Green House: 20th Anniversary Edition

Green House: 20th Anniversary Edition

by Absolute Grey


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Green House: 20th Anniversary Edition

Calling Absolute Grey's Greenhouse a lost classic of the mid-'80s jangle pop and paisley underground scenes is probably going a bit far to make a point, but not by too much. Geographically stranded in upstate New York, and not blessed with the same degree of media attention that their contemporaries on the South and West Coasts enjoyed, Greenhouse earned only a tiny fraction of the acclaim of like-minded bands such as The Rain Parade or The Dream Syndicate, but this remastered edition of their 1984 debut LP makes it clear the band had their own distinct take on trippy, guitar-powered rock, and the talent to make it fly. Beth Brown's strong, unpretentious vocal style and Matthew Kitchen's angular guitar work give the songs a vague, lysergic undertow, with a calm yet edgy cool reinforced by Pat Thomas' muscular, well-punctuated percussion and Mitchell Rasor's full-bodied bass. Absolute Grey also knew how to write songs, with melodies that could either float or attack at will, from the joyously hooky "More Walnuts" and the aggressive "Memory of You," to the contemplative "Saving Face," and "Willow"; if the album's low-budget production is a bit too thin in spots, the tunes are compelling enough to survive the experience. This edition of Greenhouse ups the ante on the original release with a new mix that adds welcome definition and detail to the old edition, and includes a bonus live disc, which packs a good, solid wallop and testifies to Absolute Grey's strength as a live act. Absolute Grey are a band who merit rediscovery, and this reissue of Greenhouse is an ideal place to get acquainted with their virtues.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2003
Label: Dbk Works
UPC: 0646315010824
catalogNumber: 108

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Absolute Grey   Primary Artist
Mitchell Rasor   Bass
Beth Brown   Vocals
Pat Thomas   Drums
Peggi Fournier   Keyboards,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Jesse Belvin   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer
Velvet Underground   Composer
Steve Wynn   Composer,Liner Notes
Dave Anderson   Producer,Engineer
Michael Cochrane   Composer
Ennio Morricone   Composer
Absolute Grey   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jeff Byrd   Remixing
Jim DeRogatis   Liner Notes
Tony Gerhardi   Visuals
Patrick Roques   Reissue Design
Byron Coley   Liner Notes
Joe Josea   Composer
Nigel Cross   Liner Notes
Beth Brown   Poster Design
Bob Martin   Producer
Pat Thomas   Reissue Producer,Remixing,Poster Design
Paul Dodd   Producer
Bill Groome   Engineer
Jimmy Johnson   Liner Notes

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