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Green Tambourine :The Best Of The Lemon Pipers

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This CD is an out of print collectible! It is the original 1996 Buddha Records release. Catalog 75517-49514-2. There is a punch hole through the UPC.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Rice Is Nice
  2. Shoeshine Boy
  3. Turn Around Take a Look
  4. Rainbow Tree
  5. Ask Me If I Care
  6. Stragglin' Behind
  7. Green Tambourine
  8. Blueberry Blue
  9. The Shoemaker of Leatherwear Square
  10. Fifty Year Void
  11. Through With You

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 26, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Buddah Records/Sbme
  • ASIN: B000008HO7
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,265 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By George O'Leary TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 26, 2013
Format: Audio CD
The Buddah stable of artists was easily the most successful purveyor of the 1960's phenomenon known as "bubblegum" - that heavy, repetitive bass beat combined with simplistic - and, yes, at times moronic - lyrics. This was in 1968/69, and by this time the industry had started to breed the "progressive" faction of artists and critics, and it wasn't long before they took dead aim at anything and everything enjoying huge commercial success. And make no mistake, groups like The Ohio Express, 1910 Fruitgum Co., The Archies, The Monkees and, to a lesser degree, The Lemon Pipers (vocalist/guitarist Ivan Browne, guitarist Bill Bartlett, organist R.G. Nave, bassist Steve Walmsley and drummer Bill Albaugh), were enjoying huge success. Wallowing in self-righteous indignation, the "progressive" set lashed out blindly at such groups, all the time failing to heed some sage advice on the ills of jealousy and envy. Such as that of Henry Fielding who wrote, way back in 1742, "Some folks rail against other folks, because other folks have what some folks would be glad of." And let's admit it, today you'll find a lot more 60+ people walking around recognizing and whistling or humming along to Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, Simon Says, or Green Tambourine than anything ever done by The Velvet Underground or Psychedelic Furs!

In terms of commercially-successful singles, The Lemon Pipers, whose music could best be described as "psychedelic bubblegum" compared to the others, pulled up the rear at Buddah with just three Billboard Pop Hot 100 charters, compared to seven each for The 1910 Fruitgum Co. and Ohio Express (not counting their two Cameo hits). On the other hand, they were also the only ones with a # 1 to their credit, as Green Tambourine reached that pinnacle early in 1968 b/w No Help From Me on Buddah 23.
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