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Heady brew from Egyptian fanciers...,
This review is from: Mercator Projected ~ Remastered with Bonus Tracks (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.