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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...

See Also: The National Gallery

Your Comments:

Darrick Mock says:
Hey Ron, you're correct about Alan doing the Poe concept, however, consider this: The Glass Prism recorded this great album in 1969. Alan Parson came up with it in 1976. It took him seven years to come up with the idea. From what I understand he studied The Glass Prism's work. He even chose four of the same poems that they used first.
They say nothing in music is original because there are only so many notes, chords and ways to put them together. Well, The Glass Prism were an original and certainly ahead of their time. They were and are a great band for all time.
They say imitation is the best form of flatery. Amen. (12-23-2003)

Ron (SurgePoppa@aol.com) says:
Am I the only one who remember's the Alan Parson Project's "Tales of Mystery and Imagination?" Same concept, but done very well. (12-23-2003)

Linda B says:
Is there any truth to the rumor that The Glass Prism has been receiving offers to reunite? We all would do anything, go anywhere to see them just one more time. (12-18-2003)

Bart White says:
The Glass Prism is one of the best bands I ever saw. In their home area they were number one for years. I think on a national level they could play and sing as good as most any band around. I wonder how they would have done in todays market when many of the musicians can't play, can't sing and can't write. If it wasn't for technical advances in the studio most of these guys could never sound good. It's great to know that groups like The Glass Prism could do it all. They should be an inspiration to some of these new guys. Congratulations on a great and memorable career. Your fans, old and new, really appreciate you. (12-17-2003)

John Knapp says:
Well I just counted up all the reviews on The Glass Prism and it comes out to about 150. Most of these people like or love these guys. I don't know anything about them except for this one song recorded years ago. It's great! I can see why folds love it. However, I can't imagine why they didn't become just as popular everywhere. Think of some of the big acts back then like 1910 Fruitgum Company or the Ohio Express. There were dozens of acts that couldn't touch these guys, (Our loss). Those in certain areas were lucky to see such a great band. (12-17-2003)

Jane says:
This wonderful group is loved by thousands. If they could just get on stage one more time and play The Raven and some of their other great songs it would be spectacular. (12-16-2003)

Glass Prism groupie says:
Does anybody know where AUGIE CHRISTIANO is now and what he is doing? (12-14-2003)

Steve Medeiros (smmh1@Juno.com) says:
I am a park ranger at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia. We had received a copy of the group's album from a visitor In fact, another ranger, Andrew McDougall, and myself had performed Glass Prism's "The Raven," along with Iron Maiden's "Murders in the Rue Morgue" in a public performance at the site.
We would love to see a reunion of this group in coordination with the 160th anniversary of the publication of "The Raven" which would be in 2005.
It's unbelievable to hear how much of a following they had and still continue to have. (12-14-2003)

Polly says:
I was so thrilled to see this. Does anyone know what happened to Carl? I heard the other guys were considering a reunion. What's the story?
It would be so great to see them again. Still love to hear their music. It stands the test of time. (12-03-2003)

Gill says:
Wow,this is really cool. I like it. (12-03-2003)

Spin says:
I'm a graduate of Bereley School Of Music in Boston. Let me say this. For the late 60's early 70's these guys were great. Musically, this song is flawless. It has everything that the lirics by Poe would allow. Some might say it needs a bridge, but I think it works just fine without it. I think a bridge would have been a forced interuption that in this case wasn't necessary. The arrangement is perfect with every note in it's place. They could have played it safe and simple but they took some chances and it works. All of the instruments work together so well with that powerful lead vocal. Great job guys. (12-01-2003)

Jack (from Pittsburgh) says:
Saw these guys when I was in college and they were great. I love this song(The Raven). Were are they now? (12-01-2003)

JAMES MAC says:
I JUST SPENT SOME TIME LISTENING TO TEN SONGS THAT WERE RELEASED IN 1970. FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND THAT IS WHEN THE RAVEN CAME OUT AS THE FIRST SINGLE OFF OF THE POE THROUGH THE GLASS PRISM ALBUM. FROM MY RESEARCH I UNDERSTAND THAT IT WAS WRITTEN BY AUGGIE CHRISTIANO, THE BASS PLAYER IN THE GROUP AND ARRANGED BY TOM VARANO, THE LEAD GUITARIST. APPARANTELY TOM PLAYS PIANO AND ACCUSTIC GUITAR ON THE RAVEN AND CARL SIRACUSE PLAYS KEYBOARDS WITH RICK RICHARDS ON DRUMS. PERSONALLY, I AM CONVINSED THAT THIS SONG SHOULD HAVE BEEN A NATIONAL HIT. IT IS BY FAR THE BEST OF THE SONGS I COMPARED IT TO. IT HAS A GREAT MELODY LINE AND REALLY TIGHT MUSICAL BACKING. THE GLASS PRISM MUST HAVE BEEN A GREAT GROUP. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO TRACKING DOWN MORE OF THEIR MATERIAL. I SEE THEY HAVE TWO ALBUMS AS THE GLASS PRISM AND ONE AS SHENANDOAH. FOR THOSE INTERESTED, OUT OF THE TEN ACTS I COMPARED, THE GLASS PRISM WAS BY FAR THE BEST. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW I CAN GET IN TOUCH WITH ANY OF THE GROUP SO I CAN FIND OUT MORE. HOPE MY COMMENTS ARE HELPFUL. (12-01-2003)

mike says:
p.s. north east pa. rules (11-27-2003)

mike (spacklehead@hotmail.com) says:
groovie man just kiddin i get it it is realy very good for the times (74) (11-27-2003)

Joan (First Banger Sister) says:
I used to date one of the Glass Prism. We all loved them and still do. Thanks to them I have such wonderful memories of the 60's and 70's when they were the kings of rock. (11-19-2003)

Lee says:
In 1969 and 1970 I worked at WARM in Scranton-Wilkes Barre PA. The Raven was the most requested song. I can remember getting call after call after call for weeks. I think it was the number 2 of 3 song of the year in a public contest that we conducted at the end of the year. The guys were interviewed by Bob Oliver on the air and the response was fantastic. It was like we had the Beatles in our own part of the world. It was really great. These guys could play, sing, write. They had it all. (really talented). The memories for all the fans will last forever. Their names are brought up all the time at parties, reunions, get togethers all the time. People wont forget these guys. They brought something to the stage that many never will. (Unforgetable excitement). (11-18-2003)

louabill says:
This sounds like the Union Gap singing something worthwhile. Pretty odd. (11-18-2003)

Lynne Dalton says:
I never heard of The Glass Prism but this song The Raven is really cool. I think it should be considered "The Hit That Got Away." The record label or somebody missed the boat on this one. For it's time it could have topped anybodies chart. Great job on putting the song together with the words and music fitting perfectly. I love the concept. (11-15-2003)

Frank says:
1969 I heard The Raven on the radio for the first time. When I found out they were a local band I couldn't believe it. I saw them for the first time at Tippers I think. Actually, we all saw them whenever we could. They were our band. We followed them everywhere. The four part harmonies, the great musicianship, the stage show, everything about them was great. The albums are still my prize possessions. The times are fixed in my memories forever. Thanks. (11-15-2003)





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