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Green Pajama Country
The Green Pajamas
GM1009
Released: Aug 2, 2011
Label: Green Monkey Records
Track Listing
1 Green Pajama Country (Opening Theme)
2 Pass Me Another Whiskey
3 You Had A Way About You
4 Honky Tonk Girls
5 Last Night Was Like The End Of The World
6 Winter Of '23
7 Deep Water (In The Wires)
8 Isabelle Blue
9 Desiree
10 Father Father Do You Wait
11 Why Good Men Go Bad
12 I Just Wish That She'd Love Me
13 The Night Passed Over Into Day
14 She's Gone, She's Gone, She's Gone, Daddy She's Gone
15 Green Pajama Country (Closing Theme)

Liner Notes

 

 

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From the Green Monkey Records website:

Jeff Kelly and the Green Pajamas are usually associated with psychedelic rock, largely because of their paisley-guitar beginnings. So why Country? Why now? Jeff has always had a dalliance with country in his heart and in his music. Some of the songs on this CD date back as far as 1986 to his earliest home-recorded releases on Green Monkey Records, though these are brand new recordings. While most songs are new, they reflect an old-school country sensibility; they would be more at home with Hank and Johnny Cash than much of what you hear on the country charts of today. Father Father Do You Wait recalls the country songs Jeff played with his dad, while the haunting When Good Men Go Bad stands with Kelly’s best.

Jeff and bass player Joe Ross have toyed with the idea of this album for ten years. It needed to age. In the last two it finally took shape. It was worth the wait. This is not a gimmick. It is not a marketing ploy. It is just plain good music played from the heart. From its sly opening tribute to the classic westerns to the mournful close, Green Pajama Country is a Classic.

 

Reviews

When Indie Musicians “Go Country”
Pop Matters
Released on a label whose tagline is “underground Seattle rock 1980 to 2021”, Green Pajamas Country! is the first album marked as “country” from the Seattle psychedelic-ish, power-pop-ish cult group the Green Pajamas who, led by singer/songwriter Jeff Kelly, have been releasing albums since 1984. At first the album seems like a cartoon version of country, from the cowgirl with a gun on the cover to the opening number “Green Pajama Country (Opening Theme)”, a cheeky, retro ode to Western theme music... [Read More...]
Green Pajamas Country!
Elsewhere
Although we have learned that Jeff Kelly of Seattle's Green Pajamas -- a band which has consistently delivers seductive and intelligent paisley-pop grounded in the spirit of the mid-Sixties, see here -- grew up playing country music with his father, this new album is something of a surprise... [Read More...]
REVIEW: The Green Pajamas’ “Green Pajama Country!”
This Is Book's Music
The Green Pajamas have been around for so long, it’s a shock that these guys do not already have a museum named in honor of them and their music. But these guys are taking the long road, knowing that honors and museums aren’t necessary when you simply want to play, and this time they’re doing it country style. Surprise? Maybe, maybe not... [Read More...]
Green Pajama Country
Rock and Reprise
Don't freak out, Pajamas fans. The Green Pajamas have not gone Nashville nor have they gone crazy. Well, maybe crazy--- a little. What they have done is put out an album called Green Pajama Country! and while it is true that there is a bit of a twang here and there, you can count on the Pajamas to be Pajamas first and genre thereafter... [Read More...]
Green Pajama Country in The Terrascope
The Ptolemaic Terrascope
A country record? From our favourite paisley pop psychsters? Now I’ve heard everything! Well, if you’ve been following Seattle’s finest over the past 25+ years, you’ve even heard a few tracks off this, their 17th (give or take a few EPs and compilations) album... [Read More...]
Green Pajama Country
BLURT
With its cheery explanation point, Green Pajama Country! comes across as not only a gimmick, but a jokey one at that. But Seattle's finest psych rockers are no strangers to thematic LPs - ten years ago the band released The Caroler's Song and In a Glass Darkly, back-to-back EPs related to Christmas and J.S. Le Fanu respectively... [Read More...]