- Released: October 9, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
Mojo (Publisher) - 3/02, p.120
"...Whether drawing on folk, country, soul, Roaring Twenties or baroque influences, they liked to put the 'shh!' into kitsch....Hostorically they are fascinating....Their lush vocals and elaborate orchestrations are strangely affecting....highly enjoyable..."
- 1.Come to the Sunshine
- 2.Happy Talk
- 3.Come Love
- 4.Raspberry Rug
- 5.59th Street Bridge Song, The (Feelin' Groovy)
- 6.The Debutante's Ball
- 7.Happy Land
- 8.Peter and the Wolf
- 9.I Can Hear the Darkness
- 10.Simon Smith & The Amazing Dancing Bear
- 11.Lost My Love Today - (bonus track)
- 12.Bye, Bye, Bye - (bonus track)
Harpers Bizarre: Dickie Scoppetone (vocals, guitar, bass); Ted Templeman (vocals, guitar, drums); Eddie James (guitar); Dick Yount (bass, background vocals); John Petersen (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Additional personnel: Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman (piano).
Recorded in Hollywood, California in 1966 & 1967. Originally released on Warners (1693). Includes original liner notes by Stan Cornyn.
Digitally remastered by Bob Irwin (Sundazed Studios, Coxsackie, New York).
One of the bands that came to Warner Bros. in their buyout of Autumn Records were the Tikis. They had only recorded a handful of singles, and in terms of musical direction and group identity, they definitely had potential. Enter producer Lenny Waronker and session musician/arranger/songwriter/general musical architect Van Dyke Parks. The two of them brought then-drummer Ted Templeman up to the front as co-lead vocalist, along with Dick Scoppettone, and created a soft-rock identity for the group, renaming them Harpers Bizarre. Their first single was perhaps their greatest shot: a cover of the then-brand new Paul Simon song, "Feelin' Groovy." Buttressed by an amazing Leon Russell arrangement and some great performances from the A-list of L.A. session cats, the song quickly went into the Top Ten. The resulting album is almost as great as the single, with songs by Van Dyke Parks ("Come to the Sunshine"), Randy Newman ("Debutante's Ball"), and others. An excellent and definitive slice of California soft pop. The 2001 CD reissue on Sundazed adds two bonus tracks, both taken from the 1966 "Bye, Bye, Bye"/"Lost My Love Today" single by the Tikis, the San Francisco group that evolved into Harper's Bizarre." ~ Matthew Greenwald