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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:

J. Welch says:
Wonderful job. I especially like the drums. I don't know why. They're simple I guess but kind of neat. The singer has a great voice. Better than most of todays singers who can't seem to sing every note on key without some help in the studio. The music is well arranged and fits so well together. I think any educated musician can appreciate the quality of The Raven as a great song and The Glass Prism as a great group of musicians. (04-30-2004)

Dr. Nicosia (nicosia@digisys.net) says:
Greetings, There is a website dedicated to the Glass Prism (El Caminos). It is a great site with a complete history of the group and a couple songs. For those of you from N.E. Pennsylvania, there are also references to
The Buoys,also with a couple of songs. The site address is www.denoria.com/el_caminos/index.html (The_ may be a -)If you can't get it with one, try the other. I have been able to secure a Poe through the Glass Prism album and a CD in recent months. The CD was from a New York radio station aucton, some how transferred to CD for a special midnight show honoring the album years ago. Enjoy the website. (04-29-2004)

Peanut Head (peehed@yahoo.whatever) says:
Sorry bout dat last comment...my Mommy called me and I had ta shut off da computer PRONTO.

Dat JAY is fulla shit...read da bullshit bout dis LP....put on da JIMMY OSMINT LPs and ferget about dis one....you will get a boner when you hear dat tune by Jimmy, "My Dik Was Stuck In The Vacuum Cleaner Of Life"...a fukkin' classic, babies!!! DA BOMB...

An Dick Mann likes it too?? Shit...deaf AND fukkin' stoopid too...

Lookit dat cover!!! Ya cannot buy ties like dat nowheres, 'cept near where I lives....and dat bird on da cover is dere fukkin' Manager. His name is Rick Aven (on his card it says R.Aven) Took a crap on dat guy's arm during da pichure shoot.

Go out an buy a Jimmy Osmint LP, babies....get nekkid, spark a spliff and lay back...and trow out dis POE POS (Piece O' Shit)....oops...my Mommy is calling me again...haveta go...bye... (04-29-2004)

Peanut Head (peehed@yahoo.whatever) says:
Holy shit...didja read some o' da crap these guys is writin'??

Whuts wid dat JAY guy? He actully listened to dis piece o' shit when he SHOULDA (04-29-2004)

Dick Mann says:
The Raven is classical. The Glass Prism are a rock group with real class. I like the
treatment. They had to be ahead of anything back in those days. (Innovative, creative, talented.)

I like it. Well done. (04-29-2004)

Janice T says:
Hey, these guys are A O K in my book. (04-29-2004)

l.t souchik says:
karol was in the bouys & the glass prism two
great band in the n.e pa (04-28-2004)

Dave Jones (jones9888@bellsouth.net) says:
I found a promo 45 of the Raven/Eldorado at a local flea market and really enjoyed the unique
treatment of Poe. My copy appears to be more mid
70s than 60s, although of course the music sounds
very late 60's. Was suprised to see so much written about this obscure recording. My RCA
45 is #74-0205, perhaps released on single sometime after the lp. Hope to score the lp someday. For now I'm going to download the groovy
pic from this site and make a sleeve for my 45! (04-27-2004)

Willy says:
I would also love to see a reunion take place. I saw The Glass Prism many times and I always liked the songs they did and their ability to have many styles. The Poe concept was just one of the many facits of this really talented group. I think everyone who has ever seen them will agree. We all would love to see a reunion. Just one short show any time, any place. We'll be there. (04-26-2004)

JAN says:
DID SOMEBODY SAY "REUNION"? IT IS POSSIBLE? I MEAN ARE THESE MEN STILL ALIVE? AND IF SO CAN THEY STILL PLAY AND SING? I REALLY LOVE THIS SONG, THE RAVEN, AND I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR IT PERFORMED LIVE BY THE BAND THAT RECORDED IT BUT THAT WAS 35 YEARS AGO. IS IT POSSIBLE? DOES ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING MORE? (04-26-2004)

david bale says:
I can't believe people are still talking about the Glass Prism like their playing someplace on saturday nite. That is just so great. They truely earned it so let's give them their due. They were and are probably the most important band to come out of the northeast ever. (04-21-2004)

EAP FAN says:
I'M A BIG FAN OF EAP. THESE GUYS DID A GREAT JOB ON HIS WORK. I LOVE IT. IT BRINGS IN A NEW APPRECIATION AND FEELING YET THEY CAPTURE HIS EMOTION. I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR MORE. (04-16-2004)

WILLIAM THE GREAT says:
SUPER SONG.
WELL WRITTEN.
PERFECTLY PERFORMED.
COOL CONCEPT. (04-14-2004)

Jackie says:
Hi. I just got my first look at this today. I was impressed. I emailed hmi67@aol.com. I guess that is Tom Varano from the Glass Prism, El Caminoes and Shenandoah. I asked him if he considered putting up a web site. Apparantely he is not sure how relavant it would be. I think there are old fans that would like it and new fans that would appreciate it. I asked if it would be ok to try to find someone who could do it. He said he didn't think anyone of the guys would mind but he would mention it to them should anything come up. He also said he would want to approve anything before hand and that he might possibly help with things that could go on it including some recordings, photos, and other things. So if anyone knows anyone who can do a web site I guess you can contact him at his address. I don't have my own email address yet. I'm doing this from work. So I'll be watching and if I find someone I'll post that here. Meanwhile, let's hope this happens. I think it would be neat to have their albums and other recordings on the internet. This may also help in pushing for that "reunion" that we all want. (04-11-2004)

MEL says:
TO JAY: YES, IT IS THE LES"FREAKING"PAUL. ALSO, THE ALBUM WAS RECORDED IN HIS STUDIO IN NEW JERSEY. LES IS STILL ALIVE AND I RECENTLY SAW HIM IN NEW YORK AT A CLUB PLAYING WITH HIS JAZZ TRIO. I CONFRONTED HIM ABOUT THE GLASS PRISM ALBUM THAT I HAVE AND HE SAYS HE REMEMBERS IT WELL BECAUSE IT WAS SO UNIQUE AND THE GUYS WERE SO GOOD. HE SAID NOTHING WAS OVERDUBED AND THEY DID THE ALBUM IN LIKE LESS THEN THREE DAYS.
THIS ALBUM REMAINS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITES. (04-10-2004)

Jeff Nichols (tfhntrd@hotmail.com) says:
I was the one who won this lp for 14.69, as mentioned by the before mentioned comment. I just got it today and I must say I am totally impressed by the album. I think it's totally worth the money. THUMBS UP!!! (04-10-2004)

Jay (stuckinraleigh@netzero.net) says:
Random thoughts to ponder and hopefully keep the discussion moving:

1 - "The Raven" isn't bad - Sounds similar to other late 60s/early 70s groups that relied heavily on the organ
2 - Every website and auction lists this LP as being from 1969 - If 1969 is correct, this makes the cover shot a little less bizzare (unless they were all along trying for that 1840s Poe "look")
3 - This album sold on March 29, 2004 for $21.19 on eBay with 5 bids (#4003123227) "still in shrink wrap" & another sold on eBay on April 1, 2004 for $14.69 with 3 bids (go to http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=4004155707&category=306%0A&SID=Poe while you can to see a pic of the back cover) - Obviously there are copies of this LP floating around that can be had for not many pasos
4 - Arlo Guthrie recorded "One Night", a late 70s live album with a group called "Shenandoah" which is described as "a strange conglomeration of bluegrass, rock, and jazz players" but no "Rick and Tom of the Glass Prism and Louie Cossa" are listed in the LP credits I found online
5 - Glass Prism's 2nd LP "On Joy And Sorrow" (1970) seems to be available for $25 at "http://www.recordsbymail.com/static/artistSearch.php/artistFirst/artistLast/GLASS%20PRISM"
6 - http://ronmoore.freeservers.com/lpd.html mentions that this LP was "engineered by Les Paul" (you think it means THE Les Paul??) - For those who don't know who Les Paul is, he is credited with inventing the eight-track tape recorder, the electronic-reverb effect and the overdubbing recording technique, known as the father of the solid-body electric guitar, the designer of the Gibson electric guitar that bears his name, a great guitar player and a big recording artist mainly in the 1940-50s - That is why I wonder if it is THE Les "Freaking" Paul!!
7 - If really serious about buying this album, do a "Google" search and see if any old record websites have it available AND search eBay (as I am writing this, there is an Australian pressing of this album for sale - #4006080266)
8 - Let me end with a small personal story about Edgar Allen Poe (or atleast where his remains are buried) - My wife-to-be went to Pharmacy school at the Univ of Maryland-Baltimore in the late 80s/early 90s - While there, her school had a dance that I attended at an old church that apparently was converted on the inside to what I would call an all-purpose-gathering hall that could be rented out by groups for whatever the occassion - Outside this "church" was where Edgar is buried - I am sure if he had known what was going to happen to that church, he would not have wanted to lie there NEVERMORE (I know THAT night dozens of drunk pharmacy students fly by him) (04-10-2004)

Cisco says:
Not bad. I like this. I like this alot. (04-09-2004)

DALE says:
I ATTENDED BERKLEY SCHOOL OF MUSIC. WE TOOK A CLASS ON WRITTING MUSIC FOR LIRICS. WE WOULD READ THE LIRICS AND TRY TO WRITE MUSIC. IT WAS DIFFICULT AND OUR PROFESSOR WAS A PERFECTIONIST.
ONE DAY HE BROUGHT THIS ALBUM IN AND PLAYED IT FOR US. IT WAS THE GLASS PRISM. HE PLAYED THE RAVEN AND SOME OF THE OTHER SONGS. I WAS SURPRISED TO SEE THIS AND IMPRESSED AT THE WAY THEIR FANS APPARANTELY LOVE THIS GROUP. I THINK THE SONGWRITTERS DID A GREAT JOB. NOT MANY OF US COULD DO ANYTHING NEARLY AS POWERFUL AS THEY DID. (04-08-2004)

Dawn says:
Unexpected collaboration - the connection between music and words is perfect. (04-06-2004)





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