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Mercator Projected Import


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  • Audio CD (6 Dec 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Eclectic Disks/Ryko
  • ASIN: B000BYRA5I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,433,304 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By t-g@technologist.com on 21 Feb 2000
Format: Audio CD
Best remembered for their uncharacteristic 'crossover' hit Jig a Jig, East of Eden were a band of accomplished musicians who brought together a wide range of styles and influences from electric folk to Eastern promise and strangeness.
One of a total output of three, this album covers an enjoyable range from the weird "Northern Hemisphere" to the haunting "Bathers". Other tracks demonstrate the great proficiency of the band members with improvisation sometimes approaching prog. jazz. Dave Arbus's electric violin work excels.
This album is well produced too, with some spot-on double tracked stereo vocals and guitars, and proper use of echoes and effects.
This band also enjoyed their playing and had fun with it. There is even a running joke linking the last tracks. Have fun with it too!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rob Brook on 15 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
Pre-chart success with atypical faux diddly-diddly single 'Jig A Jig', East Of Eden marked man's first walk on the moon with this debut, a collector's fave not only because of its label association (Deram) but also thanks to the originality and brio of composition and performance. Flute, sax and Dave Arbus's potent electric violin fronted an engaging brew of rock, psych and jazz with intimations of the world music to come. Nice repackage with bags of period pix, this is remastered with bonus studio outakes and a fair cover of The Byrds 'Eight Miles High'. What makes it all work still is its self-deprecating nature. Yes, it's 1969 and yes, the band are dressed as Egyptian priests on the back cover but this presentational conceit is skewed by down-to-earth studio drollery and much raiding of sound effects files, all neatly folded into some fine material. A popular live act of the day, 'Mercator Projected' does a good job of communing why.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Davies on 6 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is indeed a thrilling listen. Raw, crunchy hard rock guitars and a pulsating rhythm section stewing in an air of Eastern Mysticism created by electric violins and dualistic saxaphones and flutes. I knew absolutely nothing about it before buying. I was attracted by a band portrait on the back which depicts the musicians as Ancient Egyptian high priests and the words "This is East of Eden's first LP called Mercator Projected. Take one electric violin which blows rock and Bartok, add one flute from the East, mix in Sumerian saxaphones, bass, drums, guitar and liquid word pictures - mark "East of Eden"". How could anyone possibly resist that? Luckily, it fails to disappoint. That's more or less exactly how it sounds.

There are some genuinely "hair on back of neck teasing" moments here. When the guitar kicks in like a punch to the guts on Northern Hemispheres, for instance. Centaur Woman features a bass solo that leaves all and sundry shaking their heads in disbelief. The closing In The Stable Of The Sphinx is a maelstromic tour de force that blends loose improvisations with tight psychedelica. It must have sounded positively explosive onstage. News travels fast indeed.

The only reason the album gains four rather than five star is as a direct result of a baffling "in-joke" that East of Eden included. "An Irish homosexual enters a restaraunt. "Waiter, this soup isn't half cold", he says, to which the waiter replies "Why thank you sir!"". What? Baffling. Baffling. Guess you had to be there, hmn?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By St Byte Print Dalton on 7 Feb 2006
Format: Audio CD
One of the best Blues Jazz Psychedelic bands following in the early Floyd footsteps. Although the follow up SNAFU did better, mainly due to the hit Jig-A-Jig I still rate this a much more balanced experience.
Put it along the early Family, Steamhammer & Keef Harltley
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