Zinc – The Green Album

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Zinc - The Green Album
Zinc Green Album.jpg
Studio album by Eddie Jobson
Released 1983
Recorded 1982-83
Genre Synthpop, progressive rock, electronic
Length 46:21
Label Capitol/EMI
Producer Eddie Jobson
Eddie Jobson chronology
Zinc - The Green Album
(1983)
Theme of Secrets
(1985)Theme of Secrets1985
Singles from Zinc - The Green Album
  1. "Turn It Over"
    Released: 1983

The Green Album is the debut album by English rock musician Eddie Jobson, released by Capitol Records in 1983. Jobson, a former member of Roxy Music, had also previously played with Curved Air, Frank Zappa, UK, and Jethro Tull. The album contains Jobson's first (and only) lead vocal performances. He also plays keyboards and violin.

The album also features ex-Gentle Giant guitarist Gary Green on some tracks[1] along with other musicians loosely referred to as 'Zinc'. The album features a mostly synthesiser based synthpop / progressive rock sound and is a concept album of sorts, with the lyrics centring on a somewhat Orwellian dystopic future society where everything is tinted green.

Demo versions of "Resident", "Easy for You to Say", "Listen to Reason" and "Green Face" have been leaked to the public.[2] [3] "Nostalgia" and "Walking from Pastel" were included (in different arrangements) in UK's last tour and have also appeared on bootlegs.

A videoclip for the single "Turn it Over" was recorded. The bass on the videoclip was mimed by bassist Doug Lunn, who doesn't actually play on the album.[4]

The album was first re-released on CD in 1992 by One Way Records. In 2014 it was re-issued in Japan in the Super Audio CD format.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[5]

Allmusic gave the album a mixed retrospective review, deeming it "an honest effort of when-prog rock-meets-synth pop", but criticizing the lyrics as uniformly poor. They commented that the album seems to run out of ideas in the second half, but were pleased with the first half, marking the tracks "Green Face" and "Resident" as "two of the best synth pop songs produced in that era."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Eddie Jobson.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Transporter" 1:11
2. "Resident" 6:01
3. "Easy for You to Say" 4:07
4. "Prelude" 2:30
5. "Nostalgia" 2:27
6. "Walking from Pastel" 2:07
7. "Turn It Over" 4:15
Side two
No. Title Length
8. "Green Face" 4:22
9. "Who My Friends..." 6:31
10. "Colour Code" 1:05
11. "Listen to Reason" 5:56
12. "Through the Glass" 6:03
13. "Transporter II" 0:22

Personnel[edit]

  • Eddie Jobson – vocals, keyboards, electric violin, vocoder
  • Nick Moroch – guitar (2,3,8,9)
  • Michael Cuneo – guitar (2,9,11,12)
  • Gary Green – guitar (11,12)
  • Cary Sharaf – guitar (7)
  • Jerry Watts – bass (2,5,9,11,12)
  • Alon Oleartchik – bass (3,7,8,11)
  • Michael Barsimanto – drums (2,3,8,11,12)

Production[edit]

  • Arranged & produced by Eddie Jobson
  • Recorded & engineered by Ray Bardani, Clay Hutchinson, Ron Cote, Paul Mandl, & Richard Hilton

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