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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!

Poe through the Glass Prism
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Songs:

The Raven (MP3) Once upon a midnight dreary...

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A Scranton Fan says:
To Beth, Greg A , MaryAnn and all other fans who want a Reunion:
the only hope we have is to talk Louie Cossa into it. He doesn't think enough people will show up for a reunion to bother to practice for it.
Here is a new Email Address to reach him :
lou20021@yahoo.com .
Dont be afraid to use strong flattery to cox him into it! Please,to everyone interested, if he see enough names petitioning him , he may reconsider.
It is the only chance we have, there is very little talk about a reunion any more. Let him know that you will go.Take the time to email him and do it now,please dont put it off! (10-14-2004)

Beth says:
Joli, you said it just perfectly. I, like so many others, surely agree. For those still looking there is another Poe through the Glass Prism album on ebay. I have mine, get yours.
Many fans check out this site regularly but have been discouraged because the reunion that was happening last year has cooled off. Three of the original members, Rick, Tom, and Auggie, along with Auggies replacement Louie were to perform a reunion show, from what I understand, however it never materialized for some reason. I wonder if that reason has past. Could they try again. The many fans would support them I'm sure. (10-14-2004)

Joli (purplevioletsquishies@comcast.net) says:
As much as I despise many of Poe's works (ie., Fall Of the House Of Usher & Tell-Tale Heart), I LOVE the music backdrop to this work of Poe's. ("The Raven", of course). Instead of NEVERMORE I say may this vinyl recording live on FOREVERMORE. This recording is the kind that should go down in history & echo throughout the ages. (10-13-2004)

Ann says:
I tried clicking on that, but my computer doesn't recognize the file type, and being quite "puter stupid", I'm not able to get it. (Maybe someone can help?)
Anyway, I also grew up in Scranton, and remember this album well. I did have it at one time, but over the years, it (and many others) were lost. I would love to be able listen to it again. The memories it would bring back! Thanks for your suggestion. (10-05-2004)

Sue says:
Just click on The Raven above. I've also seen the albums of The Glass Prism for sale on many places including ebay. Try Google. Type in Poe Through The Glass Prism and you will find things. (10-05-2004)

Ann says:
I really meant just to listen to it. (10-03-2004)

Lenny says:
That's illegal, Ann. (10-03-2004)

Ann says:
Does anyone know if there is anywhere online that I can possibly find this to download? (10-03-2004)

Sean says:
Does anybody know anything about the manager or producer of the glass prism? I heard the engineer was the great Les Paul. Is that true?
Did he work with any other rock acts? (09-15-2004)

Dexter B says:
I'm from Advance NC. Many years ago I heard The Raven and though it was cool. I was surprised to see the Glass Prism photo, since I had forgotten what they looked like. I have the single not the album. I wonder if anyone knows where I might find one. I think they were great. (09-10-2004)

Rick Harris (harrisr@alfred.edu) says:
I was introduced to this album in 1970 by a very good friend who moved in next door in Hornell, NY from Scranton, PA. Haven't heard from you in years Bill Farley, but I still remember The Raven and I am still on the Road Less Traveled. Also have a sealed original. ;-)

Rick (09-08-2004)

Gregg A says:
Wasn't it at one of the groups birthday parties that the reunion was put in motion? What happened? Did they get cold feet or something?

Does anyone know if it is still in the works or what?

I think even if they are a little older they could still pull it off. I know a dozen or more friends and fans of the guys myself that would support even the shortest of reunion events. Just to hear The Raven live would be a thrill. How about putting together an hour or so and see what happens. Come on fellas it's not over yet. (09-06-2004)

Mary Ann says:
Isn't this around the time of Tom's birthday. I wonder how old these guys are now. Do they have the ability to do a reunion? That would be great.
Do they know about this site and how people (fans both old and new) feel about their music? Wouldn't that be a good reason to think about doing something within their ability to give something back to those that supported them for so many years? I hope the word gets to them that many are interested. I just bought a copy of their second album "On Joy And Sorrow" on ebay and I am just thrilled with the quality. Some of the songs I had never heard before so it was a discovery like finding a lost Beatles album that was never released. Just amazing. (09-04-2004)

SHELLY says:
THIS SONG IS REALLY GOOD. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT WASN'T A BIG HIT. LATE 60'S AND 70'S HAD SOME STUFF THAT DOESN'T COMPARE. 2 THUMBS UP! (08-31-2004)

Lance Popkins says:
Everything was going well for The El Caminoes. Then came the name change to The Glass Prism. There was an accident on the PA turnpike. Many died if I recall, including the bands road manager. A crew member was injured and all of the equipment was damaged. The Raven started up the charts and stopped. The album also hit the Billboard charts and stopped. Then the second album On Joy and Sorrow failed to chart a single. Next one of the members departed and the name changed to Shenandoah. The Poe concept ended and then another member departed. Shenandoah went on and did record one album.

Was what happened to the El Caminoes, including the car accident of their original drummer on the way to an engagement, a stroke of bad luck, a jinx, or what? It seemed like they had the potential to be one of the top groups in the nation.

I, for one, appreciate their willingness to go on and have a relatively successful career under tough circumstances. Does anyone know anything more about these and other related facts about the band and the various members? I understand this was the first group in the northeast to land a big record contract. (08-30-2004)

Debra B says:
I recently bought a Poe Through The Glass Prism album on ebay. If you're looking there is one there now. I'm really please with the one I have. I really like the songs. Many as good or better than The Raven which I think is a great song. The back cover of the album has a photo of Egar and the words to the songs (poems) that The Glass Prism picked for the album. I love their choices and the great songs they wrote and the arrangements. Must have been a thrill to see them perform these songs live. (08-25-2004)

Alisha says:
Yes yes yes! This is just so good. I love the look. After all, we all know it's not just about the music. By the way, the music is great too. Give me more. (08-23-2004)

Jeb says:
"Once upon a midnight dreary" The words are great - the music is awesome. I love this whole thing. (08-22-2004)

K Hooper says:
I don't know anyone who ever heard The Raven. Until now I didn't eather. Now that I have listened to it three times, I really think it's a good song. I love the melody and the musical background. I'm only 16 years old but I think the band is really good and could probably stand up to some of the best bands of today. I'm going to tell my friends about this and let's see how many new fans of the younger generation will join in. (08-22-2004)

Howie L says:
I just fell off my chair when I discovered this site. I am one of those long time fans of The Glass Prism. I first heard their song The Raven in the late 60's and just thought it was so cool I went out and bought the album, Poe through the Glass Prism, as soon as it was in the stores. Everyone I knew thought these guys were the best. Now the recognition they are getting is so great to see. After all these years people find their music still part of collection and certainly part of their musical history. The test of time has impressed me. Way to go guys. Still the greatest after all these years. (08-22-2004)





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