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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Mike S ( says:
Sunday I wanted to post something but,I was on cloud nine. I could not find the right words. I woke up 5am on monday morning and the same words ďlike a fine wine that got better with ageĒ would best discribe the Glass Prism performance. Bruce I could not have explained it better. I thank you. Rock on, Mike

by Mike S October 30th, 2007 at 11:07 pm (10-30-2007)

Mike S ( says:
This is a cut and paste from the site.

And so it was. There was a wine tasting party in Philadelphia last SaturdayÖdidnít know that rascal Edgar Allan Poe was a wine expert, but apparently he found a bottle of a rare, late 1960ís vintage in of all places, the German Societyís historic building, and invited us to attend the tasting. So, hearing this, we all gathered there to partake of this rare vintage which we had not tasted for such a long time, and that we wondered if we would ever taste again. The clean bottle, obviously cared for and stored properly, was uncorked and served to us in a tight glass. We found that it tasted just as crisp, and strong, and was as sweet and poignant as we all remembered. So, we all savored that precious wine until the last drop, and when we finished the bottle, and as we left that place in Philadelphia very happy, yet with a certain degree of sadness, we all hoped that Edgar might be able to find another bottle somehow, or somewhere, so that we all might be lucky enough to taste it again.
So our thanks to olí Edgar for a wonderful night and for sharing that precious bottle of wine with us at that nice gathering in Philadelphia. We would be remiss, however, if we did not thank all those who worked very hard behind the scenes in the serving of that wine which allowed all of us to turn the clock back, if, for a little while, and go back to a time when that unforgettable wine flowed like water. And so it was.

Bruce Louryk
Washington, DC

by Bruce Louryk October 29th, 2007 at 5:45 pm (10-30-2007)

tommy beckage ( says:
YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I live in dunmore pa.and lived through the 70s with all there great bands me and my friends would get a buzz and go see and listen to a number of bands playing great music in the area rock and roll was great i had the chance to work with carl (keyboards) from PRISM for about 10 years he became a member of the BUOYS later and after BILL and JERRY left i became there sound man we played aLL over the east coast had great times i will never forget so if you remember seeing CARL, FRAN, CHRIS,STEVE and there crazy sound man PHEBE who never said no, drop me a line at keep listening. TOMMY bye (10-29-2007)

Mike Karsnak ( says:
Guys, you pulled this one off. This event went over very well, considering you were idle 30+ yrs. You must have had some very serious and hard practice sessions. Well, it paid off!!! When you first came out on that stage, I could not contain myself. I was very teary-eyed throughout most of the performance. Your selection of the songs was awesome and I just can't explain how magnificent you were. As a former drummer myself Rick, you never missed a beat and I really thought you were exceptional. On the way out to the concert, I was doing a little DJing playing your Poe CD on a boom box. Well, now that you got this one under your belt, how about doing a gig locally. You have so much talent and don't let it slip away. Again, a very special Thanks for a great night and hopefully there will be more!!! (10-28-2007)

Martha ( says:
I am just as emotional as Mike, but I can't stop smiling. I am still on an emotional high from yesterdays performance, I feel like I am part of history, lol. (10-28-2007)

Mike ( says:
This is my reply to Rick's email
Hi Rick,
The bus went well its 5pm Cathy woke me up.
I am searching for the right words to express the wittnessing of this memoralble event, but (happy ) tears keep going in my eyes as they did during the event.. As soon as I calm doing I will be posting something.
Teary eyed , Mike (10-28-2007)

Martha ( says:
Well, the Philly event was awesome!!!! I listened over and over to their albums when I was growing up, and to get to see and hear them perform Saturday, was a truly elevating experience! Thanks to Mike, (gazoo98), his hard work organizing the bus, made my dream of seeing them perform, a reality. I hope they decide to perform more often, as their sound is too good to lay dormant! It was a great trip, a day to remember! (10-28-2007)

Mike Karsnak ( says:
I did not think this day would get here!!! Let's have a Glass Prism pep rally befor we get on the bus. (Weather Permitting) Are we getting fired up or what? Again, a very special thanks to Mike S. cause he did a lot of legwork to accomodate us Prism fans. This should be "A Dream Within a Dream". We will surely be reminiscing!!! (10-27-2007)

Cheryl ( says:
Hey, I know Augie too. Man that was a long, long time ago. Such a sweet gentle man... (10-25-2007)

Cheryl ( says:
I have Poe Through the Glass Prism in vinyl but unfortunately I no longer have anything to play it on, does anyone know if I can purchase a CD? Also who is doing the vocal on The Raven? Thanks. (10-25-2007)

Phebe ( says:
YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!!I am from scranton and back then if was a great time for music get a buzz and go see and listen to a number of great bands in our area i had the chance to work with Carl from the Prism back in the late 70s when the Buoys were in town Carl played bass and after BILL and JERRY left i became there sound man for about 10 years playing all over the east coast so if you remember CARL FRAN STEVE AND JOHN B. and there crazy sound man who could never say no drop me a E it was a great time i will never forget glad to see all the people writing makes me wish i was there AGAIN ,GREAT thanks PHEBE (10-25-2007)

Bob Ross ( says:
Hey Prism fans! I will be shooting a documentary on The Glass Prism and we'll be starting the project at saturday's concert! Be prepared! I will be seeking some of you out to get your Glass Prism stories and memories on camera! If any of you have some photos of the guys playing at your High School or from what ever venue, please contact me at my email, I will give you photo credit at the end of the documentary! See you in Philly! (10-25-2007)

phebe ( says:
YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE!!!! i live in scranton and remember when there bands were around it has a great time to get a buzz and go see any one of the great bands that were in the area i had a chance to work with carl the keyboard player in the PRISM for about 10 years after he joined the BUOYS, back then, the late 70s i was the sound man for the band after BILL and JERRY left hand some great times i will never forget if any of you remember seeing the Bouys then playing all over the east coast with John b. Fran and Steve and Carl drop me a E to say hello thanks PHEBE (10-25-2007)

Mike ( says:
Prism Fans,
Those of you that are attending the Philly performance are in for a real treat... You will be the frist............Truely this is going to be memorable. The prism is going to knock your socks off.

From what I hear. The event is going to sell out.
Those of you who are taking the bus. It is going to leave Quility Inn 400 RT 315 Pittston parking lot at 5pm. You wont have to fight for 1 of the 40 parking spot in Philly. See you in Philly, Mike (10-23-2007)

Fritz Sahutsky ( says:
This album is just as fine a piece of classic rock as releases by Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, and many other big bands. I only wish somebody could license their 2 albums that they did for RCA onto CD. It was history in the making.....and it came from Pennsylvania, the same state which gave us Chubby Checker, Bobby Vinton, The Dovells, and those guys in POISON, among others . Long Live POE AND THE GLASS PRISM . (10-22-2007)

Mike ( says:
Ok Prism Fans,
I have a 50 passenger tour bus with restroom reserved so you will not have to wear your depends. It is fillng fast. The price is $25. per person.
I am asking people that are interested in transportaion to attend the Cadillacs gig At Jadís on the 20th (10pm) to get a head count and payment. The bus will leave from Jadís (400 route 315 pittston) parking lot at 5 pm on the 27th.
Read my past posts. My email is
I will see you in Philly for the once in a life time event. Mike


Mike ( says:
Correction...The add will be in the Electric City (10-17-2007)

Mike ( says:
In the next few days you will be seeing adds in the Weekender for the performance in Philly.
The add will mention a bus.. I have been posting that anyone interested to get in touch with me.
So far 4 people committed. I am asking people that are interested in transportaion to attend the Cadillacs gig At Jadís on the 20th (10pm) to get a head count and payment. So far a 24 passenger bus cost $600. A 55 passenger school bus cost $1000. No 55 passenger tour buses are avabile that night. Any help with this will be appericated.
My email is
See you in Philly. Mike


Mike ( says:
Come on Oct. 27, 2007. You can't come quick enough. Can't wait to see the Glass Prism perform in Philly at the Edgar Allen Poe museum. Come on, all you ex-followers and fans, come out to see them. It should be a memorial and somewhat a tearful event. It's been 30+ years since we saw them, so let's give them 100%+ attendance. I just got the On Joy and Sorrow CD and as a bonus the Shenandoah CD. I had that CD (I should say, that Album back in 1972) before I left for the Navy and my brother lent it out to somebody and I never saw it again. In fact I forgot all about the 2nd album, even the Shenandoah one. Can't wait to listen to them to see if they come back to me. I'm sure they will. Like I said before, the El Camino's (Glass Prism) were a huge part of my teen years. Hope to see you guys not only in Philly but somewhere locally around here. (Scranton area) See you soon!!! (10-11-2007)

Mike ( says:
Prism fans. I got to shake hands with Tom, Rick, and Augie Saturday.... WOW!!! I am still on cloud nine. What an honor.
These guys are such a big part of my youger years. Just being in the same room as them. WOW! What a feeling....I cant what to see them perform in Philly.... Get tickets for this event. Trust me its an awesome feeling. You will get to hear them perform after 30 years. Best of all you wil get to shake hands with them after they perform.
See you in Philly, Mike (10-07-2007)

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