Saturday, August 16, 2008

RASCAL REPORTERS-HAPPY ACCIDENTS (1987, CD, USA)

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 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. (Reverbnation)
An extraordinary progressive duo featuring Steve Gore and Steve Kretzmer on guitars, keyboards, bass, clarinet, percussion, drums and voices. Special guests include Dave Newhouse (The Muffins) on saxes and flutes, Nick Didkovsky (Doctor Nerve) on guitar, Dave Kerman and James Grigsby (U Totem) on percussion, Guy Segers (Univers Zero) on bass and Steve Feigenbaum (Random Radar utility outfielder) on guitar. The Rascal Reporters have been making challenging music for more than a quarter century and this is their 1988 masterpiece, originally on lp, but released here with over 30 minutes of bonus material. The complexity of the compositions and ideas here will thrill and astonish fans of rehearsal intensive progressive rock. (DMG)
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Rascal Reporters web site

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this.

panos said...

Excellent music. The description in the post is very accurate. Thanks a lot for this gem.

Hebbardesque said...

Happy Accidents is terrific. Rascal Reporters have just issued The Mind Boggles, their first new album in seven years!

Geoff said...

Steve Gore of Rascal Reporters has passed away, March 14,2009, following an accident at his home.
He was a sweet man and a musical genius. He will be sorely missed.

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Anonymous said...

Recently unearthed vinyl LPs of Happy Accidents are now available!:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rascalreporters