Beyond A Star (Myrrh MSB-6634) 1980
What was begun on their debut is perfected on Beyond A Star. Granted it’s primarily a pop-rock album, but it also happens to be a downright catchy one, from the soaring acappella opener ‘The Reason’ to the jazz-laced title track to the sweeping classical arrangements of ‘Sing A New Song’. ‘Iron Sharpens Iron’ is another one of the standouts with its brassy infectious melding of jazz, rock and pop. One of my head-banging college roommates even found the rousing electric guitar solo on ‘It Is Good’ kickin’ enough to justify keeping a copy. The jazz angle sometimes leaves mild impressions of artists like Michael Omartian and Steely Dan. I can’t speak for their subsequent albums (especially since I’ve never heard them), but on these ﬁrst two Glad has proved itself to be a class act all around. (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Discogs for the label and rear cover photos and track list. Thank you Ken for the front cover photo.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-2||Take A Stand||3:32|
|1-3||Beyond A Star||3:49|
|1-5||Sing A New Song||3:37|
|2-1||Iron Sharpens Iron||3:36|
|2-4||It Is Good||4:54|
|2-5||Pierce My Ear||3:19|