Friday, March 13, 2015

The Lemon Pipers - Love Beads And Meditation (1968 us, marvelous trippy sunny baroque psych, 2008 remaster)

Forming Ivan and the Sabres while attending the University of Cincinnati, Ivan Browne left the group and moved to Miami University in Oxford, OH, as a replacement for Tony of Tony and the Bandits. The quintet - Ivan Browne (vocals/rhythm guitar), Bill Bartlett (lead guitar), R.G. "Reg" Nave (organ), Steve Walmsley (bass) and Bill Albuagh (drums) - made its debut in 1967 with the single Turn Around And Take A Look. Catching the attention of Kasenetz and Katz and assigned to the songwriting/production team of Paul Leka and Shelly Pinz, they created a distinctive Lemon Pipers sound, a synthesis of sweeping strings and psychedelic organ and percussive elements exemplified on the group's million-selling #1 hit, Green Tambourine. 

Their first album for Buddah contained several songs - Rice Is Nice, Shoeshine Boy - which were recorded in  psychedelic stabs that juxtaposed their forced commercial leanings with their psychedelic aspirations. The group was unable to match their early success even though the song Jelly Jungle (Of Orange Marmalade) a that failed to crack the Top 40. 

Despite stellar efforts such as Catch Me Falling, Dead End Street/Half Light, and the slightly gummy Everything Is You, the Lemon Pipers were labeled bubblegum and, like the later-day 1910 Fruitgum Co., had nowhere to go. The group broke up in 1969, with Bartlett later finding success as a member of Ram Jam. 
Green Tambourine 1968
1. Rice Is Nice (Leka, Pinz) - 2:08
2. Shoesine Boy (Leka, Pinz) - 3:24
3. Turn Around And Take A Look (B. Bartlett) - 2:47
4. Rainbow Tree (Laguna, Mizrahi) - 2:18
5. Ask Me If I Care (Ehrmann) - 3:08
6. Straglin' Behind (Lemon Pipers) - 2:33
7. Green Tambourine (Leka, Pinz) - 2:24
8. Blueberry Blue (Leka, Pinz) - 2:24
9. The Shoemaker Of Leatherwear Square (Leka, Pinz) - 2:01
10.Fifty Year Void (Lemon Pipers) - 5:43
11.Through With You (B. Bartlett) - 9:06
Jungle Marmalade 1969
12.Jelly Jumble (Of Orange Marmalade) (Leka, Pinz) - 2:23
13.I Was Not Born To Follow (Goffin, King) - 2:31
14.Everything Is You (Leka, Pinz) - 2:43
15.Catch Me Falling (Lemon Pipers) - 5:16
16.Hard Core (Lemon Pipers) - 2:54
17.Love Beads And Meditation (Ross, Crane, Gajnos) - 2:48
18.I Need Someone (The Painters) (Leka, Pinz) - 2:40
19.Lonely Atmosphere (Leka, Pinz) - 2:52
20.Wine And Violet (Lemon Pipers) - 3:06
21.Dead End Street / Half Light (Lemon Pipers) - 11:42

The Lemon Pipers
*Ivan Browne - Vocals, Guitars
*Bill Bartlett - Vocals, Guitars
*Steve Walmsley - Bass
*R.G. Nave - Keyboards
*Bill Albaugh - Drums

1968  The Lemon Pipers - Green Tambourine

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