Harpers Bizarre. Feelin' Groovy

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 Harpers Bizarre released this album on Warner Bros in 1967. This album is a white label promotional copy created for radio stations to gain airplay. This album is monophonic. I have to say it is close to mint condition. The sleeve is excellent and the cover shows very little shelf wear. 

This album was produced by Lenny Waronker, arranged by Leon Russell, Randy Newman, Perry Botkin Jr and Ron Elliott. It has the following songs: Come To The Sunshine; Happy Talk; Come Love; Raspberry Rug; 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy); The Debutante's Ball; Happyland; Peter And The Wolf; I Can Hear The Darkness and Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear.

Harpers Bizarre was formed out of the Tikis, a band from Santa Cruz, California. The Tikis had some local successes with Beatlesque songs in the mid 1960's. The Tikis had been signed to Tom Donahue's Autumn Records from 1965 to 1966 and had release two singles on that label. Record producer Lenny Waronker go hold of the Simon & Garfunkel song "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) In 1967, and was determined to make it a hit. He had the Tikis record it using an arrangement created by Leon Russell.  The band was given a new name for the record release, Harpers Bizarre. That version of the song reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in April of 1967 far surpassing anything the Tikis had done at that point. This band was most closely associated with sunshine pop and baroque pop genres.