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Brilliant psychedelic bubble gum rock/acid rock pop,
This review is from: The Best Of (Audio CD)
Sometimes great pop music is created by accident and sometimes by intention. And then again sometimes it is created by pressure from a Record company.
This CD illustrates either way great pop music can be achieved with the right chemistry of musicians.
I have had this CD for many years and have really loved it.
The Lemon Pipers saw themselves as more of a rock group but the record company needed them to produce commercial pop and rather than lose their contract they conformed and produced the brilliant track Green Tambourine.
This first track on this truly brilliant compilation was perhaps their most famous song and became an iconic song of 1968 and the psychedelic era. It is a terrific pop record.
The song was covered by many groups around that time including The Peppermint Rainbow.
The group became labelled as bubble gum pop by the media and press. However as this CD shows they did manage to produce their own version of pop music that cannot be truly called bubble gum pop.
The result is that during their short lived career The Lemon Pipers created some great music. The group only lasted between 1966-69
This CD is a good cross section of what they did.
Here there is melodic pop, acid rock and psychedelia mixed with zany lyrics, humour and blues.
Many of the songs were written by Paul Leka and Shelly Pinz at the insistence of the record company, (Green Tambourine etc) Other songs are by the group themselves but they are all good in their way.
I love every track on this CD and I think it is good that there is a good representation of what the group could achieve.
For a great fun psychedelic bubble gum trip you cannot go wrong with this compilation.