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3.71 | 30 ratings | 5 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Live, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Greetings Ladies And Gentlemen (1:36)
2. Chronotheme (5:06)
3. Tales Of The Great Wars (10:26)
4. One King (6:12)
5. Further Up, Further In (14:28)
6. Cowboys And Mendians (2:42)
7. A Cup Of Trembling (8:03)
8. Portrait (He Knew) (6:27)
9. Chronos Deliverer (5:16)
10. When We Were Young (8:14)
11. Heaven (4:08)

Total Time: 72:45

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Babb / bass guitar, keyboards, bass pedals and vocals
- Fred Schendel / keyboards, lap steel guitar and vocals
- Walter Moore / electric guitar, keyboards and vocals
- Eric Parker / acoustic guitar and bass guitar
- Matt Mendians / drums
- Susie Bogdanowi, Bethany Warre & Flo Paris / vocals
- Patt Christiansen, Laura Dent, Beth Folland, John Galgano, Tom Galgano, Shellyn Ganger, Christine Holz, Tim Kubit, Janie Lindenbaum, Sean McFee, Brian Neilsen, Jen Porta, Mike Rumpza, Stephanie Rumpza, Karl Schendel, Jon Yarger / The Glass Hammer Choir

Special Guest:
- Rich Williams / guitar on "Portrait"

Releases information

CD Arion #SR1121 / NEARfest Records #NFR 0003

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GLASS HAMMER Live At Nearfest ratings distribution

(30 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(60%)
Good, but non-essential (13%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

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Review by Garion81
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3 stars After the ridiculous intro we have a pretty good live album and hopefully reproduction of some pretty impressive symphonic rock. This CD has 5 tracks from their 2003 release Lex Rex Theo from Chronamatree and One from the CS Lewis inspired Peleandra and one cover song (later). None of these had I heard before this CD. The performances as crisp and complex. Looking at the liner notes the group brought an army on stage with them that is called the Glass Hammer choir including Tom and John Galgano from IZZ. These are some well written songs with some great performances especially by Fred Schendel on keyboards and Walter Moore on guitar.

Highlights for me are Chronotheme, Tales of the Great Wars, A Cup of Trembling, Chronos Deliverer (with the choir in full effect) and the finale Heaven. The cover tune was Protrait(He Knew) by Kansas including Rich Williams on guitar which was a nice surprise. (See this why you need to go to these events). They covered it great btw.

This CD is a great sampler into the world of Glass Hammer and those who have never heard them should not hesitate to pick this up. 3.5 stars

Latest members reviews

4 stars wow...that's all i can say...incredible live performance, from what i was told, in one take @ NEARFEST 2003...i ENVY the people that were in attendance that amazing show by an amazing band...i have only recently been turned on to Glass Hammer's music, this recording being my first tas ... (read more)

Report this review (#70384) | Posted by neek21 | Friday, February 24, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is quite honestly one of the best live albums you will ever hear. After the brief, slightly silly introduction, the crazy jam of chronomotheme enters...transforming majestically into beautifully epic ELP-inspired madness...absolute bliss. This live album is almost worth it for this track ... (read more)

Report this review (#60115) | Posted by Publius | Sunday, December 11, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars It is difficult to imagine an even better GH live album than this Nearfest concert. Although selected from different records, the music here presented sounds as cohesive as any conceptual prog suite. The performance is convincing, the sound crispy. Great harmonies in the Yes vein with multiple ... (read more)

Report this review (#32968) | Posted by PROGCOM | Sunday, April 3, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars If progressive rock has ever tickled your fancy, and bands like Yes, Kansas, ELP, and Camel bring back fond memories, Glass Hammer will kick your nostalgia into full gear with this album. Recorded LIVE in one take at the Trenton War Memorial at NEARFest 2003, "Live at NEARFest" will not di ... (read more)

Report this review (#32967) | Posted by liquidmetal | Wednesday, November 3, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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