Sold Date: May 12, 2024
Start Date: May 5, 2024
Final Price: $37.50 (USD)
Bid Count: 5
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ORIGINAL BRITISH 1970 DERAM FIRST PRESS ..|/\|...............................................|/\|.. "SAFU"

EAST OF EDEN  ..|/\|...............................................|/\|.. "made in England" - DERAM RECORDS - DML 1050
Judging from the strange cover design, we can see how this album went right under the radar -but- look a little deeper within,
there are rewarding melodies set in exotic-laced adventures::::

"SAFU"  is EAST OF EDEN's SECOND LP, a crucial album for the development of the trend initiated in their highly rated first album "Mercator Projected". In this album, the band's sound feels patently more solid while sticking to its peculiar combination of blues-rock, psychedelia and underground exotica. Although the pre-progressive art-rock label is usually stamped on this band's name together with Procol Harum, Gracious, Beggar's Opera and others, the fact is that East of Eden displays a lesser interest in stylish sophistication or classicist influences in favor or a more trippy-acid head/stoner sort of endeavor regarding their instrumental travels. Perhaps a connection can be drawn with the exotic side of early '70s Jade Warrior. "Snafu" is an equally rough and complex album: the roughness comes from the energetic fruition created among all instrumentalists, while the complexity is based on the adventurous spirit instilled in the main motif's expansions. After a catchy blues-rock piece such as the gracefully pedestrian 'Have to Whack It Up', comes a jam full of Arabic undertones titled 'Leaping Beauties for Rudy / Marcus Junior', where the dual winds steal and reshape the limelight as they go on and on. Arbus, who had made his violin shine on the first track, now states abundant traces of bluesy feel on his winds which weave nicely with the more exuberant deliveries on soprano by Caines. For the jam's closing climax, Arbus brings back his violin, providing an enhanced exquisiteness to the track. Much of the same is kind of reiterated in the following piece, albeit with a more deliberate complexity. Things get started with a soundscape of various ('Xhorkom'), followed by a fantastic Middle Eastern section on a 6/8 tempo titled 'Ramadhan', quite ethereal; finally, 'In the Show for a Blow' explores an exercise on jazz-blues similarly to 68-69 Colosseum, especially regarding the exulting vibe. This LP is definitely a highlight of East Of Eden's career . 'Uno Transito Clapori' is another creation from the engineer's desk, this time distorting violin and sax lines in a way that it Would have made Faust or Can proud. The album's second half starts with 'Gum Arabic / Confucius', yet another Arabic-based jam with bluesy undertones: some frenzy moments reveal thundering passages on flute and sax, while the frame elaborated by the drums, guitar and bass keeps things firm in the basic structure. 'Nymphenberger' is another favorite of mine. Its first part has a robust starting point, eventually reprised for the closing climax; in between, there is a sung portion very focused on the bluesy vibe that East of Eden feels so comfortable in, and it also contains killer guitar leads. This is as close as East of Eden gets to primitive Jethro Tull. 'Habibi Baby / Boehm Constrictor / Beast of Sweden' starts with a new reversed tape intro, after which a very free-form improve emerges with heavy doses of fire and aggressiveness, ultimately focusing on an explosive rocking dynamics.
  1. Have to whack it up (2:20)
2. a) Leaping beauties for Rudy
...b) Marcus junior (7:02)
3. a) Xhorkham
...c)In the snow for a blow (8:07)

4. Uno transito ciapori (2:28)

5. a) Gum arabic
...b) Confucius (8:18)

6. Nymphenburger (6:15)

7. a) Habibi baby
...b) Beast of Sweden
...c) Boehm constrictor (6:22)

8. Traditional: arranged by East of Eden (1:36)
The cover: rated: VG++ Fragile British 1970 laminated front with no more than light scuffs hardly noticed. The back cover (is non-laminated) has some light wear starting, now contained. UK Decca (Deram) mono or stereo circle is on back cover. There are no delete marks, no split seams, no excessive handling apparent.  Scarce U.K. underground progressive

The vinyl: Rated: VG++ mostly better ...has only few way-minor hair scuff(s) , plays with excellent enjoyable audio. UK Deram labels are clean with exception that one label side has a small off white area, rest and all B-side is CLEAN

A cool addition to anyone's music library! 
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