Eela Craig ‎– Eela Craig

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Garden Of Delights ‎– CD 019
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1 New Born Child
Written-By – Hubert Bognermayr
7:45
2 Selfmade Trip
Written-By – Heinz Gerstmair
10:29
3 A New Way
Written-By – Heinz Gerstmair
7:04
4 Indra Elegy
Written-By – Hubert Bognermayr
11:43
Bonus-Tracks:
5 Irminsul
Written-By – Alfred Peschek
2:10
6 Yggdrasil
Written-By – Alfred Peschek
3:40
7 Stories
Written-By – Fritz Riedelberger
4:39
8 Cheese
Written-By – Hubert Bognermayr
4:38

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Tracks 1 to 4 recorded at Pro-Disc Farm Studios, Summer 1971.
Tracks 5 and 6 recorded in Zürick & Linz at Alfred Pescek's "Dimension Zwischen Pop Und Klassik" (1972).
Tracks 7 and 8 were previously released as a single (private ECS 1) in 1974.

Most of the above information is mentioned inside the booklet.

Made in Germany

Repress with label name Garden of Delights and logo printed on the CD.
Unlike the Original the booklet inner pages are printed on gloss art paper.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 4 016342 000192
  • Barcode (String): 4016342000192
  • Matrix / Runout: DIRE GARDEN 019 P+O-34422-A2 08-97
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Label Code: LC 1597

Other Versions (5 of 5) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
208 711 Eela Craig Eela Craig(LP, Album) Pro Disc 208 711 Austria 1971 Sell This Version
AL 0085 Eela Craig Eela Craig(CD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) Alcinous Ltd AL 0085 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
ASLP004 Eela Craig Eela Craig(LP, Album, RE) Amber Soundroom ASLP004 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
LP 019 Eela Craig Eela Craig(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE) Garden Of Delights LP 019 Germany 2015 Sell This Version
CD 019 Eela Craig Eela Craig(CD, Album, RE) Garden Of Delights CD 019 Germany 1997 Sell This Version

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progfan97402

progfan97402

August 3, 2011
edited 10 months ago
Eela Craig is probably the best known progressive rock band to come out of Austria, which probably isn't all that hard given the country never had a big prog rock scene, and probably just happy with what their neighbor Germany was giving out. Also the fact that several of their albums were released in Germany, and not particularly hard to find or expensive, that is, if you order online, you can often get those for a fairly reasonable price (although, where I live, Eela Craig LPs almost never turn up, but then I live in Oregon, not exactly the most prog friendly place on the planet). Of course the big exception is this 1971 debut. It was originally released only in Austria on the ProDisc label. Apparently only 1,500 copies made, and in the 1990s original copies fetched $500 (nowadays, I've seen copies turn up for way higher on eBay and other outlets, one for over $3,000, and I seriously doubt the hipsters discovered Eela Craig, they don't have that "hipster" cred of a band like Can, for example).

It's real easy to compare this to their better-known late '70s releases. It's very different, and even the lineup is different too. Bassist Gerhard Englisch, flautist and guitarist Harald Zuschrader, keyboardist Hubert Bognermayr and vocalist Wil Orthofer were teamed up with guitarist Heinz Gerstmair and drummer Horst Waber. Orthofer, Gerstmair and Waber all left after this album due to musical differences (although Orthofer would rejoin around 1977). For one thing, this one has a much jazzier and bluesier feel. Horst Waber was obviously from a jazz background, given his style of drumming, while Heinz Gerstmair's guitar playing tends to be bluesy. Hubert Bognermayr's keyboard gear was limited to electric piano (Wurlitzer) and Hammond organ. I am rather surprised with Wil Orthofer's singing. Given so many bands I'm familiar with originating from non-English speaking countries, the accent is rather obvious, not with Orthofer. "New Born Child" features some really terrifying screams, but placed where you don't expect it: when the music slows down, and that's what happens here. "Selfmade Trip" shows the bluesy side, with some great extended guitar and flute passages. "A New Way" shows more of a jazzy side, especially with the extended jazzy passage. I really like the use of electric piano and flute here. "Indra Elegy" is a four piece suite, with organ, then getting into a jam, before a vocal passage kicks in, then the organ again.

Perhaps the biggest drawback of this album was the production wasn't all that great. But it's still a great album.