Harpers Bizarre Secret Life of Harpers Bizarre
- Released: September 17, 2013
- Label: WEA Japan
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..."
Harpers Bizarre: Dickie Scoppetone (vocals, guitar, bass); Ted Templeman (vocals, guitar, drums); Dick Yount (bass, background vocals); John Petersen (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Recorded in Hollywood, California in 1968. Originally released on Warners (1739).
Digitally remastered by Bob Irwin (Sundazed Studios, Coxsackie, New York).
Show tunes ("Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat"), novelty tunes ("Me, Japanese Boy"), songs from cutting-edge tunesmiths (Randy Newman's "Vine Street"), and complex arrangements abound on this 1968 set from the California harmony group that bridged the gap between easy listening and West Coast cool. Including a magical rendition of Yip Harburg's "Look to the Rainbow," a version of Johnny Horton's "Battle of New Orleans" complete with sound effects, and an uptempo version of the Ivy League's "Funny How Love Can Be," SECRET LIFE weaves a richly imagined sound tapestry, subverting easy listening conventions with a fine Sixties disregard for musical propriety.
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