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.

Tracks:

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1The Reason1:50
1-2Take A Stand3:32
1-3Beyond A Star3:49
1-4Away4:11
1-5Sing A New Song3:37
2-1Iron Sharpens Iron3:36
2-2Lying3:25
2-3Lonely Love4:31
2-4It Is Good4:54
2-5Pierce My Ear3:19

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