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Green

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Gotta Getta Record Out
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She's Not a Little Girl
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Technology
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Curry Your Favor
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Baby Why?
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I Play the Records
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Better Way
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If You Love Me
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I Don't Wanna Say No
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For You
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Hurt You
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She, Probably
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I'm Not Going Down (Anymore)
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Big in Japan
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Gotta Getta Record Out (EP Version)
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I Don't Wanna Say No (EP Version)
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Better Way (EP Version)
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I'm Not Going Down (Anymore) (EP Version)
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Something About You
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Autograph
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Away from the Pulsebeat
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 21   Total Length: 63:13

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Green

ploit

I recently was trying to find a copy of "Elaine MacKenzie," also a wonderful Green album. What I got along with the CD was a very kind handwritten note from Jeff, who is alive and well. Many fond memories of three Green shows I got to go crazy at two decades ago-and WOW what a voice--thanks Jeff!!

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gotta getta record out

JJJJoel

oh man, hearing this song again is amazing. buy this now.

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Power pop perfection

blaszkiewicz

One of the great underrated albums of the '80s. Has been long out of print. Thank you eMusic for bringing this back, and with bonus tracks to boot.

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Yea! Green!

Musicislife

My favorite college band! Twenty years later, Green still rocks!

They Say All Music Guide

In the mid-’80s, Chicago’s music scene was dominated by muscular, hard-edged punk-inspired acts like Naked Raygun, Big Black, and the Effigies, and in this context Green stuck out like a sore thumb, as Jeff Lescher and his bandmates wrote smart, tuneful, and energetic pop tunes and played them with the appropriate degree of spunk communicated through simple, well-crafted arrangements. Listening to Green’s first full-length album years after the fact, it often seems as if Green were pushing the aggressive factor of some of their songs in order to better fit in with their peers; the anger of “Hurt You” and the snarky attitude of “Big in Japan” and “I’m Not Going Down (Anymore)” feel forced, and while these guys could rock out when they wanted, they were always at their best when they were willing to fly their flag for the hooky stuff they loved. And there are some top-shelf pop tunes on Green’s self-titled debut; the nervy “Gotta Getta Record Out” is an anthem for every band with more ambition than experience, “Curry Your Favor” is full of heartfelt romantic yearning, the mostly acoustic “For You” shows off a folk-rock influence that fit this band nicely, “I Don’t Wanna Say No” does the same for rhythm & blues, and “I Play the Records” is a irresistible rocker with a snaky guitar line. Lescher’s guitar and vocal work is strong throughout, bassist John Diamond and drummer John Valley fill in the empty spaces and keep the music moving forward at all times, and if the production is a bit thin in spots, it captures the essence of the band very well indeed. Green may not have been the hippest band in Chicago in 1986, but the album they made that year shows they could write a great song and make it work on tape, and that’s a skill to be appreciated whatever the time, place, or fashion. [The 2009 CD reissue of Green includes seven bonus tracks, most drawn from the 1984 EP The Name of This Band Is Green. Four of the songs were re-recorded for the album, and with good reason; while the performances are game, the amateur-sounding production and mix rob the material of its strength, and they did better with the songs the second time around.] – Mark Deming

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