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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:

Kim Watters says:
What a rockin band this was. They were much more of a rock band. The Poe concept was neat but they could really get the people dancin. They could play, sing and write. The most complete band I've ever seen. Their stage show was always fun to watch cause they danced and moved around like they really were having fun. Bands these days don't have the natural look that these guys had. They were REAL. (02-03-2004)

Alexandra F says:
This song The Raven is really good. ****
I think EAP would approve. (02-03-2004)

JOE SIMPSON says:
I REALLY LIKE THIS SONG. I AM NOT FROM PA BUT I LIKE IT ANYWAY. GREAT! MUST HAVE BEEN A COOL BAND. SORRY I WASN'T THERE. (02-03-2004)

Jade F says:
Great! I love this whole thing. For more information on the history of The Glass Prism try this web site: www.denoria.com

What a historic band with roots in the rock and roll history throughout the northeast from the early sixties to, apparantely, today. They must have touched every kid who picked up a guitar and screamed "Clap Your Hands" into a mic.

Congratulations are in order I'm sure. (02-02-2004)

Ramone says:
I was delighted to see this photo. It brings back so many wonderful memories. I always liked The Glass Prism and when Louis joined Tom and Rick as Shenandoah I was there to hear what I think was their first performance at Nay Aug Park.
I'm from Wilkes Barre and I saw many shows at Wilkes College and other clubs and schools where they seem to be every week. We never got tired of those songs and their great stage show. Thanks for reminding me. (02-02-2004)

Dell says:
I'm from North Dakota and I never heard of this group. I really like The Raven and I would love to hear more. I'm looking for the album can anyone help? (02-02-2004)

Alex Brody says:
I am a studio musicain and a writter. While visiting the Edgar Allen Poe Musium in VA I heard about The Glass Prism. The first and best group to put Poe's words to music. I went to MSN on the internet and found this and other information about the band. I was very impressed with The Raven and I ordered an album. Some very nice work for the time.

I wondered why they did not go further. I decided to compare their material, specifically The Raven, to other hits of 1969 and 1970. You can compare for yourself. The top acts were:
Tommy Roe, Zager and Evans, The Archies, Steam, Peter, Paul and Many, BJ Thomas, Ray Stevens, The Guess Who, Bread, Edwin Starr, The Partridge Family, Neil Diamond, Henry Mancini, Sly and The Family Stone, The Beatles, The Jackson 5, The Carpenters, etc. I got this info from Billboard, so it is factual. I think The Raven could certainly fit into the picture and The Glass Prism were better than most of these acts.(Most of these acts were put together with studio musicians). The Glass Prism were for real. They could play, sing and write. So what Happened? (02-01-2004)

DEBRA M says:
HELLO! GLASS PRISM! ARE ARE LISTENING?

ANOTHER FAN, ANOTHER REQUEST FOR "THE REUNION."

PLEASE DON'T LET US DOWN. WE'RE ALL WAITING.

HURRY 'CAUSE WE'RE NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER.

IF YOU DON'T DO THIS I'M POSITIVE SOME DAY YOU WILL REGRET IT. WE AWAIT YOUR RESPONSE. (01-31-2004)

JIM says:
A Scranton Fan says:
WHAT AN EXCELLENT SONG!
I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A REUNION. :-} (01-31-2004)

J Gund says:
Are Tom, Rick, Auggie, and Louie The New Glass Prism? We can handle that. Let's do it guys. (01-30-2004)

Trudy says:
Never heard of The Glass Prism but I sure do like this song. I want more. (01-29-2004)

A Wilkes-Barre Fan says:
Anytime these guys want to reunite we'll all be there. Let's get it on. (01-29-2004)

J A (a loving fan) says:
I used to date one of The Glass Prism but I wont say who. We all were so infatuated. Now we look back on those times as the best in our lives. So many of us would love to see a reunion. Please try. We love you Glass Prism, Oh yes we do. (01-29-2004)

Spens says:
Does every one really love these guys or what? I just listened to The Raven. It's pretty good for it's day. They must have been some kind of cult.

Congratulations guys you really have staying power. I wonder how many groups today will be remembered 30 years from now. Way to go.

(01-29-2004)

Nancy Gilden says:
I used to live in Kingston and I went to school with Tom and Carl. I remember when The El Caminos played at our school for the first time. We all looked at them differently from then on. When the Glass Prism album came out we were so thrilled. The songs were on the radio and in the stores. They came to a store and signed albums and did a radio interview and were even on TV.

I now live in DC. If there is ever a reunion I'll make the trip. It would be a crowning moment for them I'm sure. (01-28-2004)

Nick B says:
At our last class reunion we talked about all of the bands we used to see. The Glass Prism were the favorite of most everyone in our class. They even were chosen to play at our prom. A chance to see them would be unbelievable. Let's do it again. We're ready. (01-28-2004)

Will says:
Great band! A reunion? I'll be there. I know many people who would love to see The Glass Prism with Louie and/or Carl. Are you kidding? This promises to be a great time. I guess it takes a lot of nerve but so what. We all understand it's 35 years latter. Hey, come on. We're all waiting. (01-28-2004)

A Scranton Fan says:
I live in Scranton and I am lucky enough to see Augie, Rick and Louie around town on a regular basis. So I have some information about a Reunion (or should I say the lack of it). I saw Carl last summer he still is not interested at all. Louie , Rick, Augie and Tom were practicing for a while, last year, but that fell apart. For those people who are truly interested in a reunion, email Tom and Louie at email address which are listed in previous comments and let them know. Louie doesnt think too many people will show up for a reunion. He told me once time that he thinks my friends and I and "15 other people" would show up! Let him know you are interested. Louie plays in a duo just about every Friday night at the Dunmore Holiday Inn. He still sounds great and you never know who will show up and get on the stage! but that is all I am saying. Lets talk them into this reunion. (01-28-2004)

Juan (a new fan) says:
I'm hooked! (01-27-2004)

MARGIE (A SUPER FAN) says:
IT IS SO DELIGHTFUL TO SEE THIS. I HAVE NOT HEARD THE RAVEN IN YEARS. IT SOUNDS BETTER NOW THEN I REMEMBER. THE GLASS PRISM WERE "THE" BAND. EVERYONE NEW IT. WE SAW THEM SO OFTEN THEY BECAME AN INSTITUTION. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A REUNION AS I AM SURE SO MANY OTHERS WOULD. THIS IS JUST BEAUTIFUL. (01-27-2004)





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