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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:

Jules says:
Here in Selma, back in the early 70's they had The Raven go against another song(can't remember the name but I think it was by Three Dog Night). Any way it was one of those contests where the people call in. Well The Raven won in a landslide. I remember that because the station was hot on that song by The Glass Prism. They played it for about a month and all of a sudden they stoped playing it. Since we couldn't find it in the stores, we called the station and asked them to play it and sometimes they would. The guy at the store said they sold out and had some on order. About a week latter some albums came in and I bought one.
I still play it. When I saw this sight was surprised and impressed. Glad to see there are so many fans still out there that appreciate this great band. (11-14-2003)

J Marquez (Jmarquez@tmail.com) says:
Now I could be barking up the wrong tree, but im an aspiring recording artist and I resently signed a management contract with a company in Endwell, New York named Horizon Manamgment Inc and the president is a Tom Varano, but I dont know if its the same one that was in this group, if it is I would love to know, I dont get to talk to Tom that often, in fact Im praying that I hear from him in the near future, but I dont want to be embarrassed and ask him if he was the Tom Varano affiliated with this group, and if it is him, I know how I feel about downloading music, I dont know if this record is still in print, but if it is I would love to hear some of the music. Please dont think me ignorant, and Im only 23 so this happened way before my time, but a lot of people who manage groups these days have never really been actual recording artists so its refreshing to hear. Then Tom should understand how anxious I am and how ready I am to tell my story and leave an impression, or at least have the opportunity to try, on people and maybe one day they will have a website talking about performances I've done, music I wrote, and things of that nature, well if anybody hears anything or knows anything, feel free to send me an email.
Talk to you soon. (11-14-2003)

Julie says:
Wow! I heard about this band many times. When I came across this web site I just had to check out The Raven. It's realy cool. The Glass Prism must have been very good. I gotta hear more. Where can I find the albums? (11-06-2003)

Ted Woods says:
In 1975 our Lit teacher introduced us to The Glass Prism. We all went out and bought the album. It has been one my favorites ever since. At class reunions we still talk about it. They even play The Raven at everyone that I've been to. Here in Youngstown the oldies station will play it somtimes. Just great. (11-05-2003)

ALLIYAH (SXHARRIGTON) says:
CALL ME 320-0279 (11-01-2003)

Billy K says:
Just the greatest group in the 60's and 70's. Looks like some controversy going on but mostly good comments from some folks that really like the group and the music. Personally, I know the live Glass Prism was great. I know, I saw them. Everyone, including musicians appreciated their talent. Congratulations on a great career. I would love to see them reunite. I just know people would love it. (10-30-2003)

Allie B says:
I never heard of these guys. Just listened to The Raven 4 times. I love it. I'm looking to find the album immediately. (10-30-2003)

Matt Washburn says:
Great band. I heard that the reunion that was on, then off, is back on. What is the story? Is this just a tease to get everyone worked up so that when it finally does happen new and old fans flock to the seen? Let's get on with it. The fans are waiting patiently. (10-30-2003)

Alex Lee says:
In 1975 we used this album to study Poe in English class. I'm from St. Louis so I never saw The Glass Prism. Our teacher was so impressed with their ability to capture the feeling of the poems that he had us try to write music to other poems. No way could any of the best musicians come close to songs like The Raven, Eldorado, Dream Within A Dream, Hymn, etc. He even used the album as extra credit on our exam. He talked about the writers of the music Varano and Christiano like others talk about Lennon and McCartney. I was so thrilled to see this tribute I had to comment. I would have loved to see the band play live. If there is a time that they get back together I'll make the trip from MO if at all possible. What a thrill that would be. (10-30-2003)

Johny Cash says:
First of all i knew these bastards back in the day and they suck balls man. Dont get all hyped up over these overgrown homosexuals. And also Johny Cash is dead bitch! (10-28-2003)

Ryan Dresch (ryan77@the18th.com) says:
Let me just say these guys rock.Im researching Poe for a class project and was thinking how coll it would be to turn some of his poems into rock song(because i play the electric) then i stumbled onto this and was really surprised.There a great classic group! (10-28-2003)

Joy (JoyGerhardt@aol.com) says:
If anyone has any mp3s or a CD or cassette of any songs from this, could you please email me? I've got the Raven & El Dorado, I want to hear more! (I have no record player *weeps*) (10-23-2003)

Jack says:
This is just great. I heard there may be a reunion. Say the word. We will all be there. (10-22-2003)

Andy W says:
Clearly the most significant rock group in the northeast from the mid 60's through the early 70's. Their last few years as Shenandoah with Rick, Tom and Louie was the best rock trio I every saw. Their original material was great. Their arrangements of other material was always better than the original artists and their live shows were wild. In their day they were truely respected by all.
In my opinion Poe Through The Glass Prism is the most importnat album out of the northeast in its time. Thanks for the opportunity for me and others to express our appreciation to the band for their wonderful work and the great times that so many of us had during their reign.
Did I hear somone say,"reunion"? (10-11-2003)

Justus says:
These guys were super. I used to hear them everywhere. Tippers, New World, Newton Lake. Top shelf. they were right up there with Mutley and the Boys. (10-09-2003)

Joe says:
I love this its great thanx! (10-08-2003)

R J says:
AS A SOUNDMAN FOR SOME OF THE OTHER GROUPS IN THE NORTHEAST I HAVE TO SAY THESE GUYS WERE THE REAL DEAL. THEY WERE THE FIRST TO DO EVERYTHING. ALL THE OTHERS WOULD COME TO SEE THEM, THEN GO HOME AND TRY TO COPY AS BEST AS THEY COULD. THEY DID THE HARMONY AND ARRANGEMENTS THAT NO ONE COULD TOUCH. THEY DID AN ARRANGEMENT OF EXODUS THAT TOTALLY SHOCKED ALL THE OTHER BANDS. THE AUDIENCE WAS SO IMPRESSED THEY WOULD TALK ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME.
THEIR MARK WILL REMAIN FOR THOSE WHO KNEW THEM.

AS FAR AS THE RAVEN, IT'S A CLASSIC BY ANY STANDARDS.

FOR THOSE WHO GOT TO SEE SHENANDOAH ( THE THREE PIECE VERSION OF THE GLASS PRISM ) THIS WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST TRIOS OF ALL TIME. THEY WERE RIGHT THERE WITH CREAM, HENDRIX, GRAND FUNK AND OTHERS. I HEARD THAT WHEN THEY OPENED FOR THE BIG GROUPS OF THE DAY LIKE THE GUESS WHO AND THREE DOG NIGHT THAT THEY HAD SUCH AN IMPACKED ON THE AUDIENCES THAT THE HEADLINERS COULD NOT HOLD THEM. THAT'S WHAT HAPPENES WHEN THE OPENING ACT IS BETTER THAN THE HEADLINERS.

GREAT MEMORIES. A REUNION IS WARRANTED (10-05-2003)

Mad Man Mike says:
Ok after hearing this I had to run out and buy the album. living in NYC with a lot of rare record stores around me found it on my 3rd try.
$22- not bad at all (for NYC prices).
Anyone who likes this should check out the rest of the album. (10-03-2003)

BG Dodson says:
Truly well done. I've found another group (IUMA, MP3? - I misremember) who sing the actual poem - but it's nowhere as cool as this. (09-28-2003)

Sammy says:
I really loved The Glass Prism. I remember hearing The Raven and other songs live. It seems like the live version was longer than the record. Just Great.

I was on this concert kick and I found this program that shows you how to calculate the number of people "likely" to attend a show, concert, or sporting event in an area. It is based on the number of people who live in an area, their ages, ethnic background, and some other important factors. Anyway, in using this program it predicts that over 7500 people from the Northeast alone would come to see a reunion of the Glass Prism. All it would take would be wome radio and newspaper advertisement and the oldies radio station would have to play some of their songs like The Raven regularly for a few weeks. Is this possible?

I also was wondering, are any of the members of The Glass Prism aware of this site? If so I think they might be aware that there are lots of fans that care about them and would love to see a reunion of some kind take place.

I hope this message helps. (09-22-2003)





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