THE LEMON PIPERS Green Tambourine (1968)

Lemon PipersGreen Tambourine (1968)
Bubblegum With An Edge

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 snottier folk-rock of “Ask Me If I Care” and the far-out “Fifty Year Void,” to say nothing of the nine-minute freak out “Through With You,” give Green Tambourine a harder edge than most bubblegum albums, though it’s still closer to, say, The Cyrkle than Cream. Seek it out, bubblegum snobs: you’ll find yourself pleasantly surprised.” – The All Music Guide. Find it at Amazon, HERE.

Rice Is Nice (2:12)
Shoeshine Boy (3:29)
Turn Around Take A Look (2:48)
Rainbow Tree (2:26)
Ask Me If I Care (3:11)
Stragglin’ Behind (2:38)
Green Tambourine (2:29)
Blueberry Blue (2:30)
The Shoemaker Of Leatherwear Square (2:04)
Fifty Year Void (5:46)
Through With You (9:07)


  • Capt. Willard
    October 31, 2010 - 20:10 | Permalink

    Search HERE.

    • Frangle
      January 19, 2016 - 16:55 | Permalink

      Nice Thanks Willard

  • MontyAlban
    February 26, 2011 - 22:15 | Permalink

    I knew these guys from my days as a college dropout in Oxford (Ohio, that is). The bass player, Steve Walmsley, and I were in the same freshman dorm. They weren't a bubblegum band live. A four piece band that included a Hammond organ. Kind of blues/rock with some psychedelic input, if you get my drift. They did have a follow-up album. The money Buddha Records made off of Green Tambourine, supposedly, allowed it to pay a debt to certain parties and avoid a take-over. Buddha also put out Capt. Beefheart's Safe As Milk.

  • Anonymous
    March 6, 2011 - 02:27 | Permalink

    In Oxford, I knew the guys in Starstruck, the next Bill Bartlett band after the Lemon Pipers. Originally, Walmsley and Bob Nave were in it with Bartlett, then Nave dropped out and Walmsley was replaced by David Goldflies, who went on to play with Dickie Betts and Great Southern and then a later Allman Brothers incarnation.

    Bill Bartlett wrote the music for and arranged and sang Black Betty. After Starstruck broke up, the same dudes who'd produced the Lemon Pipers built a band called Ram Jam around Bartlett, released the original Starstruck version of Black Betty nationally, and also released an album with four or so Bartlett originals.

  • W
    March 6, 2011 - 02:54 | Permalink

    Cool, thanks for all the background.

  • FlashG
    August 26, 2012 - 01:29 | Permalink

    I though this post was WILD! I still have the 45 of Green Tambourine I bought in 1968.It still is a great song. Thanks for posting this.

  • Willard
    August 26, 2012 - 02:00 | Permalink

    That tune warped many a young mind.

  • james eleyg
    October 14, 2013 - 10:30 | Permalink


  • AmericanSamurai
    April 10, 2015 - 10:49 | Permalink

    Thanks, Capt. Willard!

  • April 12, 2015 - 10:28 | Permalink

    Thanks for this one Willard. never heard anything more than green tambourine but always really liked it so this should be interesting.

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