Belladonna Marmalade

by The Luck of Eden Hall

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    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 mysticism 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 challenge has been thrown down for those of you who'd care to take it up. Just remember where you read of them first. -Phil McMullen, Terrascope

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    This is the one that put The Luck of Eden Hall on the cover of CMJ (College Music Journal) in 1993! We only have a few of these cassingles left, containing Take A Trip, Mariead, Madalaine's Voyage (Not the Belladonna Marmalade versions) and Man On The Moon, which became our first video. Very limited quantity!

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    “They were then and still are an excellent psychedelic band. Their song ‘hook, line, and sinker’ is still one of my all time favourites." -Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins
    Hook, Line and Sinker and it's B side Lookingglass, one of thee Limited Potential Classics!

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  • Sunny Girlfriend/Cuckooflower
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    We have a very limited quantity (only a handful) of these Cassingles from 1994 containing Sunny Girlfriend (Not the Par Crone version) and it's B side Cuckooflower.

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1.
00:43
2.
05:09
Leaving the city With a couple of friends Always drive as fast as I can Caught in a daydream Counting the miles She started crying So I opened my eyes Someone had crashed By the side of the road Comfort me my darling dear They're all watching no, no I guess I won't see you It's your Birthday again So sad that I'm you're only friend Blue Star Highway Off of I-94 Driving along by the side of the road So I started to crash
3.
05:12
Mediate between the here and now We're really not all that strong Send me on a plane To the peace of outer space I need you In the empty Like a clown When the angels have all gone To Byzantium Save them on a chain So they won't get lost again I need you In the empty Like a clown In the window there's a clown With a gun and a Wedding gown He said man I just can't see you This suit does it guarantee you Hard to believe In his place the shades are drawn He's got cash and the stereo's on A sandman made of borrowed time He's got a rope and a Valentine It's just like mine Mariead I adore you Here's the things I should have told you
4.
Little Girl Packing up trunks for her dolls I'm afraid I shan't have room for them all Madelaine, I'm glad you're home Oh! You good dear, Rose Auntie Mae I wish you were going, too It's for you To remember me when I'm far away Letters I will write to you One for every week Ten O'Clock On board the City of Berlin Steamer sails Over the Sea to Ireland The Pilot shook the Captain's hand And rode back to the shore They took long Walks on the Hurricane deck How poor all Those people look under us Steerage passengers Papa said They're rather rough people
5.
04:37
Iron feathers in the rain Heavy petals whirling stain Sun bleached reason on a line Broken strings of folded time He is reel to reel Painting pictures for the blind Under the subway down in the gutter Freon and Leon are killing their Mother Dance on fire frozen skies Congregation lonely lives Blowing Beelzebubbles out of every stereo Circular scrapbooks full of crime
6.
Taking the train down to Timbuktu I've got charms in my pocket and a one way ticket out of my mind I find it hard to breath under the big top world Of hand cuff Kings and their pretty little iron maidens Belladonna marmalade She knows your fate by the way that you're drinking your tea Ethereal Queen a royal jelly dream Inside a Taro parlor who was practiced in the art of deception She was looking at Venus through a microscope Now my head's in a hole 'Cause it's the only place for me left to hide
7.
05:02
I'm a Sea faring merchant On a ship called the Columbus West India and Pacific Steam Navigation Company There are two hundred unknown Maritime disasters That happen every year And they're caused by giant monsters I have heard of giant Krakens Who can wrap around a vessel And drag it down down down To the bottom of the Ocean There's stories about whales Who have teeth the size of men And in 1857 A serpent sank the Castillion She says that she misses you And she needs you And she loves you And she wants you to come home When the siren calls your name
8.
03:31
Let me tell you where I think I'd like to be And you can take a trip with me I'd like to be the size of Something very small So small you'd hardly notice me Live in a mushroom Under a wise old tree Giant sized berries And dandelion wine Would be all that we would need We could build a boat Out of a walnut shell And use a leaf to make the sail Beneath the Ocean pond The giant golden whales Would swim so playfully After our picnic We'd ride on the back of a snail Then we'd pretend to be The only ones in the world I'd serenade you With romantic melodies Orchestrated by crickets and A chorus of honey bees Down by the Ocean pond We'll.. Won't you take a little trip with me I'm sure you;ll find the way Don't break down
9.
04:28
He went on a stroll Down a path he didn't know Didn't figure he'd get lost until he came across a fork in the road Veering to the right He walked all throughout the night "Til he heard the sound of giggling women Was he in for a surprise Come into the lake Hurry for goodness sake We've been here waiting for so very long you know No need to be shy In just a little while you'll feel so good you won't ever want to leave here Pale maidens fare Lilies in their auburn hair He thought that he was dreaming 'Cause he knew that it just couldn't be true They were awful cold And they weren't too very old He decided that he'd warm them up a little So he stepped in A smile on his face He entered the lake They all gathered round And then pulled him down The water feels cold I want you to know I'm happy to be here with all of you I'd sure like to saty The rest of my days And get to know every one of you I'd just kick back And relax and watch time float by
10.
Please Mr. Hain Have I asked for many things Her eyes have singed my wings I'd love to hear her sing Please Mr. Hain I'm not going anywhere All I see is all I stare So I play clock solitaire Please Mr. Hain We was only seventeen And our timing weren't too keen When we stole your grand machine Please Mr. Hain I sure love yer daughter true Horizon's burning blue Please don't run me through I've found another King Tear down your castle walls I've found another King You can mount your golden horse I've found another King That's all right with you I've found another King Baby we should bite right through

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Engineered by Dave Trumfio
Produced by Dave Trumfio and The Luck of Eden Hall
Recorded and Mixed at Seagrape Studios, Chicago
Mastered by Jay O'Rourke at Monsterdisc, Chicago
Photos by Gail Potocki
Artwork and layout by Curvey

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released August 1, 1993

Curvey: Vox, Guitars
Mark Lofgren: Bass
Joe Furlong: Drum-kit
Eric Remschneider: Cello

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The Luck of Eden Hall Chicago, Illinois

The Luck of Eden Hall has been on the music scene since the 1990s, and they are “Phenomenal!”, says Jim DeRogatis of the NPR show Sound Opinions. They have nearly a dozen sold out releases on the critically acclaimed Fruits de Mer record label in England and have been featured on the cover mount CD in Classic Rock magazine, as well as Prog, Shindig, Record Collector, and Goldmine. ... more

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