Harris, Shaun


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- Shaun Harris - vocals guitar

 

- Brigadune

- The Grand Concourse

- Markley

- Rockit

West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band

 

 

 


 

Genre: pop

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Shaun Harris

Company: Capitol

Catalog: ST-11168

Year: 1973

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): VG+VG+

Comments: still in shrink wrap

Available: 1

GEMM Catalog ID: not listed yet

Price: $40.00

 

Best known for his work with The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and the short-lived Markley, by the early 1970s singer/guitarist Shaun Harris was paying his bills as a sessions player and working for Michael Lloyd (ex-WCPAEB) on the business side of the house, arranging recording schedules and handling associated contractual matters.

 

In his spare time Harris continued to write and record material.  With a helping hand from Lloyd, Harris released a one-shot single for Verve under the name Brigadune ("I'll Cry Out From My Grave (God I'm Sorry)" b/w "Misty Morning'") and a couple of one-off collaborations with Lloyd and brother Dan Harris under the names The Grand Concourse and Rockit.  

 

With Lloyd's continuing support, in 1973 Harris signed with Capitol, releasing the cleverly-titled "Shaun Harris".  Produced by Harris in association with Lloyd (Lloyd produced two tracks on his own), to be perfectly honest, the first time we played this one the pop orchestration (courtesy of David Davis and father Roy Harris) had us double checking to ensure we hadn't put a Lobo album on by mistake.  Luckily we were willing to give this one another spin and, as is so often the case, it turns out our initial impressions were largely off base.  Admittedly, anyone expecting WCPAEB-styled psych is probably going to be disappointed by this set.  Also, be forewarned that the Lobo comparison isn't totally off kilter.  Okay, now that we've scared away most potential buyers, what's worth hearing on this set?  Harris originals such as "Empty Without Her", "I'll Cry Out" and "Underachiever" were considerably more pop-oriented than his earlier catalog, but the top-40 sheen was punctuated by some of the year's darkest and self-abusive lyrics.  Tracks such as "Underachiever", "Color of Your Eyes", "Today's a Day" and the glistening ballad "Love Has Gone Away" showcased a young man with more than his share of personal demons.   (Talk about a family affair - brother Dan (also ex-WCPAEB) and Harris' mother and father all played on the LP.) 

 

"Shaun Harris" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) Empty Without You   (Shaun Harris) - 2:47
2.). I'll Cry Out   (Shaun Harris) - 3:00
3.) Underachiever   (Shaun Harris) - 2:36
4.) Color of Your Eyes   (Shaun Harris) - 2:57
5.) Canadian Ships   (Shaun Harris) - 3:53

 

(side 2)

1.) Today's A Day   (Shaun Harris) - 3:09
2.) Highest Dreams   (Shaun Harris) - 2:16
3.) Misty Morning   (Shaun Harris) - 3:24
4.) Love Has Gone Away   (Shaun Harris) - 3:07
5.) Rock And Roll Idol   (Shaun Harris) - 2:36

 

With the LP proving commercially stillborn, Capitol quickly dropped Harris from it's recording roster.  Harris returned to the business side of the house, reappearing as the president of Barry Manilow's publishing company.  As far as we can tell, he' snow largely out of the music business, having moved his family to the Northwest where he's become active in children's education issues.

 

I also know he's still alive as of 2004 since one of his daughters called trying to find a CD copy of her dad's LP.

 

 

 

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