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All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
3rd: Better Late... came out 11 years after these demo recordings were made, hence the second part of the album's title. As for the first part, these home sessions were conducted to put Happy the Man's third LP into pre-production. In the meantime, punk and disco discouraged record labels to pursue their contracts with progressive rock bands and Arista Records dropped the group. If the tapes are crude at times some hiss, some distortion, sound quality is maintained at a respectable level. This is not the band's best material, but then again, it might have evolved before reaching the final stage -- a piece or two might even have been dropped. Still, it makes a worthy ...
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All Music Guide - Fran├žois Couture
3rd: Better Late... came out 11 years after these demo recordings were made, hence the second part of the album's title. As for the first part, these home sessions were conducted to put Happy the Man's third LP into pre-production. In the meantime, punk and disco discouraged record labels to pursue their contracts with progressive rock bands and Arista Records dropped the group. If the tapes are crude at times some hiss, some distortion, sound quality is maintained at a respectable level. This is not the band's best material, but then again, it might have evolved before reaching the final stage -- a piece or two might even have been dropped. Still, it makes a worthy follow-up to Crafty Hands. The writing remains complex, polyphonic, counterpuntal. There is a bit more fusion than before. Tracks like "The Falcon," "Who's in Charge Here?," and "Shadow Shaping" the latter very Gentle Giant-esque are genuine Happy the Man. New drummer Coco Roussel also featured on the Cuneiform release Live brings more subtle percussion work, while Kit Watkins and Stanley Whitaker play better than ever. Don't get turned off by the discouraging artwork: this is strong Happy the Man material, even though newcomers should begin with the band's two original albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/29/1995
  • Label: Cuneiform
  • UPC: 045775500126
  • Catalog Number: 755001
  • Sales rank: 93,526

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Happy Man Primary Artist
Kit Watkins Flute, Keyboards
Coco Roussel Percussion, Drums
Rick Kennell Bass
Stanley Whitaker Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Frank Wyatt Flute, Piano, Electric Piano, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Technical Credits
Kit Watkins Producer, Engineer, Graphic Design, Remixing, Cover Design
Happy Man Arranger
Frank Wyatt Lyricist
Paula Millet Graphic Design
Adriana Pace Recording Equipment, Live Crew
Wayne Garber Engineer, Live Crew
Steven Meeks Lighting Director, Live Crew
Wayner Garber Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Overlooked, Underrated, and Stunningly Good (In Parts)

    Not every song on this album is good, but the good ones are fantastic. I can't believe this band didn't get more notoriety. In fact, the instrumental songs written by Frank Wyatt, and Kit Watkins are beyond belief. I don't know how to describe this band. Art Rock? Progressive Rock? . . .Whatever, it's worth a listen.

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