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4.0 out of 5 stars Progressive Rock Lives, April 11, 2012
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This is the first Glass Hammer CD that I've bought, and I'm glad I did. Mostly it was the reviews on here that got me to try them and I will be getting "IF" soon. Do they sound like Yes? Yes, they do and they also sound like some other progressive rock bands of the past. There is nothing wrong with paying homage to the original masters of the genre. It would be hard to play progressive rock without sounding like other prog bands. Just like blues bands sound like other blues bands and jazz bands sound like other jazz bands.

"Nothing Box" is the opener and from the Hammond organ and guitar intro this song sets the tone for the CD. The vocals are very good and I like the way the song flows. At times it sounds like Starcastle but with better vocals, keyboards and guitar. I really like this one. 5 stars

"One Heart" features some wonderful guitar work and reminds me of Relayer era Yes crossed with Rabin era Yes. A very interesting combination of styles. Once again the vocals are very good and well produced. 5 stars

"Salvation Station" is the weakest song on this collection with weak lyrics but a great bass line. The middle instrumental part features a great bass line and solid keyboard work. 3 1/2 stars as the middle part saves it.

"Dear Daddy" is a good song but just seems to be lacking a certain something that would make it a great song. It seems to be one that Jon Davidson had a big part in writing. They remind of Jon and Vangelis on this one. 3 1/2 stars

"To Someone" is an 18 minute epic and it doesn't disappoint. They sound like Glass Hammer here with solid guitar from Alan Shikoh, tremendous bass lines being put down by Steve Babb, keyboard playing by Fred Schendel that imitates no one, and great work on the drums by Randall Williams. The lyrics leave something to be desired but he sings them well. 5 stars.

"She, a Lonely Tower" closes the album and it is an 11 minute song that features Jon on vocals and Alan on guitar. Again it reminds me more of Starcastle than Yes, but a lot of that has to with the way the Hammond organ and bass are tuned. 4 stars.

Summary: This is an very good progressive rock album and I'm glad I bought it. These guys are excellent musicians and Jon Davidson's great vocals really adds to the overall sound, much like the other Jon did while a member of Yes. All in all, I would recommend this to fans of progressive rock. 4 stars and good addition to any music lovers collection.
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Initial post: Apr 15, 2012 6:57:02 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 15, 2012 6:59:02 AM PDT
The Warhead says:
Boy,are you in for a treat! I agree that Dear Daddy is a little off,especially for GH. I'm not too fond of the beginning of Salvation Station either. 'IF' is devoid of such weaker moments. It,IMHO,is the greatest prog cd of all time,bar none. I also highly recommend Shadowlands, Lex Rex, and The Culture of Ascent (feat some vocalizing by Jon Anderson and lead vocals by Carl from Salem Hill). 'The Compilations' has some of their best jams on it as well. Previously released on the 3 cd box set ' The Odyssey', the track ' In the Court of Alkinoos' is an EPIC of grand proportions!
The vocals are a bit of an acquired taste but Chronometree is their best early work and also has some INCREDIBLE ELP-demolishing tracks. (Sorry,Keith..I'll help you re-weld your doors back on!)
Their 2 cd set The Inconsolable Secret is brilliant and the band is planning to redo the entire set ,so perhaps you can get a hold of that as well. I have the original,complete with Roger Dean custom artwork and ,although there are a few 'skip' moments,it is a musical milestone as well. To BEGIN to describe the musical edifice that is the 24+ minute 'The Knight of the North' would be ridiculous. Being out of print for a while this one will be a 'must have' even for those of us who have the original! Just stay away from their foray into cyber-rock/folk/pop 'Three Cheers for the Broken Hearted' - very well done but definitely not prog! Live at NEARfest, also out of print, is a good disc to scrounge for as well,far superior to 'Live and Revived. Featuring Rich Williams of Kansas stepping in for GH's rendition of ' Portrait (He Knew)' ,it is a noteworthy live set. Happy listening--you are perhaps the most envied of all men,sir, as you sit perched on the edge of the great chasm that is 'GLASS HAMMER' !!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2012 3:12:49 PM PDT
Hornell Fred says:
I am looking forward to hearing "IF" and even more so now.

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 3:07:54 PM PDT
Jerome Bush says:
I liked your review. I would always give Glass hammer 5 stars, well, maybe 4 and 1/2 for not knowing how to end a song. Glass Hammer just seems to stop with no thought to the end. It's like they're saying, "OK, we're out of ideas, let's just quit." Id rather hear a fade out rather than some strange, cold ending. I don't know that John Lennon's "I Want You" ending should be used for every song in music. Once or twice is plenty. Otherwise, it loses its effectiveness.
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