East of Eden - Mercator Projected (1969)
Vinyl rip @ 24/96 | FLAC | Artwork | 1030Mb inc. 5% recovery
FilePost, FileFactory | Jazz Rock, Psychedelia, Progressive Rock | 1969 UK LP | Deram SML 1038
Released in the same year as In the Court of the Crimson King, Mercator Projected marks the debut of one of the most exciting, authentically progressive acts of the original prog era, now unfairly forgotten by most. Drenched in exoticism, from the stunning cover,to the evocative title (a Mercator projection is a cylindrical map projection that distorts the shape and size of large objects), in spite of its undeniable rawness, the album is a thoroughly exhilarating listen, blending Eastern sounds with jazz, blues, heavy rock and psychedelia in a heady brew that might at first sound dated, but is still deeply intriguing for a discerning music fan.