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Eela Craig-Eela Craig-'71 Austrian Prog Jazz Rock-NEW LP

EELA CRAIG: same (1971); Garden of Delights LP 019; + 2 bonus; gatefold cover; with 20-page booklet

Eela Craig ‎– Eela Craig
Garden Of Delights ‎– LP 019
Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Reissue, Stereo
Prog Rock

Eela Craig was an Austrian rock band of the 1970s and 80s that combined progressive rock with Jazz and classical music influences as well as Christian lyrics. The band's name is without known meaning.
The band was founded in Linz in 1970 and recorded its first album entitled Eela Craig in 1971 with a circulation of 1500. Critics compared this album with established bands such as Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, Gentle Giant and Colosseum. The band had a few onstage performances with the Zürich Chamber Orchestra in 1972, which led to more performances in well known opera houses of Italy, Germany and Austria, very uncommon venues for a rock band at the time.
The band signed a contract with Virgin Records in 1975 to release a number of singles and albums, including the Christian concept album Missa Universalis and a signature ethereal style cover version of Chris de Burgh's A Spaceman Came Travelling, both released in 1978.
Missa Universalis was a musical translation of a (Catholic) high mass, which embraced lyrics in Latin, German, English and French languages. The compositions resembled the works of Anton Bruckner, mixed with elements of rock and electronic music. The premiere was performed at the Brucknerfest of the city of Linz and received positive acceptance.
The band was largely inactive between 1982 and 1986, but the two founding members produced solo music under the Bognermayr/Zuschrader name with Bognermayr's own New Age label Erdenklang. 1987 saw the release of three singles, which were targeted to match the contemporary Pop Music style. Eela Craig released their last album Hit or Miss in 1987.
On 17 November, 1995, the band reunited for a one-time live performance in Linz. At the same time, Hubert Bognermayr published a compilation of the band's music entitled Symphonic Rock.

A1     New Born Child - Part 1     
A2     New Born Child - Part 2     
A3     Self Made Trip     
A4     Stories     
B1     A New Way     
    Indra Elegy     
B2a     1st Movement: From Nowhere     
B2b     2nd Movement: Burning     
B2c     3rd Movement: Elegy     
B2d     4th Movement: To Nowhere     
B3     Cheese     
Companies, etc.

    Recorded At – Pro-Disc Farm Studios


    Acoustic Guitar [Fingerstyle], Organ, Flute, Saxophone – Harald Zuschrader
    Drums, Percussion, Cover [Design] – Horst Waber
    Electric Bass [Fender] – Gerhard Englisch
    Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Organ – Heinz Gerstmair
    Electric Piano – Hubert Bognermayr
    Engineer – Dick Swerof, Jeffrey Fuller
    Music By – Heinz Gerstmair, Heinz Gerstmair
    Producer – Claude Swieger
    Vocals, Saxophone – Wil Orthofer*
    Words By – Hubert Bognermayr, Hubert Bognermayr

Tracks A4 and B3 are bonus tracks.

Limited Edition of 2000 hand-numbered copies.
Gatefold cover with 20-page deluxe LP sized insert.
Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Barcode: 4 016342 700191

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