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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:

John (JOrluk1@aol.com) says:
I heard "The Raven" on a radio station in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton market a few weeks ago. It's a cool song! I forgot which station it was. :-( (07-14-2005)

Hannibal (hanniballecturer@gmail.com) says:
Please post more songs from this band! (07-06-2005)

Jill Arekian says:
Well I just came across this site and I was so impressed with the wonderful remarks that I listened to The Raven. What a great song. I love everything about it; the melody, the lead singers voice, the music, the organ, the piano, the drums, the bass. Being a musician, I can relate to all the care that went into the arrangement. Great work! The fact that this piece is over 30 years old, so original, and still sounding so strong is a real credit to what was obviously a great band. I understant why their fans (new and old) love everything about The Glass Prism and their wonderful musical contribution. (06-14-2005)

Jimmy Goldbach says:
The sound, the time, the haircuts! Nothing has inspired my life quite like Poe through the Glass Prism. Today I remain a dedicated fan, modeling my current band under their structure. (06-10-2005)

Eddie (an_albatross23@hotmail.com) says:
I grew up in Wilkes-Barre, PA about 30 years after G.P. existed, 27 y/o and currently DJ spin a 60's psyche/garage/soul night in Philadelphia, NY and sometimes W-B called IMMEDIATE (www.myspace.com/immediate). It's great reading recounts of any NE PA freakouts from the 60's and 70's! (06-07-2005)

Jason says:
Is it me or the singer sounds like Hootie?

What a beautiful melody this song has. I wish I still had my turntable, I would try to find this record. (05-30-2005)

Matt says:
I am very impressed with this song and the musicians. For their time they were very good. I am also an artist. My manager is one of the Glass Prism. He was able to secure a contract with a label for me just a few weeks ago. He never mentioned the fact that he was in this group so I was amazed when a friend pointed this out to me. I guess I was one of the lucky ones. So far our relationship has really paid off. I look forward to releasing my first cd within the next few months. (05-28-2005)

Sonny Mott says:
This song is great. It's been a long time since I heard it but it still sounds like a hit and brings back many memories. People still talk about the band and how great they were. (05-28-2005)

Chris K says:
I do have a CD of Poe.. I found it purely by accident from a company called Vintage Vinyl http://www.vvmo.com/, unfortunately they no longer have it. I have emailed them and they told me to check out GEMM.com. Plenty of vinyl, no CDs. I believe vvmo told me when i got this that it was manufactured in the UK and was a CDr. I am currenly trying to find out the manufacturer from vvmo so I can contact them directly, find out if they still have any of the Poes and what the plans are for "On Joy and Sorrow". I will keep y'all posted. (05-27-2005)

Glenn says:
Thanks for bringing back great memories!! I was a few years behind these gentlemen in high school in Scranton, Pa and went to see the band play many times.

Thanks for providing the opportunity to again hear this great song. (05-26-2005)

Ralph Blackwelder (lpheaven@one.net) says:
We have just discovered a couple boxes of still sealed Glass Prism Albums, "Poe Through The Glass Prism" on RCA from 1969. These albums are all originals and in perfect sealed condition! Does anyone out there have an interest in getting one or more of these? Tell your Glass Prism friends and email us at lpheaven@one.net if you are interested in getting a copy. (05-22-2005)

Jane says:
I especially like the singers voice. He does a great job. I think the music fits the lirics written by Poe. It must have been difficult to blend words and music and have it all fit together so well. I would love to hear the other songs on the album. I wonder if is still possible to buy an album from like 30 some years ago. (05-06-2005)

Donald R says:
It was probably 1962-63 when I first saw the El Caminoes at a place called West Side Park, in Berwick, Pa. My cousin lived there and I would visit in the summer. He was friends with George and Steve. Tom and Carl were original members and went on to become the Glass Prism. When the Poe album came out it was a big deal. Since I was from New Jersey, I didn't see the band very often. They did play at Tony Marts in Atlantic City and I saw them and introduced them to some of my friends. We got our english teacher to play their album in class and as began using it as a teaching tool. It is great to see the many fans. (05-05-2005)

Josh B says:
Frankly, as good as the Glass Prism material is, I think the material that Tom and Rick recorded with Louie Cossa was probably much better. Of course it was a few years latter and they had improved as song writters, vocalists, and musicians. I was fortunate enough to hear some of the songs they recorded at Bell Studio in New York. The songs, Down The Road, Dreamfield, Too Stoned, Madman, stand out for me. However, all of the material on that album is outstanding. By this point Carl and Auggie were gone and so was the Glass Prism name. The new name, Shenandoah, I really liked. Anyway, for what it's worth, that is my opinion. For those fans of the Glass Prism that have not been fortunate enough to hear the Shenandoah material I'm not sure were to get it. Does anyone know? I happened to hear a tape that a friend got from one of the group members. (04-29-2005)

ROSE K says:
WHAT A THRILL TO SEE THIS PHOTO AND HEAR THE RAVEN AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME.
IS THERE ANY CHANCE THAT ANY OF THE GLASS PRISM ARE STILL PERFORMING? THEY WERE THE BEST FOR SO MANY YEARS. I WAS JUST SO THRILLED TO FIND THIS SIGHT. (04-29-2005)

Myke (RU.RAPTUREADY@Verizon.net) says:
Hy to all Glass Prism fans! I just had my memory jogged about Poe through the Glass Prism, whilst watching an HDTV special on the city of Baltimore and their mentioning of the annual 3 red roses on Edgar Allen Poe's grave. I've been searching the web for years for the CD of Glass Prism's work, but have found nothing. Today I found this website, and am willing to put their LPs on CD if I were able to borrow them for the transfer. Anybody interested? Myke (04-23-2005)

Stacy says:
Hey Joy, go to ebay. The album is there now.
You still have time to bid on one. The second album On Joy And Sorrow, is also there. Good luck. I also heard that one of the guys might have some personal cd's made up. I'm not sure how to reach any of the members thou. Some one else may know. (04-22-2005)

Joy (joygerhardt@yahoo.com) says:
I've managed to find only The Raven and Eldorado online, after a lot of searching... Not having access to a turntable, I would still love to hear more songs from this album. It'd be great to see this on CD! (04-22-2005)

DEBBIE says:
THE FANS ARE OUT IN FULL FORCE. I AM SO IMPRESSED WITH THE THOUGHT AND CONCERN MANY HAVE FOR THE GUYS. I HOPE THEY ARE DOING WELL. THEY GAVE US SO MUCH THOSE MANY YEARS AGO. YET MANY STILL APPRECIATE THEIR TREMENDOUS TALENT. WHAT MORE CAN ONE SAY? THANK YOU IS JUST NOT ENOUGH. (04-21-2005)

Switch Board says:
Hello Tim. Here's something to add to your observations. Some of the classic albums of the 60's were,
Peppers, by the Beatles
Pet Sounds, by The Beach Boys
Tommy, by The Who
I'm sure there are others but the Poe Through The Glass Prism album is pretty darn good also. It's got that concept thing and the music actually works very well. In my opinion, and many others, these guys had one of the best albums of their time. The recognition of today basically says it all. Apparantly their legend lives on. (04-20-2005)





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