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Glass Harp

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In the late ’60s and early ’70s a power rock trio from Youngstown, Ohio called Glass Harp reached for the stars. A bare bones group in the tradition of Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and The James Gang, Glass Harp developed a signature progressive sound that allowed the members, collectively and individually, to stretch beyond the confines of standard form; breaks in songs for guitar, bass, flute, and drum solos were de riguere, as extended improvisations that would take the band’s performances into the late hours. They were pioneers in the jam-band movement.

The trio’s fans were amazed by the lightning style, precise technique highly lyrical solos of the band’s 18 year old guitarist Phil Keaggy, who had the use of only nine fingers. Combined with the tasteful, rhythmic bass lines of Daniel Pecchio and the sharp, assertive drumming of John Sferra, Glass Harp created a wall of sound that thrilled sell-out crowds across the upper Midwest and beyond. They garnered a large and loyal regional following. National notoriety followed when they toured with Traffic, Yes, The Kinks, Humble Pie, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, and Grand Funk Railroad. Through the efforts of manager Chip Killinger, they connected with Lewis Merenstein, and with him, even greater national attention came with the release of the band’s three critically- acclaimed Decca(MCA) LPs: Glass Harp, Synergy, and It Makes Me Glad. The band’s highly energetic and wildly improvisational live concerts fueled the band’s legend. Concert goers from the Fillmore West to Carnegie Hall turned into instant fans.

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  • OnlyVisitor

    A really good stuff for my heart and mind <><

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • joshmattg

    Our band is covering Changes!

    4 May 2012 Reply
  • easterntrees

    anybody going to see them in nyc on friday 3/9? msg me.

    6 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Color_Of_Sound

    Brilliant..........

    12 May 2011 Reply
  • livingissuicide

    @ JupiterSSJ4, I got Synergy on vinyl as well. I love that record and it's super rare too. I got it for 5 bucks at an antique shop. Great find.

    24 Apr 2011 Reply
  • XSoulHunterX

    found this band, late in the evening next day ordered a CD of them, pure gold!

    13 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Watcher

    Hi JupiterSSJ4, I saw Glass Harp twice back in Cincinnati in 1971, they were great. That vinyl you have must be pretty rare I've never seen an LP.

    22 Jun 2009 Reply
  • kimmypoo00

    Wow Phil is super rockin

    6 Mar 2009 Reply
  • JupiterSSJ4

    Just found out about them! I have 3 vinyls. I live in NE Ohio and I guess they played before they were big in a local club in Kent just minutes from here. Only have listened to Synergy, but am going to give the other 2 a listen ASAP. They are amazing!

    21 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Watcher

    Phil Keaggy was and is a great musician. These guys deserve a listen.

    23 Mar 2008 Reply

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