Week of August 8, 2004

Eden Rose

Jean Pierre Alarcen - guitars
Henry Garella - organ
Michel Julien - drums
Christian Clairefond – bass

On The Way To Eden 1969 KATEMA KA 33.507
CD: Musea FGBG 4404.AR, 2003

In many ways, the Eden Rose album has equal status with the one by Omega Plus, both being 1969 projects by talented musicians who would become better known in the seventies. As many will know, this was an earlier incarnation of Sandrose, with period charm in place of the later finesse. On offer are eight instrumental melodies with organ, electric guitar and piano. This is not unlike the early Procol Harum sound, with the ghost of Bach lurking in the corridors. Generally, Eden Rose is quicker and more vital, with some brilliant melodic developments. I doubt you will find better instrumental albums from the period, and certainly not French ones.

Taken from Scented Gardens of the Mind - A guide to the Golden Era of Progressive Rock (1968-1980) in more than 20 European Countries, by Dag Erik Asbjørnsen, Borderline Productions, ISBN 1-899855-12-2

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