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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Michael ( says:
This is a very musically romantic version of the classic Poe story. I always dug the Allan Parsons version but this, since I grew up in the era, was really "interesting". The guys did a good job. (07-12-2002)

K (Shuleski) Brennan ( says:
My husband (who is perfect) was quick to point out the "typo" in my post brother was LEANING on the stage, not "learning" (all he "learned" that night was how to become a member of the KISS Army.) Also (eye roll), he reminded me that the store was not yet "Boscov's", it was in reality the pre-'72 flood "Fowler Dick and Walker, the Boston Store". He updated me on Carl Siracuse, 3rd from the left on the album cover. Carl went on to become a member of The Buoys, who became slightly famous for their song "Timothy", which was about cannibalism. "Mr. Siracuse" was also Musical Director at Bishop O'Reilly High School in Kingston, which my husband attended. (07-07-2002)

K (Shuleski) Brennan ( says:
First of all, I must challenge my little brother's comments below and set the record straight: I never "drugged" my family (although in retrospect it would not have been a bad idea) at NAY AUG park or anywhere else. My memory must be failing me because I only vagely recall the concert. What I DO remember, as a young "groupie in training" is buying the album at Boscov's and meeting the group at the "autograph party" in the basement of the store. Augie Christiano, Rick Richards, Carl Siracuse, and Tom Varano were a cool bunch of dudes. As a result, I am the proud owner of a personally AUTOGRAPHED copy of the LP! PS: Things got better for my brother, his SECOND concert was seeing a very early KISS at Kings College, in their small gymnasium...I can still see him learning on a youthful Gene Simmons' platform boots as he stared in awe...he was never the same. Thanks for the memory! (07-07-2002)

C. Shuleski ( says:
My dear sister drug the entire family from Wilkes-Barre to Scranton to see these guys play at Naok(?) Park. Very entertaining. I think sis was going through puberty. My father, a die hard old timer, didn't seem very amused. He wanted to volunteer his services to cut anyone's hair that was over an inch long. Guess u could call it my first concert ever. Cool music! (07-06-2002)

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Barry Davis ( says:
The Alan Parsons Project's rendition of "The Raven" isn't fit to lick the boots of this version. (06-23-2002)

Morgan says:
I love this twist to the "Raven"! (06-23-2002)

David Lasky ( says:
This is amazing! Thanks so much for providing the sound file!!! I never would have guessed that ANYONE could make a pop song out of "The Raven". It sounds a lot like Three Dog Night (mentioned above). Kudos to the Glass Prism. I am currently trying to draw a comic book version of the Raven and this provides some great inspiration... (06-22-2002)

Ivar ( says:
What about the Alan Parsons Project album? (06-10-2002)

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emma mouse says:
I totally dig this too! Do you reckon the bird was real...? (05-18-2002)

emma mouse ( says:
Do you reckon the guy with the one arm is the drummer? (05-18-2002)

emma mouse says:
Wow! This totally rocks!! (05-18-2002)

Wayne ( says:
I just got this album again at a yard sale after being lost for 30 years. I use to see this band alot. They later became Shenendoah and played with Rare Earth and Three Dog Night in Williamsport in 1970. Anyone there??? What a concert. My friends and I made the cover of the newspaper back then cause we were in Williamsport the day before the concert waiting. I do hope Im right about this article but to the best of my knowledge I do believe Im right. Lets here it for Wyoming Valley. Hey does anyone have any videos of The Glass Prism or the Buoys??? (05-12-2002)

Ink Fox ( says:
I am so thoroughly and completely digging this. I have no idea why.

I would kill for a CD. (04-21-2002)

Tom ( says:
The album was released in 1969.I saw them play at the local high school dances. These guys were good.I think keyboardist, Carl Siracuse later went on to play with The Buoys. (04-14-2002)

lee shafer ( says:
I,too had an 8 track of this (i live in wilkes-barre pa) and i got the lp from john gonska who played/plays? for several groups including a hilarious time with chubby checker. for several years,i've been working(hard!) on a cd collecting bands from wyo-valley and nearby. it's coming along great but i need more-more more so if anyone has 45's contact me-it's not a CD for sale just for those who care-i give it out for free. i wish i could get music clearences and put it out for some charity but i put the buoys on it so-don't hold your breath. (i want live tapes now) (04-09-2002)

J. Serrenti ( says:
Heard them on many a Saturday night....their original working name was "The El Caminos" ...I know that's terrible Spanish, but it sounded cool back then. Lead singer on "The Raven" is named "Augie Christiano" (I think)...the keyboard player is "Carl Syracuse". The flip side of the 45 had a cut from the album called something like "El Dorado"...(they liked that Spanish thing...hated caving into the name change for the record co. I liked that rocked..if it's on the album, how bout another sound really brings back good!!!! (03-04-2002) ( says:
Just a little additional trivia on this album...the sound engineer on it was none other than the legendary Les Paul. (03-03-2002) ( says:
I've been looking for this album for a hell of a long time. I know Rick and he often comes out to clubs to hear my band, but he has refused to get me a copy of the album ;-) Now I have something to bust his chops about. Seriously, I think it's actually pretty cool stuff. Now, if I can get him to hand me down that groovy teal velvet jacket I'll be in heaven!!! (03-01-2002)

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