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Happy The Man


Eclectic Prog

3.55 | 73 ratings

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4 stars The text in the CD-booklet says: "Death's Crown and New York Dreams Suite were recorded in the rehearsal room at the band house on New York Ave., Harrisonburg, VA during the last half of 1974. Merlin of the High Places was recorded in the rehearsal room at the band house on Kenmore St., Arlington, VA in early 1976". It is very exciting when record companies is releasing previously unreleased recordings with old bands, especially when the recordings are as incredible as this release. The sound quality isn't that good, but considering the primitive conditions they were recorded at; it's amazing how they have managed to get them as good as this. The musical aspect of the recording though is very good, with great spacey, jazzy, complex symphonic progressive rock with many instrumental passages. Kit Watkins is a very good keyboard player and so are the other musicians. The CD consists of three tracks. The 38 minute "Death's Crown" is divided into 11 parts that is put together, so that you can't hear where one part is going into another part. "Death's Crown" was written as a collaborative work with dancers, actors, lighting & coordinated slide shows - a multi-media event staged at a local dinner theatre in their original hometown of Harrisonburg, VA. This is an album that I highly recommend
Greger | 4/5 |


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