Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Arlan Green –Moonbrite EP



Arlan Green –Moonbrite EP –Test pressing- Bell 1000 (UK 1974?)

I don’t honestly know who Arlan is/was, his only near-official release appears to be a demo version of Rock Hotel on Mooncrest in 1975…as well as this strange test pressing EP. The EP plays at 33.1/3 and has the immortal words “not for sale or broadcast” on the sleeve, so was  it that Bell Records were considering signing Arlan, but then desisted when there was a severe lack of positive feedback? Regardless of its strange lack of release, it’s a mighty weird yet compelling EP. Moonbrite starts off with analog space beeps, then Arlan declares his desire to be the first dentist on the moon…it’s all bit like Jobriath channeling Gilbert o’Sullivan delivering a futuristic toothpaste commercial.  The 2nd track I Do is pure McCartney Pop (with a Lennon middle bit) and could have been an outtake off the first Jellyfish LP with some quite extensive and adventurist orchestration.  Rock Hotel kicks off side 2 with novelty voice weirdness before settling down into something resembling the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band with Bowie at the helm auditioning for the Rocky Horror Show. The last track The Next Time starts off kinda like a normal heart felt piano ballad, but then our Arlan can’t contain himself and SHREEKS with the song then taking several unexpected twists and turns (note something weird happens near the end, it might be an on-purpose stick, or just a bit of dirt on the record…who knows, but I hope it was on purpose. Arlan who the hell are you? I hope you’re still around and can tell us all about it…

Hear the full side 1





Hear the full side 2

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

In addition to McCartney, I Do has a fair bit of Pilot in the influence, methinks;
and he seems to be channeling his inner Elton in The Next Time; the other 2 tracks
are simply bonkers...

Robin Wills said...

Agree totally. Funny I was going to mention Pilot, but I have referred to them too many times here!

DJWaterman said...

Who is he indeed, I been searching his name and come up with nothing. I can't believe this artist didn't go on to work in the industry in some capacity, even if doing commercial jingles or something, he's just too talented to have been thrown away. Or perhaps having been shelved after such an epic burst of songwriting and vocal gymnastics he walked away in disgust and took up a real job. I thought these were crazy joke tunes, but the more I listen they become amazing works of music production and as mentioned, the vocals and writing are unique.

Unknown said...

If this is the same Arlen Green I knew, he was a bit of a balmcake. He had, if it's the same guy, 3-4 huge record deals and this is the first time I've ever seen anything by him actually make it out of the studio. He was a friend of a female relative of mine that's how I have heard of him and one of his proposed single releases that never happened, was a song about my cousin. He ended up in the USA and if it's the same guy, went through right adventures over there.

From memory, after yet another deal fell through, he "quit" the biz and was making his way to somewhere when he had a "vision", returned to LA to find yet another record company had offered him another big deal.

m b said...

Probably used as a demo to get a record deal, rather than a unreleased test press.. as quite a few copies have turned up for sale. A friend said he had a rolling Stones acetate on Bell ?? maybe that label did a few custom pressings ?

Debbie said...

I knew an Arlan Green in 1979. He was the pianist and music director for Toast - the group that was playing with Davy Jones from Monkees fame. Arlan lived in California then and went back to England in 1980.

I hope this is the same guy. He was a nice guy and a great musician.

Unknown said...

That'ts the one Debbie, my cousin was close friends with the lass who managed and married Davy Jones.