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Come To The Sunshine - The Complete Warner Brothers Recordings: 4CD Clamshell Boxset

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  • This four CD Box Set presentation comprising all four of the original Harpers Bizarre albums; “Feelin' Groovy”, “Anything Goes”, “The Secret Life of Harpers Bizarre”, and “Harpers Bizarre 4”, augmented by single A & B sides in chronological order of release.
  • The charmingly understated, slightly baroque, endlessly listenable Harpers Bizarre were one of the most important harmony vocal groups of the 1960s. Their cultured interpretation of Paul Simon's ‘59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)’ is among the recordings that define the most golden of eras in popular music. Between 1967 and 1969, under the auspices of producer Lenny Waronker, they created four delightful, intelligent, unique sounding albums of what broadly has become known as Sunshine Pop, with contributions from such dashing young American writers and arrangers as Randy Newman, Van Dyke Parks and Leon Russell.
  • The Beach Boys ‘Good Vibrations’ was one of the handful of recordings that revolutionised popular music during the 1960s. The enormity of its influence cannot be overstated. Waronker had it in mind while recording “Feelin' Groovy” - thinking in terms of layering vocals - creating a memorable arrangement of woodwinds and voices.
  • Lead vocalists Ted Templeman and Dick Scoppettone were backed by members of the Wrecking Crew, an aggregation of some of the most sought after Los Angeles session musicians of the day, including the guitarist Glen Campbell, bassist Carol Kaye, and the drummer Jim Gordon.
  • ‘Feelin' Groovy’ caught the public ear and quickly entered the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking in April 1967 at #13 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Easy Listening chart.
  • The subsequent album was released by Warner at almost the precise moment the single reached maximum popularity. It combined the talents of a small group of brilliant young American songwriters; Randy Newman, Leon Russell, and the the 22-year-old wunderkind, Van Dyke Parks, who had been working with Brian Wilson on “SMiLE”, and with Lenny Waronker on his own monumental album, “SONG CYCLE”. To Harpers Bizarre's debut album Parks' contributed the breezy opener, ‘Come to the Sunshine’.
  • The Second album, ‘Anything Goes’, was another highly original pop creation; a panorama of, and tribute to, the musical styles of the past century. It included Randy Newman's ethereal ""Snow"" and a dreamy interpretation of Van Dyke Park's ‘High Coin’. Released as singles, ‘Chattanooga Choo-Choo’ and ‘Anything Goes’, despite only making a small impression on the Top 50, reached Numbers 1 & 6 respectively on the Billboard Easy Listening chart.
  • Another skilfully constructed piece of musical architecture, THE SECRET LIFE OF HARPERS BIZARRE, yielded only a minor hit in ""The Battle of New Orleans”, but It has many high points, including the Bacharach-David novelty, ""Me, Japanese Boy"" to which Harpers Bizarre bring all of the composition's innate tenderness and sensuality to the surface.
  • Similarly, the Roger Nichols-Paul Williams composition ‘The Drifter’, originally featured on “Small Circle Of Friends”, where Harpers' present a lush, angelic response to Nichols' masterful statement. A Templeman-Scoppettone original, the joyful ‘Mad’ epitomises the Harpers Bizarre attitude of those days.
  • The diverse “Harpers Bizarre 4” includes versions of Lennon & McCartney's ‘Blackbird’ and John Denver's ‘Leaving on A Jet Plane’ and ‘I Love You, Alice B Toklas’ an extraordinary playful piece of Hollywood pop psychedelia from the very funny film of the same name. Quite complex music; shades of Ravi Shankar, Eric Dolphy and the Beatles at Jimmy Webb's MacArthur Park. And the Harpers voices are splendidly effective. Also released as a single, it's one of the finest examples of pure psychedelia for those who feel that genuine article is something more enigmatic than rock.
  • Harpers Bizarre were special. With Lenny Waronker they made meticulously crafted records that were a testament to the advances made in sound production and conceptualisation of pop in the sixties. Ted Templeman thought Lenny was a genius. Evidently working with him was a singular apprenticeship that paved the way for his own career as a sound producer, which has found him working with, amongst others, Van Morrison, Captain Beefheart, Little Feat, Van Halen and The Doobie Brothers.


  1. Name
  2. Come To The Sunshine
  3. Happy Talk
  4. Come Love
  5. Raspberry Rug
  6. 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
  7. The Debutante's Ball
  8. Happyland
  9. Peter And The Wolf
  10. I Can Hear The Darkness
  11. Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear
  12. Lost My Love Today
  13. Bye, Bye, Bye
  14. This Is Only The Beginning
  15. Anything Goes
  16. Two Little Babes In The Wood
  17. The Biggest Night Of Her Life
  18. Pocketful Of Miracles
  19. Snow
  20. Chattanooga Choo Choo
  21. Hey, You In The Crowd
  22. Louisiana Man
  23. Milord
  24. Virginia City
  25. Jessie
  26. You Need A Change
  27. High Coin
  28. Malibu U
  29. Cotton Candy Sandman (Sandman's Coming)
  30. Look To The Rainbow
  31. Battle Of New Orleans
  32. When I Was A Cowboy
  33. Sentimental Journey (Interlude)
  34. Sentimental Journey
  35. Las Mananitas
  36. Medley: Bye, Bye, Bye / Vine Street
  37. Me, Japanese Boy
  38. I'll Build A Stairway To Paradise (Interlude)
  39. I'll Build A Stairway To Paradise
  40. Green Apple Tree
  41. Sit Down You're Rocking The Boat
  42. I Love You, Mama (Interlude)
  43. I Love You, Mama
  44. Funny How Love Can Be
  45. Mad
  46. Look To The Rainbow
  47. The Drifter
  48. The Drifter (Reprise)
  49. Both Sides Now
  50. Small Talk
  51. Soft Soundin' Music
  52. Knock On Wood
  53. Witchi Tai To
  54. Hard To Handle
  55. When The Band Begins To Play
  56. Something Better
  57. Blackbird
  58. I Love You, Alice B. Toklas
  59. There's No Time Like Today
  60. All Through The Night
  61. Cotton Candy Sandman
  62. Leaving On A Jet Plane
  63. Poly High
  64. If We Ever Needed The Lord Before
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