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Green, Jack - 1981 Reverse Logic



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

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

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

WEBLINKS: thejackgreenappreciationsociety.blogspot.com


Background
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.


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#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.
 
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