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These days the Youngstown, Ohio, band Glass Harp is known only to a small group of classic rock scholars and acolytes, but during its 1970s heyday the group opened for the likes of Alice Cooper, Traffic and the Kinks. It is said that Jimi Hendrix, when asked how it felt to be the best rock guitarist alive, replied, “I don’t know. Ask Phil Keaggy.” Keaggy, now a Christian music veteran, was then Glass Harp’s lead guitarist, and not long out of high school.

The reissue of three Glass Harp discs, Glass Harp, Synergy and It Makes Me Glad (Music Mill Entertainment), originally released on Decca Records between 1970 and ’72, shows that the band was far ahead of its time on many fronts: as a power trio, a precursor to today’s jam bands (half of the songs on their debut clock in at more than five minutes) and a forerunner of the Christian rock movement.

 

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