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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Your Comments:

Jack Parsons says:
By the look of the other comments I might be the only person who never heard of these guys. (probably because I was born in 1982 and I live in Seattle). Anyway, this song the Raven is a very good song. For the 70's it must have been great. Sounds like a hit but I never heard it before. After two or three listens it really starts to grow on you. I'm going to look for more. (07-03-2003)

Wind Song says:
For about 15 years these guys in their various lineups were one of, if not the greatest group in the northeast. They were inovative, creative, talented in many ways. Other musicians would stand in awe as they studied their every move.
The girls loved them too. You could hear the talking when the show was over. Really, amazing. I got a real kick when I saw this site. For those who were around to witness The Glass Prism, Shenandoan and The El Caminoes you know what I'm talking about. Those memories are special. Thanks guys. You were and always will be truely special. (07-02-2003)

Maria M says:
What a wonderful tribute to a great band. There is a web site with more information about them and more music to hear.
click on The ElCaminoes (their original name)

Thanks for the music and memories. (06-25-2003)

Ron Emeron says:
I have been an studio engineer for over 23 years. I saw these guys in Allentown, Pa. in a battle of the bands. When all the other groups were playing three chord rock songs like Boom Boom Out Go The Lights, these guys were doing four part harmony. Just a great group for their time.
I still think The Raven is a great song. Just a thrill to see all the wonderful comments. They earned it. Shin on. (06-23-2003)

Sal says:
The Glass Prism and their final incarnation Shenandoah are legends in the Northeast. I'm originally from Williamsport PA. I saw them many times at The Shot In The Dark. We thought they were the best rock trio ever. Better than Cream, Hendrix, Grand Funk, etc. They were better than all of the four and five piece groups. They all sang and were really great musicians. They just don't make them like that anymore. What great memories. Thanks guys. (06-23-2003)

R J says:
I found this album by The Glass Prism years ago at a garage sale. The lady told me she had two and was willing to sell one. When it came time to pay her she said she reconsidered. She kept the album. We listened to it just so we could be sure it didn't skip. That's when she changed her mind about selling the album to me. I have been looking for one for years. After hearing the Raven again I realize how great a song it is. I have also heard some of the bands other songs on a web site about Berwick PA. I have to find these albums. I love this. (06-23-2003)

Tall Jackie says:
While doing some studio work back in the 60's in Philly I heard a version of the song called Exodus. It was by The El Caminoes. It was pretty good. Apparantly that group became The Glass Prism. I remember them getting on the Cashbox and Billboard charts. Voices and musicianship was very good for that time. The material still stands up. (06-22-2003)

Mary and Sue says:
We saw the El Caminoes(Glass Prism) many times. I guess you might call us groupies. However, we were and are still fans. People from the Scranton and Wilkes Barre area will always remember them as stars. They are a part of our lives that we will never forget. We loved them then and we love them now.


John Norton says:
With current music being so over produced. It must have been great to be part of this era. These guys were great in their day. As musicians and songwritters they are very good. The Raven is a great song for then and now. I would love to hear more. Great job guys. (06-22-2003)

Beth says:
So cool. Give me more. (06-04-2003)

Cathy says:
A friend of mine played this album for me and I just thought it was so nicely put together. I found out where I could write my comments and possibly get an idea on where I might find a copy. Any ideas, please post them here. Most of the new music today seems so fake. This just sounds so real to me. I just love it. (06-03-2003)


Great band. I loved these guys live. I heard that there is a reunion. Any truth to this good news? When, where, etc.?

I have both albums of The Glass Prism. Are there more recordings? What about an unreleased Shenandoah album? How do I contact them? These guys were the best. (06-03-2003)

Paul Hunter says:
I saw two of the Glass Prism, Tom Varano and Rick Richards with Louie Cossa. They were called Shenandoah. They opened for Three Dog Night at a stadium in Williamsport PA. They were the best rock group we had ever seen. No one paid attention to Three Dog Night after Shenandoah's performance. These guys really rocked. We saw them many times after that at The Shot in The Dark. Great memories. (06-02-2003)

Mr.Nevers ( says:
This is actually pretty damn great! I must have more! (05-30-2003)

Hemingway ( says:
I second that; I would really appreciate directions to a source of some more audio off the album, or possibly a rip of the CD. Anyone with any information, let me know. Thankyou. (05-22-2003)

Grant ( says:
Anyone who has this on a record or CD and would be willing to make a mp3 of it can you please email me.

Please, this is such a sweet album (05-21-2003)

Song Man says:
The Raven is a great song for it's day or even today. This song should have been a hit. (05-17-2003)

JoNZ ( says:
inspiring, foreevermore (04-27-2003)

evan williams ( says:
i discovered this album going thru an old second hand record shop in the early eighties and after twenty years it still remains one of my most treasured albums of all time.the liner notes are minimal leaving me with little or no information about the band so if anyone can provide me with any info i'd be eternally greatful (04-25-2003)

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