Poe through the Glass Prism

Quoth the Raven, "Oh my God!"

Here's another one of those "concept albums" that people used to do back in the 70's before musicians realized that it was a bad bet to expect people to have any interest in actual artistry. This one has the bold idea of recording a series of rock tunes set to the poetry of Edgar Allen Poe. All in all, it's not a bad idea, and one that must have been largely lost on the dope-smoking rock-n-roll record buyers of the era.

The music on this album is really pretty cool. Check out "The Raven", which I understand hit the charts for at least a little while in 1974. Its wailing Hammond organ sounds and monotone vocal delivery are pretty catchy. I also enjoy the way the band combines early-Beatles haircuts with late-Beatles costuming. Who can possibly resist a band with a velvet jacket and a giant black bird? Not me!

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Michael ( says:
how the did how the did madonna get dgarged into all this people really. yeah madonna is BIG but who cares.dont bring her into this. Raven is effin' amazing and so is madonna.haters just shut up and move along. if you dont like rae or her music dont look her up. (05-18-2012)

Frank LaRosa says:
Got the new album today. ROCK AND ROLL!! (01-28-2012)

Tom ( says:
We are glad to see friends visiting Frank's site.
For more information check out our web site.

You can email us anytime with questions or comments.

Thanks. (06-19-2011)

Ogrebeast64 says:
I just found the entire album in CD format on Amazon for $20. I have to admit that the entire album is extremely well done, and the packaging is excellent for it. It comes with the lyrics listed and a small pamphlet with an article about the album. (03-28-2011)

Nick Electric ( says:
Good to see another artistic gem from yesteryear. (09-24-2010)

Alberta ( says:
This site got me in touch with those other fans and wow a few years later and 3 great shows later these guys still have a strong following as for the shows what can I say they were great and if you missed them in 08' and a few weeks ago May 2, 2010 you missed some great music and the magic of THE GLASS PRISM. Hopefully there will be more it would be a shame for that talent to go to waste . BRAVO GP and ty ty ty (05-12-2010)

Mike S says:
The trigger was pulled on the design for this show's tee shirt!! WOW!!! It is really coo!!!
They will be sold at the show for $10.. s,m,l,xl,2x.... own a peice of history that "YOU" are a part of!!!
Sunday May 2.2010 7 Mellow Center Vine Street Scranton Pa (04-25-2010)

Bob ( says:
The Glass Prism Documentary is complete!
We will be meeting with the guys very soon so they can view it. After their viewing we will discuss plans on when, where and how the fans will be able to see it.
STAY TUNED! (04-24-2009)

Mike S (gazoo98@aol) says:
We are still waiting for the release documentary.
Alberta and I will be hosting a live Glass Prism chat room every third Thursday.
Rock On, Mike S (04-19-2009)

Bob Ross ( says:
The Glass Prism Documentary!!!! (04-08-2009)

SteveBrooklineMA says:
You can get a few tracks from their albums at their official website. (03-15-2009)

Matt ( says:
Prism Fans! We need your help with the documentary. We are looking for photos or home movie footage of the Glass Prism/Shenandoah from the 60s and 70s, plus photos and home movie footage of other bands in the local scene at the time.

This is for "On Joy & Sorrow: The Glass Prism Story." We are now in the post-production phase and we hope to have the documentary done this spring.

Please contact us if you have any photos or footage at the above address. Thank you. (02-10-2009)

Bob Ross says:
The documentary is nearly finished, but we can still use your help!
If any of you has photos or film, or if you know of someone who may have these photos or film of The El Caminos/GP playing your Prom, Homecoming Dance, etc. please contact me ASAP.
Bob Ross
THANKS! (02-10-2009)

Patrick Martin ( says:
I used to play The Raven on the air back when I worked in radio back in the early 70s. A great song!!! I have a copy of it on CD now.

Patrick (12-08-2008)

Alberta Race ( says:
The Glass Prism is definitly still rocking after all these years and sounding just as good if not better than ever. Thank you guys for your hard work on Scranton reunion show it was great and hope you all know your fans are still here and still love that special talent each one of you bring. Your still the BEST !!!!!! When you doing it again ? (06-13-2008)

Dave G ( says:
I was born in 1962. Unfortunatly I was too young to experience an El Camino's or early Glass Prism show. In 1976 while studying the works of Poe as a freshman in Pittston Area High School, I was turned on to the Glass Prism. My English teacher brought the Poe album in as a teaching aid, and we listened to it during class. He let me borrow the album so I could tape it on cassette. Over the years I was able to get the Poe & On Joy and Sorrow albums for my collection and listening pleasure, and of course now on CD. Unfortunatly I wasn't able to attend the Philly show, but because of the reunion on Saturday June 7,08, my wife and I finally got to experience a Glass Prism concert! You were fantastic!!!! There wasn't another band anywhere that out performed you that nite! It's great to see musicians get back together because they just love to play music! If you did another concert tomarrow, my wife and I would again be in the front row!!!! Keep on Rock'in!!!! (06-10-2008)

Sandy says:
Absolutely awesome show this past Saturday night at The Scranton Cultural Center! I supposed I didn't know what to expect after all these years, but even my loftiest expectations were exceeded. I had the best time ever. Thank you Augie, Tom, Rick and Lou. You are truly talented musicians. (06-10-2008)

Mike S says:
Youtube The Glass Prism "The Raven" live 6/07/08 (06-09-2008)

Alberta ( says:
Amazing ,great, phenomenal just a few words to describe the concert in Scranton Saturday night.Although I live in N.Y thank you guys for bringing it back home to Scranton ,I am still in awe of the show you gave us. Anymore coming up guys ?????? (06-08-2008)

Mike S says:
FYI. If anyone one is interested in purchasing additional Glass Prism Tee shirts contact me by email. Use the email address posted on 10/16/2008
Rock on, Mike S


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