Mark Williams | Ghosts of Eden

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Ghosts of Eden

by Mark Williams

Haunting and poetic, raw and sensual. Think "The beautiful Girl from the wrong side of the tracks."
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Crawl Across the Holy Land
3:36 $0.99
2. These Things Happen
3:43 $0.99
3. Lost Till the Dawn
3:55 $0.99
4. Witch Hunts
3:26 $0.99
5. Ghosts of Eden
4:52 $0.99
6. Found Out in Brooklyn
3:40 $0.99
7. Cuban Dreams
3:01 $0.99
8. South of Savannah
3:16 $0.99
9. Theme to Dough
4:19 $0.99
10. Horses Cross the Line
3:14 $0.99
11. Erased in the Dark
4:44 $0.99
12. Snow Falling
6:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
Haunting melodies and poetic lyrics are Mark's signature. On the CD "Ghosts of Eden" Mark captures the soulful fire of his live performances. He uses guitars, harmonica, cellos, violins and steel guitar to convey raw emotion, not over-polished corporate pop-rock.

Mark enjoyed recording these songs with such gifted musicians, as the laid-back Bill Pillmore, who with his band "COWBOY", was a pioneer of the country rock scene and recorded for Capricorn Records (he also recorded with the late Duane Allman of the "Allman Brothers"); Landon Walker who has performed with many great jazz artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, and Lionel Hampton; Linda Minke who has played with various symphonies and is currently performing with the Jacksonville Symphony; Craig Barnette who has played with the "southern fried soulful funk" band "MoFro".

Mark Williams is the first musical artist to get a grant (2003 recipient) from the Community Foundation of Jacksonville and the J. Shepard, Jr. and Mary Ann Bryan Arts Endowment.

Mark recently composed music for nationally recognized spoken-word artist and playwright Al Letson's "Essential Personnel", which ran Off-Broadway in the Nuyorican Poets Café, in the DC Arts Center in Washington and in the Theatre Project in Baltimore. One song from this show, "Cuban Dreams" appears on the "Ghosts of Eden" CD.

Mark's musical roots stem from the mountains of Pennsylvania, where he formed the blues influenced rock group the "Last Surviving Buffalo Band". Their music received regular airplay on regional radio stations and they were one hell of a wild and crazy band to see perform live. Enticed by the New York music scene, Mark moved into the city where he became a founding member of the underground sex/rock band "The Spike Heel Feel" which also was a hot band on stage. He currently plays with his group "Blue Horse" on the east coast (mostly South of Savannah)where on any given night Mark plays his ass off with emotional and energetic guitar and harmonica solos.



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Jacob Fine

the best CD EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU WILL LOVE IT
Ghosts of Eden is AMAZING. It combines great music with great singing to make this CD the best I have ever heard. After you listen to it once, you have to listen to it again and again. If you do not buy Ghosts of Eden, you are missing out on something you will regret for the rest of your life. I LOVE IT AND I KNOW YOU WILL TOO.


A Good CD, Definitely Different!
The music sounds haunting, like nothing I have ever heard before. Overall, very good.

Rebecca Zapen --

So glad this album came to be!
It is so wonderful to hear Mark Williams' music in an album format. Terrific instrumentations and songwriting!


I think the artist "Mark" is hot

Larry Knight

“...‘Ghosts’ has the allure of an old record while maintaining a freshness that only seems to grow better with each listen. The vibrancy of each track, along with its flawless chronology makes this album one for the ages. The last track, ‘Snow Falling’ is perhaps a fitting end to the album, giving the project a stark realism that is accented by the piercing otherworldly shrieks of Linda Minke’s cello and Pillmore and Williams’ guitars. In addition, the vocals give the track a meditative quality that is very reminiscent of Alice Coltrane or The Moody Blues at the height of their careers. It is a resolution piece; a very beautiful, euphonic closing to a story that seems to drift off into vastness of space rather than fade into ... nothingness...”


Mark it sounds great.
Haven't heard you perform in a long time. The music is great and I will definitely be getting a copy of your CD. Keep up the good work.

Jim's little sister, Terry.

Jess Pillmore

A blast all around
Great all around sound. Definitely a cd you can keep on repeat and enjoy throughout the day. It was a blast to sing back up vox on the cd and now to sing along in the car! Great groove and strong imagery make this cd a must have.

Melinda Wisnosky

Best CD I have heard in a long time.
Ghosts of Eden is the best CD I have heard in a long time. The songs are well written and grab you immediately. The music is indeed haunting and sensual, and runs you through a gamut of emotions. It has definitely taken hold of me and won't let go. Love it!

northeast florida's news and opinion magazine by J. Citrone:

It's obvious, even upon first listen, that Jacksonville songwriter MARK WILLIAMS' work is too broad for easy catergorization. A blend of Americana and Southwestern flavor, Williams' music is more suited for film soundtracks than afternoon drive-time listening. At times gritty, at others sweetly melodic, Williams' release "Ghosts of Eden" is a collection of random tunes augmented with a piece written specifically for local spoken-word artist Al Letson's one-man play "Essential Personnel."
"Witch Hunts" indicts society's bigots (dating back to McCarthyism) with a solid slow-locomotive groove, "South of Savannah" counters with Seals & Crofts softness, a lilting chromatic ballad that ranks among the records best - thanks in no small part to guest vocalist Michelle Barry. Another standout is "Horses Cross the Line," a Niel Young-ish rocker driven by wah-wah guitars. And "Cuban Dreams," written for Letson, is a simple yet impressive instrumental with an obsorbing minor-key melody. Williams' music never strays far from the point - which seems to be the point - offering tightly crafted backdrops for the engaging stories he tells.