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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Edgar Allen POOP ( says:
I have this Record. It is Very COOL. I like the version of the "Conquerer Worm" and " El Dorado"

Do you realize it was recorded By Les Paul at his studio in Jersey!

They definately had the Procal Harum thing going!

Pretty cool for 1969!

I bought my copy of this record in 1985 on a Dare. I twas 50 at a Garage Sale. The guy flipping the bird is was convinced me to buy it! (12-17-2002)

JMB ( says:
I Remember the song , grew up in Wilkes-Barre Pa. Kindha write up there wit the Buouys, another local band and their smash hit
of cannibalism in a coal mine 'TIMOTHY' . It's actually on What about some jojo gunn
do da do do da da do do run run run aka 'Jay Ferguson' anybody need a diaper .... how bout PEZ BAND (local) w-b band opening up for THE BABYS (John Waite)
preceding Peter Frampton at the now Kirpy Center.
anybody have pez band music? I'll be your lovesmith , It's a good song dickhead , not what your thinking .....elipses again ...... (11-20-2002)

Jose ( says:
The engineering and production on this Lp are phenomenal. The musicians themselves may be good but -to be fair- are also very very loose. Their second album is just as good. I would like to get my hands on some of their old Reels. I wonder how possible that is?

Regardless, you would be surprised how popular this record is nowadays. I think it's pretty obvious why.


echoboy says:
I bought this album four years ago at a flea market and as a DJ in Manhattan, I play the song 'To' maybe too much.

Anyway, I was also impressed by the musicianship on this album and the ambitious approach to adopt the poems to song lyrics verbatim. (10-29-2002)

Dave ( says:
Great song. My 13 yr old may use this in Lit. Class. I am from Swoyersville, PA (originally) and I forgot this was a local band!! Love IT!! El Dorado is a great tune. Wish I had the album or 8 track. Great memories. (10-12-2002)

Doug ( says:
There is another record whose concept is Poe, Tales of Mystery and Imagination by the Alan Parsons Project. I am sure that this record would have been more popular if they had worn such outfits on the cover.

Is that Stephen Stills' brother on the right? (10-10-2002)

jimmy ( says:
is it Blood Sweat & Tears, or is it Procol Harum that it reminds me of? (09-18-2002)

john huffman ( says:
I got this record along w/ a big stack of others for free from a garage sale a couple years ago. had never heard of these guys. The cover is hysterical but they're pretty good musicians. Now I'm hearing from a buddy of mine that his bro-in-law has been looking for a copy of this record FOR YEARS. And when he heard I got it it's like he found the doggone HOLY GRAIL!!!!! (09-13-2002)

Tony says:
Glass Prism never broke the top 100 with any project according to the Billboard charts.
However, The Alan Parsons Project did chart "The Raven" in 1976 (#80) from their 1st album "Tales of Mystery and Imagination By Edgar Allen Poe" (09-06-2002)

Mark Hanko ( says:
Wow !

Does this bring back some memories ! These guys were called the El Caminos and practiced many a night in a tiny storefront on top of little Pringle Hill, Pa. I lived nearby and listened many a night.

Carl Siracuse was my 7th grade teacher at Central Catholic. Jim Reino and I used to run dances at Central when we were on Council. These guys were "regulars" and never failed to please. They also used to do a great version of "Communication Breakdown" by Zepplin.

My brother was a teacher in South Jersey and used this album to teach Poe in his classes. Many tapes were made and are still used in classes down here.

Rick Richards was one of the best drummers I ever saw. Had a great set of wood drums, too. Whatever happened to Augie Christiano and Tom Verano ???

Great memories............... (09-01-2002)


Canadian Vinylist says:
I could see someone using this song to rip people off for a Blood, Sweat & Tears bootleg. Too bad Glass Prism didn't thing of adding a bridge with a key change, they could have had a bigger hit. (08-28-2002)


Appolonia ( says:
"Raven" is a really good song, and Glass Prism is a really cool band! Thank you! (08-26-2002)

Dave McIlwee ( says:
What are the names of the band members and where are they now (08-25-2002)

Chris Kraynak ( says:
Rick Richards, Nice to see your post on this web site. I used come see you guys (as well as your follow on band Shenandoah) at West Side Central Catholic High school back in the early 70's. I still listen to your albums (in fact have CDs of them--from vinyl, unfortunately). Good to see you are still around. (08-14-2002)

Rick Richards says:
Hello, I didn't know people were still intrested in our music................Thanks, Rick Richards....... drums,Glass Prism. (08-13-2002)


Extream says:
EVEL IS THE MAN! (07-16-2002)

john ( says:
is tere a disc out there anywhere or a site to download from? (07-15-2002)

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