Thursday, March 16, 2006

Album of the Day

Crafty Hands, by Happy the Man (1978): For a lot of prog fans, Happy the Man are the American prog band. Working in the wake of prog's high water mark in Europe, the band incorporated lots of symphonic and Canterbury influences for this mostly-instrumental album. When it clicks, it's really good ("Ibby It Is" or "Wind Up Doll Day Wind"). Sometimes, however, it gets so laid back as to verge on New Age ("Morning Sun"), which is a bad thing. In addition, none of it strikes me as being distinctly "American" prog in the way, say, that The Dixie Dregs stuff does.

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