Until Yes, get's its positive act together with Jon.(sorry he's not replaceable) I'm considering Glass hammer, the new "real" Yes of our times.
Kind of leaves the "No Jon (Anderson), no Yes" crowd in a bit of a pickle if they're also Glass Hammer fans. I guess they could escape on a technicality that they just meant they required someone who's first name was Jon to front the group, not necessarily Jon Anderson specifically.
I am listening to If since Monday. It sounds so crystal clear and beautiful. Jon Davison sounds like Jon A on TAAW or TYA, such perfect intonation. The music sounds a bit like Tales, lots of great Mellotron flourishes which I love. Lots of neat time changes. Great headphone stuff.
My question is, can Cor Cordium be any better than this?
I have all 12 of the Glass Hammer studio albums, but haven't had a chance to listen to all of them yet.
I agree that I really like If. That, along with Chromotree, is my favorite Glass Hammer album.
Yes: 16 August 2001: Dayton, OH - Fraze Pavilion
Yes: 4 July 2010: Cincinnati, OH - A Taste Of Blue Ash
Jon Anderson: 3 March 2012: Hamilton, OH, Miami University
Great idea to have a Glass Hammer thread I have three albums - If, Cor Cordium and Culture of ascent. I love If - its a classic. Cor Cordium sounds like If part two with some new stuff bolted on which is not good. Cultur of Ascent is hard work in places, bought it originally as Jon A makes a very brief appearance.
Their music is hard to find in the UK at a reasonable price.
To Dzeko -it's Six.
Yep, I agree with True and Oli.
IF was quite sublime so any follow-up was always going to be compared with that.
For me, there are a couple of tracks that let CC down - the much too long (and very personal) Dear Daddy, which should really have been reserved for a JD solo album, and Salvation Station, which I actually like and is quite a catchy and surprisingly addictive little ditty after a few plays, but just not what I wanted to hear on a prog album.
Fair old chunks of the rest sound like either IF out-takes or stuff they decided not to put on that album due to the fact that, at around 67 mins, IF was already a long enough album.
Overall, whereas I gave IF a perfect 10, Cor Cordium only merits a solid 7. It's still a very decent album though.
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Paul - Me
Good with chips - Jon Lizard Man
Surfing on a wave of nostalgia for an age yet to come - P. Shelley
This is the strangest life I've ever known - J. Morrison
I have If, Cor Cordium, Three Cheers For The Broken Hearted, Lex Rex, Shadowlands, Culture Of Ascent and Perelandra – of those I’d have to say it’s between Lex Rex and Shadowlands that I like the most at the moment. That’s only because I’m burnt on If and Cor, I suppose – I’ve played them so much. I have to agree about COA – it is a hard listen but it has a few gems as well – Sun Song and Life By Light (with some vox by Jon Anderson).
I also have two dvds by them – Lex Live and Live At Belmont, both are good. The camerawork could have been executed a little better, imo – but the music is great and the sound first rate. A few behind the scenes goodies come with both of them, too. Judging from The Inconsolable Secret songs that they did on Live At Belmont, I definitely want to get that cd when it is re-released – it is out of print at the moment. Be forewarned about the dvds, though – they are both pre-Jon Davison. Another dvd is slated for re-release, Live At The Tivoli, which I’ll have to pick up at some point.
I have to consider myself lucky that I was able to see them live at 3RP in 2009 with basically the COA line-up – eh, these guys change players as often as another band we know so well. I wasn’t that much into them then, but I did want to see how they handled their version of South Side Of The Sky – which they pulled off fairly well, from my recollection. I was able to talk with their drummer at the time, Matt Mendians and found out that he lived in Michigan – so that kind of cool having a home state connection.
All in all, though – I’d have to say I’m quite pleased with what I’ve heard and seen so far. They have the ingredients I’m looking for in a prog (why I am starting to not like that word – can we come come up with something else? ) band – complex (but not overly so) music, thoughtful lyrics, a singer(s) that doesn’t grate on my eardrums. Yes, they have been accused of being derivative I suppose, but I have to admit it’s well executed. At the very least, they are drawing on more than one influence anyway and I have to say it’s the better part of those influences that makes them so unique and good, imo.
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the ships of dreams were sent to enlighten YOU
~ Serious Dreamers (Roine Stolt)
I liked the thoughts from this blog:
aside from the Chris Squire fruedian slip...or was that on purpose??
i like there sound quite a bit myself.