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Glider - 1977 Glider



ARTIST: Glider
ALBUM: Glider
LABEL: United Artists
SERIAL: UA-LA814-G
YEAR: 1977

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Ted Myers - vocals, guitars, sitar, autoharp, percussion * Scott McCarl, Jeff Stillman - vocals * Gene Barkin - guitars, sitar, vocals * Steve Halter - piano, electric piano, hammond organ, pipe organ, chamberlain, synthesizers * Jeff Eyrich - bass * Eddie Tuduri - drums, electric drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Midnight Flyer * 02 It's Too Bad * 03 Lost Horizon * 04 Bustin' Out * 05 Leaving Our Troubles Behind * 06 You're Like A Melody * 07 On The Line * 08 Always The Last To Know * 09 Interlude * 10 High Flyers


Background
Formed by ex- Raspberries Scott McCarl and Ted Myers formerly of Boston psychedelic legends Ultimate Spinach, Glider released just one album that didn't exactly set the world on fire, but thirty years later remains a guilty pleasure for this reviewer who took a chance on the record all those years ago. Other players of note on the LP are drummer Eddie Tuduri who was previously with UK rockers Boxer and following Glider would join up with the under rated Wha-Koo and their final album 'Fragile Line'. A guest appearance from ELO's Hugh McDowell on one track and string and synth arrangements by none other than Chad Stuart; one half of the 60's British duo Chad and Jeremy round out this fine effort.


The Songs
Musically, this is light pomp in the style of Alexis only with far better material as well as windy city favourites Styx without ever getting too bombastic. The material was written exclusively by Myers and there's some very good songs here including the opening cut 'Midnight Flyer' with some very pompy background vocals and keyboards, fitting perfectly with the bands image on the back cover dressed in white satin finery and questionable hair styles! Only in the 70's! For some reason I am reminded of Queen on 'It's Too Bad'. Musically, nowhere near Freddie and company but the vocal style and lyrics are something I could definitely hear Mercury giving a try. Bustin' Out' and 'On The Line' are straight rockers and really not outstanding, since it's songs like 'Lost Horizon' with the lyric 'High in a castle of clouds looking down on the sky, hearing the music of love that we've known all our lives' (Look out Starcastle!), the playful baroque of 'Leaving Our Troubles Behind' and the epic 'High Flyers' that Glider excelled. A full album of this quality would have pushed the band to the top of the pomp rock heap.


In Summary
A big cut-out bin item for many years, it's a shame more AOR fans don't know about Glider, and although it's not up to the classic status of Bighorn, Trillion, Gulliver and the like, it's a fine album and worth picking up. Now you know.


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#1 | DEMONAOR on March 21 2008 19:27:49
Sounds interesting to memusic
#2 | Terje Hoiland on August 21 2008 11:39:21
Agreed it`s a good album, and well worth picking up.The funny things are that I bought Glider just a week ago in a second hand store south of Norway along with Threshold - Threshold ( 1982 Penthouse ) and 805 - Stand In Line ( 1982 Rca Records ) and paid a fortune of £ 1.50 for all tree. :-)
#3 | universaltongue on December 17 2008 16:08:12
Just posted this on my blog @ robotsforronnie.blogspot.com Thumbs Up
#4 | super80boy on March 16 2014 19:10:11
Recently snagged this from the clearance section at a local record store. The lead off 'Midnight Flyer' is a rambling infectious treat. 'Bustin Out' has subtle keyboard pompous parping coupled with a bluesy hard rock vibe…great stuff. Gotta love the cowbell in the uplifting AOR rocker 'You're Like A Melody'. A real standout for me is 'On The Line' with its vocally emotive bursts, wicked keyboard work and crunching guitar riffing. Finally, 'High Fliers' has almost an anthemic progressive structure. Total agreement with above review summary, this may have been a cut out obscurity, but it's well worth the minimal investment to track down a copy.
 
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