Glass Harp (Decca DL 75261) 1970
Fans of Phil Keaggy will need no introduction to his early ‘70s progressive rock band Glass Harp. Phil of course has many ﬁne solo lps to his credit, but it is the Glass Harp lps that the Keaggy-phile keeps coming back to for sheer guitar virtuosity and to experience the pyrotechnics that often decorate his live performances. And while Keaggy’s presence brings the Christian angle to the group, by all means don’t leave out the contributions of fellow band members John Sferra (drums) and Dan Pecchio (bass). The band clearly had a chemistry going, with each member playing a critical role in developing the group’s sound. Pecchio and Sferra’s songs may not technically be classiﬁable as “Jesus music”, but their songwriting happens to comprise some of the group’s best moments and you’d do well to give it an ear. Unlike Keaggy’s later solo work, the Glass Harp albmns are more rooted in the psych-edged classic rock style of the early ‘70s. Not to imply that they’re all ﬂash and loud jams. In fact some of Keaggy’s most moody and atmospheric passages can be found etched in these grooves. The self-titled debut captures the band at their peak, including such classics as ‘Can You See Me’ and the eight-minute ‘Look To The Sky’. Additional textures are brought to the recording through ethereal string arrangements, ﬂute passages from Pecchio, and electric viola from Velvet Underground’s John Cale. Rumors of a fourth lp have been conﬁrmed – it actually pre-dates this one and exists in acetate form only (though bootleg tapes are ﬂoating around). Incredible stuff – really. (The Archivist, 4th Edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Discogs for the label and rear cover photo and track list.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-1||Can You See Me||6:25|
|1-3||Changes (In The Heart Of My Own True Love)||6:00|
|2-2||Whatever Life Demands||6:30|
|2-3||Look In The Sky||8:10|
|2-5||On Our Own||2:30|