Saturday, January 24, 2009


Digitized from the original vinyl, released in 1969 on ABC Records.
Format: Mp3
Bit Rate: 320 kbps
Produced By: Bob Thiele & Jonathan Whitcup
Mix & Mastering: Steve Scheaffer
Engineers: Brooks Arthur & Steve Scheaffer
Cover Art: Elliot Landy & Norman Trigg
Sure Looks Real
Spirit Call
Come When I Call
The Clock's Imagination
Things Gone Wrong
Call It Design
Richard "Sham" Schamach - Guitars, Vocals
Larry Keily Jr. - Bass, Vocals
Jim Sturman - Drums, Percussion
Of all the Boston groups, Eden's Children is by far the best. Utilizing the trio form now becoming so popular among the blues­oriented groups, they have that gutsy sound that instantly grabs you. The lead singer and guitarist, Sham, has an incredible ability to borrow from blues, jazz, and old rock forms and still come up with his own style. If he continues to develop in the direction he's going now, Sham will become one of the best in pop music. The bassist, Larry Kiley, already ranks among the best in the business. Seldom do we get such bass work in rock. I'm not going to go into a lengthy discourse on each of the cuts; besides, Frank Kofsky's liner notes are very good (a plug). All I can say is that Eden's Children are one of the most exciting new groups this year. Go buy the record and listen.
Jay Ruby - Jazz & Pop magazine June 1968
Because I spent a lot of late evenings as a teenager wide awake, when I should've been asleep, listenting to Dick Summer on WBC out of Boston, I got real familiar what was then being marketed as the Boston or Bosstown Sound. Bands like The Beacon Street Union, Ultimate Spinach, Apple Pie Motherhood Band to name just a few got big time radio play on WBC and Dick Summer did what he could to get all these fledgling bands exposure so that the East Coast could compete with the West Coast for the trippiest music going in the late 60's. There were quite a few of those Bosstown bands that I dug and this group, Eden's Children, was one of my very favorite ones. I pretty much wore this record out. So with that in mind, take a listen and ignore the surface noise, pay attention to the guitar work. It's a shame this cat never got his due cuz he has the chops to have one of the great ones.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this band and I agree that the guitar playing is 'up there with the best'. Just Let Go is simply amazing. I left my copy of the first album on a bench in a park after some very fine Purple Haze. I only have he pirated cd now. Why isn't he first album properly re-released????

Monday, June 29, 2009 at 6:13:00 PM EDT  

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