The Lemon Pipers' Golden Classics is a mid-priced collection spotlighting several of the bubblegum band's late-'60 tracks, including "Rice Is Nice," "Jelly Jungle (Of Orange Marmalade)," and their number one hit from 1967, "Green Tambourine." This Collectables compilation alongside Buddah's Best of the Lemon Pipers: Green Tambourine are just about equal in sound quality and definitive track listing.
Unlike the majority of bubblegum bands, the Lemon Pipers' albums are actually quite good, not least because they were one of the few bubblegum bands who were a proper band with their own songwriters (although outside writer/producers did provide the two hits, the inescapable "Green Tambourine" and the actually even better "Rice Is Nice," a sweet, harp-laden depiction of a wedding day). Even the album tracks are pretty groovy, like the Cat Stevens-like character sketches "Shoeshine Boy" and "The Shoemaker of Leatherwood Square," which effectively use trippy string sections and playful harmonies…
The Lemon Pipers were somewhat of an anomaly in the 1960s bubblegum community because the group actually had creative aspirations. Unfortunately, their high-water mark came with their first single, the infectious "Green Tambourine" (written by the team of Paul Leka and Shelley Pinz), which hit the number one spot on the pop charts in 1968. The follow-up singles (also written by Leka and Pinz) "Rice Is Nice" and "Jelly Jungle" added in interesting orchestrated Baroque pop elements, but ultimately failed to attract much attention. This compilation from Camden Records includes the Lemon Pipers' only two albums, Green Tambourine and Jungle Marmalade…
2008 collection from the undisputed kings of Bubblegum Psych. Love Beads And Meditation combines their two albums, Green Tambourine (1967) and Jungle Marmalade (1968), which mashed up Soft Pop Bubblegum gems with the band's growling Rock tendencies and confused the hell out of everybody. The song 'Green Tambourine' was a massive hit everywhere and remains a dyed-in-the-wool classic. 'Rice Is Nice', 'Jelly Jungle', those sweet and soft hits just kept coming. But behind the grins of Ohio's happy hippie hit makers was a down and dirty Psychedelic Rock band, a caged beast straining to get out. Just listen to the likes of 'Fifty Year Void', 'No Help From Me' and the eardrum-frying 'Through With You' for proof. Rev-Ola.
Relive the flower power era with Ultimate… 60s a 4CD collection containing 80 classic hits from the 60s, includes tracks by Elvis, The Ronnettes, Simon & Garfunkel and many more!
Ram Jam were an East Coast Rock quartet led by Bill Bartlett, the lead guitarist of psychedelic/bubblegum group The Lemon Pipers. Ram Jam's biggest hit, "Black Betty", which reached the Billboard Top 20 in 1977, was an intense, power Rock version of a song written by black folksinger Leadbelly. ''Golden Classics'' is the CD reissue of Ram Jam's self-titled album with 'I Should Have Known' as a bonus track. 'I Should Have Known' was first released as the b-side to the 'Black Betty' single in June 1977.
If rock’n’roll was born in the Fifties, the Sixties was when pop music came of age. From beat to Bowie, Tremeloes to TV’s Thunderbirds, the decade was awash with innovative and entertaining recordings from a generation out to change the world. Tune in and turn on to these big hits and hot picks!