The Green Man (album)
|The Green Man|
|Studio album by Roy Harper|
|Label||Science Friction HUCD033|
|Producer||Jeff Martin, Roy Harper|
|Roy Harper chronology|
The album takes its name from an ancient character / representation found, principally, throughout Western Europe. The Green Man may be carved in stone or wood, found in churches, or painted on pub signage and is usually a "representation of a face surrounded by (or made from) leaves". Harper's face can also be seen within the leaves upon the album's cover.
Canadian musician Jeff Martin assisted Harper in recording the album and plays a variety of instruments on eight of the album's eleven songs.
|“||I had an idea to keep this record purely acoustic. I succeeded in the main. The only non-acoustic instrument is John Fitzgerald's Fender Rhodes sound on "The Monster". I felt like I wanted to go back to my real roots. It did me good. I decided not to have bass and drums as such. Not because I've become anti rhythm section or anything stupid, but because I needed to get nearer to the real heart of me.
I recorded the songs entirely alone other than when Jeff (Martin) was in the studio. (14 days). Jeff gave me a hand when it came to recording his bits. I particularly like his mandolin on "Sexy Woman". Jeff brought 2 items into the place. A great heart: and complete chaos. We had quite a time...
All tracks credited to Roy Harper except "The Apology" - Jeff Martin / Roy Harper
- "The Green Man" – 5:35
- "Wishing Well" – 5:53
- "Sexy Woman" – 6:30
- "The Apology" – 2:58
- "Midnight Sun" – 4:22
- "Glasto" – 4:24
- "The Monster" – 8:22
- "New England" – 4:42
- "Solar Wind Sculptures" – 3:36
- "Rushing Camelot" – 8:46
- "All in All" – 4:50
- Roy Harper – guitar and vocals, left shaker
- Jeff Martin – hurdy-gurdy, 12 string slide. electric guitar. mandolin, recorder, bongos, tambourine, right shaker, guitar, 6 string, slide guitar
- John Fitzgerald – keyboard
- Paddy Keenan – uilleann pipes, low D whistle
- Colm O'Sullivan – mandolin, recorder, low D whistle
- Chris Thorpe – mastering
- Harry Pearce – cover design