1987 I was a Junior in High School when my friend Toast offered to swap cassette tapes for a while. He had Summer of Lust. I don't remember what I borrowed out to HIM! and I don't care. I've been a fan ever since!!!
Favorite track: I Feel That Way All The Time.
" here for most people are their debut recordings, first committed to reel-to-reel tape in bassist/singer Joe Ross' attic -- and they still sounds great.
There is a timeless, pop quality about Green Pajamas songs written by the gifted Jeff Kelly (interviewed here) and Ross, and the lo-fo quality of these 15 songs takes nothing away from their slightly Indo-tinged/Eight Miles High paisley pop-rock. In fact the wiry nature of their sound in these sessions actually enhances their impact." Grahm Reid Elsewhere
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After being out of print for over 20 years, we give you the Green Pajamas debut, Summer of Lust, available for the first time ever on CD. Remastered it myself with Joe looking over my shoulder and it sounds remarkably fresh. Two young guys + one Teac 4- track = great fun. We also have a video for you that Howie pulled together from a vintage video tape that Joe bought from some guy he didn’t know when they played the Gorilla Gardens. Yep.
Mastering Notes. The original tracks for this were recorded on 4-track reel to reel and mixed to cassette without noise reduction (we all hated Dolby). Some of the songs on the master cassettes were mixed to a different cassette and then copied to the master, doubling the amount of tape hiss. There was a variety of other miscellaneous crap noise. My goal with this project was to clean it up as much as I could without losing its original character. I took some songs from the original master, and several songs/song parts from other tapes in Jeff’s “pile of cassettes” drawer. Basically we dredged up the best copy available and tidied it up a bit, but not too much: the 60Hz hum that runs through My Mad Kitty is still there for you. On a couple songs – Mike Brown, Green Pajamas you’ll hear some little glitches. It is not your CD player. That is the way the original cassette sounds, so enjoy it.
Heart-felt thanks to Howie Wahlen, James Johnson, Jeff Zunker, Linda Daily, Sara Kinney, Julie Lawrence, Steve Lawrence, Susanne Kelly, Laura Ross.
released May 1, 2012
Produced by Jeff Kelly & Joe Ross
Recorded/mixed in June & July 1984
JEFF KELLY: guitars, vocals, drums, bass, organ, percussion, melodica, mandolin, clavichord
JOE ROSS: bass, vocals, guitar, percussion, zither, bagpipe chanter, snare drum, banjo
KARL WILHELM: drums on tracks 12 &13 JOE BAUER: drums on tracks 1, 4 & 11
Thanks to everyone who sang at the Pajama Party: Melody, Colleen, Sheila and the rest of the gang.
“I Feel Like A Murder” was recorded in a field featuring Julie on waste basket.
CD mastering: Tom Dyer March 2012
Front cover photo: Kari Dunn.
Back photos: Kirsten Wilhelm
Inside photos: Jeff & Joe
Design: Joe Ross
After hearing Summer Of Lust in 87 I went to Fallout Records and bought this. I must have bought Baroquen Hearts that same day or nearly...skipping school and taking the bus to Fallout was a tradition. Totally broadened my musical horizons undoubtedly! Steven Martinelli