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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The Best Of... The Lemon Pipers

The Lemon Pipers were famous for their bubblegum no. 1 smash Green Tambourine in 1968.  I'd always presumed they were a fake band made of studio musicians like so many of their bubbly contemporaries, but it turns out they were a genuine group, with enough of a following to play the Fillmore West at the height of the San Francisco scene.  Once signed to Buddah Records however, they were given songs from outside writers to record, firmly aimed at the younger end of the pop-buying market.  Nevertheless, their albums contained some of their own heavier, spaced-out material.  This compilation includes both, with pre-teeny-bop stuff at the beginning and druggy cosmic journeying at the end.  Both are well worth listening to, although the tracks aimed at kids are arguably trippier.
   Green Tambourine is pop perfection, and while follow-up Rice is Nice is naff, Jelly Jungle (of Orange Marmalade) sounds like a fun place to visit.  Rainbow Tree, meanwhile, is gorgeous, with the mind-bending lyric telling us 'The time and place is only something your mind creates'.  Of the band-generated material, Catch Me Falling is great country-rock in a Byrds vein, while the epic Dead End Street/Half Light sounds like Country Joe and the Fish.


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