Harpers Bizarre Four
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- 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.Soft Soundin' Music
- 2.Knock On Wood
- 3.Witchi Tai To
- 4.Hard To Handle
- 5.When The Band Begins To Play
- 6.Something Better
- 8.I Love You, Alice B. Toklas
- 9.There's No Time Like Today
- 10.All Through The Night
- 11.Cotton Candy Sandman (Sandman's Coming)
- 12.Leaving On A Jet Plane
- 13.Poly High - (bonus track)
- 14.If We Ever Needed The Lord Before - (bonus track)
Harpers Bizarre: Dickie Scoppetone (vocals, guitar, bass); Ted Templeman (vocals, guitar, drums); Dick Yount (bass, background vocals); John Petersen (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Additional personnel: Eddie James (guitar); Ry Cooder (slide guitar).
Recorded in Hollywood, California in 1969. Originally released on Warners (1784). Includes liner notes by John Peterson.
Digitally remastered by Bob Irwin (Sundazed Studios, Coxsackie, New York).
Personnel: Ted Templeman (vocals, guitar, drums); Dick Scoppettone (vocals, guitar); John Petersen (vocals, drums, percussion); Dick Yount (vocals); Eddie James (electric guitar); Ry Cooder (bottleneck guitar).
Liner Note Author: John Petersen.
Photographers: Steve Besch; Clark Besch.
Arrangers: Dick Scoppettone; Bob Thompson ; Jack Nitzsche; Perry Botkin, Jr.; Ted Templeman.
The final Harpers Bizarre album before the band split in 1969 (they reunited briefly six years later for the album TIME GOES BY) contains more self-penned songs than their previous collections, and fewer of their trademark baroque arrangement flourishes. Highlights include the agreeably loopy "I Love You, Alice B. Toklas," from the movie of the same name, and the beautiful, country-flavored "Cotton Candy Sandman (Sandman's Coming)." This expanded set also includes bonus versions of Harry Nilsson's "Poly High" and the group's take on gospel composer Thomas Dorsey's "If We Ever Needed the Lord Before."
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