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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:

donnie (donnie48@hotmail.com) says:
i was the sound tech for the el caminos and eventualy the prism. i must say that when we played;no matter where;we packed the place;3 4 500 no problem.it is so great to see all these wonderfull comments about our band.as for a reunion;there is one developing as we speak.auggie has written 5 new songs;and the band will be rehersing in the near future.the edger allen poe society in philly is interested in having the prism play a gig there .thats all for now. (07-23-2007)

LJ (livinitup4now@yahoo.com) says:
These guys will always be "The El Caminoes" to me. I remember when The Prism split up, Tom & Rick formed Shenandoah with Louie Cossa. A great three piece group. Carl went with "The Bouys" and Augie ended up front man with a group called "Mule". I do hope they pull off this reunion and end up playing a few gig's around the old home town, it would be great to see you again. You guys probably don't even realize how many people out there will show up for the memories and music. (07-01-2007)

ALBERTA RACE (SweetPotato124@aol.com) says:
Thanks so much for the info for reunion in Philadelphia,I certainly will be there . Remembering the nights Mary Ann of South Filmore ave. & I went to see them at St. Patricks on the west side Scanton they were so awesome cannot wait to see the reunion you guys were great and I'm sure so many will be happy to see you all back togeather again for this. Alberta (06-21-2007)

Edmund III says:
Oh my God. I bought this record pretty much as a larf at the local record shop. MAN, I can't stop listening to it. I can't figure out why, but I'm dead into it. It's like this weird mixture of Poe and psycadelicaiaidojfkdjfkljdskl that just makes sense. Man, "El Dorado" and "the Conquerer Worm" are enough to make explode~ Plus, their 'hit' the Raven.! (06-10-2007)

Sally McIntyre (Metaljoeheavy@yahoo.com) says:
Which guys are going to be playing in the reunion? Hurry Hurry Hurry!!!!!!!! All your fans are waiting for this REUNION. (05-31-2007)

Joseph Gregorowicz (gregoroj@hotmail.com) says:
I listen to the album frequently. The band put there hearts and souls into it. I loved going to hear them at Tipper's. Would love to see them again ! (05-31-2007)

evan williams (ewilliams8@bigpond.com) says:
I DISCOVERED THESE GUYS BACK IN 81 WHEN I BOUGHT THE ALBUM FROM AN OLD SECOND HAND RECORD SHOP.
I ENDED UP WITH 2 COPIES OF THIS AND 2 COPIES OF THEIR SECOND ALBUM - "ON JOY AND SORROW" WHICH ARE NOW MY MOST PRIZED POSESSIONS. THE LEVEL OF VIRTUOSITY FROM THESE GREAT MUSICIANS IS UNMATCHED AND ANY UP AND COMING MUSICIANS WORTH THEIR SALT SHOULD BE SWITCHED ON TO THE GLASS PRISM.
P.S. I HAVE BOTH ALBUMS ON C.D.......INTERESTED PARTYS SHOULD GIVE ME AN EMAIL (05-28-2007)

DW (dwharbin@yahoo.com) says:
I dont know why, must of been when I was searching for the album or maybe it originated here but I recived this in my e-mail:

Dear Friends of Edgar Allan Poe,

On October 27, 2007, The Glass Prism, from Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, PA, who became successful with their 1969 RCA album, Poe Through The Glass Prism and their hit single, The Raven, will be performing a "live " presentation at The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia, PA.

This event is part of the annual Candlelight Tour and will include appearances by Edgar Allan Poe, Helen Whitman and special guest stars, The Glass Prism will be performing songs from their concept album written by members and Edgar Allan Poe. For more information on The Glass Prism and to hear "The Raven", just Google "Poe Through The Glass Prism."

Proceeds of this event will benefit The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site and the Friends of Edgar Allan Poe Society. We are seeking sponsorship and thought you would be the perfect sponsor. Please call our representatives at 800-836-1691.

Thank you.

Our Email Address Is HMI67@AOL.Com (05-15-2007)

Brian (brian12361@verizon.net) says:
Would love to see a reunion.
Anyone know if I can buy this on cd? (03-31-2007)

leigh (lfbiz@aol.com) says:
+ I CAME TO KNOW OF THIS ALBUM NEARLY 25 YEARS AGO...IT IS STELLAR;NOT ONE BAD SONG. IT WAS A GRAET ALBUM TO MELLOW OUT TO OR EVEN LEARN SOME POE CLASSICS. I REMEMBER BEING REQUIRED TO LEARN THE RAVEN IN HIGH SCHOOL. IT WASN'T HARD THANKS TO THE PRISM. I REALLY, REALLY LOVE THAT SONG. WISH MORE STATIONS WOULD BEGIN TO PLAY IT AGAIN. IT STILL SOUNDS FRESH. (03-12-2007)

butch (cbutch669@ aol.com) says:
I know the guys in the glass prizm, there was talk
of them getting back together in 87 but thier old
manager stopped it.
I worked with augie (guy on left on album) in a
band called button gwinnett in the 70's he is a
great bass player and singer, i'll try to find out
more when I see the drummer from the band, if they
are going to get back together. (03-06-2007)

andrewf (andrewf_@msn.com) says:
pictured on the left there is anthony kiedes of red hot chili peppers. (what...it's not him?)
your pal, andrew (02-27-2007)

Ken Ward says:
I also have this album. Is there anyway to get a CD? (02-25-2007)

Sally McIntyre (Metaljoeheavy@yahoo.com) says:
I have going to see the band since I was 16 Years old. Believe me Rick there will be more than me in the audience. I have albums full of pictures since you guys were the EL Caminos. Whenever you guys want to see them let me know.

Peace out to you guys (02-14-2007)

Alan Comeau (acomeau@edrnet.com) says:
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned this yet but there was a version of Poe's "The Raven" recorded by a psych band prior to the Glass Prism release. In 1968 a band called Deviled Ham released an album called "I had Too Much To Dream Last Night". This tune, which takes up the entire side 2 of the album includes a reading of the entire Raven poem as well as the theme from Rosemary's Baby. It's well worth checking out. Enjoy! (02-12-2007)

nealumphred says:
FRANK

I am the author of several price guides for record collectors published under the GOLDMINE banner in the '90s. I am working on a new LP guide (no publisher at this time) and was thinking of odd records that escape many collectors' attention to feature in this bookwith a photo of the cover and a brief commentary below it, as I did in my previous books. Just last night POE THROUGH THE GLASS PRISM came to mind, a record I had not thought of for many years and I thought it would be perfect to highlight. I just "Googled" the title and found this groovy site! Bravo for your efforts and please keep up the good work!!!

As for Glass Prism: they did play locally (I am from Wilkes-Barre, PA) under a different name (the El Caminos could be correct) before metamorphosing into the "arty" Glass Prism under RCA's direction. I met them at a party just after they signed with RCA and they were excited, nervous, and proudly snotty (just like I woulda been).

I purchased their two albums at Joe Nardone's record shop, located in Wayne's Department Store in Edwardsville, PA. The "Poe" album was considered more of a novelty piece by me and my friends at the time, but I used to play "The Raven" for visitors to my apartment when they were on acid and it always got a great response!

Like many rocking young bands signed to a major company, they died a quick death. While the records are remarkable artifacts from a most interesting period in time, the guys probably made more money as the El Caminos playing dance halls in the northeastern US. . .

NEAL

PS to Joe McGavin: My father and mother are Coughlin graduates. I am from the first class of Wyoming Valley West (1969). I used to work at Leo Matus' on the square when I was 18-19 and dated a cuppla girls from your school. . . (02-11-2007)

dragster says:
Never heard of them, but the concept idea is cool...why knock 'em? It was the 70 after all and some snippets of the earlier decade DID come thru! Good try guys! (02-09-2007)

J.D. (martysbr1@yahoo.com) says:
Just to let you folks know...The Buoys/Dakota are alive and well...They are working on new dates...check out the website at www.dakotajerrykelly.com

p.s.
I always loved "The Raven" I'm glad I found this website...graduated in 69 from Nanticoke High.... (01-28-2007)

Bruce Johnson (brucejohnson25@yahoo.com) says:
Found your site while doing a little research on Mrs. Miller. Looks like a lot of interesting work you've done here. Bravo! How can I play the music you post? (01-28-2007)

Geoff (brickforest@verizon.net) says:
I found this amazing record at a flea market in Florida, I love the version of "To"
holy cow, the bass line and keyboard. On the cover a mellow raven. (01-19-2007)





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