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

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Your Comments:

Mike Smith says:
Wow! GREAT to hear this again! I'm a bass player and the playing on this album greatly influenced my style with its broken rhythmic patterns and chordal runs. Also as a student of Poe since High School (when this album came out), this album went a long way to assist me in aceing my English final that senior year.(I did audio interpretations of other Poe works using bits from other records to evoke what I felt was the spirit of each piece. This at a time waaaaaayyy before any conception of digital sampling!) The album cover also influenced the style of dress and the direction in which I wanted to take My band at the time.(Not to be an exact copy, mind you,but Damn! Those jackets were cool!) The other guys thought I was being a foppish priss,but there you are. I was disappointed that the follow up album,"On Joy and Sorrow" failed to fulfill the promise of "Poe Through..." ,not being the concept album of Khalil Gibran that I naturally assumed it would be. However, with the exception of a couple of throwaway songs on that album, the musicianship and drive was there also. (Not to mention some rather cryptic lyrics. Find this album if you can.) Also that GREAT polyrhythmic/chordal bass playing that complimented that fat Hammond organ and rough, edgy vocals. Thanks, guys! If anyone knows how I can get a hold of"Poe Through..." or better yet, how they got Les Paul to participate, I'd like to know! (08-08-2006)

Alberta ( says:
Any more talk of reunion. Would surely travel to see it. (07-31-2006)

Deana says:
Still rockin after all these years. How cool! (07-19-2006)

James says:
When will the reunion take place? (07-16-2006)

Andrew Komosa ( says:
This album is even rarer here in the UK, a friend who owns a shop selling second hand records loves The Glass Prism, as much as I do, but until I showed him my original disc, he'd never heard of them. Hence, I Googled them and "hey presto" all you lovers of true psychaedelia turned up. I agree, it's a formidable record and will never leave my side, too bad I could never have heard them for eal back in 1969... "keep on rockin".. Andrew (06-11-2006)

Katie Stensgard ( says:
I'm hanging out with Augie's son; Augie's so hot, Glass Prism rocks my world. This explains so much about Ian and where he came from... (05-28-2006)

D. Marinchak says:
I introduced a bit of West Scranton H.S. history to my sophomore biology classes this spring. I brought the album in, played "The Raven" and told them about all the local dances we used to go to every weekend. They want to know... when you have a reunion... can it be at WSHS???? (05-26-2006)

Tim Simpson ( says:
I can remember going to see these guys back at the DCC dances and at Penn State. I heard The Raven on the radio yesterday, and it brought back all the good times from that part of my life! 5-13-2006 (05-13-2006)

Tom Meskey ( says:
I saw them many times at my High School (Scranton Central), at DCC, and any other High School that had dances. They really could play anything, and listening to them do Buffalo Sprinfield's "Rock 'n Roll Woman" was like watching the real thing. Their first Amps were from Sugarman's Eynon Drug(you Scrantonians remember that early "Walmart"?)

I left Scranton in 1982, but will never forget the great music that the area had/has. I also miss the pizza!!!! (05-04-2006)

Jack Iserbt says:
I have now listened to The Raven every day for the last two weeks. It's getting to be a habit. (But that's OK) (03-10-2006)

Tim Olson ( says:
I am from the Scranton PA area. I would love a CD copy of this album. Is there any way to obtain a CD copy? Thanks. Tim (03-09-2006)

l s says:
carl was my teacher at central now bishop'oreilly
high school in kingston what a school the glass
prism the bouys two state champion teams a quater
back in the super bowl carl was real cool it was all so cool. (02-19-2006)

Alberta Race ( says:
Remember well going to St. Patricks to hear this band with Mary Ann,while visiting my cousins on South Filmore.Looked forward to hearing this band they were greattttttttttt. (02-19-2006)

Feather says:
Interesting; how this got "brief airplay in 1974" after being released in 1969 is beyond me; they should have had airplay from the release date to well-beyond; I don't recall ever having heard this before, and it's wonderful! :) (02-18-2006)

El-Barto says:
An Amazing album and quite sought after amongst beat diggers as this album contains quite a few songs that were sampled to make some classic hiphop tunes. (02-12-2006)

Billy K says:
The legends of the North East are still in the hearts and minds of the faithfull fans. They opened for many big bands like Spencer Davis with Stevie Windwood, The Guess Who with Burton Cummings, the original Three Dog Night, the original Vanilla Fudge, Leslie West, and many many others. They were always able to excite audiances and were better than just about any acts they opened for. For a time they were a headliner and could be seen on television shows like Larry Blavat, Philadelphia legend. They hit the Billboard charts in 1969-70 with The Raven, the single, and the album Poe Through the Glass Prism. Their second album, On Joy and Sorrow, did not do as well. They were known by their fans as a really great and exciting live band. They were able to duplicate any group around. With their four part harmony and four lead singers they were the Beatles of their market and the best group of their time. Their manager, Mort Lewis, who also managed Simon and Garfunkle, Dave Brubeck, Blood Sweat and Tears, and others, thought this was his best find ever but his differences with RCA lead to the downfall of this really fabulous rock band. Their producer, Jean Weiss, who produced many big acts like Janis Joplan, loved them. Their engineer on the Poe album, the legendary Les Paul, thought they were the next big rock group. He loved them. We, as their fans look forward to the long awaited reunion. (02-11-2006)

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Dione says:
This has to be the coolist idea since Sgt. Peppers. (With or without the drugs)

Luv it. (01-18-2006)

M A K says:
Nice job on the lead vocal. Really tight arrangement. I love the song. EAP did a pretty good job on the lirics also. (01-15-2006)

Lee K says:
Looks a love fest. Can I join? This song is great. (01-14-2006)

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