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Happy The Man


Eclectic Prog

3.55 | 73 ratings

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2 stars Capturing the entirety of the long-lost Happy the Man conceptual suite Death's Crown (plus a couple of scraps that didn't make it onto Beginnings), this archival release will doubtless excite the interest of those fascinated by the band's history, but isn't really a quality listen compared to their studio albums. First off, the sound quality is really quite poor, being sourced from home demo tapes recorded during rehearsals of the Death's Crown performance (which as I understand it involved dancers and actors as a dinner theatre piece... prog rock dinner theatre, what will they think of next). Secondly, the piece itself just isn't that special. Sure, it's well-played and ticks all the boxes, but it's hardly a dazzlingly original piece - especially considering it was composed well before the band defined their own sound, so it shows a strong Genesis influence. Personally, I'd rather just relisten to Crafty Hands.
Warthur | 2/5 |


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