NEWS: ‘Eden’s Island’ LP Reissued on Vinyl

If you’ve bid recently at eBay on an original 1960 Del-Fi pressing of Eden’s Island, then you probably noticed its final price-tag hovering right around two-hundred bucks. And if that’s too rich for your blood, then here’s some good news: Captain High Records just reissued it to 180 gram vinyl. One of the nice things about this…

NEWS: Book Anthology Features Chapter on Lost Ahbez Music

It’s been a little dry for news around here lately… So I am happy to announce a new book—titled Bohemian Highways: Art & Culture Abide Then Divide Along the California Coast (Guardian Stewardship Editions)—which features a 20-page chapter penned yours truly (Brian Chidester) on Eden Ahbez’s lost sheet music. The book will be available through…

When Eden Met Rod

It’s been a few months since poet Rod McKuen (1933-2015) passed away and it seems only fitting that the Eden’s Island Blog pay tribute to his influence on the world of spoken word recordings, of which Eden Ahbez also partook. A few days ago, I typed in a search box the words “rod mckuen” and “eden ahbez,” and…

New Age “Nature Boy” Clip

We’ve been hearing a lot of cool stories lately at the Eden’s Island Blog about Ahbez himself playing versions of “Nature Boy” back in the ’70s for friends using his hand-carved flutes. With no recorded evidence of these private shows, perhaps this newly-unearthed clip on YouTube will suffice. Behold the Bill Hannaford Quintet: No, it’s…

INTERVIEW: Raising the Spirit of Peace and Love (A Chat with Dale Ockerman)

Keyboardist Dale Ockerman recorded with Eden Ahbez during the early 1980s—a notably dormant time for the pioneering counter-culture composer. In the aftermath of George Benson’s 1977 hit version of “Nature Boy,” Ahbez recorded a lone single: 1982’s “Divine Melody,” a flexi-disc on Elefunt Records. In between the Benson hit and the flex-disc, Ahbez recorded briefly…