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!

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The Raven (MP3) Once upon a midnight dreary...

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Your Comments:

Mike S says:
WOW! That was some show the Prism put on last night (6/07) at the Scranton Cultural Center.
This 4 guys were not just good. They were super great. I can not remmeber them sounding better.
Augie, Tom, Rick, and Lou truly got better with time.
They are up there running with the big Dogs.
Gene Guarilia #20, (4 time Boston Cetics champion 59-63) currently playing bass guitar with the Was very impressed with TGP performance. Coming from Gene that is a super compliment! Gene also ask me if TGP is going to perform again. Tom I guess the ball is in your court now.
Hope to see you soon.
Rock on, Mike S (06-08-2008)

Roberta Cerra ( says:
When I was only 10 years old my mother used to take me to see the Glass Prism at St Pat's dances in West Side. My Godmother used to watch the teenagers at the dance. Back then it was Tom, Rick, Augie & Carl. I know Carl left the band in 1971 when I was 12 and joined the Buoys. I was wondering if Carl is going to be at the concert. I cannot wait until Saturday to see the concert. Roberta Lynn Cerra (06-06-2008)

There song the raven isnt half bad!!! The other stuff is for old druggies I bet there be alot of Old dude O.D'n on shit they found in the closets at this show (06-05-2008)

joan says:
hey, just so everyone knows this group is having a reunion concert in Scranton at the Scranton Cultural Center at 8 pm on June 7th, get you tickets while you can at Horizon Management, Inc. 607-785-9120 (05-23-2008)

Dan ( says:
Bringing back GREAT Memories of the Wilkes Barre CYC in the 70's...have been looking for this Album for 20 years...always thought it was a Great tool for English Class (Edgar Alan Poe). Syracuse was awesome then and will be and this is long overdue. (05-09-2008)

rak ( says:
late 60's west dances, ..... the glass prism, aka, the el caminos introduced me to dazed and confused ......... and i still am ..... (05-09-2008)

Patty ( says:
I just want everyone to know that the long awaited for reunion concert for the Glass Prism in NEPA is finally going to take place! Scranton Cultural Center , June 7th , 8 PM. Tickets are already on sale. Get'em while there are some left! (04-25-2008)

Ian Atkin ( says:
Damn Frank! You really started something here. It seems that these TGP guys are really something.

You don't have anything by Bill Clinton or George W. Bush do you? That would be fantastic! (04-12-2008)

Mike S says:
Answer to WTF question. The Glass Prism Band is a band that played alot of high school dances and prom thousand of gigs. If you are not a baby boomer you would not have heard of them. They were the local group from north east Pennsylvannia that came out of the garage around 1963. TGP band set the standard for all local bands. They were the most popular band, a part of are high school years. After thirty six years they got togather to help the Egar Allen Poe National Historic site in Philadelphia,Pa. TGP put music to Egar's poems. check out the song The Raven.
For more information go to

TGP is going to perform late spring 08 in Scranton, Pa. I am sure it will sell out.

Rock on, Mike S


WTF says:
I never heard of Glass Prism. Who are all these strange people posting here about them? Cult following I suppose. (02-09-2008)

Mike S ( says:
Hi Prism Fans,
I am going to be a movie star! I was ask to do an interview for the up coming documentary that Bob Ross is making. I am sure the words I say will be what is in ALL TPG FANS HARTS. Rock On, Mike S (01-16-2008)

Mikse S says:
Dear Friends,

Following their successful reunion engagement at the German Society
Theater for the Edgar Allen Poe Society in Philly, The Glass Prism are
currently in rehearsals. They plan to reunite "one more time." The date
and location is not determined.

Many suggestions have come in from various friends, fans, promoters,
etc. They value your opinion.

A "documentary" on TGP is in production (check out the trailer at the

The Philly engagement and the "new engagement" are crucial for the
completion of the documentary.
Of course, TGP look forward to playing together for their fans. That
remains high on the list of priorities. Looking forward to hearing your

Thank you very much.

Prism Fans must have been very good boys and girls.. Mike S (01-06-2008)

The title of the new song written by Augie Christiano is "Warriors".
The poem by EAP is:
"Hymn to Aristogeiton and Harmodius".
Visit the website for more information about the past, present and future of The Glass Prism. (12-30-2007)

Mike S ( says:
Did you miss me? It has been awhile! Well, here goes.
Prism Fans get on TGP email list. Before 12/24
You better be good you better be nice, cause Santa Claus is comming to town! Rock On, Mike S (12-16-2007)

Bob ( says:
Hello all!
Go to the Glass Prism's website or to to catch a preview of our documentary on the Glass Prism! (12-11-2007)

Chris ( says:
Hey Glass Prism,,,I have worn out a few copies of both of those great albums,,,have they ever been remastered and put out on cd?,,now that would be a great find!!! It would be a thrill to see the band in concert -how about "house of Blues" for starters,,,or see the "POE" done with band and orchestra...Keep up the great work! maybe some concert dates, new lp in future,,,self-produce and sell it on E-Bay or at shows,,,thanks for the time,,Chris (12-08-2007)

jack healey ( says:
does anyone know the name of the song that auggie said he wrote just for this concert?? please help! (11-17-2007)

Alberta Race ( says:
Ohhhhh was so upset I could not make concert looked forward to it for so long. Please say they will do another reunion maybe in Scranton for all who could not get to Philly. It does not suprise me to hear the concert was great as a band that good could not have been anything but still great. (11-13-2007)

KateJ ( says:
the bird is real, i think...
Damb, I just missed a gig by them!! (11-05-2007)

Lou ( says:
You guys are just great!!!
Now that the Phila. show is over,how about a show where it all started, in good old Scranton,Pa..
Thanks for all the good times... (11-04-2007)

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