T.L.M MONTREUX 1968
'A group extending the palette of sound and exploring new sounds. Their original themes are polyrhythmic and melodically rich, borrowing from pop, jazz, and the field of European classical music, as well as the folk music of Asia, especially India'.
DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE USA
22nd January 1970
Review of Amougies Festival
'Also East of Eden- a surprising group which weaves together free form saxophone sounds, old bide tunes, a legato Wayne Kingish Charmaine phrase or two, Edgar Varese sounds, and a swinging violin bit of pure Irish Jigs and reels'.
BASLER NACHRICHTEN 1970
'East of Eden, the British Progressive group combine in their music the rhythm and sounds of free jazz collective improvisation and atonal music as well as the influence of Eastern and African forms. They present the improvisations of Coltrane and Archie Shepp synthesised with Rock music. Ron Caines controls his saxophone with a masterly display of stage craft and is perhaps technically the most outstanding of the band'.
AMAZON 10th March 2005
'Snafu' reissue review
'This is in my opinion, the best Jazz Rock album ever made. Don't expect a folky "Jig-a-Jig style here. Apart from "in the Snow for a Blow" this is driving Jazz Rock at it's best. Dave Arbus & Ron Caines improvise on Violin, Saxophone, Flute, Bells & Bagpipes over a rhythm section driven by Geoff Nicholson's faultless guitar work. Although in places seriously weird, for lovers of the Avant-Garde this is a must, a masterpiece of it's time'
ALL MUSIC GUIDE 2008
'Mercator Projected' review
'East of Eden's debut LP is one of the hardest rocking albums to come out of the progressive rock movement, and maybe the best non-Rolling Stones album s issued by English Decca during all of the late 1960s. It's also one of the most daring debut albums of its period, less tightly focused than, say, King Crimson's Court of the Crimson King, but otherwise equally bold and maybe more challenging…..
The album finishes with the high energy 'In the Stable of the Sphinx, a blazing showcase for electric guitar, violin, tenor, and alto sax that's worth the price of admission by itself, and must have been amazing to hear on stage'
2010 - MOJO
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