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Harpers Bizarre 27//2012

Review

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. ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 This is Only the Beginning Harpers Bizarre 1:44
  3. 2 Anything Goes Harpers Bizarre 1:56
  4. 3 Two Little Babes In the Woods Harpers Bizarre 3:45
  5. 4 The Biggest Night of Her Life Harpers Bizarre 2:25
  6. 5 Pocketful of Miracles Harpers Bizarre 2:46
  7. 6 Snow Harpers Bizarre 2:58
  8. 7 Chattanooga Choo Choo Harpers Bizarre 2:33
  9. 8 Hey, You In the Crowd Harpers Bizarre 2:26
  10. 9 Louisiana Man Harpers Bizarre 2:35
  11. 10 Milord Harpers Bizarre 3:6
  12. 11 Virginia City Harpers Bizarre 2:14
  13. 12 Jesse Harpers Bizarre 3:48
  14. 13 You Need a Change Harpers Bizarre 2:43
  15. 14 High Coin Harpers Bizarre 2:33
  16. 15 Malibu U Harpers Bizarre 2:22
  17. 16 Cotton Candy Sandman [Mono 45] Harpers Bizarre 2:48
  18. 17 Anything Goes [Mono 45] Harpers Bizarre 1:59
  19. 18 The Biggest Night of Her Life [Instrumental] Harpers Bizarre 2:28
  20. 19 Hey, You In the Crowd [Instrumental] Harpers Bizarre 2:2
  21. 20 Malibu U [Instrumental] Harpers Bizarre 2:13
  22. 21 Snow [Instrumental] Harpers Bizarre 3:2
  23. 22 Jesse [Instrumental] Harpers Bizarre 3:55
  24. 23 High Coin [Instrumental] Harpers Bizarre 2:41

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