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Garden Of Obscure Delights: A Retrospective (1996​-​2015)

by Cloud Eleven

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    So here we are, 20 years after the Jiffipop album was released back in 1996, and it barely feels like a ripple in time. Many folks know that the name was changed to Cloud Eleven in 1999 after the Del-Fi Records deal was inked, and there have been four subsequent Cloud Eleven releases on various Indie labels since then. The common adage, “Don’t Quit Your Day Job”, fits well with my musical trajectory, as I have never quit mine. Being an artist on an Indie level doesn’t exactly pave the way to untold riches, but for me it has been an extremely rewarding and creative journey none-the-less. Why am I releasing a retrospective now, you ask? Well, besides the core Dyed-In-The-Wool fans that own all of these albums, most people have never heard this music before, and I’d like to change that. I’ve compiled an assortment, a Whitman Sampler if you will, of songs that I think best represents what I do musically. It’s not really a “Greatest Hits” collection because I’ve never had any hits, but this is the cream that has risen to the top of a very gratifying musical career. I’ve reverently remastered the 18 original album tracks, and have included a couple of unreleased tracks from the Record Collection album (2015), plus a cover of one of my favorite Fleetwood Mac tunes. Thanks to each and every one of my fans for your loyalty over the years, and many thanks to any new fans who may discover this music. I hope you enjoy it as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it.

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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of L.O.V.E. From The Santa Cruz Archives '82-'85, Demolicious, Cloud Eleven, Orange and Green and Yellow and Near, Terrestrial Ballet, Sweet Happy Life, Record Collection, Garden Of Obscure Delights: A Retrospective (1996-2015), and 2 more. , and , .

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Superfine 03:01
Feathers 03:49
Hurry Home 03:43
Later 03:17
Evaporate 04:23
The One 03:02
Smolder 03:11
Take Control 02:53
A Reply 03:42
Ocean 04:05
The Lesson 03:55
On The Mesa 05:14
Dragonfly 03:18


Garden Of Obscure Delights: A Retrospective (1996-2015) is the sixth album by Cloud Eleven, released in 2016.

Starting their career as Jiffipop, Cloud Eleven emerged in the mid-to-late ‘90s Los Angeles pop scene, and have been making music now for more than two decades.

Cloud Eleven’s music has been defined as psych pop, indie rock, DIY, bedroom pop, low-fi and often, power pop. The band is most akin to contemporary acts such as Matthew Sweet, Teenage Fanclub and Fountains Of Wayne, but songwriter Rick Gallego’s main influences go back to his childhood heroes: The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Todd Rundgren.

Signed to the legendary L.A. label Del-Fi Records (Ritchie Valens, Bobby Fuller Four) in 1999, Cloud Eleven’s eponymous debut went on to garner ecstatic reviews worldwide, and ended up on many top ten lists that year.

Guest musicians over the years include long-running co-member, drummer Nelson Bragg (Brian Wilson Band), Greg Schroeder (Starbelly), Zane Drake, Probyn Gregory (Brian Wilson Band), Morley Bartnoff, Seth Swirsky (The Red Button), Steve Stanley, and other fine musicians.

For most indie level artists, it’s not that uncommon to wallow in obscurity in the eyes of the general music-buying public, but with Garden Of Obscure Delights, Cloud Eleven hopes to find a new audience…and possibly shed some of their obscurity status once and for all.


released August 27, 2021

Produced and remastered by Rick Gallego

All vocals and instruments by Rick Gallego, except where noted

All songs written by Rick Gallego – Published by Mood Ring Music (BMI)
*except Dragonfly - written by Danny Kirwan/W.H. Davies (Copyright 1971) Published By Palan Music Publishing Ltd/Rachel Music (Leosong)


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Cloud Eleven Los Angeles, California

Cloud Eleven is a band led by L.A.-based pop music aficionado Rick Gallego. Rick grew up listening to music legends such as The Beach Boys and The Beatles, and began his own musical journey in the late '70s as a bass player in various cover bands. In the '80s he formed The Singles. In 1996 he formed the one-man band Jiffipop....then came Cloud Eleven in 1999 and a deal with Del-Fi Records. ... more

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