ST-12275 The Green Album
Produced by Eddie Jobson
Released on 1983
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E ddie (in between) Jobson released his first solo album in 1983, brought in guests on guitars and drums and dubbed them Zinc. The Green Album is a conceptual album about... well, I don’t think anybody but Eddie knows for sure. The green text on computer screens (you kids won’t remember) might have been the impetus for an album about a grey future-world where a single color is imposed on us all. Anyway, the concept and lyrics aren’t the real story here. The Green Album is a musical tour-de-force for a DIY album, mixing instrumental bridges with actual songs that invite comparison to Drama-era Yes and Steve Hackett. Unfortunately, Jobson’s voice sounds a lot more like Hackett than Horn. Again, the music atones for it: sophisticated synthesizer arrangements (over and above Under Wraps) peppered with exclamation points of Pontyfication (“Who My Friends...”). The other reference point for the violin is Ultravox, especially on the Viennese “Turn It Over.” Yet the album I keep coming back to in my head is Anthony Phillips’ 1984, which was another tuneful tale of a totalitarian future. I’m not sure if The Green Album is really about a totalitarian future, though it suits my paranoias and the opening songs seem to suggest one in the lines “I will grow a new identity that they cannot steal away” (Resident) and “I changed the rules today some new ones now apply / I’ve taken all the colour from the trees and sky” (Easy For You To Say). It’s hard to write a concept album that has so many instrumental sections, however, and by the time Jobson picks up the “story” again on “Turn It Over,” it’s unclear what transpired in the interim. Whether you see it as progressive pop or prog rock proper (since it’s in line with the contemporary work of Tull and Yes), The Green Album casts Jobson in a flattering light as a solo artist. Certainly worth a flyer if you enjoy the poppier side of Hackett, Yes and Tull and believe the synthesizer is actually an instrument.

ST-12275 back cover ST-12275 lyric sleeve
ST-12275 back cover ST-12275 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. TRANSPORTER    1:11
  2. RESIDENT    6:01
  3. EASY FOR YOU TO SAY    4:07
  4. PRELUDE    2:30
  5. NOSTALGIA    2:27
  6. WALKING FROM PASTEL    2:07
  7. TURN IT OVER    4:15
  8. GREEN FACE    4:22
  9. WHO MY FRIENDS...    6:31
  10. COLOUR CODE    1:05
  11. LISTEN TO REASON    5:56
  12. THROUGH THE GLASS    6:03
  13. TRANSPORTER II    11:22

    Music and words written and arranged by Eddie Jobson

CREDITS

EDDIE JOBSON -- vocals, keyboards (Yamaha CS80, Mini-Moog synthesizers, Yamaha grand piano), electric violin, second engineer, mixing engineer, concept
Michael Barsimanto -- drums (2,3,8,9,11,12)
Michael Cuneo -- guitar (2,9,11,12)
Gary Green -- guitar (11,12)
Nick Moroch -- guitar (2,3,8,9)
Alon Oleartchik -- bass (3,7,8,11)
Cary Sharaf -- guitar (7)
Jerry Watts -- bass (2,5,9,11,12)
Clay Hutchinson -- overdub engineer
Ron Cote -- second engineer, mixing engineer
Paul Mandl -- second engineer
Ray Bardani -- backing track engineer
Dav Wittman -- mixing engineer (9)
Peter Corriston -- design
Brian Hagiwara -- photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1983 Capitol LP ST-12275 lyric sleeve
US 1993 One Way CD 56846  

 

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