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Eden (Germany) - 1978 Erwartung



ARTIST: Eden (Germany)
ALBUM: Erwartung
LABEL: Lord Records
SERIAL: 33 523
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 1996, Pila Music, CD272742

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Markus Egger, Anne Dierks, Annette Schmalenbach - vocals * Mario Schaub - flute, clarinet, sax, vocals * Dirk Scmalenbach - sitar, acoustic guitar, percussion * Hans Fritzsch - guitars * Michael Dierks - organ, piano, clavinet, violin, vocals * Hans Muller - percussion * Michael Wirth - congas * Johannes Menges - preacher

TRACK LISTING: 01 Spatregen * 02 Erwartung * 03 Eden, Teil 1 * 04 Eden, Teil 2 * 05 Ein Anderes Land


Background
For some reason West Germany in the mid-1970's produced a handful of Christian progressive rock bands. Hard to pinpoint why, but Krautrock's experimental peak was long past and since Christian music practitioners notoriously jumped on musical trends only after they had become successful in the secular market, my guess is the West German's were no different and strove to emulate Eloy and Novalis with their own brand of spirituality much like White Heart and Petra aped Toto and Journey respectively in the States. While not entirely original, there were a brace of good bands to come out of this scene including Exodus, Kreuzweg and Eden - who's first of three albums 'Erwartung' was released in 1978. Evidently part of a Christian commune formed in the early 70s called 'Freie Christliche Jugend Gemeinschaft' which in English means 'Free Christian Youth Community'; Eden in true evangelical style played out live to bring their message to the masses, including some German festivals with their last show at the 'Christmas Rock Night' extravaganza in December of 1981.


The Songs
'Ewartung' (Expectation) is one of the most beautiful progressive rock albums I've had the pleasure to hear. Lazy comparisons to Kansas have often been made simply due to the use of violin, but the sound is far more European and classical in nature. I hear traces of Eloy's spaciness, British outfits Renaissance, Yes and Swiss band Steppenblute who's four albums had spiritual tendencies as well, but the overall effect is quite gothic culminating in the outstanding 'Ein Anderes Land' which takes up most of side two and features elements of folk, jazz, pop and classical in a truly breathtaking sixteen minutes. Bonus, the vocals throughout the album are in German, so if you don't understand the language, the danger of feeling 'preached' to are just about zero. Seriously, if I had heard music like this in my youth, it would have made growing up in the evangelical community a much more palatable experience. Which way to the commune?!


In Summary
Member Markus Egger released a very cool solo album in 1979 called 'Lebenstanz' and two other Eden records followed; 'Perlandra' and 'Heimkehr'; both pressed in 1980. Highly collectable, all three albums were released on CD in 1996 and now long out of print, go for silly money when available. Egger also branched out into another quality project - Semaja who released a couple of interesting records 'Hear Me Cry' and the easier to find 'No Burning Out' which saw a U.S. release on the Refuge label. Last but not least and if you just can't get enough is Yavanna and their 1984 album 'Bilder Aus Mittelerde' which also had Eden connections with a new age vibe and hi-tech sound.


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