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3.72 | 18 ratings | 4 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Time Marches On (Performed Live at ProgDay 1997) (10:41)
2. Air Born (6:29)
3. The Narrow Way (12:02)
4. A is A (4:19)
5. The Morning Song (5:02)
6. Heroes and Dragons (Symphonic Version) (5:34)
7. In the Court of Alkinoos (21:30)

Total Time: 65:37

Line-up / Musicians

TRACKS 1 - 5
- Fred Schendel / keyboards, vocals
- Steve Babb / bass guitar, vocals
- Walter Moore / guitar, drums, vocals
- David Carter / guitar

TRACKS 6 - 7
- Fred Schendel / keyboards, vocals
- Steve Babb / bass guitar, keyboards, vocals
- Walter Moore / guitar, vocals
- Matt Mendians / drums
- Susie Bogdanowicz / vocals
- Laura Lindstrom / vocals
- Bethany Warren / backing vocals
- Eric Parker / acoustic guitar

Releases information

Available exclusively through Apple's iTunes Music Store.
Arion Records / Sound Resources / BMI (2006)

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GLASS HAMMER The Compilations, 1996 to 2004 ratings distribution

(18 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(53%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)

GLASS HAMMER The Compilations, 1996 to 2004 reviews

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Review by erik neuteboom
3 stars This CD compilation by USA progrock band Glass Hammer contains eight tracks from the era between 1996 and 2004. Their sound is melodic and accessible with an important role for the vintage keyboards, especially in the long and alternating composition In the Court Of Alkinoos in which we can enjoy the sound of the Hammond organ, the Minimoog synthesizer (flashy runs and a spectacular duel with a heavy guitar), Grand piano and of course the unsurpassed Mellotron, the use of the choir-section is awesome! The track The Narrow Way delivers wonderful church-organ along fluent runs on the Minimoog and sumptuous Hammond organ. A remarkable song is the cover Air Born (Camel), Glass Hammer does a decent job featuring sensitive electric guitar work, vocals like Andy Latimer and pleasant keyboards. Some songs evoke Seventies Kansas because of the organ and violin sound like A Is A, Heroes And Dragons (Symphonic Version) and Through The Glass Darkly (live with The Adonia String Trio). The guitarwork is as usual quite fiery and heavy like in the songs Time Marches On (Performed Live At ProgDay 1997), A Is A and In the Court Of Alkinoos but we also hear the distinctive sound of the steel- guitar like in the epic Heroes And Dragons (the second solo is wonderfully accompanied by lush choir- Mellotron). That great epic composition is almost a reason to buy this mid-priced compilation! My rating: 3,5 stars.

Latest members reviews

3 stars I don't like compilation albums at all and it is a mystery to me how this album ended up in my castle and on my hard-drive. It was probably supplied to me by my better half who wanted to help me out. Nice ! Glass Hammer should be one of the bands I should love. I have some of their albums, bu ... (read more)

Report this review (#297479) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Sunday, September 5, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Absolutely incredible. I would typically not rate a compliation album as a five star release, but this is a notable exception to the rule! Glass Hammer's albums have always been a hit and miss affair with me, as they usually have one to three fantastic tracks along with several tracks that m ... (read more)

Report this review (#102226) | Posted by | Saturday, December 9, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Hot on the heels of this past summer's masterpiece, The Inconsolable Secret, GLASS HAMMER releases another brand new album. According to GLASS HAMMER's website, "All tracks included on The Compilations, 1996 to 2004 either never made their way to an official album, were recorded for tribute albu ... (read more)

Report this review (#65286) | Posted by Cinema | Tuesday, January 17, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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