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East Of Eden - Snafu - Original 1970 UK Deram label 8-track Stereo LP

€ 47
ArtistEast Of Eden
TitleSnafu - Original 1970 UK Deram label 8-track Stereo LP
Price € 47
Record labelDeram
Catalogue noSML 1050
Year of release1970
GradingVG (Vinyl and Labels)/VG+ (Cover)
Stock listEast Of Eden
Additional infoRare original 1970 Deram stereo 8-track vinyl LP - the excellent 2nd album by Bristol progressive rock combo - with an early jazz-fusion leaning combined with elements from oriental & central /eastern European classical music.

Vinyl has the generic upper red/white printing land lower white/black printing company labels - with top large white company name-logo.

Machine stamped matrix information is:
Side 1: ZAL-9435.P-1W, stamper 1 U
Side 2: ZAL-9436.P-1W, stamper 1 C
stressing that this copy is a 1st pressing - manufactured from the very first set of first master laquers, 1st set of metal mothers and very early stampers... the 2nd for Side 1 and the third for Side 2.

Vinyl is housed in a, era specific polylined and generic Decca inner sleeve with blue print and a Clout & Baker manufactured Picture cover laminated on front and over the spine and with upper back stereo/mono indicator hole.

Condition: VG (Vinyl and Labels)/VG+(+) (Cover)

Vinyl has a couple of drop marks on Side 2 - one broad and superficial - the other one very light and superficial - both inaudible.
Vinyl has otherwise only some degree of fine and light sleeve wear - looks like the record was inserted or used directly from the coarse card interior at some point.

Vinyl plays with a little crackling in the soundless or not so dynamic passages - drowns easily in the rhythmic or progrock tracks but remains audible in the tracks with a more experimental leaning. Dynamics are great though and instrument differentiation too - not an album for the discerning collector, but for a music lover into the sound and the extremely nice UK pressings of the period.

Cover has a touch of faint wear along top back vinyl outline - on front only affecting the shine of the album faintly.
Front displays a series of smaller wrinkles from top seam and spine? a couple of longer ones from lower seam and a couple of more pronounced thumbnail wrinkles is shows along mid-opening - along with a couple of minor ones.
The is a couple of thin passages of laminate lift along the slightly pressurized spine.
Seams are nice - completely free from wear and spine is perfectly readable... opening edges have very slight rubbing.
Corners have marginal dents - hardly any rubbing - all in all a simply very nice cover with only imperfections connected to laminate - a more than decent VG+.


Side 1:
1 Have To Whack It Up 2:20
2a Leaping Beauties For Rudy
2b Marcus Junior
3a Xhorkom
3b Ramadhan (Traditional)
3c In The Snow For A Blow (Medley) Part I
3d Better Git It In Your Soul
3e In The Snow For A Blow (Medley) Part III (Charles Mingus)
4 Uno Transito Clapori

Side 2:
1a Gum Arabic
1b Confucius
2 Nymphenburger 5:46
3a Habibi Baby
3b Boehm Constrictor
3c Beast Of Sweden
4 Traditional

All tracks written and composed by East Of Eden except where otherwise noted.
Dave Arbus - Tenor Saxophone , Trumpet, Indian Bells, Bagpipe Chanter, Electric Violin, Six Violins, Flute, Violin
Ron Caines - Electric Alto Saxophone, Alto,Tenor & Soprano Saxophone, Stylophone, Piano, Vocals
Geoff Nicholson - Guitar, vocals, Piano, Strings, BrittonStrings, Percussion, Harp
Geoff Britton - Drums, Percussion, African Hand Drum, Claves

Additional Musicians:
Peter Ryston, Robin Sylvester - Tapes (Uno Transito Clapori)
Andrew Sneddon - Bass, BrittonStrings

Technical Credits:
Ritchie Gottehrer - Production (Marcus Junior)
David Hitchcock, East Of Eden - Production
David Grinsted, Robin Sylvester - Engineer, Engineer Remix
John Burns, John Punter, Simon Schofield, Steven Brown - Assistant Engineer
East Of Eden - Arrangements

East Of Eden - Cover Design
Peter Sanders - Photography
Richard Williams/Melody Maker - Liner Notes