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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:

Lucy says:
I just heard that Jim Schrader, one of the original founding members of The El Caminoes is back in the picture. What about George Fox?

I saw the group at the Varsity Grill in Bloomsburg many times. They were the best. (09-21-2003)

The Conductor says:
All Aboard! Let's get on the Glass Prism train and ride this baby one more time. Come on Louie let's go. Without Carl you're the man. Don't let us down. There must be a way. (09-21-2003)

Sal Brewster says:
I visited my cousin the year The Raven was released. He lived in Dunmore, PA. He told me this was the greatest group around and that they would probably become one of the top bands in the country because of their great album and this "out of sight" song co-written by Edgar Allen Poe. What was he talking about?

Anyway, that weekend we saw them play and I was just blown away. I tried to stay another week just so I could see them again. I bought the album and brought it home. I lived in Richmond VA at the time. I played it for my friends over and over. They liked it. We would sit anound and listen to it over and over. Even though they never saw the group, we all became Glass Prism fans.
When the second album came out about a year latter we drove up to Scranton to buy the album and see the group. We bought the last 6 albums the store had. Unfortunately, the group was out of town so we missed seeing them. We were so dissapointed. I saw them one other time at Christmas. I'll never forget it. They had the audiance going nuts. During those years I saw many groups that had bigger hits but they were not as good as The Glass Prism.

When I saw this web sight I couldn't believe it. These guys were magical to me and I'm sure to all those who ever saw them. Just magical. (09-11-2003)

Roy Soles says:
I'm from San Diago. I never heard of the Glass Prism. However, it seems like I'm in the minority here. I guess most of the people here are fans. That's great. I just listened to the Raven and I think it's really a good song. Neat idea. It really captures the feel for the lirics. Amazing how they arranged the music to fit so perfectly. This song might even make it in todays market. I am going to find the album as soon as possible. (09-11-2003)

Pat T says:
I agree with Robert. Nights are long without the Glass Prism. I remember the shows going so fast. We couldn't get enough of them. The Raven is a great song. It should have been a national hit. I wonder why it wasn't. I like all of the songs on both of their albums. I saw them play most of them live. I also saw Shenandoah a few times with Louie. They were great and the songs they wrote were better than anything in their day. Tom and Louie really progressed as songwriters. The arrangements were amazing for only three guys. Harmonies, and instrumentation always seemed to be just write for the song. All three sang leed. Cool! Congratulations on your great accomplishments. (09-11-2003)

Robert says:
Oh my. What is going on? From what I remember this was a really great band. Their personal lives were and are a mistery to me. That's the way it should be. Most of the comments here are very complimentary. The two personal mentions are out of place and probably hurt all concerned. For the sake of them let's talk about the guys as musicians, songwirters, singers, performers and most importantly how they impacted our young lives. I for one, have great memories of many of the dances and shows I attended. That's what I think this forum is all about. Peace guys.
To The El Caminoes, Glass Prism, Shenadoah, thanks for everything. I'm sure you gave up alot to perform at such a high level for so many years. I appreciate the music and wonderful memories. It must be nice to have touched so many in such a positive way. All my best to all of you. George Fox, Steve Bond, Tom Varano, Carl Siracuse, Jim Schrader, Augie Christiano, Rick (Richards) Chownowski, Louie Cossa. I hope I have not mised anyone. Those are all the members that I know of. Great is all can say. (09-11-2003)

Jackie says:
I'm with Bridget on this. I know dozens of people that have been talking about the possible reunion for weeks. I just read some of the other comments here and on the Berwick site. People love these guys. How about it? Can the Glass Prism/Shenandoah(The El Caminoes) still do it?

What's the hold up? Let's go guys the world is waiting. If you don't you'll surely regret it someday. What happened? Weren't you guys preparing for this. Take a deep breath and give it another try. We're behind you. We'll all be there and you will be on top of the world again. (08-22-2003)

Bridget says:
My mom, Sally, loves this band and she used to go see them all the time in the 70's with her friends Nancy and Patty. She was a major groupie and followed them everywhere they went. She had a huge crush on all the guys. I grew up hearing all the stories about Rick, Augie, Louie, Carl and Tom. I'm begging these guys to get back together because my mom and her friends are driving me nuts with talking about it so much. Pleasssssssssse get back together. (08-21-2003)

A FAN WHO KNOWS says:
ANDREA WAS CORRECT WHEN SHE SAID SHE HEARD THAT RICK,TOM, AUGIE AND LOUIE WERE PLANNING A REUNION AND WERE PRACTICING. HOWEVER THAT IS NOW PAST TENSE. THEY WERE PRACTICING, BUT LOUIE HAS LOST INTEREST AND PRACTICE HAS STOPPED! FOR ALL YOU GUYS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN HEARING THE GLASS PRISM AGAIN-- LOUIE HAS A WORK WEBSITE AT COSSASMUSIC.COM, MAYBE IF WE ALL PETITION HIM AND LET HIM KNOW HOW WE FEEL, HE WILL RECONSIDER. LETS TRY! (08-01-2003)

pouk says:
Wow, this is awesome. I didn't expect to like this as much as I do. Now I have to track down the album! (07-24-2003)

Ann says:
I saw the version of this group when they were called Shenandoah. One of the places they played was called The Shot In The Dark, in English Center, PA(near Williamsport). A friend of mine dated one of them, so we saw them many times. They were the top group. Great show and great music. Much of the music they played were original and we got to know all the songs. Their voices were unbelievable. All three would sing lead and the harmonies would make people think there were four or more voices. They sounded better than any of the four and five piece groups. I never heard the Glass Prism material except for The Raven until lately but I can understand why people liked them. I would love to hear the Shenandoah songs like Dreamfield. I know they recorded some of their songs in New York. It would be great to hear them again. Those days were some of my fondest memories. Thanks so much. (07-10-2003)

Pete and the Guys says:
Five of us got together last night at the lake and listened to my copy of Poe Through The Glass Prism. It's one my greatest treasures. We had a blast. We're ready to see the best band of the 60's and early 70's in the north east any time any where. (07-10-2003)

Pete and the Guys says:
Five of us got together last night at the lake and listened to my copy of Poe Through The Glass Prism. It's one my greatest treasures. We had a blast. We're ready to see the best band of the 60's and early 70's in the north east any time any where. (07-10-2003)

Andrea says:
At a family reunion just a couple of weeks ago about 25 of us stood around talking about the El Caminoes, Glass Prism and Shenandoah. Some where saying they heard that Louie Cossa would be joining atleast three of the original members of the Glass Prism (Tom, Rick and Auggie). Does anyone know what is going on regarding the reunion? We all think it would be a great treat for all of us that grew of with their music. (07-10-2003)

Marcus says:
Just spent a few days in Liverpool England. While there we did the Beatle tour. Just for fun we went to some record shops and discovered that there are fans of The Glass Prism over there. Some folks, we were told, took this group just as serious there as we took the Beatles. A shop owner said there was "a bit of a Glass Prismania" thing going on. People still ask for the album. I was impressed. I think they had the potential for greatness on a worldwide scale. Luv these bloks. Did someone say "REUNION?"

(07-10-2003)

Harry says:
just found my copy of this in antikshop in Södertelge (Sweden). if you like this concept theres a similar with -Alan Parsons Project- called Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Edgar Allan Poe. it has a nice booklet but i put my vote on the velvet jackets (07-09-2003)

Lost Angel says:
I have heard from a dozen people that The El Caminoes, Glass Prism and Shenandoah are planning a reunion. Is this true? They were gods in their day. To see a reunion show would be special. (07-09-2003)

yet another fan says:
just a gas. love these guys forever. i have friends that still talk about the great times. the glass prism provided the backdrop for our teenage years. the two can never be separated. (07-07-2003)

ANOTHER FAN says:
I FOUND THIS ALBUM AT A GARAGE SALE. THE GUY SAID HE HAD THREE AND DIDN'T WANT TO SELL THIS ONE BUT IT WAS IN A BOX OF OTHERS THAT I WAS BUYING ( I'M A COLLECTOR ) OF OLD ALBUMS AND 45'S.

HE WAS RELUCTANT BUT WHEN I TOLD HIM I HAD HEARD ABOUT THESE GUYS BUT NEVER HEARD THEM HE DECIDED TO LET IT GO.

A FEW DAYS AFTER I GOT IT HOME I PLAYED IT AND I WAS BLOWN AWAY. THESE GUYS ARE SOME KIND OF LEGENDS TO FOLKS AND I CAN SEE WHY. FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH I THINK THEIR GREAT. I'M NOW SEEKING MORE OF THEIR MATERIAL IF THERE IS ANY. I HEARD THAT THEIR FINAL LINEUP AS SHENANDOAH WAS THE BEST AND THAT THERE IS AN UNRELEASED ALBUM WORTH IT'S WEIGHT IN GOLD. I WOULD LOVE TO GET MY HANDS ON THAT ONE. (07-06-2003)

Patty says:
Great Website! I must commit on what " former fan" said about Augie. Augie is a friend of mine and what this person said is not true. He is a truely spiritual person, who at the same time keeps himself fit by swimming and power walking. And he does works, just the same as the other guys do. Whoever this "former fan" is, I would like to know why he or she is harboring such major resentment against Augie. (07-05-2003)





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