|East of Eden|
Years: 1967 - 1978; 1997 - 2005; 2011
Styles: Art Rock, Beat, Country Rock, Folk Rock, Jazz Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Geoff Nicholson - Bass Guitar, Drum Programming, Guitar, Piano, Synthesizer, Vocals (in band: 1967 - 1970; 1997 - 2005; 2011)
Dave Arbus - Bagpipes, Electric violin, Flute, Recorder, Saxophone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin, Wind (in band: 1967 - 1973; 1997 - 2005; 2011)
Ron Caines - Alto saxophone, Organ, Piano, Saxophone, Soprano saxophone, Synthesizer, Tenor saxophone, Vocals (in band: 1967 - Jun 1970; 1997 - 2005; 2011)
Stuart Rossister - Drums (in band: 1967 - Sep 1968)
Mike Price - Bass Guitar (in band: 1967 - Spring 1968)
Dean Ford - Vocals
Jeff Allen - Drums, Percussion (in band: 1970 - 1976; 2011)
Joe O'Donnell - Violin (in band: 1973 - 1974)
Pete Filleul - Keyboards (in band: 1975 - 1976)
Don Weller - Saxophone, Tenor saxophone (in band: 1975 - 1978)
Les Davidson - Guitar (in band: 1975 - 1978)
Ian Lynn - Keyboards, Vibraphone , Vocals (in band: 1977 - 1978)
Dyl Katz - Bass Guitar (in band: 1977 - 1978)
Bryan Appleyard - Drums (in band: Feb 1969 - Jun 1969)
David Jack - Acoustic guitar , Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: Feb 1970 - Aug 1971; 1975 - 1978)
Geoff Britton - Drums (in band: Jun 1969 - 1970; 2011)
Andy Sneddon - Bass Guitar (in band: Jun 1969 - Jun 1970; 2011)
Garth Watt-Roy - Guitar, Vocals (in band: May 1972 - 1974)
Martin Fisher - Keyboards (in band: May 1972 - Spribg 1974)
Dave Dufort - Drums, Percussion (in band: Sep 1968 - Feb 1969)
Steve York - Bass Guitar, Harmonica, Kalimba (in band: Sep 1968 - Jun 1969)
Jim Roche - Guitar (in band: Sep 1971 - Apr 1972)
Al Read - Vocals (in band: Spring 1968)
Terry Brace - Bass Guitar (in band: Spring 1968 - Sep 1968)
East of Eden was a British progressive rock band, who had a Top 10 hit in the UK with the single, "Jig-a-Jig", in 1971. The track was stylistically unlike any of their other work. Although some might consider this group as being a symphonic progressive band, others state that their style is mostly jazzoriented. Combining flutes, violins and tape loops to folk, gypsy andpsychedelic music, the East of Eden style was always heavily supported on a pure rock base; strong and experimental.
The band were very popular in London's underground clubs. Their debut album came in an outstanding sleeve and was the best example of their Eastern-influenced rock. "Snafu" veered more towards jazz-rock but was their most successful album commercially, getting into the Top 30. It was also a big success on the Continent as was their "Ramadhan" 45.
In 1970, East of Eden signed to Harvest, but their first album for them was rather mundane, having sacrificed their earlier Eastern influence for a country sound. "New Leaf" was slightly better, and certainly the opening cut, "Bradshaw The Bison Hunter", is worth a spin. After this, Arbus quit though he later reappeared on Roger Daltrey's self-titled solo album.
The East of Eden broke up in 1978 having undergone various changes in membership with no original members left.
The three original founder members - Ron Caines (Saxophone), Dave Arbus (Violin), and Geoff Nicholson (Guitar) started recording again in 1997, returning to the influences that first inspired them, and have released 2 albums since that date, "Kalipse" and "Armadillo". Their last studio album "Graffito" continues their development of ideas pursued more than 30 years ago when they were at the forefront of new directions in music.
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