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3.20 | 6 ratings | 1 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Let Go (6:47)
2. Heroes (5:28)
3. Wilderness Of Eden (7:04)
4. The Last Unicorn (1:48)
5. Kickback (4:44)
6. Queen's Gambit (2:17)
7. Stalemate (5:21)
8. Vertigo (9:14)
9. The Long Sleep (1:57)
10. Rip Van Winkle (6:48)
11. Wolf (6:08)
12. Wave (4:40)
13. Human (3:17)
14. One Day (6:19)

Total Time: 71 minutes

Line-up / Musicians

- Chris McMahon / bass, keyboards
- Paul McMahon / guitar, vocals

With special guests:

- Sam Carr / drums
- Warren Jacques / guitar
- Derek Nash / sax, flute
- Nick Robinson / guitar
- Fredrik Satsuma / guitar, vocals
- Gordon Walker / violin, mandolin
- Linda Wilson / viola

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(6 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(17%)
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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
3 stars Heroes from the wilderness of Prog

Wilderness Of Eden was the second album that the principal members of Haze (the two McMahon brothers) released under the name of World Turtle in the 90's. Compared to its predecessor the present album is in several respects superior. Musically, it has lots of connections to Haze, and indeed World Turtle is Haze in all but name. The only difference in personnel between the two groups is the absence of drummer Paul Chisnell in World Turtle, but they still reunite with Chisnell now and then under their original name of Haze (most recently in 2008 for the band's 30th anniversary which resulted in an excellent live album). The first World Turtle album, interestingly entitled 'Haze', suffered from the fact that World Turtle is just a duo. They are still a duo on the present album, but they wisely decided to add a handful of guests to give Wilderness Of Eden a lot more instrumental diversity. This is still largely a studio creation, but the addition of proper drums makes a world of difference in giving the music much more of a band feeling. The presence of flutes, saxophone, violin, viola and mandolin as well as more acoustic guitars make the sound more varied and overall more interesting.

Another positive aspect that characterizes this album is a much broader spectrum of influences. Haze/World Turtle have never sounded as dark and heavy as they do on Wolf; never quite as folky as they do on Wave and Stalemate; never as jazzy as on Kickback; never as spacy as on Vertigo; never as Classical as on Queen's Gambit; never as New-Age as on The Long Sleep and the beginning of the title track. All this makes for a varied and appealing set of songs without coming across as directionless. Some of these tracks are short instrumentals and others are longer pieces. The longest is Vertigo which is probably also the track with the highest probability to entice the visitors to this site; definitely Prog that one. Heroes and the title track are more accessible but still elaborate and very good. The former features a great lead guitar solo.

If the Neo-Prog tag ever was appropriate for Haze, it is perhaps even less so for World Turtle. Vocally, Wilderness Of Eden bears the distinct mark of Haze, but musically it is perhaps a bit different. Some songs would easily have fitted on a Haze album, but they avoid old material here. Strangely, the only track from Wilderness Of Eden to make the Haze 30th anniversary shows set list was the album opener Let Go, which is actually one of the least good songs of this album (and on the live album). That they insisted on filling the disc with 70 minutes of music makes it a little bit too much for its own good. A couple of songs, most notably the two that bookend the album, could perhaps have been dropped to make the album a bit more to the point. The diversity of the music does however work wonders to keep it interesting throughout. The three short instrumentals constitute lovely interludes between the vocal numbers.

While there are no real standouts as such on this album, almost every song is a good one, and overall this is certainly a rewarding listen. It is certainly the best sounding studio album ever made by the McMahon brothers. Very nice sleeve picture cover art it has too. As a first venture into the Haze/World Turtle-family, I would however recommend the excellent career-spanning live album 30th Anniversary Shows first and then their classic Cellar Replayed album from the mid 80's.

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