Death's Crown

by Happy The Man

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Sven B. Schreiber Although this album was released in 1999, after "Happy The Man" already hat called it quits for the first time, the music on it actually predates all other releases of the band, since it has been recorded between 1974 and 1976. It's a rehearsal room recording, hence the somewhat flat sound. But who wants to moan about that... it's great that an audible documentation of this early work, mainly conceived by Frank Wyatt, exists in the first place. Since I'm a big fan of Frank Wyatt's music, this album is sort of a "rough diamond" to me. Some of the tracks sound familiar - in fact, they reappeared later on the regular "Happy The Man" albums. Favorite track: Death's Crown - part 7.
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Composed & performed in late 1974, 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. The piece was performed several times, but was not a regular part of their repertoire, although parts of the work were regularly performed by the band in concert. Rehearsal tapes of the band performing Death's Crown were recently found & this release marks the first time that any of this material has ever been heard on record.

Happy The Man albums available on Bandcamp:

- cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/deaths-crown

- cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/live-5

- cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/beginnings

- cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/3rd-better-late

credits

released January 18, 1999

Dan Owen: vocals, classical guitar, percussion, additional bass on New York Dream's Suite
Frank Wyatt: electric piano, vocals
Kit Watkins: organ, Moog, string ensemble, clavinet, flute, recorder, sound effects
Stanley Whitaker: guitar, recorder
Rick Kennell: bass
Mike Beck: percussion

Death's Crown and New York Dream's 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 of the band house on Kenmore St, Arlington, VA in early 1976.

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