In the late 1950s and early 1960s, George Alexander Aberle renamed himself Eden Ahbez, a name that was to be influential both in the exotica music sound and the hippie movement as a whole. His lifestyle, which apparently included living underneath the iconic sign of Hollywood hill, gave birth to a new way of living and this transpired to the music he made, a loose and magical sort of bop jazz with a humorous tone. This wonderful compilation by Bear Family actually features all unreleased material from that era, which is a surprise to us because we thought the only music made by Ahbez had already been released and reissued in full.
Here, there are quirky, chimerical moments of every kind: from the supremely loose whistling of “Anna Was Mine”, to the more percussive collaboration alongside The Talbot Brothers, or Eartha Kit’s glorious little “Hey Jacque”. This is special, and it’s one for the serious collectors.