Brian Hyland

The Joker Went Wild/Run, Run, Look and See

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Titled for the two comeback hits that shape its sound and sensibility, The Joker Went Wild/Run, Run, Look and See pairs Brian Hyland with producer Snuff Garrett and arrangers Leon Russell and Al Capps to create an impressively sophisticated record with the sunkissed textures of the emerging West Coast pop aesthetic. Hyland's vocals not only boast a soulfulness and vibrancy absent from his mass-market teen hits, but he also proves a charming songwriter as well, crafting effervescent sweet nothings like "One Night Jimmy" and "Yesterday I Had a Girl"--Russell's evocative arrangements lend The Joker Went Wild much of its appeal, however, channeling the lessons of Phil Spector and Brian Wilson to create rich, bold pop far greater than the sum of its parts.

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