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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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Your Comments:

LC-Ludwiig (luilui@dollhouse.no) says:
Oh, my god! Mediocre music is absolutely the worst! I get angry and mad when I listen to The Raven.
What is it with the vocal line? It's nothing. No real melody, no good rythm - NOTHING! (02-20-2002)

Betty (bcg@virginia.edu) says:
I found this while looking for a record I listened to in about 1961 in which a high school teacher read Poe's work to music by Gershwin. I don't suppose anyone ever heard of THAT, did they? (02-15-2002)

jonny (jonny@musicaltaste.com) says:
I would like to make a tribute to this record, called 'Poo through the glass prism' (01-30-2002)

Guy Smiley (nep2ne@not_hotmail.com) says:
...and it sounds like creepy Dr. Who music...!

Christopher Lee? Wasn't it Christopher Walken who did this? (12-29-2001)

marc carapiet (marccarapiet@hotmail.com) says:
sleeve suggests recording was made around 1967-69 period...most definately not 1974. interesting stuff chaps, keep up the groovy work! (12-28-2001)

Brian (brianesq@hotmail.com) says:
I just got through playing the 8 track version of the album and found this site trying to get alittle info on the band and album. As for concept albums I prefer Rick Wakeman's "Journey To The Center Of The Earth". 8 Tracks Rule. Thank You (12-21-2001)

kerry mizuno (moosemizuno@aol.com) says:
i remember listening to a friend's copy of this album back in my college days and i though it was pretty cool. too bad i didn't buy it then. was this album ever released on cd? sure like to hear it again. (12-17-2001)

Ken (kenniff@hotmail.com) says:
According to allmusic.com this was released in 1969. (12-04-2001)

Dr Smith says:
I've got The raven on 45. Grat drums. Didn't think they actually made an album! (12-03-2001)

meanmat (sgrafik@noos.fr) says:
excuse me but this can't possibly have charted in 1974 everthing about it,the style, the sound, the concept says 68-69 have you got your facts right, (11-28-2001)

bob r says:
This is a classic! I lived near where these guys hail from, Scranton, Old forge Pa. area! Definately local rock heros! (11-05-2001)

René Lazo (millantun70@yahoo.com.mx) says:
Yeah! This tipe of music is there actually I realy care. What amazing psichodelic it is!. (11-03-2001)

Vynyl Junkie (SASdj@Yahoo.com) says:
Yeah, good idea but poor execution. Alan Parsons did Poe much better in '76 with "Tales of Mystery & Imagination". It sort of has a "Guess Who meets Blood Sweat & Tears" sound to it. Not bad, but I'm not gonna rush out & buy it. I do, on the other hand, have just about everything Mr. Parsons has ever touched... yeah, I'm biased! (10-26-2001)

abbei says:
caw caw crap! (10-14-2001)

Bill says:
Kind of looks like a Doctor Who group shot. (10-01-2001)

George says:
Apparently, this was released in '69; when you consider who their pre-prog rock peers were (Iron
Butterfly & Vanilla Fudge come to mind), they actually sound quite a bit less pretentious than
them. Not all that bad, but coulda used some fuzz
guitar. (10-01-2001)

Brandi (brandi@dcn.davis.ca.us) says:
Er, I think I'll stick with Christopher Lee's reading, thank you. Heck, I'd rather listen to Lee singing Ghost Riders in the Sky again... (09-29-2001)





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