Eden Ahbez: Wild Boy - The Lost Songs Of Eden Ahbez (180g Vinyl)
1-LP (gatefiold sleeve), 180gram 12inch vinyl LP, 14 tracks. Total playing time approx. 37 minutes. ,
● Hippie #1 ,
● 14 rare/unreleased recordings ,
● Guest appearances by Paul Horn, Eartha Kitt, and more. ,
● 180 gram vinyl. ,
● Fully annotated, with never before seen pictures. ,
By now psychedelic music is a mainstay of popular taste. But questions of its origins still linger. As such, Bear Family Records now submits 'Wild Boy: The Lost Songs of Eden Ahbez' as fresh evidence in the quest for answers. Over the past twenty years Eden Ahbez has gone from cult figure to harbinger of the Sixties flower-power movement. This notion is born out largely by his 1948 anthem of universal love, Nature Boy, and his rare solo album from 1960, titled 'Eden's Island'—one of popular music's earliest concept albums. 'Wild Boy: The Lost Songs Of Eden Ahbez' both expands the Eden Ahbez catalog and deepens the notion of a psychedelic movement having roots in the 1950s. Side-one acts as a compilation of music that Ahbez wrote in the aftermath of Nature Boy. ,
Inclusion of songs like Palm Springs by the Ray Anthony Orchestra and Hey Jacque by Eartha Kitt give listeners the chance to hear obscure cuts by big-name artists in the context of Eden Ahbez for the first time. Side-two shows the songwriter inching closer to 'Eden's Island' and the actual hippie movement, with absurdist rock/exotica tracks like Wild Boy and Surfer John, as well as sweet psych-pop like the unreleased Monterey (featuring Paul Horn on the flute). The album ends with an unreleased cut, titled The Clam Man, which Ahbez recorded as an ode to a fellow bearded hermit down in Baja, CA. In total, 'Wild Boy: The Lost Songs Of Eden Ahbez' offers seven unreleased cuts and as many rare singles to produce an overview of the songwriter's lost work from 1949-71. What Eden Ahbez misses in hallucinogenic content, he more than makes up for with his primitive chord structures, expansive arrangements, and lyrics about travel, leisure, free-love, and spirituality. ,
As such, the canon of psychedelic music and that of Hippie #1 just got bigger. - Wild Boy: The Lost Songs Of Eden Ahbez
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- Year of publication 2016
- Price code BAF
Label Bear Family Productions
- Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
- Vinyl Size LP (12 Inch)
- Record Grading Mint (M)
- Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
- Vinyl weight 180g Vinyl
- Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
- weight in Kg 0.3
|Ahbez, Eden - Wild Boy - The Lost Songs Of Eden Ahbez (180g Vinyl) LP 1|
|01||India (unissued)||Eden Ahbez|
|02||Child Of Nature (unissued)||Eden Ahbez|
|03||Anna Was Mine (demo/unissued)||Eden Ahbez|
|04||Nature Boy||The Talbot Brothers|
|05||Land Of Love (Come My Love And Live With Me)||Nat King Cole|
|06||Hey Jacque||Eartha Kitt|
|07||Palm Springs||The Ray Anthony Orchestra|
|08||Umgowah (unissued)||Eden Ahbez|
|09||Wild Boy||Mort Wise and the Wisemen (with Rocky Holman)|
|10||Surfer John||Nature Boy and Friends|
|11||Eden's Island||Arthur Lyman|
|12||Monterey (unissued)||Eden Ahbez - John Harris|
|13||Overcomers Of The World (unissued)||Eden Ahbez - John Harris|
|14||The Clam Man (unissued)||Eden Ahbez|
When Eden Ahbez died at the age of eighty-six in 1995, he was, from the view of pop culture history that revolves around movements, the forefather of psychedelic music and the first West Coast hippie.
Labels as such seem to reduce the individual to a series of descriptors intended to measure him against standards of the form, which is problematic itself on a number of levels. Yet the lingering question surrounding Ahbez and his legacy seems to remain: just how closely does he presage psychedelic icons like Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, John Lennon, and Pink Floyd?
For starters, his catalog is comparatively small: a few rare albums and a smattering of even scarcer 45s and 78s. The autobiographical Nature Boy is easily Ahbez's best-known song; Nat 'King' Cole had the first hit with it, in 1948, though by today's count there are well over 3500 documented versions (including last year's duet by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga).
The other established Ahbez work is his lone solo album, 'Eden's Island.' First released on Del-Fi Records in 1960, it sold less than 500 copies. During the tiki revival of the 1990s, however, 'Eden's Island' was rediscovered and became a cult item. It has since enjoyed a growing reputation as one of the earliest psychedelic concept albums.
This new LP is mostly comprised of songs that fall somewhere between Nature Boy and 'Eden's Island,' and show Ahbez both struggling to replicate the success of his inaugural hit and slowly transforming himself from Tin Pan Alley songwriter into offbeat solo artist. As such, half the album's tracklist is taken up by other artists performing Ahbez compositions (e.g. Hey Jacque by Eartha Kitt and Palm Springs by Ray Anthony). These stand as a kind of middle ground between beatnik and hippie, fitting neatly into neither category.
The composer first performed under his own name in October 1951; producer Bob Bertram funded the session, which yielded four unreleased Ahbez recordings. Each are arranged by the Harry Geller Orchestra, with backing vocals by the Randy Van Horn Singers, best known for their zippy chants on Fifties albums by Juan Garcia Esquivel. Two tracks from the session—India and Child Of Nature—are released here for the first time.
The session came three years after Ahbez's breakout success with Nature Boy, which the composer tried equalling several times in new works sung by top jazz singers of the day, including Herb Jeffries, Hoagy Carmichael, Doris Day, and April Stevens. Nat Cole himself recorded Ahbez's Land of Love—the eagerly-anticipated follow-up to Nature Boy—which, despite 'Billboard' magazine describing it a "highly poetical tea-with-lemon tune," failed to chart.
The aforementioned Carmichael—whose Stardust Melody was perhaps the most recorded song of the 20th century—tackled Ahbez's Sacramento in a Decca Records single of 1951. It failed to chart, though Ahbez—who also performed the song with Carmichael on the TV program 'You Asked for It'—took something of a cue from the elder composer.
The Ahbez/Bertram session of 1951 is especially evident, especially the song India. Arranged in the style of Carmichael's Hong Kong Blues, its plunky marimbas, snake-charmer flutes, and orientalist gongs became common in many Ahbez productions, though, according to Michael Cudahy of '90s exotica band Combustible Edison, "there is nothing in the songwriting itself that calls for exotica arrangement, except maybe the lyrics." Cudahy calls Ahbez's writing style "primitive, like something out of the Garden of Eden," and says that he rarely goes beyond two chords, in the diatonic scale.
Where other proto-hippies, like Moondog and Harry Partch, found new intonations and structures in the savage and the arcane, Ahbez was scarcely avant-garde or musically inventive. (In 1951, he was sued by a Yiddish songwriter named Herman Yablokoff, who claimed Nature Boy plagiarized a theater ballad of his from 1935.) Ahbez's originality lay instead with his ability to graft social-consciousness onto the standard form.
As for being covered by the other masters of exotica—Les Baxter, Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman—Ahbez barely passes their radar during the 1950s. None recorded Nature Boy, for instance, though Baxter as copyist for orchestrator Frank DeVol during the late '40s may've actually written the arrangement for Nat Cole's version. Lyman, amazingly, recorded a 1963 version of 'Eden's Island,' the title song to Ahbez's solo album that few in its time even heard. Denny recorded Hong Kong Blues and other Carmichael tunes in the exotica style, but never touched Ahbez.
Wild Boy: The Lost Songs Of Eden Ahbez (180gram Vinyl)
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Loving it, glitz to dust
A lot of folks have described this to me as "a collector's gem" which tends to give off the feeling that the uninitiated Ahbez listeners may not enjoy it. I disagree, in that, as long as you love the era you'll probably enjoy every bit of this (Otto said it best) musical novel.
It's a mix of covers, originals, hard to find scraps and in some ways reads like a relaxing, and funny at times, journey through a host of bygone eras of music, that doesn't stop short with a few really touching tracks. Eden's music wasn't constrained by the bearded soothsayer he's mostly known as, it was filled with life, humor, sadness and irony. Enjoy this in the background, or put on your headphones and listen deep. It's a good journey to take either way.
Excellent and thoughtful collection!
Lost Exotica master revealed
I primarily know Eden Ahbez from his incredibly rare album (until reissued on CD) Eden’s Island which is a mix of Martin Denny style Exotica, Beat style poetry with flute music, and a couple of Caribbean style pop tunes thrown in as was the standard at the time. Eden’s Island was a lost masterpiece and stands alone as an epic opus of innovative Exotica.
His song “Eden’s Island” as done by Arthur Lyman is one of my all time favorite Exotica tunes. Lyman propels the tune with a repeating sonic beat that is almost psychedelic. It is heavily laden with bird/jungle calls and various percussion that increases in volume and quickly takes you deep into the jungle but with a little bit of a foreboding feeling like heading up the river to Kurtz’ Vietnam outpost. But before our arrival the tune fades out. (whew, that was a close one!)
There is another lp released by Brian Chidester that bridges the gap between the Exotica collection of Eden’s Island and Eden’s broader connection to the music industry circa 1948-1964. “The Exotic World of Eden Ahbez” collects four unreleased Ahbez tracks from the Eden’s Island era 1956-1964 as well as two rare 78rpm tracks from Nature Boy Orchestra (Eden’s band) circa 1950/51. These are more akin to the Eden’s Island tunes. The rest of that lp is other Beat-era and Exotica-era and early Rock n Roll/Pop artists covering or paying homage to Eden. All tracks are extremely rare and all are cherry-picked as the best extra-Eden tracks out there. “The Exotic World of Eden Ahbez” sets the stage for “Wild Boy”
This carefully and extensively researched compilation culls covers by top notch mainstream artists juxtaposed with unreleased Eden recordings. What might sound like a mixed bag is actually more like a chronological, musical non-fiction novel about Eden Ahbez. While Eden was writing hundreds of songs and performing live and making recordings in various styles, his songs were also being picked up by popular artists like Nat King Cole and Eartha Kitt who recorded with a more polished mainstream style. There are also some early rock n roll style recordings here. Eden’s professionally recordings often end up as Novelty Pop records such as “Child of Nature” and “The Clam Man” but if you read between the lines and listen to the lyrics it is pretty eye-opening that he is singing about Eastern-religion-style and pre-hippie philosophies about being at one with the planet Earth.
All of this is explained in the lengthy liner notes inside the lp along with a few choice photos that establish Eden as a founding father of Southern California mystic/psychedelic music.
A Labor of Love
This is a great quality product on an artist who deserves to be recognized. Thank you, Bear Family, for taking a chance on a lesser-known artist who isn't an obvious cash cow and for working with Brian Chidester, who has devoted more than a decade to finding the complete works of Eden Ahbez and sharing his amazing story. This is Grammy material.
This is one of those golden comps that is both a historic revelation and a hugely entertaining listen! More please!
Exzellent und sauber
MINT 7/16 "Die 37 Minuten rarer Musik sind stimmig kompiliert, der Sound ist exzellent und sauber. Selbst die leicht rauschende Demo-Version von „Anna was mineW irritiert nicht weiter."
Eden Ahbez ist Cult
Eden Ahbez ist Cult!
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