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Tangerine Dream - Lady Greengrass / Love Of Mine (The Ones: pre-Tangerine Dream) CD (album) cover

LADY GREENGRASS / LOVE OF MINE (THE ONES: PRE-TANGERINE DREAM)

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Easy Livin
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2 stars Did Froese really write "Your skirt's so short that your thighs are showin"?

"Lady Greengrass" is not actually a Tangerine Dream release, but a single by a band called The Ones. Released in 1967, this German single was the band's only official release. The reason it is of interest to Tangerine Dream fans is the presence of a young Edgar Froese in the line up. It has since gained a semi-official status in the Tangs discography through inclusion of both the A and B sides on the "Nebulous Dawn" box set compilation. That set contains the band's first four albums in full, plus both sides of the rare single "Ultima Thule".

As for "Lady Greengrass", which Froese plays on but had no part in writing, the song has little in common with the work of Tangerine Dream during any stage of their career. This is a pretty straightforward psychedelic pop song with dreamy lyrics and echoed vocals. The best comparison is probably with the lighter Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd material such as "See Emily play". Perhaps coincidentally (perhaps not) the lyrics include the line " Puff the trees turn tangerine, Puff the sky is suddenly green, Her eyes breath in a state of mind, She's beginning to fly".

The B-side "Love of mine", which Froese did co-write, is more of a rocker, the opening stanza " Your skirt's so short that your thighs are showin, You move so fine that gets me going" reflecting the formative years of the young men involved.

As a single in its own right, this is an adequate piece of 60's psych. In terms of the Tang's history, it has little relevance musically.

Easy Livin | 2/5 |

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