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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:

Donna Gill says:
I actually don't like oldies like 50's and 60's music. I don't even like the Beatles or any british invasion groups. That whole thing is not of interest to me. I like groups like Alice in Chains and Jane's Addiction etc. However, for some reason I like this song alot. I even conducted a little survey at work. I had all 26 people in my area check out The Raven and I got 26 thumbs up. I guess a good song is good to most everyone. (05-11-2004)

Steve Trent says:
Good song. Nice job. Sounds like they did not use any double tracking. These days studio gimmicks are accepted. Back in the 60's and 70's you actually had to be good in order to sound good. (05-11-2004)

Peanut Head says:
Yeah, Diane....shouda been a big hit, but insted ended up bein' a BIG SHIT....

Lookit, Diane....buy sum JIMMY OSMENDT CDs....he iss da BOMB!!!! 'specially his big hit, "I Can Tell What Ya Had Fer Lunch By Da Smell Of Yer Farts"....a classic, Diane.....

An wuts Walt Floyd talkin' bout putting EAP ta muzik?...Walt, JIMMY OSMINDT been singin' "DA TATTLETALE HEART" fer 35 years now...anudder frikkin' CLASSIC....

Go onta da EBAY dere an order up sum JIMMY....he DA BOMB....put it on da stereo, liquor, smokes..den git nekkid an....oops...my Mommy is calling....haveta go...bye.... (05-11-2004)

Diane Thomas says:
I like the lead singers voice. The song is really pretty good for it's time or any. It should have been a big hit. I would like to hear more. (05-10-2004)

Walt Lloyd says:
Nice job. I understand this was the first group to put EAP to music. I've heard three others and this is by far the best. (05-10-2004)

Homer says:
i peer into that darkness...wondering ....fearing (05-10-2004)

Peanut Head says:
Boy, youse guyz wid yer comments!!!

"A Beach"....WHAT DA HELL YOU TALKIN' 'BOUT, MOFO??

You not gonna find dis stuff in da top 400000000000 of WABC, WLS, WCFL, KRAP, cuz it is krapola....

Dese guyz wuz kicked outta da Bukinghams cuz dey dress like da Raiders on LSD....

LEX fer da trivia bout dis band...wow...I will file dis under "DONGIVASHIT" department...

"TONY S": only YOU is da one worried bout SOMEBODY ACTUALLY NOT LIKEN GLASS PRISM. You dere bodyguard or sumthin??...you mus be a lawyer or sumtin...but ya know what? Ya given ME shit bout tellin' peoples off, den ya call ME dis person wit a SMALL HEAD!!! I cryed really hard and was not on da compooter fer dayz till my Mommy made tings better for me....

Lissen Tony ASS....Put on da JIMMY OSMUNDT CD...git nekkid...grab some smokes, liquor, yer dik...den ya can...oops...my Mommy is calling me....I have to go...bye... (05-09-2004)

A Beach says:
Question: Here are the top ten songs of 1969 according to WABC. Now listen to The Raven. Where do you think it belongs? 10. Hair, 9. Touch Me, 8.Build Me Up Buttercup, 7. Jean, 6. Dizzy, 5. Crimson and Clover, 4. Get Back, 3. Honky Tonk Women, 2. Sugar Sugar, 1. Aquarius.

At first I looked at the top 40 songs of 1969. Then I realized we're talkin' top 10 here. What do you think? I demand a recount. (05-09-2004)

LEX says:
TRIVIA: THIS IS THE PERSONAL LINE UP OF THIS HISTORIC ROCK BAND AS I UNDERSTAND IT TO BE:

THE ELCAMINOES THE GLASS PRISM SHENANDOAH
1959-1969 1969-1971 1971-1976
TOM VARANO GUITAR/PIANO FROM 1959-1976
CARL SIRACUSE GUITAR/KEYBOARDS FROM 1961-1971
GEORGE FOX PIANO FROM 1959-1963
JIM SHRADER SAX AND BASS FROM 1961-1965
STEVE BOND DRUMS FROM 1959-1965
AUGGIE CHRISTIANO BASS FROM 1965-1972
RICK RICHARDS DRUMS FROM 1965-1976
LOUIE COSSA BASS/KEYBOARDS FROM 1972-1976
AMAZINGLY THEY ALL SANG LEAD AND THEIR HARMONY WAS GREAT.

FROM WHAT I HAVE READ THIS IS WHAT I THINK IT WAS. HOPEFULLY THIS IS ACCURATE. IN THEIR DAY THEY WERE THE TOP ACT IN THE NORTHEAST. THAT HONOR CAN NOT BE TAKEN AWAY. THEY HAVE A GREAT LEGACY TO BE PROUD OF. (05-06-2004)

P CRABTREE says:
STILL GOING STRONG AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. I'M NOT SURPRISED. THEY WERE THE GROUP THAT LASTED FOREVER. GREAT TO SEE THE RECOGNITION. (05-06-2004)

Lance Melton says:
Great song. I really like the way the music ties together. Very thoughtful. (05-05-2004)

Homer says:
heh heh heh...poo through the Glass Prismm...heh heh heh ..poo (05-05-2004)

Sid says:
Over the last few weeks 3 Poe Through The Glass Prism albums has sold on ebay. One sold tonight for $28. There is one on ebay now. So for those looking for the classic, good luck. I've got mine and it's truely one of my treasures. The fact that it's even on ebay is truely amazing. (05-05-2004)

Dan R says:
Jason L, not a bad observation. Not only does Auggie sound like Hootie, he sort of looks like him. He's the one on the left. Having seen him live many times back in the 60's and 70's I got close enough to know. Also, the first time I saw Hootie I thought he looked like Auggie. Reincarnation? Oh, they're both still alive. Their names are even similar. Cool. (05-04-2004)

JasonL says:
Is it me or the vocals sound like Hootie & The Blowfish? (05-04-2004)

TONY S says:
FOR THOSE THAT ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEONE ACTUALLY NOT APRECIATING THE GLASS PRISM, HAVE NO FEAR. THIS PERSON, WITH A SMALL HEAD, HAS MADE IT HIS THING TO INSULT ALL OF THE ACTS AND PEOPLE COMMENTING ON THIS WEBSITE. FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS A WONDERFUL THING. IT'S TOO BAD WHEN IT'S USED TO TRY TO HURT OTHERS. BY THE WAY, WE DO STILL LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, HOME OF THE BRAVE. SO LET'S APPRECIATE IT WHILE WE STILL CAN. AS FAR AS OUR GHOST WRITTER, WE CAN ALL JUST HOPE THE MEDICATION KICKS IS SOON. (05-03-2004)

Peanut Head says:
Oh shit, Rita....you is sooooo funny!!!

Dis album gettin' rave(n) reviews...rave(N) get it? Haw haw...

I was so thrilled when I saw dis site too, specially dis LP and yer wunnerful comments..made a tear run down my leg...

Yeah, lemme know when da 35th reunion of dis P.O.S. recording is...I'd like ta cum wid my Jimmy Osmindt Cds and mebbe get one of da band members ta sign it...specially da one wid da big boid takin' a shit on his arm...

Oh, an Rita...I see ya so deaf dat ya ordered dere SECOND LP....lissen...you got so much money ta throw round...mail some ta me...here is my address:

Mr. P. Nut Head
44 Ritaistonedeafandthrowshermoneyaway Crescent
Raven, Baltimore MD
EIEIO

C'mon over when ya get dat 2nd LP...bring some smokes and booze...we'll git nekkid den we can ....oops...my Mommy is calling me...I haveta go...bye... (05-02-2004)

Bea says:
I would have loved to have seen The Glass Prism live. I love The Raven, it's a nice song. I saw Shenandoah, Tom and Rick from the Prism and Louie. They were our favorite band in Williamsport for years. We would see them at many places in the area but my favorite was The Shot In The Dark. It was their home. They would really rock that place with their great originals like Dreamfield, Down The Road, Try, and many others. Their arrangements of other songs like Come Together, Gimme Shelter were better than the original versions. And their copies of Stairway and others showed how great their voices were. They all sang great and they could play anything. The thing that stands out was their command of the stage. They new what they were doing. Louie was the best bassist ever, Rick the best drummer and Tom was super on guitr. They had it all.
(05-01-2004)

Rita M says:
I mean you gotta love this. An album recorded 35 years ago is getting rave reviews by both old and new fans. It's a beautiful thing. I have this album and it is now and has been for years one of my very special favorites. I was so thrilled when I saw this site. I was wondering does anyone know anything about the band, the reunion, or anything else that a fan would be interested in. I'm currently ordering their second album that I found on the internet On Joy and Sorrow. More info please. (05-01-2004)

satan says:
PLEASE BURN MORE SONGS. THESE ROCK!!!! (04-30-2004)





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