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    Artist: Harpo
    Release: Smokin' Gun, 1996
    Genre: Hard Rock
    Country: USA
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    HARPO - Smokin' Gun (1996) USA
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    01. The Calm Before The Storm
    02. Gotta Keep Runnin'
    03. Fire's Burning Higher
    04. Evil Breeds Evil
    05. Chain Reaction
    06. Smokin' Gun
    07. Your Time Is Gonna Come
    08. Bad Blood

    Billy Kerstetter - Vocals & Bass (SUCKER PUNCH)
    Chris Silvagni - Guitar (SUCKER PUNCH)
    John "Lloyd" Kistner - Vocals & Keyboards
    Rich Smith - Drums

    HARPO were a terrific Hard Rock outfit from Sunbury, Pennsylvania originally formed way back in 1974.
    Their 1981 self-titled debut Mini Album on Mallard Records found favour within the Pomp Rock collector fraternity thanks to the classic track "Rendezvous" that clocks in at 8 minutes and truly is worthy of a place in your collection. The rest of the songs are shorter, more streamlined and rock harder, all great in their own right, but the aforementioned track is something truly special.
    On Harpo went, but they were not to record their first full length album until 1987, when "Armed To Deliver" was issued by Atlas Records.
    This is a harder collection of songs, but there's still space for Harpo to show their subtler side here and there.
    The new album captured the attention of EMI and Polygram Records with EMI deciding to take a trip to Scranton to see the band a second time.
    Harpo seemed on the verge of getting signed to a major record label when tragedy struck. Lead vocalist John "Lloyd" Kistner was involved in a very serious auto accident when he was struck head-on by a drunk driver on Christmas Eve, 1988.
    After a year of extensive physical therapy, the tenacious Kistner was again ready to rock.
    Before releasing a six song Mini LP entitled "Fire Your Fire" ; Harpo added a new drummer, Rich Smith, from Williamsport, PA.
    Together with original members Kerstetter and Kistner, Harpo were, once again, heading in the right direction.
    It then took until 1992 for their next album to appear, "Too Much Is Just Enough".
    This one was a bit of a mish-mash, collecting four new songs and compiling tracks from their first 2 releases for their CD debut.
    By the time of 1996's "Smokin' Gun", Harpo had become a far heavier proposition, but there's style and finesse in abundance beneath all the bluster.
    The band's most recent release, 1997's "Harpo Live - Go Heavy Or Go Home!", finds drummer Kyle Gilbert replacing Rich Smith, with the band in blinding live form in front of a partisan home town crowd playing 4 brand new tracks as well as their live hits.
    The band played their final gig on New Year's Eve 1998, and sadly, that was pretty much it for Harpo.
    These days Kerstetter and Silvagni make their living by playing a mixture of classic Hard Rock/Heavy Metal covers in the band SUCKER PUNCH and occasionally reunite to play a full scale gig with their former band mates as Harpo, reviving their old "hits".

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    elisabetis77 wrote:the best of the world

    If you like this one, here's their "Fire Your Fire/Too Much Is Just Enough" album too:


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    My band Hit N Run opened for Harpo a few times and they were great guys....great musicians also....good to see them featured here...
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    found this as well while trying to fullfill another Harpo request... enjoy!!
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