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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:

John Sada says:
This group is good. They do remind me of some of the other popular groups of their day like, Procol Harum, Steppenwolf, etc. I guess we always look for comparisons. However, in this case I also think that there is a lot of originality. Well done. (05-29-2004)

Paula Hicks says:
I have this album. I like the songs with all the voices like Dream Within A Dream and Eldorado. I also like the song Hymn. There is actually a variety of really good songs on this album and I am currently trying to buy the second album. (05-29-2004)

Bryan Pratt says:
I just love this song. Does anyone know if it was a single? If so what was the flip side? Didn't they have 2 sides back in those days? Also, where there any other singles? I guess there are at least two albums but what about singles and where can one find this stuff? (05-29-2004)

Mary Z says:
Who - The Glass Prism

What - A great rock band

Where - PA and other states

When - The mid 60's and 70's

Product - Poe Through The Glass Prism and On Joy
And Sorrow. (05-29-2004)

JUSTIN says:
I'M FROM PHILLY. IN THE LATE 60'S OR EARLY 70'S OUR LOCAL RADIO STATIONS STARTED PLAYING THE RAVEN. AFTER ABOUT TWO WEEKS THE GROUP, THE GLASS PRISM WERE ON A TV SHOW CALLED THE JERRY BLAVAT SHOW. IT WAS POPULAR IN THE NORTHEAST US. I'M NOT SURE IF IT WAS NATIONAL. ANYWAY, THE FOLLOWING WEEK I STARTED TO SEARCH FOR THE ALBUM BUT THE STORES WERE ALL SOLD OUT. THEY SAID MORE WERE ON ORDER. THEN SUDDENLY THE STATIONS STOPPED PLAYING THE SONG. MONTHS LATTER ON A CLASS TRIP TO DC I BOUGHT TWO ALBUMS. ONE FOR ME AND ONE FOR MY GIRLFRIEND WHICH I ALSO ENDED UP KEEPING. I STILL HAVE THAT ONE IN THE ORIGINAL PACKAGE. DOES ANYONE KNOW IF IT WOULD BE DAMAGED OR PERFECT. I'M THINKING ABOUT OPENING IT BECAUSE I'VE WORN THE OTHER ONE A BIT. (05-29-2004)

Dean L Parks says:
We have an oldies station here in Memphis that plays material that most other oldies stations don't play. You'll hear things by groups you never heard of and songs that you never heard by groups you know. It's pretty interesting. That is where I heard the Raven for the first time. Great Song. (05-29-2004)

Dice says:
I've been collecting old records for about 15 years. Most have one of two good songs. This Poe album I bought at a store in the Village. It's got lots of great cuts. The songwritting and arranging is tops. I'm now looking for the Glass Prisms second album On Joy And Sorrow. (05-29-2004)

Fran S says:
I remember hearing about these guys all the time in the late 60's. I still have the album that my sister bought for me. It is one of my all time favorites. I like the song, ElDorado. The voices are great. Glad to see they are getting some recognition for their accomplishments. (05-29-2004)

Greg Rollins says:
Any one know where I can get a copy of this album? I would like to hear the rest of this material. (05-29-2004)

Lance Parker says:
I really think the Raven is a great song. Back in the 60's you had to be special to get to record for a company like RCA. I know they had Elvis and Jefferson Starship but not many other rock groups made it. The Glass Prism must have had something special. (05-29-2004)

J Marquez (Jmarquez@tmail.com) says:
Well I dont have anytning positive to say about Tom Varano or his group at this point. In fact I am here because I am looking for other recording artist that have been scammed by Mr. Varano and Horizon management. I signed to this company and they lost my materials, lied about it, disrespected and ignored me, and even after I have gone to the better buisness bureau, they still have not refunded me my retainer or sent me written verification of the termination of my contract.
Mr. Varano and his company are scam artist and liers in my opinion, so much in fact that I was told that the bbb has recieved several reports of them scamming people and that is being looked at. Well I am talking to an attorney and thinking of filing a class action suit if possible to keep this guy from ripping people off anymore so if you have had the same type of negative experience I have or if you are thinking of signing with them and would like to know of my experience. Feel free to email me and I will share any info I can, including the info of the district attorney in NY who I will be speaking with as well. Im going to make sure he doesnt have the opportunity to scam and deceive people. Thank you and Good luck to all you aspiring artists. If you get the chance, check my site out, www.paisig.com/Jenesis/main.asp

online there is some of my music and stuff and I would love to converce with other recording artists who are attempting to get their big break! Talk to you soon. (05-28-2004)

Marion DeLaney says:
Not bad. I especially like the lead singers voice. Cool arrangement. Where did they get the music? It fits. (05-25-2004)

poe head says:
I'm a big fan of EAP. I think the Glass Prism did a pretty good job on The Raven. I wouldn't mind hearing more. (05-25-2004)

Dan K says:
I have the album. It features all four guys singing and it's not one of those groups that sounds the same on every song. Different lead singers and different song writters has alot to do with the diversity. However, they wrote all the music. Nice job. The lead singing is great, the harmony is great, and the musicianship is outstanding. Keep in mind this is 1969. I really like this album. (05-23-2004)

John S says:
Terrific group. Terrific song. (05-23-2004)

Peanut Head says:
Hey DON...you sure is smart...figurr all by yerself dat dis is POE wurds and stuff...

LOOKIT DA NAME OF DA LP, DON!!! POE thru da Glass PRison!!!! Of corse its POE...you mus be related to Homer sampson dere...hee heee....you is funny!!!

Hey DON, c'mon over ta my place for liquour an smokes and I spin sum JAMMY OSMINTD CDs fer ya...

My address:

Mr. P. Nut Head
423 Doncanalmosttiehisshoesbyhimselfwithnohelp Crescent
POE, IdaHOE
34343433

Best offer fer ya, DON...smokes/liqour/JAMMY OSMUNDT/nekkid party...oops..my Mommy calling...bye.. (05-20-2004)

Don Te says:
Great song and really nice arrangement. I guess all the songs on their album were Poe words and original music. Who wrote the music? Did the band do the writting, arrangeing and playing? (05-15-2004)

Paul says:
Not bad. Most of the stuff I hear from the early 70's is no where near as good as The Raven. (05-15-2004)

Peanut Head says:
Hey Donna!...ya know, I lissened to dis agin, and IT IS PRETTY GUD!!!

Okay...it not gonna make me throw out my JAMMY OSMINDT stuff, but I tink dat mebbe I like dese guyz too....

So, I am sorry dat I was workin' on ya fer yer coworkers....yoo must be workin' at a smart place cuz you and de odders like dis Gless Preesma stuff...

So...c'mon over for smokes & liquour...we put on da GRASS PRISON an den we can get nekk....oops...my Mommy is calling....bye.... (05-13-2004)

Peanut Head says:
Donna, where DA HELL you work where ya kin find 26 udder mofo's who give da big "THUMBS UP" fer dis krap??

Tomorrow...survey sum JIMMY OSMINT CDs fer dem...DEN dey gonna go CRAZEE cuz JIMMY....HE IS DA BOMB DONNA!!!!

An de udder guy...dis STEVE TRENT...who say dat stud gimmicktry iss acceptable???...NOT JIMMY OSMUNDT, pal....HE don't dubble trak his stuff...HE IS DA BOMB...if ya don believe me, lissen to his song, "Sweetheart, ya gots a booger hangin' from yer nostril" and tell me if diss is dubble trakked or NOT.....

An I guess "A Beach" still lukkin fer dis Ass Pissum in da top 40000000000 on WABC....dey even played da JIMMY OSMENDT on dat radio....dey was da BOMB...but now it all blah blah blah...

Donna, Steve and A Beach...come over ta my house...smokes, liquor, some JiMmy OSMONT and we kin all git nekkid and den we....oops...my Mommy is calling me...bye.... (05-11-2004)





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