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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:

Paul says:
When all the other groups from the 60's and 70's have more or less faded away, this is the one that stands out. Along with the great power trio that came from The Glass Prism, Shenandoah, and that other group that Carl joined, that's about it. These few musicians stand as our finest over decades. Carl, Tom, Auggie, Rick, and Louie were and always will be respected for their accomplishments. They are our true legends. No one can ever take that away. We are waiting for the reunion. They deserve our respect and support. (03-20-2004)

Gerald S says:
A rock group with class. I like that. (03-20-2004)

CINDY says:
THIS IS THE COOLEST GROUP. I LOVE THE RAVEN AND CAN'T WAIT TO RECEIVE MY COPY OF THE ALBUM THAT I JUST ORDERED. WHAT A PLEASANT SURPRISE. (03-18-2004)

Adam says:
A new direction for Evanescence, I feel... (03-13-2004)

The Rock says:
A O K ! I like this thing. No noise, just music. That's refreshing. (03-11-2004)

The Great Spirit says:
Lord Jeezuz! This sounds almost like what's coming out in today's contrived markets -- except this is a very unpretentious effort and these guys are into it and pull it off. Great lead singing! (03-11-2004)

Wanda says:
Oh this is just so great. I think this song is beautiful in it's own way. Can this group still be around? I would love to hear them do their songs live. (03-10-2004)

J Lennon says:
This is over the top. Love it. (03-10-2004)

JOE J says:
I CAN'T THINK OF A SONG FROM 1969 THAT IS AS GOOD AS THE RAVEN. NICE INTERPRETATION OF POES WORK. (03-09-2004)

Maria says:
Can somebody tell me who is who in the photo. By the way, I really like the song and I heard the album is for sale on e-bay. That's cool but don't tell anyone cause I want it. (03-04-2004)

Super Fan says:
Great song! I love this thing. Give me more. (03-04-2004)

Rick says:
The animation is pretty damn neat! Thanks Frank. (03-03-2004)

Daraius W says:
This has soul. You can here it in the lead singers voice. The music is simple, yet complicated in it's own way. I like it and I think the Glass Prism did a great job of interpreting the words of Edgar Allen Poe. Setting these words to music is difficult I'm sure. They did it will. Apparantly many appreciate their efforts. Congratulations guys! You must have had a wonderful carreer to be receiving the kind of response I've seen here after all of these years. Your legend lives on. (03-01-2004)

manfred says:
man this sounds good it sounds fine. (03-01-2004)

MELANIE says:
BRAVO! (02-29-2004)

Frank says:
Check out this cool Glass Prism animation I made with the help of our friends at Hanes! Unfortunately, the link is only good for about 2 weeks. (02-25-2004)

DELIA says:
OH MY GOD! I CAN'T BELIEVE PEOPLE STILL REMEMBER THE GLASS PRISM AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. I ALMOST PAST OUT WHEN I CAME ACROSS THIS SITE. THAT ALBUM COVER BRINGS BACK SO MANY WONDERFUL MEMORIES. I LOVE THE RAVEN AND SO MANY OF THE SONGS ON THE ALBUM. THEIR LIVE PERFORMANCES WERE SO GREAT THAT AFTER A SHOW WE WOULD TALK ABOUT THE SONGS THEY PLAYED, THE ORDER THEY PLAYED THEM IN, WHO SANG THEM, WHO SMILED AT WHO. YOU GET THE PICTURE. WE WERE IN LOVE WITH THESE GUYS. WE WERE NOT SOLD THEM LIKE PEOPLE WERE CONVINCED THE BEATLES WERE GOOD ETC. WE CHOSE THEM BASED ON WHAT WE SAW AND WHAT WE LIKED. THEY WERE FOR REAL, NO HYPE, NO BULL, JUST REAL MUSICIANS WHO COULD SING, PLAY AND PUT ON A GREAT SHOW. THEY WROTE SOME GREAT SONGS AND THAT'S WHEN THINGS REALLY GOT EXCITING. TO HEAR THEM ON THE RADIO WAS JUST SO SPECIAL. A THRILL THEN AND TODAY YET ANOTHER THRILL. IT IS SO GOOD TO SEE SO MANY REMEMBER AND APPRECIATE THEM AND SO MANY OTHERS LIKE THE RAVEN WHO NEVER HEARD IT BEFORE. DO YOU REALISE THAT THIS SONG WAS RECORDED LIKE 35 YEARS AGO? AMAZING. PEOPLE WHO HEAR IT TODAY WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE HEARD IT IN 1969-70 LIKE IT AND THINK IT'S GREAT. THAT HAS TO PLEASE AUGGIE AND THE GUYS SO MUCH. I AM JUST SO HAPPY FOR THEM AND WHAT THEY ACCOMPLISHED I COULD JUST CRY WITH JOY. LOVE YOU GUYS FOREVER. COME BACK. (02-24-2004)

The Raven says:
Here is some cool info;

http://www.denoria.com/home/rroom.html

This record rocks. I wil look for the second one "Oh Joy, Oh Sorrow" (02-24-2004)

Mann Pallod says:
The cover is bizarre but I like the music! Nice job on this song. Given some of the other albums featured on this site, this one, or this song, at least, is different. A good listen. (02-24-2004)

mark1 (markak47m@netscape.net) says:
i remember these guys before i left for nam i thought i was the onlynon that remembered
thank lord is this album still available???? (02-23-2004)





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