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Sunday, June 11, 2023

Green - To Help Somebody (1971 us, pleasant rural, classic rock, 2011 reissue)

One of the most unjustly-neglected bands of their time, Green got together at North Texas State University in the late '60s, and released a stunning psych-pop debut in 1969. Their largely-overlooked second LP first appeared in September 1971. In the interim between albums, multi instrumentalist James Neel had been replaced by pianist / trumpeter Jay Pruit.

"To Help Somebody" was self produced, and recorded at 2545 North Fitzhugh, Dalla Texas. It's still largely unknown, perhaps because it doesn't sound much like its predecessor, a punchy pop rock record, tightly performed and well recorded.

A classy combination of rock and roll and ballads, with acid-tinged guitar and tasteful horns, it comes across as an idiosyncratic amalgam of The Beatles, The Zombies and Buffalo Springfield, making it a must-have for fans of classic '60s psychedelia and early 1970s rural rock. 

1. All My Bells - 3:24
2. To Help Somebody - 1:53
3. She Dont' Love Me - 2:58
4. Mary Magdalena - 2:04
5. Can You See Me (Wilson Fisher) - 2:52
6. Teenage Woman (Gary Casebeer) - 2:34
7. Lady, Oh Lady - 1:49
8. Big Dipper (John Martin, Wilson Fisher) - 3:48
9. High Time (Jay Pruitt, John Martin) - 3:02
10.Suzy - 2:49
11.Funny Faces - 3:11
12.San Fernando Valley Girls - 3:11
13.Forest Lawn - 1:35
All compositions by John Martin except where indicated

*Gary Casebeer  - Drums, Vocals
*Richard Gardzina - Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Piano, Accordion
*Wilson Fisher - 8 String Bass, 12 String Guitar, Vocals
*John Martin - Guitar, Piano, Clavinet, Vocals
*Jay Pruitt - Piano, Trumpet
*Kathy Kelsey Pruitt - Cello (Tracks 5,7)
*Chuck Mandernach - Trombone (Track 11)