The Pukka Orchestra

Dear Harry

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Dear Harry isn't so much a second album from the Pukka Orchestra as it is a posthumous patchwork collection of post-first album material. Included on this release are three songs from their four-song 1987 EP The Palace of Memory (two of the songs appearing here in minimally remixed form); a re-recording of "Might As Well Be on Mars" from their first LP; and six songs from an album project that was in progress when the Pukkas broke up in 1988. Unfortunately, very little on Dear Harry rivals "Listen to the Radio" or any of the other singles released off the Pukka Orchestra's self-titled debut, and the best tracks are the ones from the previously released EP. Diehards may want to track down a copy of Dear Harry for the only CD appearance of "Weekend (Come Alive!)," a minor local hit in Toronto, as well as a few other scattered moments of interest, but casual fans are advised to stick with the debut.