EAST OF EDEN - Mercator Projected UK ENGLAND 1st pressing 12" LP Vinyl Album

East of Eden's inaugural LP, 'Mercator Projected,' epitomizes the diverse essence of 1970s progressive rock. A landmark amidst an era defined by musical exploration, the album seamlessly fuses unconventional elements such as electric violin, Eastern-influenced flute, and Sumerian saxophones with traditional rock instrumentation. This pioneering work stands as a testament to the band's avant-garde approach, contributing significantly to the evolving landscape of progressive music during its time.


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"Mercator Projected" Album Description:

In the vibrant landscape of British progressive rock during the early 1970s, "East of Eden" emerged with their groundbreaking debut album, "Mercator Projected." This LP, a sonic tapestry of diverse influences and experimental elements, marked the advent of a band that would leave an indelible mark on the music scene of its time.

Time Period and Musical Landscape:

The early 1970s was a period of musical exploration and innovation, with progressive rock gaining prominence on both sides of the Atlantic. Against this backdrop, "East of Eden" ventured into uncharted territory with their unique fusion of rock, jazz, folk, and psychedelic influences.

As the world grappled with social and cultural shifts, music became a powerful medium for expressing new ideas and pushing the boundaries of conventional sound. The era saw the rise of progressive rock as a genre that defied traditional norms, embracing experimentation and pushing the limits of musical composition.

Production and Musical Alchemy:

"Mercator Projected" stands as a testament to the musical alchemy created by "East of Eden." The album's production reflects a meticulous blending of instruments, each contributing to a rich and dynamic soundscape. The distinctive electric violin, played with fervor and finesse, takes center stage, weaving a thread of rock and Bartok influences.

Adding to this eclectic mix is the flute from the East, introducing an exotic element that enhances the band's sonic palette. Sumerian saxophones contribute a touch of ancient mystique, while the traditional lineup of bass, drums, and guitar provides a solid rock foundation. Liquid word pictures, conveyed through experimental lyrics, add a surreal layer to the auditory experience.

Legacy and Influence:

While some classify "East of Eden" as a symphonic progressive band, the debate surrounding their musical style reflects the band's ability to defy easy categorization. Their willingness to experiment with diverse influences set them apart in an era marked by musical exploration.

The legacy of "Mercator Projected" endures as a testament to the adventurous spirit of progressive rock in the early 1970s. "East of Eden" paved the way for future musicians to embrace eclecticism and push the boundaries of conventional sound, leaving an indelible mark on the evolution of progressive music.

Collectors information:

Matrix/Stamper codes:
Side one: ZAL-8688 1W
Side two: ZAL-8689 1W

Includes original Decca company inner sleeve

Music Genre:

 Prog Rock, Acid, Psych, Jazz-Rock 

Album Production Information:

The album: "EAST OF EDEN - Mercator Projected" was produced by: Noel Walker

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Derek Varnals, Adrian Martins

Album cover design: Decca Publicity Art Department

Album cover photography: David Wedgbury

Laminated with "Clarifoll" made by British Celanese Ltd.

Sleeve printed in England by Moore & Matthes Ltd

Record Label Information:

 DERAM SML 1038 , 8898 LAZ (ZAL), Uncle Doris Music

Media Format:

 12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

 1969 Made in England
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: EAST OF EDEN - Mercator Projected
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Dave Arbus
  • Ron Caines
  • Geoff Nicholson
  • Steve York
  • Dave Dufont
Complete Track-listing of the album "EAST OF EDEN - Mercator Projected"

The detailed tracklist of this record "EAST OF EDEN - Mercator Projected" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. Northern Hemisphere - Decline and fall of Western Civilization and Violin Pie
  2. Isadora - Flute and soprano dance
  3. Waterways - Nilotic landscape in 5/4
  4. Centaur Woman - Half woman half beast, half bass guitar
    Side Two:
  1. Bathers - Lake Balaton is in Hungary
  2. Communion - Inspired by a Bartok string quartet
  3. Moth - A girl is like a drowning insect
  4. In the Stable of the Sphinx - News travels fast in the Desert
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