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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:

Rex T says:
Rosmary C
You can find The Glass Prism albums on ebay sometimes. Right now there are 2 copies of their second album, On Joy And Sorrow, which is also pretty cool. Check the internet, you'll find Poe Through The Glass Prism. It's a classic. (02-26-2005)

brendon johnston (melissaandbrendon@aapt.net.au) says:
I have both albums,first discovered their music 15 years ago at the age of 19, absolutely legendary, bring back the cravat! Out of multitudes of 60's psych bands these 2 albums are unknown classics. (02-26-2005)

Rosemary C (RColand537@aol.com) says:
Had an original copy of the album and loved it...lost it to a college professor...I had the great fortune to see the band perform many many many times both as The El Camino's and The Glass Prism in my younger days and they were awesome... love them and desperately want another copy of Poe Through The Glass Prism to share with my language arts classes...anyone with info on where I can buy another one PLEASE let me know... (02-24-2005)

Jane Croft says:
Can someone post an address to reach one of these guys for a possible special event? They must have been a great band and there is need for their services if they would like to partisapate in a special event. (02-24-2005)

DAVE says:
I HAVE THIS ALBUM IN REAL GOOD CONDITION BUT HAD PRETTY MUCH FORGOTTEN ABOUT IT.WILL HAVE TO PULL IT BACK OUT AND LISTEN AGAIN CAUSE I REMEMBER IT TO BE PRETTY DECENT! (02-21-2005)

Jon B says:
This is the coolest thing I've heard in a long time. Way to go guys. You nailed it. (02-12-2005)

Dawn W says:
Everything about this song is great. The music is just right for the words. The lead singer has the voice that fits, and the arrangement of the instruments is really dramatic in a simple but somewhat complex way. These guys knew what they were doing. For the time this stands out and should have been a big hit. I wonder if it got on any charts and what happened to the band. They were really talented. (01-29-2005)

Cisco says:
Wonderful group. I love this song. Ebay here I come. (01-26-2005)

Fred Picci says:
I met a literature teacher in upstate New York who has been using the Poe Through the Glass Prism album to teach his students about E A P.
He says it is a great learning tool and he really likes the music and the group. He has been doing it for about 15 years and he has passed his great discovery along to other colleagues. Pass it on. (01-25-2005)

Virginia Clemm says:
In 1836, Poe married Virginia Clemm, his 13 year old first cousin. Happy birthday, ya old letch. (01-19-2005)

DELTA says:
WHAT ABOUT NEW YEARS? IS IT ON? WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE IT HAPPEN. MANY FANS AWAIT THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE GUYS AND HEAR THE RAVEN LIVE AGAIN. (12-22-2004)

Frank Rutkowski (jethro129@yahoo.com) says:
These guys were great.I followed them around until Carl Syracuse left to join the Bouys in the early 70's.I hear that some of them want to do a reunion but can't seem to work out the details.I think Augie is living in New Jersey somewhere and Syracuse is somewhere in the Scranton area.I would love to see a reunion.I still have my original copy but would love to find it on cd. (12-22-2004)

Polly R says:
Great song on the second album She's Too Much. Also, pretty slow song She (On Joy and Sorrow).
I understand there are other recordings including a great album by the guys as Shenandoah. (12-22-2004)

Lasse G says:
Glass Prism made a second album in 1970,
"On Joy and Sorrow" not as good as the Poe album though. (12-21-2004)

DELTA says:
IS IT TRUE THAT RICK, TOM AND AUGGIE WILL JOIN LOUIE ON NEW YEARS EVE FOR THE REUNION THAT WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR. I UNDERSTAND THAT THE WILL PLAY THE RAVEN AND A FEW OTHER GLASS PRISM SONGS. DETAILS? (12-20-2004)

Barry says:
Hey Frank, can you do that animation thing again? I never did get to see it. Thank you. (11-29-2004)

Nancy Singleton says:
I am just 26 so I never heard of the Glass Prism or The Raven. I think the song is really good. I am currently searching the internet for the album. You sometimes hear of bands and their history, like: who they were with, or what happened to so and so when the band broke up. I wonder if a group from the 70's is still around. Are they still in the music business? Do they play? Have they become producers? I think it's great that so many fans have written in. They must have been a great band. If anyone knows their history, I would appreciate hearing about it. I am looking forward to getting the album and other possible recordings they made. The search is on. I guess you could call me a new fan. (11-29-2004)

DISH W says:
I HAVE ONLY THREE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THE GLASS PRISM.

REUNION REUNION REUNION

I LOVE THESE GUYS. (11-26-2004)

H. Turd Ferguson says:
Wow, this is actually pretty cool. "The Raven" would have been a great song for Led Zepplin to have done back in the day. Can you imagine this with Jimmy Page's guitar playing and Robert Plant screaming "nevermore". Kick ass. (11-24-2004)

Jack evans (jevans@liposcience.com) says:
Is it possible to get this album on cassette or CD (11-23-2004)





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