Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With

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Originally released: 2002

Personnel

  • Adrian Belew (guitar and vocals)
  • Robert Fripp (guitar)
  • Trey Gunn (Warr guitar, rubber bass, fretless Warr guitar)
  • Pat Mastelotto (drumming)

Contents

Tracks

Music by King Crimson.

  • 0'26 Bude
  • 4'12 Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With
  • 2'00 Mie Gakure
  • 0'35 She Shudders
  • 4'08 Eyes Wide Open (acoustic version)
  • 2'53 ShoGaNai
  • 0'40 I Ran
  • 5'03 Potato Pie => Reviews
  • 10'26 Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part IV) (recorded live in Nashville 2001)
  • 0'27 Clouds

Hidden Track:

  • 3'10 Einstein's Relatives

Reviews

Reviews are listed in chronological order within each section. Please retain a chronological order when adding new reviews.

Entire Release

Date Submitted: 20-Oct-02
By: Luca Piccini (lucapiccini at libero dot it)

"If this is a taste of the new way of the Kc I say: fantastic!
"With What You Have To Be Happy With is simply perfect, Eyes wide open is so soft, why do not continue with unplugged music?
"The blues of Potato Pie is one of the best of the EP!
"And finally... Einstein Relatives... shold be long an hour!
"My thank You to the King Cromson for this record."


Date Submitted: 23-Oct-02
By: Hector Diaz (hectordiazt at yahoo dot com)

"Bude & Happy With what you have to be happy be happy with": Can be such one song. Beatyfull introduction following a heavy part section, a classic Crimson sound and medal.

"Mie Garuke": Is very probable that be a solo of Fripp (Sounscapes) with Trey Gunn. For me, it is a part of heaven in the the mind of Robert. For long time I love the soundcapes music and before Frippertronics. Is a special time for a dialogue in silence between the body, soul and the spirit, the tree levels of the human being.

"She Shudders": A solo of Adrian Bellew; previuos to "Eyes Wide Open": The magic of a beatyfull song distintive in a album of King Crimson ( One Time or Harthbeat). "Shoganai": I listen sound of percussion (Mastelloto), but I think that is also with guitars. I remember the beginig of "Lark´s Tongues In Aspic Part One", a little more rapid. I ilke it. "I Ran": More beatyfull voice. "Potato Pie": A nice blues previuslly a big Master Piece "Lark´s Tongues In Aspic (Part IV): Very good such Part I,II&III, or Red or Breathless and other. Very Strong, exactness. For me represent a some big, not bad, a big good Event that is present on all the world. I treat to remember this entire song but I can´t, playing this, I think that is more dificult. A big Job!!!. "Clouds" is the epilogue....of the album "Happy With what you have to be happy be happy with", very good job but a little brief like "VROOOM" but we are waiting for "The Power to Believe"."


Date Submitted: 25-Oct-02
By: Geno T (rg429 at hotmail dot com)

"Whoa nelly! Bone-crushing beats, oriental chimes, distorted poems floating in the ether, and a killer "Larks' Tongues in Aspic IV" to top them all - this EP's got some of everything, all in 34 minutes. They made me laugh out loud, thrash my head to the beat, marvel at their skill, fear for my life and ultimately laugh some more. Who says these guys don't have a sense of humor? While Happy... may ultimately prove to be more of a novelty than a release I'll return to time and time again (as I do Red, Thrak and the ProjeKcts), it succeeds admirably at what it tries to do; simply give a small preview of the full album still to come. If the engineering & production on The Power To Believe are anything like what we hear here, the new record will be an absolute monster. Hoooooaaahh.

"The title track (apparently an edit from the future version) is a crazed mix of upbeat catchiness, pounding maniacal fury and lyrical absurdity tossed into a blender on Liquefy. And if it isn't enough to make you laugh out loud, "Potato Pie" probably will; it's another twisted Crimson take on the blues. It's what the old Metallica might have sounded like if they decided to imitate a Blind Lemon Jefferson tune for a lark one night. For those who lamented the absence of a KC ballad a-la "One Time" on the last album, there'll be a nice acoustic treat in "Eyes Wide Open;" it gets a little repetitive, but this will be different from the final version also. Heck, apart from "Larks' IV," nothing here is simply repeated from any other release - and even that is added as a live version without the lyrics of the original. I've always thought that the piece had enough menace and doom of its own without the depressing words, and here I think they've proven me right. Frightening stuff.

"Never a band to just put out what's expected, Crimson have stuffed this one full of other little goodies.. Adrian's haikus, Robert's Soundscapes (the mysterious "Mie Gakure"), Pat's rhythmic noodlings ("ShoGaNai"), and a hidden track at the end that can only be described as just plain bizarre. It all ultimately feels like a tease since this is only a sketchy glimpse.. but what a fascinating glimpse. Get in on this."


Date Submitted: 27-Oct-02
By: Andrew Tokarski (andreast at wp dot pl)

"In 2000, before playing an outstanding concert with King Crimson in Warsaw Roma Theatre Robert Fripp said on the press conference that we, as an audience, shouldn't expect anything from the show. So I tried to forget everything that i had known about this band and its music and tune in. I was surprised, almost shocked, by the strengh and vitality of the monster that i saw on the stage that day...

"This idea came to me while unwrapping this album. And it worked perfectly. Not only was I surprised again by the sound and attitude of the music, but also it was a pleasant surprise. The instrumental parts remind me of some of the projeKct's X finest hour, but this time it is filled with a melody. Structure and melody combined together and served with crimson sauce - of course hot and fresh.
"The title track "Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With" sounds - Adrian would say - like a "jumbo-shrimp". Deadly autoironic. It contains all the elements that would make it a commercial success in a "nu-metal" style: tough rhythm section (seems to be 4/4 of course ;) ), blistering guitar riffs and a guitar solo that has absolutely NO point. And remember: "We're gonna have a chorus...". I like this song very much. I feel a frying pan atmosphere somewhere there. But this song only seems to be very easy to play (as usual).
"Belew's acoustic piece "Eyes Wide Open" is beautiful and... light. It doesn't sound like KC, but this is the aspect of their music that album "ConstruKction Of Light" was definitely lacking of...
"This version of "Larks' Tongues 4" may make feel better those who have never heard KC "Live In Nashville 2001". I think this track is a quintesence of it. This time a little bit mixed and without audience applause. The rest is just funny little addition and, except "Clouds", acceptable.

"So... am i happy with what i have to be happy with? I'm just satisfied. I suppose the studio release "The Power To Believe" will be VERY different. And very demanding. And irritating... And impossible... Everything that every crimhead dreams of..."


Date Submitted: 27-Oct-02
By: Gruss Lothar (starless at elephant-song dot de)

"Uwe, sie ist da:
"1: Klingt wie Beethovens ode an die Goetter, oder so was aehnliches.
"2: Metallica-Beatles-Kirchenchor. Man das ist doch Beatles-Musik von der Revolution. Hat der nur abgekupfert, der Adrian Belew???
"3: Ah, jetzt ist das King Crimson/Robert Fripp. Man ist das kurz
"4: Ist der Grossonkel von Robert Fripp gestorben und die bringen nur noch Trauermusik?
"5: Gabs nicht auch mal einen Beatles-Titel: Here Comes Another Day. Auf Beatles-Musik stand ich noch nie. Auch heute nicht, auch wenn King Crimson drauf steht. Ist doch Katzenscheisse........
"6: Gloeckchengebimmel, das hat Pat wirklich fein programmiert. Man da gehoert Robert Fripp mit ner schraegen Gitarrenzupferei dazu
"7: Man soll das etwa 11.9.-Musik von King Crimson sein!!!!!!!!!! Das kann man fuer eine progressive ArtRockBand dieser Kategorie aber viel besser machen.
"8: Wieder so ein Beatles Verschnitt. Das ist doch nur King Crimson, weil die die Musik auf ihrer letzten Tour kreiert hatten. Aber was die jetzt daraus gemacht haben. Beatles Hoch Drei
"9: Ahhhhhhhhhhh endlich King Crimson mit den diffizielen vertrackten Gitarrenfolgen von Robert und Adrian und einem Schlagzeug, dass einen entschweben laesst dazu ein wummernder Bass, kenn ich zwar schon alles, aber ist doch schoen mal wieder zu hoeren. Ist da irgendwas neu dran? Die sollten mal ein BestOfAlbum rausbringen. Da koennen die solche Stuecke drauf bringen. Ach da faellt mir ein neuer Titel fuer eine Boot ein: Katzenmusik und Gloeckchengebimmel und als Bild eine schwarze Katze mit
"10 kleinen Gloeckchen um den Hals und als Musikstuecke nehm ich die 10 schlechtesten Titel von King Crimson, 8 hab ich ja schon und die 2 restlichen find ich auch noch in meiner King Crimson Sammlung. Aber dafuer muss ich doch nicht 15Euro ausgeben. sondern nur ein Euro fuer die leere CDR.
"10: Schnipselzeug, was soll das? Haben die keine Kreativitaet mehr? Koennen die keine Musik mehr machen. Das ist doch das letzte was ich hoeren will. Dann kann ich mir die Nashville 96 noch mal anhoeren. Das ist auch nur eine gesuelzte Schwachsinnigkeit und Unvermoegen der Musiker drauf. Das ganze 10. Stueck ist doch so was von Horribel, wie Fripp selbst sagt. Und dann noch Applaus am Ende. Von Wem und wofuer eigentlich? Selbstbeweihraeucherung? Selbsttaeuschung? Selbstzerstoerung? Selbstmord?

"Ich hab jetzt alle CDRs fertig gebrannt und packe gerade ein Paket an dich. Um die Symmetrie in dem Paket mit den Tapes und den CDRs nicht zu verletzen, und auch das Masssentraegheitsmomet konstant zu halten, fuelle ich auf der einen Seite eine kleine Menge an weissen und schwarzen Atomen rein. Und obendrauf leg ich zum kroenenden Abschluss noch die Ausgedruckten Covers. Die CDs schick ich ohne JewelCases. Ich hab alles vom Stapel gebrannt... Zugepackt wird das ganze nachher noch mit Pazertapebandspezialnosmircgnik. Ach ich aergere mich ueber die neue CD. Die ist doch totaler Mist............Grrrrrrrr Ich hoer mir jetzt Shakiera oder Musik von einer anderen Tussie an, tausendmal schlimmer kann die Musik auch nicht sein. Was haben die sich nur bei dieser Musik gedacht? Oder hatte da einer nur wieder mal ein DollarZeichen in den Augen. Meld dich, wenn das Paket da ist. Frust!

"PS: Der Titel haette Katzenscheiss & Gloeckchenbimmeln heissen sollen"


Date Submitted: 29-Oct-02
By: (dragonfly at planetaccess dot com)

"The E.P. is a fun little "postcard" from the band. Most of the tracks (5 of the 10 - not including the bonus) are Adrian using some electronic voice multiplier. I happen to like the sound very much, but I could see some fans being disappointed thinking they were purchasing ten new tunes.

"There are really only four "songs" on here:
"Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With",
"Eyes Wide Open (acoustic version)",
"Potato Pie" and
"Larks’ Tongues In Aspic (Part IV) (recorded live in Nashville 2001)"

"The rest are Adrian’s modulated vocal bits, with the exception of "ShoGaNai" which sounds like Adrian’s (?) guitar with a "temple bells" sample setting.

"The title track sounds very much like "Oyster Soup..." from the last album. That’s not a put-down from me, but again, some fans might find this not entirely "progressive" in the literal sense of the word.

"Larks’ Tongues IV", is nice to have if you want an instrumental version of the song that doesn’t go into Adrian’s "I Have A Dream". I was, in fact, surprised that the vocal coda wasn’t part of this performance. It’s a very different sounding "Larks IV" from what I’ve heard previously, so it’s a nice addition to my collection.

"The hidden track, "Einstein's Relatives" is a fun pastiche of the goings on within the studio. Several band members voices (including Mr. Fripp’s) are fun to hear."


Date Submitted: 1-Nov-02
By: David Kirkdorffer (David.Kirkdorffer at chordiant dot com)

"OK.

"First impressions are not always lasting impressions. But here are my first impressions.

"Overall

"This EP's title -- Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With -- sums it up best perhaps.
"This is an odd Krimson release. It's the most "American" sounding Krimson recording. If it weren't for the inclusion of LTIA-IV, the harmonized vocal interludes and "Eyes Wide Open," this sounds very much like music that is being produced by 20-30 somethings in thousands of rehearsals rooms across America. In some ways, that our aging Krimsoids can walk in these shoes so powerfully is a compliment. However, these are someone else's shoes. Compositionally, if Krimson stays in this blues-based riffing genre, I suggest it is playing someone else's game and has taken a turn onto an already well traveled road.

"In my heart I'm hoping this release serves to evacuate some materiel that they've accumulated and leaves the path clear for "The Power To Believe" be more adventurous, compositionally rich and abstracted.

"Blow by blow

"1. This record sounds much better that TCOL. Judging by the "Einstein collage," I'd guess the boys / Adrian are recording to Hard-Drive now instead of ADATs. The fidelity is WAY better. The mastering is very current with almost all dynamics being flattened out. But for this material, it works and it's punchy!

"2. Given the abuse Adrian has received for his Krimson input, to my ears it's ironic that the little "O' Superman / Laurie Andersonesque" harmonized vocal interludes are more "Krimson" than the blues-based riffing of the "Happy" and "Potato" tunes.

"3. Two out of three sections in "Happy" sound like they could come from any number of younger heavy bands. To my ears, as huge and powerful as this song is, the arrangement and vocal phrasing are sooo in the already-well-explored "new metal" genre that it's a little disappointing. That one other section has the Krimson stamp. More of that please!

"4. Eyes Wide Open, with its ethno-techno-coustic texture, offers a somewhat new sound for Krimson. It this finds itself on The Power to Believe, I'm curious to hear an electric version. It's the kind of tune that I suspect will sound better or worse depending on what other material surrounds it.

"5. "Potato" doesn't add much to either the blues or Krimson. While "ProzaKc Blues" suffers from perhaps being a verse or two too long, it sounds much stronger than Potato and does the job better. No meat here.

"6. LTIA-IV is a scorcher. The mix/mastering production on this version is thunderous and concentrated. It sounds waaaay more powerful than the TCOL version. Adrian's wailing solo toward the end when the rest of the band are all hitting at once is, to my ears, a fittingly Krimson take on the blues, if one is needed.

"7. The Einstein collage is a humorous present for bearded, earnest young men of any age, who may or may not have beards. Krimson meets the Marx Brothers

"The sound quality of these tracks could lead one to believe this is Krimson's "new direction." Perhaps -- but I kind of doubt it.

"I eagerly await The Power to Believe."


Date Submitted: 9-Nov-02
By: Mark Robinson (mark.robinson at whsmithnet dot co dot uk)

"Bought it yesterday....KC get happy after all these years?

"Odd and maybe good. Better than recent soul-less mech"


Date Submitted: 9-Nov-02
By: Alan Wilde Jr (AlanWildeJr at cs dot com)

"This is a great teaser with what will be a truly great album The Power to Be. Eyes Wide Open is a great song along with the title track Happy with what you have to be happy with. I love "I need to write another chorus." All I can say is that I want more and "I need another Album!!!"


Date Submitted: 13-Nov-02
By: Kevin McClure (K.McClure at napier dot ac dot uk)

"How excellent to come across a new King Crimson release, even of it is just an E.P. as a taster for the forthcoming "The Power to Believe" album. My appetite is whetted.

"A classic Crimson opening with the short intro of Bude. I set the volume and then was blown out of my chair when the title track, Happy With What You need To Be Happy With came on, excellent stuff, a strong band performance and much lyrical juggling with the title. Much of the E.P.is short interludes but the over all effect is excellent.

"The accoustc Eyes Wide Open is excellent, the true mark of a great song and great band is that a song which is intended to have stronger electric instrumentation should sound fully rounded and nothing appears to be missing.

"Potato Pie is classic Crim' again great riffs and pulsing beat. Do we need another live version of another version of Larks Tongues in Aspic? Well based on the evidence here I think the answer has to be YES!

"There contiue to be a number of blues elements in this E.P. (as there was in The ConstruCKtion of Light. This also links to the question I just rasised about Larks Tongues in Aspic, in sa much as the old blues singers like John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters revisited many of their songs several times very effectively. King Crimson do seem to be revisiting a number of recurrent themes but there is never any hint that they risk descending to the tired old nostalgia trail there is always something frsh happening with each performance and recording.

"Long live King Crimson. God bless Robert Fripp, may he live ot 100 and continue to make a wonderful noise with his old friend King Crimson"


Date Submitted: 22-Nov-02
By: Michael Stollenwerk (m.stollenwerk at snafu dot de)

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"where is your inspiration, your innovation and your freshness, your faith to try something new, unexpected and your risk to fail?????

"by the way, thanks a lot for .................former things"


Date Submitted: 23-Nov-02
By: Matthew Barker (matthew at essentialmail dot fsnet dot co dot uk)

"I have listened to this CD and it has wetted my appetite for the forthcoming record, "The Power to Believe".

"Happy... almost sounds like a thrash metal track with subtle King Crimson wizardry and electronics. I love it! Very exciting piece of music.

"Looking forward to all the rest from maestro Fripp and genius Belew on the new record.

"Play your fingers and foot pedals off boys!

"I love it when it is dark, strange and weird. My all time favourites are "Red" and "Discipline"."


Date Submitted: 13-Dec-02
By: Gunnar Schillings (aquamine at iafrica dot com)

"What can I say, except it sounds rounded in a way that even the last few seconds of Einstein make a perverse sense, frightful ......... I may say."
"Happy: No comment, I am too old.
"Potato Pie: Yes, I remember when KC played at the Wheeley Pop Festival 3.00 am 1971, great show and sound!! .......Colosseum played before amongst others like the London Philharmonic Orchestra...... Colosseum recorded a piece called "Backwater Blues", one of the most dynamic pieces of "blues" ever recorded in England. Pie comes close.
"Larks 4: A medley spanning years of Crimson including 21st themes, good for demonstration purposes.
"Einstein: This is where I had my previous problem and I must add that it reminds me of "The Fleas" recorded in the late sixties by "White Noise", penned by a chap called "McDonald", in structure and wit.
"we move forward by coming from" citing some words from the very piece does not make this picture clearer.
"Dear Uncle Bob...........it was horrible" makes it sinister and very questionable.
"The final coda with applause added sounds like a take from 1969. Everybody knows why ??


Date Submitted: 18-Dec-02
By: Mike O'Brien (whoremoan_ at excite dot com)

"It's a blast! Granted it's only an ep, clocking in at a lil over a half-hour, but it's damned entertaining. The title track, while musically exciting, Ade's lyrics had me in stitches. The album is later than late, and he's singing lyrics like "When I have some words, this is the way I'll sing" & "I'm gonna have to write a chorus...This would seem as good a place as any other to sing until I'm blue in the face". "Eyes wide open" reminds me of Ade's solo accoustic album, which I am a huge fan of(wonder how the electric version will sound). LTIA IV was an excellent performance,this line-up does not always hit a home run, but when they do it goes deep. "Einstein's relatives" was rather amusing. Overall, a good half-hour of entertainment, which only whets the appetite for the full on Crim cd due out in the spring. Or has it been pushed back again? I'll just have to be happy with what I have to be happy with."


Date Submitted: 27-Dec-02
By: Steven Gordon (stgor at apricorn dot com)

"The instrumentation on this album is great. However, the lyrics are awful. They are especially bad on "Happy with what you have to be happy with." In my opinion, they ruin the entire song. The lyrics on this album are even worse than those from recent years."


Date Submitted: 15-Mar-03
By: Joerg Fischer (lichtafee at gmx dot de)

"This is a colourful one, released as a foretaste to their current full studio-release "The power to believe", but of individual character I think. It starts with a little "haiku" executed only by Adrian Belew’s voice, somehow realtime-stretched into very beautiful and complex chordchanges: "Bude" (following later in a similar manner are "She shudders", "I ran" & "Clouds"). Unfortunately each of these small pearls lasts less than one minute. After track 1 the dynamics suddenly go to the maximum: "Happy with what you have", a parody of today’s Nu Metal - maybe emotionally impressing at first, but getting more and more dull. To me it’s a similar effect with this tune. Loud, but not really strong (maybe except for the chorus, that includes some tricky polymetric "thrakking" in the guitars). "Mie Gakure" is another short moody soundscape. Maybe the EP’s dramaturgical flow didn’t really need it (me neither), but many KC-fans love this side of Fripp, so it’s inclusion is surely very welcome. "Eyes wide open" is an easy-going beautiful song with acoustic guitar, which is rarely heard in the usual "crimsonesque" band-textures. I really enjoy it’s naturally achieved athmospherical and peaceful effect. "Shoganai" includes exclusively (sampled?) percussive sounds and maybe shows a duet of Belew and Mastelotto exploring their asian roots or something. Personally I always was happy that I never found a "normal" bluesrock-song on any KC-album. But on the 12 bar-blues "Potato Pie" again they’re exploring roots they maybe never had (I don’t know about Belew in this case, but - well, does he sound very bluesy?) This song maybe doesn’t have many qualities neither of blues nor of KC’s broad idiom, so what? The live-version of "Larks’ tongues in aspic" obviously was played pretty energetic, and was further heavily compressed in studio later, so this all-instrumental version sounds very strong and more vital than it’s studio-counterpart (on which you probably can hear the strain of counting along the complex meter-combinations of this then new composition). So already known, but it’s surely the highlight of this EP. After the last haiku seemingly closing the EP, there’s a hidden track appearing after a short while. This is usually referred to as "Einstein’s relatives" and is basically a collage of snippets out of the rehearsal-room. It includes some "funny" verbal and vocal contributions, some snippets of pieces (improvisations?) not included on the full TPTB, some moments you can find again on TPTB, and - at the very ending - an audience quoting a KC-incunabula. The cutting-technique on this track potentially gives new surprising qualities to KC-music (also in the ProjeKts-box there are some surprising, obviously studio-manipulated moments), but maybe they saw this hidden track more as a "joke" anyway, and aren’t interested in delving deeper into a collage-approach like this. Anyway they’re often fantastic when playing music in real time, so what?

"My favorite pieces of this EP combined with those from TPTB bring together a completely enjoyable imaginary-2003-KC-release of about 30 minutes - not very much, so this is still a good, but surely not the best time for me, generally purchasing any new KC-release, as I surely prefer listening to the original KC-clichees instead of any "borrowed" clichees (please note: the term "clichee" really doesn’t automatically implie a negative meaning in my understanding - maybe except when combined with "borrowed" ;o)."


Date Submitted: 12-Apr-03
By: (ericodijk at zeelandnet dot nl)

"Whoa! Have we been touring with Tool? Have we been listening to each others ideas? If both bands did indeed listen to the other, than I'll be anxious to see what the new Tool will be like. By the way, I found an MP3 of Red, live with Danny Carey from Tool on drums. Fun! So... More!"


Potato Pie

Date Submitted: 6-Dec-02
By: Gunnar Schillings (aquamine at iafrica dot com)

"I heard the whole "preview", as I bought it for an astronomically high price, I listened to it times and again and I found the following: Good playing, in the order of trying to get back to the roots. Potato Pie is a cover version of a "Colosseum" song, just with different lyrics. Potato Pie otherwise stands out on this compilation, pretending to be new. Every tune in this "prewiew" is much better recorded than anything in the previous official outing. Is this, because at least somebody listens to or reads comments? Or is it because creativity calls again after so many years of dumb repitition.

"Creativity is where the heart goes wandering about the universe and not looking into the pocket all the time.

"PS: I must say this here as well: I do not like the last couple of seconds of "Einstein" as they are snide!! You want to be snide?"
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