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Belladonna Marmalade

by The Luck of Eden Hall

Psychedelic rock and rollism.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Intro
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2. Darling Dear
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3. Mariead
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4. Madelaine's Voyage
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5. Reel To Reel
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6. Belladonna Marmalade
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7. Siren
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8. Take A Trip
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9. Lilywhite
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10. Clock Solitaire
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Album Notes
(Edited from an article by Brian Steele, entitled "Fables Of The Post-Modern Psychedelic Rock 'N' Fab Experience")

Stuffed onto the small stage at the back of Phyllis' Musical Inn, The Luck of Eden Hall grinds through a Saturday night set. A Fender guitar rings and chimes, a Rickenbacker bass clomps along, a stripped-down drum kit knocks out time. "Strawberry Fields" -era harmonies float in the air. There's even a cello that pops up every once in a while, adding to the swirling soundscape. It's loud, it's smoky. It's almost like the 60's, right down to the flowered grill cover on guitarist Greg Curvey's Marshall cabinet.

But it's the 90's -- and you can tell by the tight, crisp songs, thoughtfully crafted into a modern, alternative guitar rock setting...

...It's just not that easy to put a finger on exactly what The Luck of Eden Hall is.

On the surface, the task is not that perplexing: the noise the band makes sounds a lot like rock 'n' roll -- but not simply rock 'n' roll. There's some psychedelia thrown in --but not enough to characterize the group as "revivalist" or "neo-psychedelia". The songs are dreamy, but not distant. And the lyrics weave tales of disaffection and melancholy -- but at the same time offer a faint glint of promise and guarded optimism...

...Listening to the record is alot like seeing the band live. You might find yourself getting lost in the music, drifting off somewhere, perhaps dreaming, about someplace or someone -- but chances are you won't quite be able to put your finger on what it is.
That's the world of The Luck of Eden Hall. And it's not a bad place to get lost.


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DJ Astro

Psychotropic Zone
The Luck of Eden Hall: Belladonna Marmelade/Subterrene
Walrus Records (WARS002)/Myopic Records (00000-0) The Luck of Eden Hall is a psychedelic pop/rock band from Chicago and they released their Belladonna Marmelade album originally in 1993 and called it a day soon after. After ten years’ hiatus the band is active again and the album was re-released. The band has also recorded some new tracks that are included on the excellent Subterrene CD. The band is formed of Greg Curvey (guitar) and Mark Lofgren (bass). On Belladonna Marmelade they also had a separate drummer. Subterrene also includes some analogue keyboards.After the short intro Belladonna Marmelade starts to rock in a quite heavy way. The track “Darling Dear” has an interesting chorus and some nice soloing in the end. “Mariead” is a Bevis Frond-styled slow number. Another rather slow one is “Madelaine’s Voyage” that has a pinch of grunge in it. The friskier, mid-tempo “Feel to Reel” is a good and nicely rocking track that faintly reminds me of Oasis. The album’s title track is a fast, okay rock piece. “Siren” includes cello too and is a beautiful, although at times heavier track with a great solo. The ending sounds really cool. There’s some superb fuzz on the cheery, a bit hard rock/Jimi Hendrix styled number “Take a Trip”. Especially the fast part works very well! “Lilywhite” is 80’s/90’s hard rock. ”Clock Solitaire” reminds me of Jane’s Addiction being somewhere in between hard rock and grunge. After a moment’s silence there are still some hazy and experimental freaky noises. A pretty good album.The guys have apparently grown and evolved a lot along the years, since Subterrene is light years ahead of their previous album. Now they have also incorporated lots of acoustic guitar and keyboards, and this album has a much richer sound, is more atmospheric and maybe also more psychedelic. “Baby Moon” starts off in a dreamy and soft way and the drums join in later on, as well. This is a pretty, rather psychedelic ballad. “Device” begins with acoustic guitar and vocals and is a rather slow and sad number. There is a great distorted guitar solo in the middle, and then it gets more peaceful again, and then heavier once again. The superb title track is a bit in the 60’s psych pop vein and includes orchestration and a nice solo. Towards the end the track grows into mind-expanding proportions. For the first couple of minutes of the song “The Sabbath Day” they go with just acoustic guitar and vocals, then the drums and bass join in. I guess the flute-like sounds are made with Mellotron. Opening up with some psychedelic noise, “Medicine” is petty pop with some nice keyboards, acoustic guitar and tremolo. A very good number! “Wherever Sends” is a beautiful, soft and acoustic track. The heady, a bit jazzy “Very Large Array” includes piano and string sounds. This rather peaceful, amazing track resembles Porcupine Tree a bit. The album finishes with the beautiful “Goodnight” that has acoustic guitar, string sounds, vocals and drums and fades out softly. This is a marvellous album that can be recommended for all those into atmospheric, psychedelic pop/
26.11.07 by Dj Astro

Jim DeRogatis Chicago Sun-Times

The Luck of Eden Hall, "Belladonna Marmalade" (Walrus Records)
During the psychedelic pop revival of the mid-1980's, the attention was focused on New York (the Fuzztones, the Vipers) and Los Angeles (the "Paisley Underground" of the Bangles, Rain Parade and Dream Syndicate). But some of the most interesting and least derivative sounds came from Midwestern bands such as Milwaukee's Plasticland and Minneapolis' 27 Various.
The Luck of Eden Hall upholds that tradition with it's first album, which follows a debut single on Limited Potential after a three-year wait. "Belladonna Marmalade" incorporates a variety of psychedelic styles, ranging from the fuzz guitar assaults of Jimi Hendrix to the cello-driven melodies of the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever," woven together into a lush sonic tapestry by producer, guitarist and vocalist Gregory Curvey.
The band's weakness is it's lyrics, which are as selfconsciously trippy as those by XTC's psychedelic offshoot, the Dukes of Stratosphear. It's a bit disturbing that, when Curvey sings lines such as "Beneath the ocean pond, the giant golden whales would swim so playfully," he doesn't seem to be kidding.
But while the Luck of Eden Hall doesn't get high marks for poetry, songs such as the title track and "Clock Solitaire" create a beautiful wall of sound that admirers of 60's pop will find hard to resist.

Terrence Flamm

LUCK OF EDEN HALL Belladonna Marmalade (Walrus)
When Luck of Eden Hall vocalist Gregory Curvey sings "You can take a trip with me" on "Take A Trip" from the band's debut CD Belladonna Marmalade, it's an invitation to join him in a whole new dimension. Shrunk down to miniature size, the singer and his guest frolic among walnuts, berries, and dandelions, while crickets and honeybees serenade them. In "Lilywhite", a man strolls down a path where he encounters pale maidens bathing in a cold lake and decides to join them.
Welcome to the world as envisioned by Luck of Eden Hall. The Chicago band creates wild flights of fancy and then empowers them with high-energy melodies. As the CD's Day-Glo graphics suggest, there's a definite psychedelic influence at work here, but for the most part, singer/guitarist Curvey, along with bass player/ vocalist Mark Lofgren and drummer Joe Furlong opt for straightahead rock 'n' roll.
"Darling Dear" kicks off on a hard-hitting note and then shifts gears into a slower, more introspective arrangement. The rollicking title cut undergoes a similar transformation before segueing perfectly into the captivating maritime tale "Siren". Another standout track is "Reel To Reel", which maintains a consistant musical punch behind its offbeat imagery. It's this combination of magic and muscle that makes Luck Of Eden Hall another Chicago band worth watching.

Phil McMullen

Ptolmaic Terrascope
Chicago is also coincidentally home to a band called The Luck of Eden Hall who have impressed me greatly with their album 'Belladonna Marmalade' (a CD on Walrus Records, no address shown) which our man on the spot Bruce Pates kindly sent in. Their first 45 was on Limited Potential (as was fellow Chicagoans The Smashing Pumpkins's) and they followed it up with a collection called 'Under The Sea' - but 'Belladonna Marmalade' (which is where I came in) is the works alright; exotic guitar pieces, great songs, a dash of mysticicm and a whole basketful of psychedelic nuances which all come to a head on 'Mariead' in particular, and which are reflected in the gloriously trippy sleeve-art. I'd go so far as to risk upsetting an awful lot of Terrascope readers by saying I could stomach hearing a lot more of The Luck of Eden Hall than I could the Pumpkins themselves, who I humbly consider sounded 'corporate' even before they became so; anyway the challange has been thrown down for those of you who'd care to take it up. Just remember where you read of them first.