Eden Burning – Much More Than Near

Eden Burning
Much More Than Near
1991 FFG
Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

Paul Northup – Lead vocals, 12-string acoustic guitar, bouzouki
Neill Forrest – Mandolin, electric guitar, bouzouki, backing vocals
Charlotte Ayrton – Rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, flute, harmonica
Nive (Kevin Hall) – Bass
Mike Simpson – Drums, percussion

  1. Much More Than Near
  2. Midnight Sun
  3. The Calling
  4. Everlasting Arms

This short EP was released by Eden Burning before they were signed to R.E.X. Music and Storyville Records. This EP seems to steer closer to the Celtic folk rock sounds of their Vinegar and Brown Paper album (that most people in the U.S. would be most familiar with) than the more alt-rock sounds of Thin Walls from 1990. Of course, Thin Walls and this ep were re-packaged as one cassette in 1992, and also released digitally more recently. Another great collection to check out if you haven’t yet.

Eden Burning – Thin Walls

Eden Burning
Thin Walls
1990 FFG
Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

Paul Northup – Vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Neill Forrest – Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, accordion, mandolin, bouzouki, backing vocals
Charlotte Ayrton – Harmonica, flute
Nive (Kevin Hall) – Bass guitar
Mike Simpson – Drums, percussion

Side 1:

  1. Help My Unbelief
  2. Thin Walls
  3. No Man’s Land
  4. There Was A Time
  5. Where Did We Hide Him

Side 2:

  1. The Place I Live
  2. Do Not Be Afraid
  3. Things I Didn’t Say
  4. Pictures Tell Lies
  5. Jericho Skies
  6. The Waiting

This is the debut album by Eden Burning. Eden Burning later went on to sign to R.E.X. Music and Storyville Records to release several highly regarded Celtic Folk Rock albums in the wider Christian music world. This debut album seems to be a bit more alternative / roots rock than later albums, but the Celtic rock sounds are still there in full effect. This tape was also re-released as combined cassette with their 1991 EP Much More Than Near. You can also find digital versions of the combined release for sale at most digital music outlets. I highly recommend getting a copy for yourself you haven’t yet.