Jack Green – Humanesque (1980)

Jack Green (born 12 March 1951, Glasgow, Scotland) is a British musician. Green played with T. Rex between 1973 and 1974, then with The Pretty Things between 1974 and 1976, recording Silk Torpedo and Savage Eye. After Phil May walked out on the Pretty Things he carried on with Peter Tolson, Gordon Edwards and Skip Alan in Metropolis. He also was a member of Rainbow for three weeks in late 1978.

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Humanesque is Jack Green‘s debut album. The track “I Call, No Answer” features Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple as a guest artist on lead guitar.

This kind of supreme excellence was absolutely unexpected. Jack Green brilliantly blended post punk with glam rock and all this he drenched in reggae sunshine sprays. Guitar solos and riffs are very bright and captivating and performance is masterfully skilful too. So Humanesque carries not just the spirit of the eighties but also all the best inheritance of glam rock years.

Jack Green had a knack for changing musical styles, ranging from raggae influenced “new wave” (sort of like the “police”) to power-pop (“factory girl”). The lyrics range from basic pop to a sometimes more complex (costello-ish) style. Looking back, perhaps his eclectic approach was actually his downfall. He wasn’t hip or clever enough to rise to the top of the “new wave”, but he was still TOO clever for the mainstream! What we ended up with is a couple of really good albums that went straight into limbo!

Tracks like the dismissive “So Much,” slinky southwestern “Valentina,” power pop jitters of “Babe,” and steadfast “Life on the Line” sport solid hooks, the occasional reggae rhythm, and sparsely appointed, airtight performances. A catchy, quality album that wraps up with a compulsory early 80’s eastern gazer, “This is Japan.” Keep an ear out for Ritchie Blackmore laying down the leads on “I Call No Answer.”

Green is now living in Ryde, Isle of Wight, where he teaches guitar, and owns a budget film production company.

Tracklist

  1. “Murder” – 3:21
  2. “So Much” – 3:52
  3. “Valentina” – 4:22
  4. “Babe”  (Jack Green) – 3:33
  5. “Can’t Stand it” – 3:35
  6. “I Call, No Answer”  (Jack Green) – 3:33
  7. “Life on the Line” – 4:03
  8. “‘Bout That Girl”  (Jack Green) – 3:02
  9. “Thought it was Easy”  (Jack Green, Jackie Green) – 2:48
  10. “Factory Girl” – 2:49
  11. “This is Japan” – 3:12

All songs by Jack Green and Leslie Adey, except noted

Personnel

Notes

Release:  1980
Genre:  Rock
Style:  Power Pop
Length:  38:10

Label – RCA Records

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