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  • Audio CD (24 Jan. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B0000089KJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dead End Street
  2. Half Street
  3. Green Tambourine
  4. Rice Is Nice
  5. Turn Around And Take A Look
  6. Blueberry Blue
  7. Jelly Jungle (Of Orange Marmalade)
  8. Lonely Atmosphere
  9. Shoeshine Boy
  10. I Was Not Born To Follow
  11. Rainbow Tree
  12. Ask Me If I Care
  13. Stragglin' Behind
  14. The Shoemaker Of Leatherware Square
  15. Fifty Year Void
  16. Through With You
  17. No Help From Me
  18. Everything Is You
  19. Catch Me Falling
  20. Love Beads & Meditation
  21. Wine & Violet
  22. Dead End Street/Half Light

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As the other reviewers say, this is a most uderrated gem of 60's pop music. I always liked "Green Tambourine" and "Rice is Nice", but the other early tracks really do grow on you. The arrangements by Paul Leka are outstanding examples of how to put together a pop record. My favourite track at the moment is the brilliant "Shoemaker of Leatherware square". What a track - I always have to play it twice as I listen to the album! The later tracks are a kind of compendium of the musical styles that were around at the time - 1967/68. You can hear influences of the Byrds, Doors, Beatles, Love. I imagine that the band must have played covers of these groups in their live performances, as apparently they rejected the pop tracks they had been "forced" to make. They were clearly trying to find their own unique style, which ultimately they failed to do, although there are glimpses of something good on the later tracks. The only track I don't appreciate is "I wasn't born to follow". I guess that the Byrds version will always be my benchmark for this.
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This cd is very Jeckl and Hyde. The first 13 tracks are bubblegum popish and most of them are quite good, "Green Tambourine", "Shoeshine Boy" and "I was not born to follow" are the standout tracks for me. These first 13 or so all have a naive childlike charm and optimism and are quite melodic, i suppose they sound a cross between the Ohio Express and the Monkees. Most of the rest of the songs are a complete change of direction and are quite blues/rock orientated and are almost like the Doors circa Morrison Hotel/LA Woman!
Its a shame they're relatively unheard of today in England as they are still worthy of a listen to. If you like trawling through the bands of the 60s for forgotten gems then this is definatley worth consideration, especialy at this price.
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Remembered mostly for their No 1 US smash hit "Green Tambourine" the Lemon Pipers were actually a garage rock combo of the type that abounded in the USA from 1964-67. Legend has it that they never played their lighter pop material live, preferring to draw on their harder feedback drenched own material instead ( for instance Through With You, clocking in at over eight minutes long, and Dead End Street, over ten, are both classic examples of late 60's psychadelia). Cleverly both sides of the band are shown here on the 20 tracks making up this CD, the lighter "made to measure" pop hits intermingle with the Ohio garage sound. Other highlights include a very good version of Carole King's "I Was Not Born To Follow" and one of the greatest songs recorded in the 1960's "Ask Me If I Care". Good stuff.
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The Pipers were mainly remembered for 1968's big hit Green Tambourine;pure bubblegum-pop & very good.

The follow-up Rice is Nice was pretty useful too.

But they wanted to be known as a psychedelic band, and most of the later tracks here are from that phase of recording. They are not at all bad, and in some cases(Wine And Violet,Turn Around And Take A Look)excellent, others a bit too extended.

Both of their primary US "rivals", The Electric Prunes & The 13th Floor Elevators,were better at marrying psychedelic sounds to single-length tracks on a more consisent basis. And yet.............

Now we must consider the 3rd single-Jelly Jungle;it's a PERFECT marriage of bubblegum & psychedelia. If you believe, as I do, The Monkees I'm A Believer is perfection as a pure pop single product(which is why it shifted 7 million copies in 7 weeks!), Jelly Jungle is a truly wonderful contender for that award as well.

There's no need to consider buying this CD for just the one track,because there are lots of goodies memorable & fun alike on it. But, even if there wasn't Jelly Jungle is just too good to not be in your collection.
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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.
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