Eden's Island

CH 4810LP CH 4810LP

Captain High Records present a reissue of Eden Ahbez's Eden's Island, originally released in 1960. It is 1960, rock n' roll has just lost a couple of its protagonists during that year and the previous one, the time of the great balladeers has just begun but soon will run out due to the new and exciting beat invasion. In US mainstream, the tiki culture has reached a certain peak and is about to collapse but still goes strong and with it comes the so-called "exotica" music, a crossover between smooth jazz and swing, Latin grooves, haunting melodies rooted in folkloristic sounds from different parts of this world, plus weird sound effects that often create a spooky jungle or a dreamy island beach atmosphere. It can even bend your mind that far you would see palm trees growing out of your speakers and witness monkeys and parrots having fun in your room. Eden Ahbez, born in 1908, passed in 1995, a man living an even more consistent dropout and hippie lifestyle way before the movement was born in the mid-60s, a beat poet and composer who wrote the hit tune "Nature Boy" that gave Nat King Cole his first big success in 1947, approaches the field of exotica music from a different point of view creating an epic concept album about a utopian society living in peace and harmony on an island far away from the modern western world as we know it. And indeed, there are many trademarks of the prototypical exotica music, beginning with this relaxed groove combining easy listening swing and Latin patterns, peaceful, dreamy, and even transcendental vocal melodies, with tinges of folk music from around the world, including powerful dances and a whole color palette of mind-expanding sounds giving the whole music an even greater depth and width. The latter being created entirely with real instruments, such as Eden Ahbez's wood-flute. Some tunes are rather gentle and relaxed with the lyrics being narrated which adds much to the epic feel of the album. Since this is a really unique effort, it cannot really be compared to any other musical piece of the genre, but it is definitely recommended to exotic aficionados who, for example, love Frank Hunter's White Goddess album from 1959 (CH 4803CD). Psychedelic music before the term was even invented. Includes bonus tracks.