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Happy Rhodes is an enigma. This is according to the Music Industry, which has never been able to pigeon-hole her into any category. Her music is otherworldly yet substantial and her 4-octave voice has a haunting familiarity to it. Most listeners find her work difficult to describe and yet she incites an almost unheard of devotion among her fans. She goes from Kate Bush highs to David Bowie lows and you find yourself being beckoned to follow her into her futuristic worlds. She is now working on her 11th full-length album and is looking forward to doing some live shows soon.


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Happy Rhodes/Ectotrophia ....CD $16.99

Happy Rhodes/Ectotrophia ....CD $16.99

The first authoritative compilation of American dream pop artist Happy Rhodes, whose singular songwriting and four-octave vocal range emanated from the pastoral confines of upstate New York in the 1980s. Her melding of classical music influences with synthesizer and acoustic guitar, and her enchanting and idiosyncratic singing, are favorably compared to heralded English chanteuse Kate Bush. Fans of such artistic pop music would be remiss to overlook Rhodes's similarly remarkable and otherworldly sonic transmissions, traversing tales of dreamers, outsiders, lovers and other lovely and terrifying creatures born of a wellspring of wild creativity and bold imagination. Affectionately remastered from the original tapes, Ectotrophia gathers essential songs from Rhodes's mid-'80s salad days, many written when she was just a teenager - wildly ahead of her time and unafraid to bare her soul to regional audiences, the Ectophiles who'd eventually coin an entire subgenre of pop music in her honor. Dive deep into ecto, with the woman who started it all.

 

 

Security Project/Contact ....CD $17.99

Security Project/Contact ....CD $17.99

The Security Project has once again reinvented itself, this time with vocalist Happy Rhodes. Together with Jerry Marotta (drummer from Peter Gabriel's first five records), Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Michael Cozzi (Shriekback) and NY keyboardist David Jameson, the group continues reimagining the early work of Peter Gabriel (and also, on this disc, Kate Bush), but with Happy's impressive four-octave vocals adding an entirely new dimension. This live release comes from shows in the US and their recent Japanese tour.  Tracks: Lead a Normal Life, I Don't Remember, San Jacinto, Intruder, Rhythm of the Heat, Mother Stands for Comfort, No Self Control, Family Snapshot, I Have the Touch, Games without Frontiers / Of These Hope, Lay Your Hands on Me.

 

 

Happy Rhodes/Find Me ....CD $21.99

Happy Rhodes/Find Me ....CD $21.99

Happy Rhodes returns after a long absence with Find Me, her latest collection of songs, and it is well worth the wait. Exploring a sound both familiar and new, Happy covers a lot of emotional ground on Find Me. The subject matter ranges from the defiant anthem "She Won't Go," the last thoughts of a dying crash victim in the title track, the lament of the eternal bridesmaid on "Chosen One" and the sweet tribute to a loved one in "Here and Hereafter."  Happy delivers one of the best songs of her career with the elegant and mesmerizing "Can't Let Go," exploring how the emotional scars of the past can be both a source of inspiration and a curse. The incredible range of her instrument is complimented by a carefully crafted bed of electronics and traditional instruments into a sound that is both unique and incredibly listenable. Nowhere does this seem more apparent than the track "Queen" where she seems to ponder her role as siren to the marginalized, the searching and the broken.   Thankfully she seems to be willing to take the mantle, as unwilling as it might be. We'll all continue to be the better for it.  Assisting Happy on Find Me are Hansford Rowe and Bon Lozaga of Gongzilla, Trey Gunn, Bob Muller, Jon Catler Teddy Kumpet, Rob Schimmer and more.

Happy Rhodes/Many Worlds are Born Tonight ....CD $21.99

Happy Rhodes/Many Worlds are Born Tonight ....CD $21.99

Happy released approximately 9 CD's on the Aural Gratification label. In 1997 however, Happy decided that it was time to seek out a different kind of record label. A good friend recommended her to a newly forming label called, Samson Music. Founded by Norm Waitt Jr.(co-founder of the Gateway Computer company), this was a label that Happy felt would take her music to the next level. She signed with them and released "Many Worlds Are Born Tonight" in August of 1998. It is Happy's favorite album.  "I went through a lot of darkness to make that album. It was also the most fun I've ever had making a record."   Happy and Samson Music parted ways in early 2000.   And now, sadly, Samson has let this great album go out of print!  Through Happy's efforts we have managed to get a handful of these CD's.  But when these are gone, we're not likely to be able to get any more, so get it while you can.

Happy Rhodes/The Keep ....CD $19.99

Happy Rhodes/The Keep ....CD $19.99

The latest collection of live radio tracks as well as new originals and never before released oldies.

Happy Rhodes/Building The Colossus ....CD $19.99

Happy Rhodes/Building The Colossus ....CD $19.99

Happy's most commercial effort to date. Includes the hit "Collective Heart".

 


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