Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Eden's Children - Eden's Children (1968)

Eden's Children - Eden's Children (1968)

Το τριμελές γκρουπ των Eden's Children (ηχογράφησε στην ABC και τα δύο Lp) που ανήκε και αυτό στην σκηνή του Boston Sound, είχε μία σύντομη παρουσία, η οποία ολοκληρώθηκε με δύο δισκογραφικές δουλειές. Σύμφωνα με τους ειδικούς και οι τρεις θεωρούνται εξαιρετικής ποιότητας μουσικοί.

Ηγέτης του γκρουπ (συνθέτης και ερμηνευτής) ήταν ο Richard 'Sham' Schamach που θεωρείται πολύ καλός κιθαρίστας. Είναι γεγονός ότι ακούγοντας και δύο δίσκους των Eden's Children, διακρίνεις την ικανότητα του κιθαρίστα να μεταπηδά με εξαιρετική ευκολία αλλά και επιτυχία από το rock στη Jazz.

Σύμφωνα με τις πληροφορίες, αν και οι δίσκοι τους παιζόντουσαν στα πάρτυ της εποχής, δεν μπόρεσαν ποτέ να αποκτήσουν την φήμη που τους άξιζε.
Το ντεμπούτο τους ξεκινά δυνατά με το Knocked Out, μαλακώνει πολύ με το αμέσως επόμενο μελωδικό Goodbye Girl, δυναμώνει ξανά με την εξαιρετική κιθάρα στο If She's Right και κάπως έτσι εναλλάσσονται τα κομμάτια μέχρι τέλους. Το Just Let Go θυμίζει μέχρι κάποιου σημείου Spinach (όσον αφορά την διάρκεια στο jazz σολο), το Out Where The Light Fish Live φέρνει κάτι από Hendrix.

Η ακαταμάχητοι πειρατές της Mr. G Records μου «επέτρεψαν» πριν χρόνια να αποκτήσω τον πρώτο δίσκο των Eden's Children.

In the dark depths of the Bosstown Sound backlash it would be hard to champion your scene amidst charges of 'plastic' and 'lame'. This was the time we threw Eden's Children in their face. Eden's Children were on ABC records produced by heavy hitter Bob Theile and they even sounded a little different than the rest. They were more gritty. Still psychedelic they were closer to Hendrix than the Grateful Dead. They were top of the heap for many locals as illustrated in the poll I have included in the radio broadcast on the main page. Their first LP is self-titled Eden's Children and is another album that was always played at parties. Packed with good songs and playing, it never flags. The Children were a three piece group. All were very good players. Larry Kiley the bass player and Jimmy Sturman the drummer were a constantly interesting rhythm section. The main songwriter/singer was Richard 'Sham' Schamach who was also a great guitar player.
If you put on the second Eden's Children album, you first hear the song Sure Looks Real It sounds similiar to the songs on the first album but as the album progresses it seems like something is wrong. This reminds me of what happened to the second Spinach album (although their case was much worse). You have all the elements of the first album but the sound has been eviscerated. It's flat and thin even though the playing is just fine. I throw the blame here on the engineers at ABC. In this case they seem like they don't know how to record a rock group. The bass has no punch at all even though Kiley is playing just fine. The guitar tone on Things Gone Wrong solo is so bad that the person responsible should spend time in a Donald Rumsfeld run prison.

Larry Kiley (Bass),
Richard Schamach (Guitar),
Jimmy Sturman (Drums)

Side A:
Knocked Out 3:16
Goodbye Girl 3:20
If She's Right 2:34
I Wonder Why 3:29
Stone Fox 3:05
My Bad Habit 2:22
Side B:
Just Let Go 7:43
Out Where The Light Fish Live 5:05
Don't Tell Me 4:48



Heavypsychman said...

Got this from Hippy Dj's blog and it's great Cream/Hendrix underground Hard psych!

Got a track of it on Heavypsych explosion 5!

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