummer Clive Brooks.

Original albums

Egg (1970)
The Polite Force (1971)
The Civil Surface (1974)

Compilation albums

Seven Is a Jolly Good Time (1985)
The Metronomical Society (2007)
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good prog 6 Jan 2006
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And lets face it, there's not too much of it around. This is a really nice piece of fusion - I really dig much of it and the longer pieces are pretty easy on the ear too. Andy Votel has chosen a track for Prog is Not A Four Letter Word - his most recent comp. As Mr Votel is a real doyenne of good taste, this is a real sign of approval.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars That Other keyboard-led British prog trio 1 Oct 2005
By William Scalzo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Aside from my obsession with Soft Machine, I'm usually more of a symph-prog fan than a Canterbury fan. Egg came out of the Canterbury scene and had the typical jazz overtones and humorous, self-referential lyrics. But this band had plenty of symph-prog about them as well. Egg had the same line-up as ELP, led by Hammond master Dave Stewart who was at least the equal of, if not better than Keith Emerson. And while Mont Campbell had a deeper voice than Greg Lake's, he too had that choirboy quality that made a line like "why don't you all go to hell" sound like he was inviting you to tea.

This band had the prog-rock pretention down in spades too, having the cheek to title a sidelong epic "Symphony #2" on this their FIRST album!

This CD features some absolutely phenomenal playing, and hardcore prog fans should give it a try. Keyboards fanatics should absolutely pick it up. Vocals are sparse and the long, inventive instrumental sections really suck you in and get you caught up in the classic prog jamming. For such "deep" prog, Egg manages to come up with tons of catchy riffs that are as addictive as pop music. Stewart was really a master of coming up with riffs that were both artistically pleasing and catchy and entertaining. The truly amazing thing about this 1970 debut is that the band members were all only about 20 years old at the time and had this amount of talent!

This CD features a segment of the "Symphony" that did not appear on the old vinyl album due to copyright issues with the estate of Stravinsky, who's music is quoted in the third movement. This CD also includes both the A and B sides of the band's one and only single, and for once I'm happy to report bonus tracks that are actually bonuses! "7 Is A Jolly Good Time" in particular is a classic, with cleverly constructed lyrics about the joys of playing music in offbeat time signatures that makes it a song that any prog fan with a sense of humor should hear at least once.

Recommended for hard core prog fans, keyboard maniacs, Soft Machine and Canterbury fans.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An experimental, keyboard-led prog trio 29 July 2006
By Jeffrey J.Park - Published on Amazon.com
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Released in 1970, this debut album by British band Egg is extremely complex progressive rock that is dominated by some incredible Hammond organ work. I guess that it is worth noting that although this keyboard-led trio is considered part of the "Canterbury' scene, the music sounds nothing like Caravan or Hatfield and the North (although the Canterbury sense of humor is present). Rather, the music of Egg combines a significant proportion of avant-garde tendencies with classical and some dissonant passages. In general though, over-the-top technical excess is the order of the day and I absolutely love it.

The musicians on this album include keyboardist extraordinaire Dave Stewart (Hammond organ, acoustic piano, mellotron, and tone generator - it's a crude synthesizer); Mont Campbell (vocals, bass guitar); and Clive Brooks (drums). All of these guys are simply phenomenal musicians and the individual and ensemble playing is simply out of this world. With respect to the bass player, Mont Campbell does not simply follow the left hand piano part but is thoroughly contrapuntal, which makes an Egg composition very interesting. Although Mont's vocal abilities are not great and sound a tiny bit dated at times, the vocals are not a big part of the Egg sound and do not detract from anything at all.

The tracks on the album range in length from the 0'09" experimental track Bulb to the excellent 25+ minute multi-movement Symphony No. 2. In general, the music on the album mixes experimental passages with some very nice adaptations of classical pieces (J.S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D-minor along with Grieg's Hall of the Mountain King), incredible jamming, and quirky proggy tracks with vocals (While Growing my Hair, I will be Absorbed, and The Song of McGillicudie the Pusillanimous). In large part though, the tracks are mostly instrumental and are dominated by Dave's incredible Hammond organ playing. Although this album is simply amazing and very enjoyable, there are moments when the avant-garde tendencies can get mildly irritating, but do little to affect the overall listening experience. This becomes apparent on "They laughed when I sat down at the Piano", which features a very nice classical piano piece that is countered with some abrasive noises on the tone generator - it's actually kind of funny really. There is also the tone generator "freak-out" on Symphony No. 2 during the Blane movement that gets a little nerve-wracking. Odd time signatures abound and meters such as 5/8, 7/4, 9/4, 9/8, and 13/8 are used along with frequent meter shifts. Chord structures are also pretty exotic and there are some very unusual root movements.

This remastered version by Eclectic discs is very good and features a ton of liner notes along with restored cover art and pictures of the band. Sound quality is also excellent. One of the features of this version of the album that is pretty cool is the addition of a previously unreleased fourth movement of Symphony No. 2. The additional tracks include Seven is a Jolly Good Time, which celebrates the jolly delights (or horrors, depending on your perspective) of playing in 7/4, along with "You are all Princes" (which ends abruptly). Both tracks were released as singles in 1969 and are pretty good. There are tiny bits of psychedelic influences on the two tracks.

All in all, this is excellent stuff that is highly recommended along with the superb follow up album Polite Force (1971).
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars egg - 4 stars 7 Sep 2005
By Warren W. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
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"The music on this LP(cd) is not dancing music, but basically music for listening to. It is harmonically and rhythmically complex, designed to be as original as possible within the confines of the instrumental line-up; so it's pretty demanding on the listener's attention" begins the liner notes to this superb example of canterbury progressive album. Egg were a keyboard, bass, and drum outfit who were all excellant musicians especially keyboardist Dave Stewart who understood the concept of melody and improvisation inside the wonderful tone of his various keyboards. This is their intelligent and critically regarded debut which some have described as a cross between canterbury and rio which may be interpreted to mean melodically sophisticated to abstract progressive rock performed with great wit and artistic dedication. This is a great cd. also check out their even better follow up 'The Polite Force'
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Egg's self titled essential from 1970 (Progrock) 7 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Buy this CD! One of the all time best albums in the world.Do not but this if you want something to dance to.The off-beat rythums and melodies of Dave Stewart(later to form Hatfield & the North and National Health along with so many other projects!)on various keyboards, of course,Hugo-Montgomery Cambell on bass and vocal and Clive Brooks(later to join the Groundhogs)on drums, it's a progrock essential! BUY THIS CD!! I can't stress it enough!:)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunnyside UP! 11 April 2002
By rmac1117 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Just 3 guys--producing more music together with a limited amount of musical equipment than most music bands of their time (early 70's) do, or anytime before or after. Drums, bass, RAUNCH organ (ironically, Billy Joel produced the same type of sound later on, coupling a keyboard to an amplifier, on a little-known side project), tone generator (YEEEEEEHAAAAH!!!), a little piano, and vocals. Suffice to say it SUFFICES...The vocal songs, "Growing My Hair", "Absorbed", "McGillicuddy", cross between hard rock, soft jazz, soft rock, and hard jazz...Egg makes that possible. The melodies are forever in your head, the beats are addictive. The version of the Bach piece gives it...LIFE. The whole experience, including the liner notes (on my LP sleeve) is an unpretentious lesson in music theory as it was meant to be.
But, the REAL highlight is the 4-section 20-minute Egg Symphony which comes next. The first section, a 5-minute workout in organ, bass, & cymbals, which interpolates Grieg's "Hall of the Mountain King" along the way, causes the listener to suppose "If I could PLAY like that!" The second, slower, longer movement could be something out of the "Blair Witch Project" & "Night of the Living Dead" SIMULTANEOUSLY, & features riffs from the Spring Round Dinosaur Walk from Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring." The 3rd section...well, I'm reminded that I'm glad to be alive. A 5 1/2-minute ASSAULLLLTTT on the tone generator (yes, a planet-earth device CAN produce all those different sounds) bridged by an organ-ic hymn accompanied in the background by a bass-loop rumbling like thunder. The final section returns to a jazz structure with an irreverent melody punctuated by drum/bass features.
Deram knew its stuff back in the day. This album needs to be blended, over easy...
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