Green Man (album)

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Green Man
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Studio album by Mark Owen
Released 2 December 1996
Recorded 1995–96
Studio Abbey Road Studios (London, England)
Genre
Length 55:28
Label RCA, BMG
Producer John Leckie, Craig Leon
Mark Owen chronology
Green Man
(1996)
In Your Own Time
(2003)
Singles from Green Man
  1. "Child"
    Released: 25 November 1996
  2. "Clementine"
    Released: 3 February 1997
  3. "I Am What I Am"
    Released: 11 August 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Green Man is the debut album from English singer-songwriter Mark Owen. The album was released through RCA and BMG on 2 December 1996, weeks after the official split of his former boyband, Take That. The album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London. Three singles were released from the album: "Child", "Clementine" and "I Am What I Am". The album peaked at number 33 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was re-released in 2003 - with the revised title of Green Man: Revisited - following the success of his second studio album, In Your Own Time which had been released earlier that year. Green Man has been certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for shipments of 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom. To date, the album has sold over 1,000,000 copies.

Green Man was written entirely by Mark Owen himself (except for two tracks): "The easiest option for Mark Owen who came out of Take That was to get some other people to write some nice catchy pop tunes, and maybe I could have done that for a couple of years. Then I probably would have been hated by everybody and fell by the wayside. But there wouldn’t have been an album unless I’d written it and it had come from me and I felt like it was my album. That’s all I was interested in."[2]

Unlike the dance-pop music of his former group Take That, Green Man sees Owen develop a sound influenced by Britpop and other forms of alternative rock. Working with alternative rock producer John Leckie, the album has been described as having an "attractive sheen" that "sounds like a cross between Radiohead and the Stone Roses", two bands that Leckie had worked with.[3] The album has also been described as an indie pop album.[4] Owen's former Take That bandmate Robbie Williams would also pursue a Britpop-influenced direction on his debut album Life thru a Lens (1997).[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Green Man" Mark Owen John Leckie, Craig Leon 5:40
2. "Clementine" Mark Owen Craig Leon 4:10
3. "Child" Mark Owen, Tim Laws, Martin Brammer Craig Leon 5:05
4. "Are You With Me" Mark Owen, Tim Laws, Martin Brammer John Leckie, Craig Leon 3:45
5. "Naturally" Mark Owen John Leckie, Craig Leon 3:16
6. "Ask Him To" Mark Owen John Leckie, Craig Leon 4:36
7. "Backpocket And Me" Mark Owen John Leckie, Craig Leon 4:48
8. "Move On" Mark Owen John Leckie, Craig Leon 4:20
9. "Secondhand Wonderland" Mark Owen John Leckie, Craig Leon 5:46
10. "My Love" Mark Owen John Leckie, Craig Leon 4:28
11. "I Am What I Am" Mark Owen Craig Leon 4:21
12. "Is That What It's All About" Mark Owen John Leckie, Craig Leon 4:28
Re-issue bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
13. "Confused" Mark Owen John Leckie 4:16
14. "Home" Mark Owen John Leckie 5:04
15. "Child" (acoustic) Mark Owen, Tim Laws, Martin Brammer John Leckie, Craig Leon 3:35
16. "Johnny" Mark Owen Craig Leon 3:12
17. "Mr. You" Mark Owen Craig Leon 4:23

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Green Man - Mark Owen". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Cameron, Keith (26 November 2014). "Mark Owen – 'I didn't give a damn about what was going on outside'". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Green Man - Mark Owen | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  4. ^ Jon O'Brien (2005-04-18). "How the Mighty Fall - Mark Owen | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  5. ^ John Bush (1997-09-29). "Life Thru a Lens - Robbie Williams | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  6. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  7. ^ "Billboard". Books.google.ca. 1996-12-28. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  8. ^ "マーク・オーエンのアルバム売上ランキング – ORICON STYLE". oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 23 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  10. ^ "Billboard". Books.google.ca. 1996-12-28. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  11. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Mark Owen – Green Man" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España.  Select the "Chart", enter 1996 in the field "Year". Select '' in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts"
  12. ^ "British album certifications – Mark Owen – Green Man". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  Enter Green Man in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search

External links[edit]

Green Man at MusicBrainz (list of releases)