East Of Eden – Snafu
East of Eden were a British progressive rock band, sometimes moving into symphonic progressive and jazz-oriented paths. In the late sixties and early seventies they were one of the hardest working bands in the UK, and their use of electric violin, played in an almost Hendrix-like mode, saxophone bordering on free form jazz mixed with bluesy guitar, gave them a unique identity. Their utilisation of jazz in a much purer form than their contemporaries was the prime element which defined their music. Also use of eastern scales, reggae rhythms and influences of classical composers such as Bartok crossed musical boundaries years before the term ‘World Music’ was coined. Snafu was their second album, which incorporated reggae and Charles Mingus and John Coltrane influenced tracks. On bass was Andy Sneddon and drums Geoff Britton (who went on to join Paul McCartney’s Wings).
Cat. # TIME 715