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Happy The Man
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CD Reviews
Beginnings
Review by Gary Hill
This disc, actually a compilation of previous unreleased early recordings by the band, has some very good compositions, but does suffer in places from poor recording conditions.
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Crafty Hands
Review by Steve Alspach
One Way records saw fit to re-release both albums from Happy the Man, an instrumental progressive outfit lying somewhere between Genesis and the Dregs musically.
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Death's Crown
Review by Gary Hill
Happy the Man was a US based prog band in the 1970's. The sound of the band was similar to many of the greats of prog, while forging out its own uniqueness.
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The Muse Awakens
Review by Steve Alspach
Comic Ian Shoales once said, during the hubbub concerning record ratings, that it would be a good idea to have ratings , but only the right ones, such as "TMS" - Too Much Synthesizer, "NGL" - Needs Guitar Lessons, and "OFMTMMTR" - Old Farts Making Too Much Money to Retire. If that's the case, then "The Muse Awakens" gets a rating of "BTRWTI" - Band That Records Way Too Infrequently.
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Interviews
Happy The Man
Interview by Steve Alspach
Interview with Stan Whitaker and Frank Wyatt of Happy The Man from 2005
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This is so good it's almost unreal, as there are thirty two tracks from which to choose.


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