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Eden's Island

Eden Ahbez

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absolutely beautiful

Calling this LP worthy of snickers (as the above review states) is really just not listening. I myself actually don't have lot of time for most of the exotica craze (but certainly not a snicker), but this release surpasses most everything I've ever heard. I believe that this is a truly inspired work, and it shows in the beautiful playing and arrangements. Sure, there are a few cornball moments, but they are few and definitively pale next to most everything else presented. Thank you Eden for this one album. Wished you'd made another.


Born: April 15, 1908 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '90s

One of the genuinely strange characters of pre-rock American popular music, Eden Ahbez's main claim to fame was as the composer of "Nature Boy." The melodically and lyrically beguiling song was a huge pop hit for Nat King Cole; it would be covered by many other reputable performers, including Frank Sinatra, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, and the Great Society (Grace Slick's pre-Jefferson Airplane band). But Ahbez's modern stature rests on a 1960 album that mixed exotica album and...
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