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The Inconsolable Secret [Import]

Glass HammerAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 12, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: July 12, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sound Resources / Arion Records
  • ASIN: B000A0W684
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. A Maker Of Crowns
2. The Knight Of The North
Disc: 2
1. Long And Long Ago
2. The Morning She Woke
3. Lirazel
4. The High Place
5. Morrigan's Song
6. Walking Toward Doom
7. Mog Ruith
8. Through A Glass Darkly
9. The Lady Waits
10. The Mirror Cracks
See all 11 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews


"...this is truly a masterpiece, ...some of the most majestic emotionally charged music I've ever experienced." -- Jerry Lucky -

"...worthy of being considered one of the top twenty prog albums ever made, maybe one of the ten best." -- Tom Karr -

"Prog album of 2005 would be an understatement! I feel this could well be the prog album of the decade!" -- Dean Pierce -

"The Inconsolable Secret is an instant modern progressive rock classic! This is progressive rock the way it should be!" -- Don Cassidy- Delicious Agony Progressive Rock Radio

"…tops anything they've ever done on previous albums by miles - and they've all been pretty hot as it is!" -- CD SERVICES NEWS

Product Description

America’s greatest progressive rock band is back with a jaw-dropping Double Album of epic proportions. A package that literally redefines the entire concept of “epic.” GH is back with the beautiful pipe organs, the melodic Moogs and Mellotrons. Back with a huge, fantastically intriguing story that even tops the one told on their masterpiece album, Lex Rex. Back with a full orchestra and amazing choir. Back with the classic GH line-up, including Matt Mendians on drums, Susie Bogdanowicz and Walter Moore on vocals, and prog-rock icons Steve Babb and Fred Schendel on … well, practically everything else! This double-album digipak set contains 13 stunning new pieces of Glass Hammer music. In addition, Disc One is an enhanced CD containing a behind-the-scenes video of the band recording the new album, as well as The Inconsolable Secret lyrics in beautifully designed high-resolution PDF format, and a high-quality digital version of Roger Dean's gorgeous cover art painting. The enhanced CD also features The Lay of Lirazel, and epic poem by Steve Babb upon which The Inconsolable Secret is based. Fans of Glass Hammer’s Lex Rex and Shadowlands will not be disappointed.

Customer Reviews

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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Quest For Yes September 14, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I like Glass Hammer a lot. I own all of their studio albums and they see frequent rotation in my weekly/monthly play list. THE INCONSOLIBLE SECRET is an epic, two disc behemoth of a work that continues their long standing tradition of making theme driven albums.

Again inspired by grand tales of mythology and Authurian legend, this time co-founders Steve Babb and Fred Schendel have weaved a story of knights and a Lady, enchanted kingdoms, love and war. If not directly taken from Alfred Lord Tennison's THE LADY OF SHALLOT, it is certainly inspired by the epic poem. So, is this a rock opera, a concept album, a soundtrack? All of the above, sort of.

The music is heavily keyboard driven much in the style of Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman. It is further enhanced with tasty guitar licks, solid bass lines, beautiful choral arrangements, and even some great orchestral passages. The lead male vocals are pleasant but not distinctive - lacking the strength and the lilting quality a Jon Anderson. The lead female vocals are handled admirably by Susie Bogdanowicz, who has appeared on numerous GH albums in the past.

For me, some of the real musical highlights of the album come near the end of the second disc; THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY is a beautiful piece with lush orchestration and touching keyboard passages. THE LADY WAITS is a dark and lushly orchestrated passage evocative of Aram Khatchaturian's Gayane adagio. The final song, HAVING CAUGHT A GLIMPSE deftly mixes orchestral power with prog-rock dynamics.

In what may seem like a major coup for the band, the album cover was illustrated by the godfather of all prog-rock album covers, the incomparable Roger Dean.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Symphonic Prog On An Epic Scale July 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Glass Hammer's latest offering, The Inconsolable Secret, is a 2-CD Progressive Rock album that eclipses their previous concept album masterpiece Lex Rex in nearly every aspect.

Musically, the sound of both Lex Rex and Shadowlands are represented and built upon exponentially, and the addition of Matt Mendians (Live at Nearfest and Lex Live) as GH's studio drummer will simply shut up the long time grumblings of fans and reviewers alike. The band experiments with styles never heard before on pervious albums, and the wide range of sound benefits the overall feel of both discs and highlights Babb and Schendel's growing maturity in songwriting that comes with their eighth major release. The production work is crisp and pristine, with a balanced sound. No instrument is ever too loud for need of overpowering the others, and having heard the album on a variety of systems, it seems to play well without much tweaking.

Lyrically the album centers around a 60+ page epic poem by Steve Babb entitled "The Lay of Lirazel" which in its own right is an incredible work, and is included with other goodies on the digipack-enhanced first CD.

Disc One, entitled "The Knight" contains two songs that are very much done in the fantastic "stripped down" sound of lush vocal harmonies, organ, mellotron, synth, bass, and guitar that made Glass Hammer famous. It opens with `A Maker of Crowns' a powerful song that has a piano, organ, and a synth riff running throughout that harkens back to Camel's work. The 25+ minute epic `The Knight of The North' has many sections and moods that work together as a whole- you never realize that you listened to near a half-hour of one song.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last! July 11, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Being relatively new to Glass Hammer (around 3 years or so), I have waited quite some time for this epic masterpiece to become available. The most recent release comes with the original 2 disc set, as well as a 3rd disc with some of the tracks remastered. The remastered tracks feature some really impressive improvements on production, including a far superior drum sound, as well as some vocal tracks performed by Jon Davison. This set also included an audio book of Steve Babb's original epic poem, "the Lay of Lirazel" on which the theme of Inconsolable Secret is based. The poem is read by the very talented Kate Forbes, and would be worth a purchase alone, but together with the album, it gives great context to the story that is painted.

For fans of Glass Hammer, this is a MUST own. It is nothing short of epic in scale with masterful musicianship and powerful story telling. For fans of fantasy based prog, don't miss out on what would be a great introduction to probably the best band still creating theme based prog music.

Sadly, my one complaint is that they were not able to remaster the entire work. They did a superb job at choosing key tracks for disc 3, but I couldn't help but feel the other tracks could have benefited from the upgrade in drum tracks and production. Nonetheless, the original alone would be worth 5 stars in my book, so the deluxe set goes above and beyond what I had waited for.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Organ A Go Go September 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a very good CD.. and so far GH has been able to improve on each release.. which would seem very hard to do since their last two have been very good.. and each one of those really topped the other one in quality...

I suspect that the folks in GH are just getting better at what they do, in conjunction with their music chops mixing with better engineering ideas and savvy. When both engineering savvy and music chops both grow at the same rate.. the product can be outstanding, and this product is very outstanding.

A lot of folks are noting that GH is going to for the YES audience.. and to some extent this is true.. the keyboard playing is quite good.. wakeman like in many ways... and there is enough guitar playing in this to float a comparison to YES.. but most of all, the style of Symphonic Progressive Music is what they most likely have the kindred soul of YES... I would say that they do have nods here and there to YES, but the style is quite different in the sense that they really don't sound like YES as much as they sound totally fresh and new... Certainly this band is more inspired than the releases of YES the past couple of outings (lets hope YES gets in the studio with Rick and cuts a great one!).. but it is unfair to YES and GH to say that GH is just imitating YES.... that is like saying that The Rolling Stones were imitating Chuck Berry.. certainly CB had an influence on the RS, but.. you get what I am saying.

The songs in this recording are quite outstanding, and the pipe organ/keyboards are really great. You have to like Keyboards to like this cd... it is a keyboard masterpiece... and sprinkled with awesome guitar... but keys are the mainstay of GH, and if anyone has any GH's previous work, you would understand it as a conintuation of this... GH has always been a keyboard extravaganza.

The vocals are very good, and over all this is a Prog treat.

Have fun
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Published on May 23, 2007 by E. Minkovitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary
Glass Hammer's "The Inconsolable Secret" is an amazing work. I finally picked this up a couple of weeks ago and am very excited about this music. Read more
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Glass Hammer come back with a double album chock full of grandiose music. This album is all knights, ladies, sword and sorcery stuff. Read more
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