Harpers Bizarre

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Anything Goes
Used - LP - WS 1716
1967 US Gold Label Stereo Original With the WB Company Inner. Light Edge Wear. "It's Not Easy To Figure What Harpers Bizarre Had In Mind With Their Second Album, Which Was Highly Orchestrated Soft Rock On The Verge Of Pre-rock Pop. Rock For The Kiddies, Perhaps, Or Rock For The Old Folks, Especially Considering That A Few Of These Tunes (Cole Porter's "Two Little Babes In The Woods," "Chattanooga Choo Choo") Were Pre-rock Standards. It Gave Producer Lenny Waronker (And Harpers Bizarre Member Ted Templeman, Who Became A Producer Himself And Helped With The Vocal Arrangements) Some Experience, But It's Way Too Twee To Make For Meaningful Music. Perhaps You Can Hear A Wee Bit Of The Kind Of L.a. Pop/rock-schmaltz Dished Out By Randy Newman (Whom Waronker Would Produce), Nilsson, And Van Dyke Parks At Times, But In A Much Dumbed-down Fashion. There Are Some Interesting Cover Choices, Though: David Blue's "You Need A Change" (Arranged By Ron Elliott Of The Beau Brummels), Parks' "High Coin," And Newman's "The Biggest Night Of Her Life" And "Snow," Which Must Have Generated Enough Royalties To Feed The Parking Meter For A Few Hours." AMG - Richie Unterberger. more
Anything Goes
New - LP - WS 1716
Sealed 1967 Gold Label Stereo Original. more
As Time Goes By
New - LP - DS 7545
Sealed 1976 Original. After Disbanding In 1970, This Partial Reunion Of The Group Is Without Doubt Their Most Difficult To Find LP Compared To Their Four Warner Brothers Titles. Crisp Corners, No Cut-Out Holes. more
As Time Goes By
New - LP - DS 7545
Sealed 1976 Original With Insert, Cut Corner. After Disbanding In 1970, This Partial Reunion Of The Group Is Without Doubt Their Most Difficult To Find LP Compared To Their Four Warner Brothers Titles. more
As Time Goes By
New - LP - DS-7545-LP
Sealed 1976 Original. After Disbanding In 1970, This Partial Reunion Of The Group Is Without Doubt Their Most Difficult To Find LP Compared To Their Four Warner Brothers Titles. Crisp Corners, No Cut-Out Holes. more
Feelin' Groovy
New - LP - WS 1693
Factory Sealed 1967 Gold Label Stereo Original. Pristine Copy. "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." - Matthew Greenwald, AMG. more
Feelin' Groovy
Used - LP - W 1693
Rare 1967 White Label Promo Mono. Jacket Is Near Mint And The Glossy LP Appears Unplayed. "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." - Matthew Greenwald, AMG. more
Feelin' Groovy
Used - LP - W 1693
1967 Mono Original. "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." - Matthew Greenwald, AMG. more
Harpers Bizarre 4
New - LP - 1784
Sealed 1969 US Stereo Original. Unable To Confirm Label Variation. Crisp Condition. Produced By Lenny Waronker. "Harpers Bizarre Bounced Back From Their Worst Album, The Secret Life Of Harpers Bizarre, With An Effort That Was Similar In Its Fussy Sunshine Pop Production, But Had A Better Selection Of Material. "Knock On Wood," The Beatles' "Blackbird," The Barry Mann-gerry Goffin Collaboration "Something Better," John Denver's "Leaving On A Jet Plane," Kenny Rankin's "Cotton Candy Sandman," And (Most Unexpectedly) Jazzman Jim Pepper's "Witchi Tai To" Were All Given The Group's Smooth Harmony Veneer And Mock-rococo Production. Also On Board Were Four Bouncy, Inconsequential Group Originals, And The Theme To The Movie I Love You, Alice B. Toklas. It Still Didn't Add Up To Anything Special -- Not Many Groups Could Have Stripped So Much Of The Grit From "Knock On Wood" -- But Was A Soft Rock Marshmallow That Was Easier To Swallow Than Their Gooiest Previous Concoctions. Ry Cooder Played Occasional Bottleneck Guitar. The 2001 Cd Reissue On Sundazed Added Two Bonus Tracks, Both From Non-lp Singles: Harry Nilsson's "Poly High," Which Is Actually One Of The Group's Better Recordings, And Thomas Dorsey's Gospel Composition "If We Ever Needed The Lord Before"." AMG - Richie Unterberger. more
Harpers Bizarre 4
Used - LP - WS 1784
1969 US W7 White Label Promo Stereo LP. Tiny Corner Ding. more
Secret Life
New - LP - 1739
Sealed Gatefold Stereo Original, COH. more
Secret Life Of Harpers Bizarre
New - LP - WS 1739
Sealed 1968 Stereo Original Housed In A Gatefold Jacket. more
The Secret Life Of Harpers Bizarre
Used - LP - WS 1739
1968 White Label Promo Stereo Housed In A Gatefold Cover. Vibrant, Clean Copy! Harpers Bizarre's Third Album Continued Their Mildly Eccentric Soft Rock Direction, Remaining As Mildly Eccentric Ever, But Growing Ever Softer. In Truth, This Skirts Adult Contemporary Muzak Almost As It Does Anything That Could Be Considered Rock Music, And Is Rather A Dark Day In The Annals Of Sunshine Pop. The Covers Are A Motley Assortment Of Largely Pre-Rock Standards Given Ornate Arrangements And The Group's Trademark High, Measured Harmonies. What Call There Was For Remakes Of "Battle Of New Orleans" (A Real Low Point), Bacharach-David's "Me, Japanese Boy," "Sentimental Journey," And The Gershwins' "I'll Build A Stairway To Paradise" By A Pop Band In 1968 Is Questionable. Anachronism Wouldn't Matter So Much If The Results Weren't So Damn Prissy. Ted Templeman And Dick Scoppettone's Few Originals Are A Little Less Objectionable, But No More Memorable. The Melancholy "Bye, Bye, Bye" Is About The Best, Segueing Strangely Into Randy Newman's "Vine Street." Several Half-minute Interludes Connect The Tracks To Give It A Suite-Like Feel And Create The Impression That The Work Is More Important Than It Is. Beau Brummels Fans Might Want To Note The Inclusion Of A So-So Good-time Ron Elliott Composition, "I Love You, Mama," Which Elliott Also Arranged (As He Did Two Other Tracks). The 2001 Cd On Sundazed Adds Two Bonus Tracks, The 1968 Non-LP Single "Small Talk" (Written By Bonner-gordon Of "Happy Together" Fame) And A Cover Of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now"." AMG - Richie Unterberger. more

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