Sunday, January 17, 2010

Eden Ahbez-Eden's Island

Eden might be the first hippie in the world. Check the long locks and that ratty beard (long & strong since the 40s). The dude lived under the Hollywood sign, on a diet of fruits and berries. Eden hit it big when Nat King Cole cover his tune, Nature Boy (I prefer the Gandalf and Big Star versions more). Yet Ahbez continued to fly his freak flag. While he might be straddled with the onus of being the progenitor of those odious hippies, but I prefer he be remembered for this great album instead. Full of lush South Pacific exotica, the album possesses a certain cheese factor that transcends corniness and becomes endearing. So bask in the rays of your heat lamp and turn this up.


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