An album the majority of whose contents consists of harp arrangements of music by Philip Glass might seem a bit arcane for a major label, but it seems that Sony knows what it is doing here. The Glass Effect double album is one of those releases that succeed on two different levels, an explicit one and one that, although not mentioned, is perhaps even more important. The former level here is the one denoted by the title, as Meijer picks up the rather neglected theme of Philip Glass' influence by offering, on disc two, a group of works by younger composers who follow Glass in varying degrees but who, it's safe to say, wouldn't have the styles they do without Glass having gone before. Much of the album consists of arrangements by Meijer herself, and these include, at the end, a remix of music from Koyaanisqatsi that's delightful and would be spoiled by description. But there's also solo harp music: sample the Suite for Harp by progressive rock musician Bryce Dessner, who certainly seems to have absorbed Glass' style far enough to make it his own.
Adapted from a story by Truman Capote ("In Cold Blood"), the world of the prison convict is open to the viewer. As the story develops, one thing becomes clear. As in the outside world, there is a "system"; and just as on the outside, there is accommodation, honesty, cynicism, violence and all the other factors that make up our society.
A debut album from this underrated American psychedelic band was released in 1969 on RCA Victor and combined the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe with grandiose progressive rock arrangements. This brilliantly recorded album was very diverse, but consisted mostly of dark, atmospheric and usually short tracks based on strong Hammond organ-guitar interplay and rich vocal harmonies. Glass Prism music may be described as early hard-progressive rock crossed with ambitious psychedelic pop like early Procol Harum, Vanilla Fudge, Ford Theatre and Bloomsbury People. In 1970 the band released their second and musically less successful LP On Joy And Sorrow. This CD edition has been carefully remastered from the original, analogue source and sounds great!