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Glass Hammer officially began in 1992 when longtime friends Steve Babb and Fred Schendel began writing and recording the Tolkienesque concept album "Journey of the Dunadan". They released the album independently in 1993 and were amazed when several thousand copies were purchased through the internet, The QVC Shop At Home Network, several international distributors, and their own toll-free order number.  Its success led to the construction of Sound Resources, a state-of-the-art recording studio where Glass Hammer albums (as well as albums by Somnambulist, Volare and others) are written and produced to this day. The stage was set for a successful career that now includes nine albums and an enthusiastic, world-wide fan base that numbers in the thousands. Glass Hammer's musical output continues to grow in popularity around the world. The name "Glass Hammer" has become synonymous with high production standards, and epic storytelling realized through a bewildering array of musical styles, dominated by complex melodic progressive rock. Without a doubt, GH remain one of the most popular groups in the progressive rock genre.


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Glass Hammer/Untold Tales ....CD $16.99

Glass Hammer/Untold Tales ....CD $16.99

Untold Tales is a collection of rare and previously unreleased studio and live tracks. "We're celebrating twenty-five years of Glass Hammer music over the next several months," says bassist and Glass Hammer co-founder Steve Babb. "Untold Tales contains material that actually dates back to our beginnings. We realized we were sitting on a hoard of unreleased material spanning the life of the band. We thought Glass Hammer's twenty-fifth anniversary was a good time to release much of it." Untold Tales features vocalists Walter Moore, Jon Davison, Carl Groves and current front-girl Susie Bogdanowicz as well many other current members and Glass Hammer alumni.

 

 

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Glass Hammer/Valkyrie ....CD $14.99

Glass Hammer/Valkyrie ....CD $14.99

"Valkyrie" tells the story of a soldier trapped in an endless war, and of the girl he left behind. It does so with all the instrumental pyro-technics, soaring vocals and complicated song arrangements that fans have come to expect from America's top prog band. One advance fan review hails Glass Hammer's new concept album to be an "Epic landmark, their 'Dark Side of the Moon' or their 'Sgt. Pepper!'" With fans already buzzing and two feature articles in Prog Magazine running just ahead of the release, "Valkyrie" is set to be this fall's top-seller.

 

 


More of the Glass Hammer Catalog

Glass Hammer/The Breaking of the World ....CD $14.99

Glass Hammer/The Breaking of the World ....CD $14.99

"Glass Hammer in my opinion inherited the mantle as the USA's premier progressive rock band." Geoff Feakes - Dutch Progressive Rock Page.  Progarchy.com has given "The Breaking of the World" a 10 / 10 rating, and the reviewer claims it is "the best work of Glass Hammer's career!"  Glass Hammer mainstays Steve Babb and Fred Schendel are joined by guitarist Kamran Shikoh, drummer Aaron Raulston, vocalists Carl Groves and Susie Bogdanowicz for the group's 17th studio album.  Babb recently told PROG Mag, "We've just wrapped up what has to be the best sounding Glass Hammer album in years." Featuring artwork and a 16-page booklet by Michal Xaay Loranc and audiophile mastering by the legendary Bob Katz of Digital Domain who says, "The Breaking of the World is Glass Hammer's most progressive album to date!"   Whether you are a longtime fan or have only recently discovered the music of Glass Hammer you will want to add this album to your collection. "The Breaking Of The World" album contains sixty-five minutes of brand new music by America's premier progressive rock band.

Glass Hammer/Chronometree .....CD $14.99

Glass Hammer/Chronometree

Moogs and Hammonds and 'Trons -- Oh My!!! Glass Hammer's new album Chronometree is vintage prog at its best. A concept album about a concept album!   Pretentious?  Exactly!
a. "Remembering" -- Do you remember the first time you heard a progressive rock album? Was it love at first listen, or did it take a little time for the bug to bite?
b. "The Aliens" -- When it bit our friend Tom in 1979, it bit hard. And soon, Tom's love affair with prog raced far beyond the norm. In fact, Tom listened so much that he began to hear things in the music that he couldn't explain. Where we heard only Moogs and mellotrons, Tom heard voices from outer space -- voices of an Alien Race trying desperately to communicate.
c. "Chronogenesis" -- It soon became obvious to us that Tom was no longer "Close to the Edge" -- he had gone over. But in spite of our concerns, Tom kept listening. Slowly but surely the Alien Plan was made known to him -- a plan that Tom called Chronometree.
Waitaminit!!!  Is the new Glass Hammer album about me?  Or is it about you?   I suspect a lot of us prog fans will see a little bit of ourselves in this album and will have a hell of a great time in the process!

Glass Hammer/The Compilations ....CD $14.99

Glass Hammer/The Compilations ....CD $14.99

A rare collection of  Glass Hammer music never before included on an official Glass Hammer recording. All tracks included on The Compilations, 1996 to 2004 either never made their way to an official album, were recorded for tribute albums, or were part of compilation projects that included many prog artists.  Originally released in a card-board sleeve with a limited pressing of only 1,000 copies - "The Compilations" has been out-of-print for well over a year.  Back in stock now (in a standard jewel-case), and timed to release along with the new studio album "Three Cheers For The Broken-Hearted," "The Compilations" is a must-have for fans of Glass Hammer.  Featuring the twenty-one minute epic, "In The Court Of Alkinoos," a cover of the Camel classic "Air Born," and performances by former Glass Hammer members such as Walter Moore, David Carter along with Fred Schendel, Steve Babb, Susie Bogdanowicz and The Adonia String Trio; fans of symphonic prog will find plenty to enjoy on this re-release of "The Compilations."   Includes Time Marches On (Live), Air Born, The Narrow Way, The Morning Song, Heroes and Dragons (Symphonic), In The Court Of Alkinoos, Bonus Track - Through The Glass Darkly (Live).

Glass Hammer/Cor Cordium ....CD $14.99

Glass Hammer/Cor Cordium ....CD $14.99

Cor Cordium is Glass Hammer's 2011 follow-up to last year's highly acclaimed IF, an album which found its place in numerous Top 10 and Best of 2010 lists throughout the prog world. To keep the momentum going from last year's success, singer Jon Davison and guitarist Alan Shikoh return with Glass Hammer co-founders Steve Babb and Fred Schendel to create the band's fourteenth studio album.  "We never set out to make IF Volume 2," reveals Babb. "But we are definitely heading in the same direction musically. Fans that loved IF are going to be equally excited about Cor Cordium."   Featuring six tracks, including the highly addictive "Salvation Station," the epic-length "To Someone" and the climactic "She, A Lonely Tower;" art work and a 16 page full-color layout by artist Tom Kuhn and audiophile mastering by Bob Katz of Digital Domain.

Glass Hammer/Culture of Ascent ....CD $14.99

Glass Hammer/Culture of Ascent ....CD $14.99

"Culture of Ascent" takes Glass Hammer into new territory.  The performances of French guitar-virtuoso David "Shreddy" Wallimann proves the perfect marriage for the highly technical, prog-metal drumming of Matt Mendians; giving "Culture of Ascent" a modern edginess - something unusual for a band well known for its mastery of analog gear and seventies proginess.  But GH hasn't forgotten its classic pro-roots as YES frontman and Glass Hammer collaborator Jon Anderson makes his debut performance with the band on two of the album's tracks.  The lyrics of "Culture of Ascent" are based in part on the best selling Jon Krakauer novel, "Into Thin Air," which tells first hand of the historical 1996 Mount Everest tragedy.  GH still has their optimism intact, however, as their new music evokes images of Everest's magesty as well as its many perils.  The album's six epic tracks, including a new rendition of the Yes classic, 'South Side of the Sky,' total over sixty-nine minutes.  Glass Hammer's tenth release is a must-buy for fans, and sure to be a hit with connoisseurs of modern progressive rock.

Glass Hammer/Double Live ....double CD + DVD $25.99

Glass Hammer/Double Live ....double CD + DVD $25.99

Double Live is the first live album by Glass Hammer in over a decade.  Featuring epic tracks taken from the band's back catalogue, the 2cd/1dvd (ntsc, region 0) set was recorded live at RoSFest 2015.  'Musical grandeur....the boldest set of the weekend.' - Prog Magazine.  Includes: Nothing Everything (9:34), So Close So Far (9:54), Mythopoeia (9:17), Third Floor (10:46), The Knight of the North (26:12), If the Stars (11:25), Time Marches On (11:55) plus Glass Hammer live at RoSFest 2015.  Total Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Glass Hammer/If ....CD $14.99

Glass Hammer/If ....CD $14.99

Glass Hammer is back with a brand new lineup and an album of epic-length prog tracks. The 2010 release "IF" marks the band's return to classic symphonic-progressive rock; an album sure to please fans of the group's earlier releases Chronometree, Lex Rex and The Inconsolable Secret. Pipe organs, Hammond solos, Moogs, Mellotrons – all the trademark sounds are back in place.  But "IF" is no simple rehashing of previous Glass Hammer efforts. With the addition of vocalist Jon Davison, jazz-rock guitarist Alan Shikoh and session drummer Randall Williams, Glass Hammer co-founders Steve Babb and Fred Schendel have "hit the reset button" and taken their music to an entirely new level.  The sixty-six minute opus features six tracks, culminating in the twenty-four minute long "If The Sun," mastering by the legendary Bob Katz of Digital Domain, and stunning art-work by German designer Tom Kuhn.

Glass Hammer/Inconsolable Secret [Deluxe Edition] ....triple CD set $29.99

Glass Hammer/Inconsolable Secret [Deluxe Edition] ....triple CD set $29.99

Glass Hammer releases The Inconsolable Secret Deluxe Edition - three CD set.   Considered by many to be Glass Hammer's definitive album, The Inconsolabe Secret is back in print at long last. Copies of the original have been selling for $300.00 and up on eBay and are considered extremely rare.  Sound Resources is bringing back the two original discs in a Deluxe Edition which features a third "Remix Disc" with performances by Jon Davison (Yes / Glass Hammer), Alan Shikoh, David Wallimann and other names well known to Glass Hammer fans.  Remixed by Fred Schendel and Steve Babb, mastered by Bob Katz of Digital Domain and art and design by the legendary Roger Dean, the Deluxe Edition is a must for any fan of modern progressive rock.  Admittedly it has taken us a very long time to repackage and reissue this CD, mainly because we wanted to do something very special with an album our fans think of as a 'classic.'

Glass Hammer/Lex Live ....DVD (NTSC Region 0) $17.99

Glass Hammer/Lex Live ....DVD (NTSC Region 0)

"Lex Live" showcases Glass Hammer's legendary 8-piece NEARfest 2003 lineup featuring Steve Babb, Fred Schendel, Walter Moore, Matt Mendians and Susie Bogdanowicz. Glass Hammer's highly acclaimed "Lex Rex" album is performed in near-entirety, along with music from Chronometree and Perelandra.  Prog fans will discover a high-energy concert, and an edgier incarnation of the band than GH studio albums reveal. Progressive-metal drummer Matt Mendians sees to that, as does front-man and guitarist Walter Moore. The keyboard sounds are as big as ever though, and prog-icon Fred Schendel delivers his greatest performance ever. Needless to say, the Hammond organ is dominant in the  mix!

Glass Hammer/Lex Rex ....CD $14.99

Glass Hammer/Lex Rex

Screaming Hammond and Moog solos by one of the top progressive rock keyboardists, soaring steel guitar leads, lush beds of Mellotrons, mandolins and acoustic guitars, soaring sopranos, vocals rich with complex harmonies and counterpoint, that signature crunching bass guitar, swirling analog synth leads awash in echo, the grandeur and pomp of the pipe organ -- all that and more are present on Glass Hammer's seventh release, LEX REX.   "A tale of the ancient world ..."  The band who helped revive the concept album has another story to equal its sound. LEX REX tells the tale of a Roman soldier, beset by ancient gods and goddesses, lured on a quest for something unattainable -- something powerful and tantalizing. He calls it glory, and he searches for its source. His quest leads him from barbaric battles in the frozen forests of ancient Europe, to the demon-haunted temples of Rome, even into the arms of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love. But that is just part one of the epic tale!   "A musical extravaganza ..."  Fans have come to expect the unexpected from GH, but LEX REX dishes up the very best that the progressive rock genre has to offer. "Through the years we've experimented with a number of styles and sounds," says GH bassist / keyboardist Steve Babb. "But I think this is the sound we've been searching for all along. We've certainly never felt this good about a finished album before."

Glass Hammer/The Middle Earth Album ....CD $14.99

Glass Hammer/The Middle Earth Album

Glass Hammer's first album, Journey of the Dunadan, was a Tolkienesque rock opera of sorts, not intended as progressive rock, but embraced by progressive rock fans nonetheless.  With the anticipation of Peter Jackson's New Line Cinema release based on Tolkien's Lord of the Rings many fans have requested a return to Middle Earth.   Although working on a new progressive album to follow up Chronometree,  Glass Hammer couldn't help but take this little side journey.  The music can be described as Celtic, medieval and folk with just a touch of progressive leanings.  A good deal of it was 'supposedly' recording in a Middle Earth tavern called The Prancing Pony!   The rest of the album contains studio tracks of songs inspired by the Tolkien books.  So come on down, have Barliman Butterbur serve you the finest ale in Middle Earth and join in the revelry!

Glass Hammer/Ode to Echo ....CD $13.99

Glass Hammer/Ode to Echo ....CD $13.99

"Glass Hammer in my opinion inherited the mantle as the USA's premier progressive rock band." Geoff Feakes - Dutch Progressive Rock Page.  "Ode To Echo" represents the most powerful ensemble of Glass Hammer members ever assembled on one recording. Featuring co-founders Steve Babb and Fred Schendel joined by guitarist Kamran Shikoh, drummer Aaron Raulston, vocalist Jon Davison and fan-favorites Carl Groves and Susie Bogdanowicz.  The fourteenth studio album by America's top-prog group also features cameo performances by past GH members Walter Moore and Michelle Young with cameos by Randy Jackson of Zebra, Rob Reed of Magenta and David Ragsdale of Kansas.  Artwork by Michal Xaay Loranc, mastered by Bob Katz of Digital Domain, "Ode To Echo" is the highly anticipated studio album by prog-legends Glass Hammer.

Glass Hammer/Perelandra ....CD $14.99

Glass Hammer - Perelandra

Perelandra: Glass Hammer's second disc (based loosely on C.S. Lewis's Narnia and "fairy tales for adults" series) showed even more maturity, a cooler musical tone, and long sweeping instrumental sections. Progressive rock dealer The Laser's Edge raved, "A strong sense of melody is a Glass Hammer trademark and it's present here in spades...This is a virtual demo disc for your sound system...one of the best progressive rock albums ever.  Alan Parsons should be jealous." The Spanish magazine Lunar Suite wrote that "Glass Hammer possesses the clarity and positiveness of Yes, and the majesty of ELP. In order to live out a thousand magical experiences put it in your player, press play and let your imagination do the rest!"

Glass Hammer/Perilous ....CD $14.99

Glass Hammer/Perilous ....CD $14.99

Babb, Schendel, Shikoh and Davison return with the much anticipated Perilous, the follow up to 2010's "If" and 2011's "Cor Cordium." Glass Hammer co-founder Steve Babb has said that Perilous is the band's most ambitious project in years. Featuring audiophile mastering by Bob Katz of Digital Domain and a twelve-page full-color insert with lyrics and liner notes.  "Glass Hammer, in my opinion, inherited the mantle as the USA's premier progressive rock band." --Geoff Feakes Dutch Progressive Rock Page

Glass Hammer/Shadowlands ....CD $14.99

Glass Hammer/Shadowlands

Shadowlands combines the legendary talents of prog-icons Steve Babb and Fred Schendel, the incredible vocals of Walter Moore and Susie Bogdanowicz, a half-million dollar pipe organ, a string section, an arsenal of analog gear, and all the magic that modern recording technology has to offer. Glass Hammer's Shadowlands delivers everything that modern progressive rock should be: the vintage sounds, the contemporary production, the epic style. Once more the Hammond screams and the Moog soars! Prog is alive and well; Shadowlands is proof.   The five tracks on this almost 60 minute CD include the epic (twenty minutes) Behind the Great Beyond.  And for those of you who love such great progressive reconstructions as Yes' version of Paul Simon's America, wait till you hear Glass Hammer's new 10 minute arrangement of a Dan Fogelberg classic!

Glass Hammer/Three Cheers for the Broken Heart ....CD $14.99

Glass Hammer/Three Cheers for the Broken Heart ....CD $14.99

2009's release "Three Cheers For The Broken-Hearted" reveals a leaner, tighter Glass Hammer; with Steve Babb and Fred Schendel once more handling nearly all of the instrumentation and one hundred percent of the writing and production.  Still, Glass Hammer alum Susie Bogdanowicz finds herself squarely in the spot light as the solo-vocalist on seven of the album's eleven tracks.  From song to song, the dynamics are clear and present.  "Three Cheers For The Broken-Hearted" features melancholy ballads, psychedelic influenced rockers and even head-banging metal tracks; all firmly based on the band's progressive rock style.  While not a concept album in the traditional sense, the new album's lyrics still carry a theme throughout.  The new release shows the more cynical, darker side of Glass Hammer – a band usually noted for its optimism.  "It's still there," says GH co-founder Steve Babb.  "But only revealed in places; certainly harder to find than in lyrics from earlier albums.  But while this album has given us a needed break from the out-right storytelling we usually attempt, when taken as a whole, 'Three Cheers' starts in a pretty dark place, then gradually leads you back home again.  Even without the time-honored concept, our fans will definitely still find themselves on a journey."

 


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