Album of the Day
Anything Goes (Mono)
Previously known as The Tikis, Harper's Bizarre was one of the leading exponents of “sunshine pop” during the latter half of the 1960s. Following a hit cover of Simon & Garfunkel's “The 59th Street Bridge Song,” the quintet carved out a niche at Warner Bros. Records with several breezy albums of richly layered harmony vocals and beautiful arrangements. The group's second album, 1967's ANYTHING GOES, features 14 songs split between vintage standards like the Cole Porter title track and new material from the likes of Randy Newman, Van Dyke Parks and band members Dick Scoppettone & Ted Templeman (yep, the future hit producer). ANYTHING GOES celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, but its distinctive mix of pre-rock and pre-singer-songwriter material gives it an ageless appeal.