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Tiptoe Past the Dragon
Genres: Blues, Pop, Rock
The sole album from the man who first won fame as co-producer of (and guitarist on) Percy Sledge s 'When a Man Loves a Woman', which gives you an idea of how deep Marlin s soul roots went. This is swamp rock with folk-rock... more »
The sole album from the man who first won fame as co-producer of (and guitarist on) Percy Sledge s 'When a Man Loves a Woman', which gives you an idea of how deep Marlin s soul roots went. This is swamp rock with folk-rock and country flavors, and it s one of 1972 s great lost albums.
Fantastic re-issue of an unknown gem of an artist!
Spencer Marquart | St. Louis, MO USA | 03/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Collector's choice music have done it again. Lately, I've been diggin' deep into southern soul related music from the 60's & 70's. As a huge Eddie Hinton fan, I noticed Marlin Greene's name popping up as co-writer (w/ Eddie) on soul classics like "Cover Me" & "It's All Wrong, But It's Alright" among other songs. He's also produced and engineered greats like Percy Sledge, Boz Scaggs, Lonnie Mack, Leon Russell, John Simon and the list goes on and on. When I saw CC music was re-issuing Marlin Greene's only CD, I figured it was a safe risk to purchase it not having heard one song. Now, I'm glad I did. It's wonderful acoustic based music. The songwriting is superb and features great musical backing (featuring the Muscle Shoals Swampers) making this a pleasurable listening experience. The songs get better after each time through and now I've ordered Marlin's wife (I believe?), Jeannie Greene's release, which is also being re-issued by CC Music and features the same cast of musicians. Marlin's record sounds all his own but I hear Beatle, Glen Campbell and CSNY influences throughout and it stands with the best of that era. Don't pass this up and spread the word. In the liner notes Marlin states that he's a "has-been who never was.." Give yourself some credit Marlin - you did some great work during that golden era of southern music!"
Another Gem Finds a New Release
vicbc | 02/25/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It helps to have been working in radio in the 70s to have discovered Marlin Greene's Tiptoe Past the Dragon, and it's definitely rewarding to find it now issued on CD. The sticker on the shrinkwrap described it as one of 1972's "great lost albums," and that's a fair statement. If you haven't heard the music, think of early Rodney Crowell (1977's Ain't Living Long Like This). It's easy to imagine Greene's "Forest Ranger" or "Good Christian Cowboy" in a radio song set with Crowell, Michael Nesmith, Don Nix and similar performers who successfully mixed country, folk and rock sounds. Good liner notes to the CD, too."