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Jobson, Eddie - 1983 Zinc/The Green Album

ARTIST: Jobson, Eddie
ALBUM: Zinc/The Green Album
LABEL: Capitol
SERIAL: ST-12275
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 1993, One Way Records, S21 56846


LINEUP: Eddie Jobson - vocals, keyboards, electric violin * Nick Moroch, Cary Sharaf, Gary Green, Michael Cuneo - guitars * Alon Oleartchik, Jerry Watts - bass * Michael Barsimanto - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Transporter * 02 Resident * 03 Easy For You To Say * 04 Prelude * 05 Nostalgia * 06 Walking From Pastel * 07 Turn It Over * 08 Green Face * 09 Who My Friends? * 10 Colour Code * 11 Listen To Reason * 12 Through The Glass * 13 Transporter II


In the hallowed halls of progressive rock, classically trained violinist Eddie Jobson certainly deserves a portrait as one of the genres greats. With stints in some of prog's biggest bands including Curved Air, Roxy Music, Jethro Tull and of course the mighty UK; it was only a matter of time when Jobson would break out on his own and in 1983 'The Green Album' appeared on shelves to the delight of many long-time fans, myself included.

The Songs
Recorded with a loosely knit group of musicians calling themselves Zinc, the record is a sci-fi concept album about a society that overtake human kind and everything turns green. OK yeah. Perhaps not the most plausible of tales but thankfully the music holds up. Fans of Saga, Strange Advance and the Planet P Project will find much to enjoy here. Jobson's voice sounds like a lighter version of Jon Anderson and many of the vocal arrangements on 'Resident', the whimsical 'Easy For You To Say' as well as the albums synth poppy single 'Turn It Over' recalling both 80's Yes and Chris Squire's remarkable solo 'Fish Out Of Water'. Of course the violin is ever present but it's never overdone and of course the man's a fine keyboard player as well, highlighted in the instrumentals that pepper the disc. Gentle Giant's Gary Green makes an appearance, offering up tasty guitar solos on two tracks including the superb 'Through The Glass', rounding out a solid album that should be in everyone's collection.

In Summary
Apparently Eddie had planned a follow-up 'The Pink Album' but it never materialized. Instead he went the new age route in 1985 with the quite good 'Theme Of Secrets' released on the initially promising but later spotty Private Music label. Since then various solo and band projects followed including a UK reunion but it seems his best work is behind him.

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#1 | rkbluez on June 21 2015 22:44:45
Haven't played this one in a long while...gonna have to dig out my CD and give it a listen...saw Jobson with Jethro Tull on the A tour and Eddie was as much a part of the band as Anderson...he was right upfront...super talented musician.
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