Vinyl-a-Day 17: The Lemon Pipers - Green Tambourine & Jungle Marmalade (Buddah, 1968)
As we go through this series there are going to be some bands whose output was not prolific enough for me to recommend one album over another. The Lemon Pipers are one of those groups. “Green Tambourine,” of course, features their biggest hit. “Jungle Marmalade,” however, well... Just LOOK at that art direction! Aesthetics aside, this group were known for their bubblegum psych sound, although things very quickly came to a head with a classic scenario where the band wanted to be rockers and their label wanted them to churn out psych-tinged bubblegum. This clash did lead to an interesting creative paradox that’s apparent when listening to both of these albums. Tracks like “Green Tambourine,” “Jelly Jungle (of Orange Marmalade),” “Rice is Nice” and “Blueberry Blue” are charming, lush, bubblegum-psych tracks. “Fifty Year Void,” “Danger,” and “Dead End Street/Half Light” represent that bands desired, harder sound. The band broke up in 1969 after releasing both of these albums in 1968. Listen to them back to back.