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East of Sweden: Live at the Melloboat Festival 2008

(Gnostic Dirt; US: 5 Jul 2011; UK: 23 May 2011)

Comus had a fairly sweet, if short, career that included two studio albums––1971’s First Utterance, a favorite of not-so-closeted prog fan Mikael Akerfeldt (Opeth), and 1974’s less revered To Keep From Crying. 2008 marked the first time the band had played live in 34 years and that performance, at the Melloboat Festival (me either), was recorded for this seven-track release. That reunion was probably the end of many sleepless nights for four or five Comus enthusiasts. The rest of us? How did we make it more than three decades without a Comus reunion? Easily. All too easily.


Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as and

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