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Harpers Bizarre - The Secret Life of Harpers Bizarre (1992)

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Harpers Bizarre - The Secret Life of Harpers Bizarre (1992)

Artist: Harpers Bizarre
Title Of Album: The Secret Life of Harpers Bizarre
Year Of Release: 1968 (1992)
Label: Warner Bros.
Genre: Baroque Pop, Soft rock
Quality: Losless
Bitrate: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Total Time: 00:37:19
Total Size: 238 Mb


01. Look to the Rainbow (1:08)
02. Battle of New Orleans (2:32)
03. When I Was a Cowboy/Interlude (2:50)
04. Sentimental Journey (1:58)
05. Las Mananitas (1:08)
06. Medley: Bye, Bye, Bye/Vine Street (4:06)
07. Me, Japanese Boy/Interlude (3:29)
08. I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise (3:14)
09. Green Apple Tree (2:33)
10. Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat/Interlude (2:06)
11. I Love You, Mama (2:16)
12. Funny How Love Can Be (2:39)
13. Mad (2:45)
14. Look to the Rainbow (0:34)
15. The Drifter/Reprise (4:01)

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).

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