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3.88 | 35 ratings | 3 reviews | 26% 5 stars

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Live, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Service with a Smile (4:04)
2. Starborne (4:45)
3. Open Book (6:33)
4. Hidden Moods (4:09)
5. Morning Sun (4:34)
6. I Forgot to Push It (3:37)
7. Ibby It Is (8:38)
8. Nossuri (The Moon, I Sing) (6:24)
8. I Carve the Chariot on the Carousel (5:12)
9. Stealing Pipes (4:35)
10. Knee Bitten Nymphs in Limbo (5:20)
11. Mr. Mirror's Reflection on Dreams (9:23)

Total Time 67:14

Line-up / Musicians

- Rick Kennell / bass
- Coco Roussel / drums & percussion
- Stanley Whitaker / guitars
- Kit Watkins / keyboards, flute
- Frank Nakahara-Wyatt / saxophone, keyboards

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HAPPY THE MAN Live ratings distribution

(35 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(26%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(53%)
Good, but non-essential (15%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Atavachron
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4 stars Clean and elegant performance by one of America's best prog acts that captured the band just before the end of the classic progressive era and which highlights their extraordinary cohesion, syncopation and aplomb. The first third of the album indulges in Floydian space jams that sound great but the real fire begins with 'I Forgot to Push It' and just gets hotter from there. 'Ibby it Is', 'Steaming Pipes' and 'Knee Bitten Nymphs in Limbo' get the blood pumping with symphonic rock of the highest caliber. Considering the infrequency of this group's releases as well as symphonic prog rock from 1970s America, I see this record as one of their top it while you can.
Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars Recorded in the late seventies, this live album is made of songs exclusively selected from their first two albums (thank god). It almost took twenty years to release these recordings, after a compilation album (1989) and a effort which consisted of unreleased tracks (1990).

Several tracks selected are on the symphonic side of their work and are quite enjoyable. The "Genesis" influence is on the forefront, and therefore, this first part of the album has all my sympathy.

The mood switches to the jazzy flavours with "I Forgot To Push It". Some sort of useless jam IMHHO. But it is immediately followed by a good track of this live recording "Ibby It Is" from "Crafty Hands". Interms of influences, the jazzy feeling is dominating the second half of this set.

The tracks which have been selected are purely instrumental (which is anyway the majority of their work). This is probably a major factor in the "coldness" of this live set. And it is not the emotionless introduction to some of the numbers that will bring some warmth. Very intimate and confidential.

Music execution is well performed of course, but this is all but normal. What I miss is a bit more passion in the way to interact with the audience. It is as close to nothing. Complex music played by skilled musicians. OK. But at times it isn't enough.

As such, you'd better grab their two corresponding studio albums even if this live set is a good summary of those.

Three stars for this good album.

Latest members reviews

5 stars This being (only)the second Happy the man record ive had the pleasure to encounter... all i can say is, if the other 5 titles are as GREAT as this...Waaauuuhh!!!! First of all, this is a live recording of this fabulous Us-band.Recorded at the "Cellar door" and at "Louie´s rock city" sometime in 1 ... (read more)

Report this review (#3400) | Posted by Tonny Larz | Tuesday, March 9, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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