Theme Switcher
Switch to:


Join us over at the Facebook replacement Join up and become part of 2018's great migration off of Facebook.


Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6924
Comments: 16855
Ratings: 5042
Forum Posts: 22613
Search DDG
Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1981 Articles » Green, Jack - 1981 Reverse Logic
Green, Jack - 1981 Reverse Logic

ARTIST: Green, Jack
ALBUM: Reverse Logic
SERIAL: PL 14122
YEAR: 1981


LINEUP: Jack Green - lead vocals, guitars * Brian Chatton - keyboards * Peter Tolson, Andy Dolby - guitars * Ian Ellis - bass * Simon Fox - drums * Mel Collins - sax

TRACK LISTING: 01 One By One * 02 (Why Don't You) Let Me Go * 03 Cold Modern Day * 04 When I Was Young * 05 It's A Hard World * 06 Let It Rock * 07 Too Many Fools * 08 Set Me Free * 09 Brava Madonna * 10 Sign Of The Times * 11 Promises


Maybe it's just me, but here's an artist I don't feel has received the attention his music deserves from the AOR/melodic rock community. The British born Jack Green released four good guitar pop albums between 1980 and 1987. Prior to going solo, Green was a member of T. Rex for two years before joined up with The Pretty Things for their excellent 'Silk Torpedo' and 'Savage Eye' albums as well as spending a brief period in Rainbow. An impressive resume and a difficult decision just which of his solo records to review, but we'll take a shot at his second release 'Reverse Logic' which has unfortunately never been reissued on CD.

The Songs
Green's music fit perfectly in the new wave scene of the early 80's. Think The Cars, The Police and Phil Seymour and you'll be right on the money. Bare bones pop for the skinny tied 'Square Pegs' generation and while Green knew what audience he was playing to, the man wrote a clutch of good songs that still hold up. It's hard to argue with the melodic simplicity of cuts like the opener 'One By One' which borrows liberally from The Cars, or the album's single '(Why Don't You) Let Me Go', a bright pop jewel which shamefully went unnoticed. The Police were obviously a big influence on Green especially on 'Cold Modern Day' and the reggae vibes found here can be heard scattered throughout the album, although never as obvious. Side Two is more of the same, but the quality remains with the standout 'Brave Madonna' sounding every bit like The Cars and should have been picked as a follow-up single, but it was not to be.

In Summary
Following the release of his first album 'Humanesque', Green came to the attention of Western Canadian radio programmers and apparently that particular album went gold in Canada. A tour followed and all his albums including 'Reverse Logic' seemed to have fared better there than any other territory as far as sales were concerned. With only 'Humanesque' on CD and now long out of print (and expensive), the time is right for Jack Green's music to receive a proper reissue campaign.

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

#1 | gdazegod on December 31 2013 05:50:31
Jack spent a sum total of 3 weeks in Rainbow. At least Richie B did the right thing by playing on Jack's debut Lp 'Humanesque'.
#2 | super80boy on February 28 2016 20:10:45
It's not just you Eric, I concur that Mr. Green has been an overlooked talent and his discography of albums are pop rock/AOR/power pop confections. This 2nd album is full of melodious pop hooks with crafty song writing and strong guitar playing. I acquired Reverse Logic a few years ago after listening to his debut, but have yet to hunt down his other two albums. The guy just has a knack for writing catchy thoughtful material. It's hard to pick out favorite songs on Reverse Logic, but I'd go with the first three songs on Side A, especially 'Cold Modern Day'. If you ever get around to it, please crank out a review of Humanesque, it's another stellar effort.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 0% [No Votes]
85% 85% 0% [No Votes]
80% 80% 100% [1 Vote]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
Articles Cloud
Kansas - 1982 Vinyl Confessions, Various Artists - 1985 Fire In Harmony, Hegel - 1980 Hegel, Toploader - 1999 Onka's Big Moka, Rudd, Phil - 2014 Head Job, Los Angeles - 2009 Neverland, Vicious Rumors - 1990 Vicious Rumors, Vow Wow - 1989 Helter Skelter, Steed, Jim - 2000 Til I Found You, Tower City - 1996 A Little Bit Of Fire, Peters, Martie (Group) - 2005 MPG, Black Rose - 1980 Black Rose, Richrath - 1992 Only The Strong Survive, Strike (Finland) - 2013 We're Back, Tesseract - 1997 Tesseract
Rock Candy Records Roadmaster The Strawbs Wounded Bird Loudness Kevin Russell 707 Johnny Logan Dion Bayman GTR Kansas Point Blank Ya Ya Styx Asian Typhoon Axel Rudi Pell Avi Rosenfeld Heartplay Artful Dodger Nelson Touris Zebra Ace Bow Wow Vow Wow Stryper Alan Parsons Project Alan Parsons Michael Stanley Painter Zoid Trapeze Rock Candy Records Rob Frazier White Wizzard Bon Jovi
All Tags