Happy The Man

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  1. jeddy

    jeddy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    hey everyone
    I've been curious about this band for a while and was wondering which CD versions of their music have the best sound quality.

    Also....where do I begin?
  2. ponkine

    ponkine Senior Member

    Villarrica, Chile

    I only own their phenomenal debut

    I have the wonderful-sounding Japan ERC-32005 CD from 1988
    I think there was a mini LP version, but it was compressed and eq'd. Avoid that one mate

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  3. brian rx

    brian rx Forum Resident

    Grand Rapids, MI
    The first two are the best.
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  4. Begin with "Retrospective" which has most of the best tracks from there first 3 albums. It sounds good too!
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  5. Say

    Say Forum Resident

    Only have 3rd "better late" by HTM. Pleasingly mellow and good sound quality on the CD with two extra tracks.
  6. pbuzby

    pbuzby Senior Member

    Chicago, IL, US
    Their three studio albums are all great. There have been archival releases that are good but more for serious fans. I haven't heard the reunion albums.
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  7. klockwerk

    klockwerk Forum Resident

    Ohio USA
    'Happy The Man' and 'Crafty Hands' are excellent. 'The Muse Awakens' is also worth owning. I'm not sure there is much difference in the original CD and various reissues. Wayside Music has most of their releases. And if you wanna go deep, Stan Whitaker & Frank Wyatt released Pedal Giant Animals in 2006 and I like that one too.
  8. jeddy

    jeddy Forum Resident Thread Starter

    thank you all

    I like what I hear on Crafty Hands.

    I'll search out that 1988 Japan debut as well
  9. ChrisEfterklang

    ChrisEfterklang Forum Resident

    the Netherlands
    Besides the Japan issues there have been three releases of both of their first two albums on the following labels:

    - One Way Records: masters prepared by HTM keyboardplayer Kit Watkins
    - Musea
    - Esoteric Recordings

    AFAIK the Musea and Esoteric editions are sonically identical to the One Way's.

    Those two albums are simply the finest examples of 70s American progressive rock.
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  10. Platterpus

    Platterpus Senior Member

    Kit Watkins remixed the first album for the One Way CD reissue. I think the same thing was done to Crafty Hands as well.
  11. ChrisEfterklang

    ChrisEfterklang Forum Resident

    the Netherlands
    Officially it state "Audio Enhancement And Digital Remastering" which doesn't sound like remixing to me.
  12. Platterpus

    Platterpus Senior Member

    That's a pretty vague term used for a mastering process but from what I remember since I was and still am on The Artist Shop mailing list is that they were remixed by Kit Watkins and were well received by the fans after their release.
  13. The Hud

    The Hud Breath of the Kingdom, Tears of the Wild

    I picked up Retrospective today, pretty cool disc!
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  14. ChrisEfterklang

    ChrisEfterklang Forum Resident

    the Netherlands
    For the first time in ages listening to HTM’s debut (cd, One Way edition) and boy, is this music good and what a helluva job Ken Scott did recording it.
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