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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Harpo At Work!

Harpo At Work!
Harpo Marx
Mercury SR60016

From the back cover: One of the problems in the life of Harpo Marx is that people can't forget he is one of the funniest men who ever lived. This fact does not leave much room for believing what is equally true, that Harpo Marx is a serious, uniquely tasteful and enormously satisfying musician. – Bernard Asbell.

From Billboard - October 13, 1958: Mercury Records last week announced a 13-package stereo disc release, emphasizing the themes of "sound and symphony." It is the firm's third stere issue, boosting its catalog to 38 items.

Harpo Marx made several albums on Mercury including an earlier release, Harpo In Hi-Fi. The mono release of this album features different cover art.

Both of these late 50s Mercury LPs are excellent "mood music" releases that rank right up there with the best mood producers of his time. The arrangements are inventive, if not cutting edge. His two albums could be the best period "pop-harp" albums I've heard.

My Blue Heaven
The Man I Love
Taking A Chance On Love
Aye, Aye, Aye
Harpo Woogie
All The Things You Are
Sweet Sue
In A Sentimental Mood
I Got Rhythm

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