February 9th, 1964, The Ed Sullivan Show featuring The Beatles.
I had already heard them on the radio, but when I saw them that night I was hooked. Hofner bass, Vox amps, girls screaming!!!! Yeah, that's what it was all about, The British Invasion was on!
I started playing bass in 1965, the band I was in won our very first talent show that year. We rehearsed in our guitar player's back yard and the girls in the neighborhood used to hide in the trees and giggle while we played. Okay, so they weren't screaming, but it was a start.
“TF Harper serves up a masterfully crafted Brit-invasion time capsule replete with soulful technique. His love of the four perfectly-chosen originals shines through, even as he stamps them absolutely as his own.”
~ Christine Ohlman
Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez & The Saturday Night Live Bandhttp://www.christineohlman.net/
“Formidable musicianship spiced with a slice of dreamy psychedelic finery, takes you on a wonderful musical trip (acid not required)....
~ Ken Sharp, authorStarting Over: The Making of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy
“Lovingly faithful, yet modern takes on some essential, under the radar 60's Brit-Rock. Not your Fab Four Faves, but listen and learn.”
~ Donnie NossovBassist, Producer, Songwriter, Exiled New Yorker
“TF Harper’s new EP, his re-makes of semi-obscure but very cool originals from the 60’s sounds like the same bands went back into the studio 30-40 years later and said, “Okay lad’s, lets record them again, and make use of this digital technology.”If one weren't paying very close attention, one might think you were hearing the original tracks with a bit of hmm, and head scratching going on “....is this how it went?”~ Hilly MichaelsDrummer extraordinaire
TF Harper’s debut solo EP Vintage UK is a tribute to the British invasion and its influence on popular music. “Pictures of Matchstick Men” (Status Quo), “Walking Through My Dreams” (The Pretty Things), “See Emily Play” (Pink Floyd), and “Paper Sun” (Traffic) are the four songs featured.
Reflecting on the creation of the album, Harper says: “I can easily recall the exhilaration of hearing these songs for the first time as a kid with big rock and roll dreams. Planning and recording them brought back that same heady feeling, with so many cool memories of that powerful, electrifying era.”