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Happy Accidents

by Rascal Reporters

Nothing Is Left to Chance on this Meticulously Offbeat Classic!
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pilgrim's Pride
10:19 $0.99
2. The Chalky Substance Variations
5:12 $0.99
3. Karen's Chalky Pilgrim
5:35 $0.99
4. Thunderstruck
10:21 $0.99
5. Moonstruck
8:19 $0.99
6. Sent Flying (Happy Accidents version)
2:52 $0.99
7. Bones Chorale [Happy Accidents version]
1:59 $0.99
8. Another Excerpt from 'Psychlops'
4:44 $0.99
9. Stabbing At Air
25:32 $1.29
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Album Notes
Happy Accidents: A Milestone Along the Route Less Traveled in American Music...

"Now out-of-print!  This classic album from 1988 is reissued with 30 mins of bonus tracks!  It has been described as 'the most complex rock album ever made' - it might be true!  Hints at Soft Machine, Zappa, Gentle Giant, and more!  Guests include Nick Didkovsky of Dr. Nerve, James Grigsby of U Totem, Dave Kerman of 5 UUs & Present, Dave Newhouse of The Muffins, Guy Segers of Univers Zero and Steven Feigenbaum of Cuneiform Records!  There are equal parts Canterbury and RIO styles as well as a hefty dose of Zappa and some influence of modern composers like Subotnik or Stockhausen.  The band consists of Steve Gore and Steve Kretzmer.  They play all manner of keyboards, guitars & percussion (including drumset) equally well.  You can never really tell which Steve is playing any particular part.  These guys are the real deal having been active since the mid-70s.  At this point they were probably an influence on many of the artists they will be compared to!   
 If you like any of the names dropped here or any of the bands that the guests are from, then you will undoubtedly enjoy 'Happy Accidents'." -ZNR Records


"'Happy Accidents' is filled with some very addicting melodies and rhythms.  The complex music (mostly RIO, and symphonic prog in nature) focuses on the interplay between keyboards (which range from cool-analog to cheesy-organ) , and everything from flute to guitar.  Both [side-long] epics are built in the cut-and-paste style so many musical ideas are linked together to form a much larger body of work.  The thing that really struck me about 'Happy Accidents' is that the music changes every measure.  There is little to no repetition, but the melodic development is so intelligent, and witty, that it boggles the mind how anyone could have come up with music this perfect.  If you are a fan of Zappa, U Totem, 5uu's, Ennio Morricone, and similar then you will end up loving this music. " -Steve Hegde

Thanks to a special arrangement with ZNR Records, we can now offer this unusual piece of underground music history through Hebbardesque/CD Baby!

An Abbreviated Rascal Reporters Discography:

PURPLE ENTRAPMENT -CD (Wafer Face Records) 1995
WE'RE GOD -CD (Wafer Face Records) 1997
THE FOUL-TEMPERED CLAVIER -CD (Pleasant Green Records) 2001
RIDIN' ON A BUMMER -CD (Hebbardesque Records) 2005
THE MIND BOGGLES -mp3 (Hebbardesque Records) 2008
PSYCHLOPS (COMPLETE) -single download (Hebbardesque Records) 2012
ELEGANT DECAY (LIVE AT OAK PARK HIGH 1976) -download (Hebbardesque) 2012
NICE NOT TO BE HERE (BONUS TRACKS 1976-2008) -download (Hebbardesque) 2014



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very very best!
"Stabbing At Air" is, Prog-Rock best ever tune!
Beautiful melody in Canterbury style, strange deployment in RIO style, and the last ending is symphonic.