Glad (Myrrh MSB-6603) 1978

 

 

With tight harmonies and highly melodic jazz-influenced songwriting, the five-man outfit Glad emerges as one of Christian music’s more interesting pop-rock groups. Maybe you’ve never tuned in to their first two lps because of the group’s ‘8Os/’90s image as an a cappella band or ccm radio kings, but I hear some real talent here that’s unlike a lot of the cheese on the airwaves. Listen close — the musicianship is solidly professional, especially Bob Kauflin’s keyboards (piano, synthesizer) and John Bolles’ lead electric guitar, the latter showing more rock bite than you might think on AOR-edged tracks like ‘Ephesus’, ‘Love That Never Dies’ and ‘Master Of Us All’. Another distinctive characteristic is the group’s sweeping, clear-flowing and creatively arranged vocal harmonies. Their biggest asset though is the quality of the songwriting, often with a strong jazz-rock component as well as classical and even progressive edges, culminating with the multi-textured eleven-minute ‘Trilogy: Three Voices’ in the middle of side two. Pristiner produced by member Ed Nalle. I (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).

I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Discogs  for the rear cover photo and track list.  Thank you Ken for the front cover photo.

Tracks:

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1All Things3:26
1-2Epheaus4:01
1-3Rely On Your Love3:22
1-4Love That Never Dies3:07
1-5Master Of Us All5:26
2-1So Hard Alone2:46
2-2Triology: Three Voices11:07
2-3Psalm 1214:31

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