Original release date: August 15, 1997 by Camera Obscura, Australia.
"With its Art Tatum shuffle, ghostly imagery and Middle East-meets-Middle England vibe, it's as fleeting and special as a dream about the most magical hippie summer you never had." One of the "Top 10 neglected American classics" - Tom Cox, The Guardian Unlimited
From the Camera Obscura website, 1997:
'The first new full-length CD of the Green Pajamas' 60s influenced psych-pop since Green Monkey/Bomp released the truly excellent "Ghost of Love" in 1990. Main songwriter Jeff Kelly has always been one of the US’s finest practitioners of the psychedelic pop song, and over the last few years his songwriting has reached dazzling maturity and depth, as showcased in his most recent solo album "Ash Wednesday Rain". Believing that "Ghosts of Love" was the Green Pajamas "Rubber Soul" and that Kelly and Co still had a "Revolver" in them waiting to be drawn out, Camera Obscura approached Green Pajamas to coax them out of their semi-retirement. The result is "Strung Behind the Sun".
'Over the course of 15 songs, the Pajamas stage the biggest comeback since Lazarus, and show why no-one can touch them in their chosen genre. "Strung Behind the Sun" is a dazzling ray fired into the prism of psychedelia refracting off in all directions. Lyrically, it is a winter record, and one imagines long creative afternoons spent in Seattle coffeehouses under siege from the rain. The listener is treated to songs about snow and Madonna complexes, family and strangers, love and loss. Standout Kelly’s tracks "The Brain I Realize" updating "I am the Walrus" and "Tumbledown Tess", written in the wake of his father’s death. Other band members also contribute in fine style, Joe Ross’s "anthemic "Graduation Day", and Eric Lichter’s "Scarlet Song" which climaxes the album.'
released December 18, 2015
Produced by Jeff Kelly and Joe Ross except, "Glass Tambourine," produced by Eric Lichter.
The Green Pajamas: Jeff Kelly, Eric Lichter, Joe Ross and Karl Wilhelm
Susanne Kelly: reading of 'Two Red Roses Across The Moon' by William Morris on "The Brain I Realize"
Laura Weller: harmony vocal on "Secret Day"
Clifford Kelly: 'La-di-da-da' intro on "Tumbledown Tess"
Jimm McIver: guitar solo on "Glass Tambourine"
David Eronemo: bass and guitar on "Glass Tambourine"
Rich Brisbois: harmony vocal on "Glass Tambourine"
JFK Marching Band Brass Section: horns on "Three Way Conversation"
White Center Temple For Krishna Consciousness: percussion on "Scarlet Song"
Cover painting: "Scarlet Beads Of Pain" [detail] by Susanne Kelly
Post production/mastering at Hanzsek Audio, May 1997.