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Simple Happy Dream

by Chris Williams

Beatlesque pop, rock, reggae and experimental recordings (with pathos, hope, determination, whimsy and multitracked vocal harmonies galore) created and recorded by a one-man-band.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop/div>
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  Song Share Time Download
1. remember me
2:40 $0.99
2. letdown girl
3:20 $0.99
3. screwface
2:08 $0.99
4. clear and present need
3:25 $0.99
5. can't take root
4:38 $0.99
6. winter will be warm
1:54 $0.99
7. eerie ashiko
3:26 $0.99
8. be your everybody
4:44 $0.99
9. rock steady
3:26 $0.99
10. simple happy dream
4:52 $0.99
11. sunday morning
3:41 $0.99
12. no good
3:17 $0.99
13. follow
2:12 $0.99
14. refuse to promise
4:23 $0.99
15. in secret tonight
2:49 $0.99
16. eversweet
5:24 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes

"Simple Happy Dream" features sixteen original songs performed and produced by Chris Williams between 1998 and 2003, reflecting the author's love for Sixties pop harmonies, dynamic guitar textures, roots reggae drumming and bass guitar playfulness. The songs were recorded one by one for fun and personal enjoyment, and have been assembled into a variety-filled album representing an era of writing and recording effort.

Each CD has been painstakingly shrinkwrapped in a full-color jacket. Song titles and track numbers are printed on the CD for your convenient reference.


All songs copyright 2003 Chris Williams (BMI). All rights reserved.

Chris Williams:
Bass guitars
6 & 12 string electric guitars
nylon string acoustic/electric guitar
6 string acoustic guitars
drum machine
really bad keyboards
original samples
harmony vocals
lead vocals
album sequencing/editing
cover and on-disc design

John Palumbo:
additional harmony vocals during round in "Eversweet"
cymbal swells in "Refuse To Promise"


When I started recording these songs in 1998, I had no intention of letting the world have a listen.

I was just trying to figure out my first eight-track recorder, the Roland VS-840. I'd use it to preserve song ideas before they evaporated, then use any spare tracks to whimsically elaborate. Far more advanced than my old four-track, the 840 encouraged me to experiment with vocal harmonies - as many as I could make up and sing - and layer more guitars than is usually appropriate.

Recording was all about the thrill of making a brand new song that I could listen to the next morning: clumsily capturing my erratic instrument performances... tirelessly tweaking the VS-840's built-in effects... lusciously layering as many harmony vocals as I could think of... and mixing it to my own, blissfully unfashionable taste.

Naturally, this was fun.

This also means there are a lot of mistakes, but for every not-so-hot rhythm or pitch, there are magic little moments of groove, harmony and coincidence. Most of the goofs are still funny to me, and I wouldn't edit them out for the world. Several of the songs use first-take vocal performances. In places I stumbled over the freshly-minted lyrics, or haphazardly improvised delivery, but when I went back to sing them perfectly I just couldn't recreate the innocence.

It took me years to decide to release this for family, friends and likeminded strangers. I might have re-recorded all the songs and fixed the iffy parts, and maybe someday I will.

In the end, though, I decided you should hear the versions I so happily played in the car each morning after each late night of recording. Each new "debut" was itself a reward for the countless hours spent.

I think anyone can make their own little pop album. I hope you'll enjoy mine.

Chris Williams
February 4, 2004



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John Palumbo

Chris is a dynamic, honest, and talented songwriter.
I am fortunate enough to be one of the few people to hear almost all of the songs supplied for this album as they were written, in real time.

This album is full of interesting melodies, harmonies, counterpoint, texture, and truth.

If you are looking for an interesting and left-of-center listening experience, you will not be disappointed.

I am waiting for my copy of this album to arrive via carrier pigeon, but am confident this collection, in this order, will exceed my expectations.

Bob Elliott

This Album Is Beautiful
I am a believer in the artistic home-made album being as good as the pro stuff. No, better, 'cause nowdays they sterilize the pro stuff 'til I can't even hear any emotion. Chris Williams is on the front line of the actual fully-realized, home-made album revolution. People will listen to this for real, like year after year. It will hold up in their collection. Certainly in mine.


Now THAT'S some home-grown Apollo Beach tuneage.
In 1993's Tampa Bay area music scene, I used to watch Chris play epic metal sludgefests in six.of.one (R.I.P.), with a molasses voice soaring over bass-crawling fingers of doom. To find out the dude continued writing his own music was heartening, and it turned out to be a variety-filled (and quite mellow) album. How long must it have taken to record all those layers? "Simple Happy Dream" is an amazing onion of creative effort. Buy it for the twilight basses and sunrise vocals. Then politely spam this guy to record us some more.

Another Christopher Williams

the most diverse CD I've heard in a long time...
As the other reviewers have stated, the album seems to take on a mind of its own and despite the amateur mindset Chris seems to convey to it's listeners, this has got to be the best musical diamond I've listened to in a long time... without losing it's point OR it's soul. Great job! By sticking to the basics and keeping the sound real, more of the same from this guy ain't bad! Keep it coming Chris! Definitely worth the $$

Psychedelic Overdrive

Old Friends
Bet that caught your attention!!! Great to see you finally did it! Waiting for my copy, cant wait. Anytime you want beat on the ole kit, let me know?? Feierstadt, B

Stephen Duplantis

This CD Restores One's Love Of Music
I hear so many influences, from Sublime to Elliot Smith. This is enjoy your favorite beer and spread your towel on the sand music. I've listened to it, front to back, every day since I bought it. My friends constantly ask "who is that?" I refuse to copy it for them. I send them to cd Baby. You've got to financially support music this good.

Ryan Bauer

A solid collection of inspired creations from a musician that is comfortable in
Chris Williams is on a one man mission to restore even the harshest cynics' faith in modern music. His debut album “Simple Happy Dream” is spot-on at blending whimsical harmonic melodies with melancholy introspective lyrics and ideas. You get the yin and the yang all on one shiny little disc.

From the surprisingly competent Zombie-like keyboards on “Letdown Girl” to the crunching guitars on “No Good”, this record will take you around the genre globe in 16 delicious tracks.

At last, the phrase “one man band” is no longer reserved for gruff accordion-playing street musicians with cymbals between their knees. Williams writes, plays, records and produces it all—without a safety net underneath him. Perhaps it’s this precise control over everything that gives his sound that unique quality that you just can’t get from the big boys any more.

If you dig Sixties pop, reggae, metal…scratch that…if you have ANY musical sensibilities, snatch this disc up immediately. It’s a solid collection of inspired creations from a musician that is comfortable in a wide spectrum of musical genres—and knows how to make each one his own. 100% fully recommended.


wow !!!
i still remember hearing the beatles, stones, yardbirds, animals, et.al. for the first time in the 60's--i can't believe that new music could be so good in 2004!!!

Ta Plinky

Imagine yourself in a quaint wooden boat on a narrow waterway. The water is clear and clean. The air is warm, a cool breeze tousles your hair. The birds play and dive in the auburn sky . Animals scurry in the brush on the shore. The slow lazy current guides you down the winding river. As each bend is revealed, you are calm, inviting whimsy. There is truth in your journey, you are free to explore your needs, wants, triumphs, and defeats without judgment. The surroundings make it easy to see where you have been and where you are going without regret, without guilt. You are tapped into that energy, that palatable buzz of serenity. Simple. Happy. Dream.