Glad – Beyond A Star – 1980

Glad was, for a time, one of the most influential and important groups in Christian Music. An incredibly high standard of quality, interesting and creative arrangements and some of, if not the best, harmonies in CCM history. After their debut showed a much more “progressive” rock and jazz influence, Beyond a star would carry their original form into the 1980’s with more pop and the introduction of the a capella vocal style they would later by primarily known for. Though less progressive than their debut the album still contain several classic influences such as the Yes sounding “Away” and a touch of the 2nd Chapter of acts on “Sing a New Song.” “Iron Sharpens Iron” has a Steely Dan or Alan Parsons Project feel. The opening track, “The Reason” would introduce the a capella vocal style that would end of being the trademark for the band through much the 1980’s. In fact, their biggest selling album would be the firs “A Capella Project,” going gold and beyond. This would not have been possible without the perfect combination of voices the band possessed. Many members are still actively involved in music, most notable Bob Kauflin, who is spearheading a great modern worship label based on more doctrinally solid lyrical content than what is found in most of today’s worship music.

Contributor – David Lowman

1 – The Reason – 1:50
2 – Take A Stand – 3:32
3 – Beyond A Star – 3:49
4 – Away – 4:11
5 – Sing A New Song – 3:37
6 – Iron Sharpens Iron – 3:36
7 – Lying – 3:25
8 – Lonely Love – 4:31
9 – It Is Good – 4:54
10 – Pierce My Ear – 3:19

Arranged By [Special Assistance, Strings & Horns] – Dan Wolgemuth
Arranged By [Strings & Horns] – Bob Kauflin, Ed Nalle
Arranged By [Vocals] – Bob Kauflin
Booking – Logsdon Associates
Design [Art Design] – Michael Harris
Drums – Brad Currie, Mark Farley, Roger Clark
Electric Guitar – John Goin
Engineer – Brown Bannister, Skip Plant
Executive-Producer – Michael Blanton
Flugelhorn – George Tidwell
Mastered By – Larry Nix
Photography By [Back Cover] – Mimi Roth Mandel
Photography By [Front Cover] – Michael Borum
Producer – Brown Bannister, Ed Nalle
Saxophone – Billy Puett, Dennis Solee
Strings – The Shelly Kurland Strings
Trombone – Dennis Good
Trumpet – Don Sheffield
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar – Jim Gheen
Vocals, Bass [Alembic] – Don Nalle
Vocals, Electric Guitar – John Bolles, Wayne Farley
Vocals, Keyboards – Bob Kauflin
Vocals, Percussion – Ed Nalle

Companies, etc.
Record Company – Word, Inc.
Recorded At – King’s Place
Recorded At – Gold Mine Studio
Mixed At – Gold Mine Studio
Mastered At – Ardent Studios
Pressed By – Monarch Record Mfg. Co.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Word, Inc.
Copyright © – Word, Inc.
Copyright © – Word Music, Inc.
Copyright © – Dayspring Music
Copyright © – Organon Key Music
Published By – Dayspring Music
Published By – Word Music, Inc.
Published By – Organon Key Music

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