Band members               Related acts

- Fred Callan - bass, synthesizers, vocals

- Tom Doncroft - keyboards, percussion

- Mercury Caronia IV - drums, percussion

- Rudy Perone - guitar, backing vocals

- Paul Seal - vocals, percussion




- Rudy Perone (solo efforts) 




Genre: progressive

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Stained Glass Stories

Company: Delta

Catalog: SRC 1002

Year: 1978

Country/State: Long Island, New York

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: small tear on back cover - looks like the back cover got wet and stuck to another LP;  includes lyric insert

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4

Price: $350.00

Cost: $1.00


First let us tell you that "Stained Glass Stories" is too obscure to even be considered obscure ... we've seen two copies in 20 years.  For the handful of people who know it exists, let alone have actually heard the album, it stands as a love or hate effort.  Fans proclaim it to be one of America's best progressive albums.  Detractors label it second class Yes castoffs.  

Here's the little bit of biographical information we have.  Apparently from Long Island, New York (our guess given their album was recorded in New York's Delta Studios), their line up consisted of bassist Fred Callan, keyboardist Tom Doncroft, drummer  Mercury Caronia IV, guitarist  Rudy Perone and singer Paul Seal. 

Co-produced by Caronia and Bernard Zimney, 1978's "Stained Glass Stories" featured five original extended pieces.  Group penned, material such as the title track and "Introspect" was very much in keeping with the likes of better known contemporaries such as Genesis, Gentle Giant, King Crimson and Yes.   Propelled by Callan's nifty bass (his bass patterns are so prominent they give Chris Squire a run for his money) and Doncroft's occasionally clumsy synthesizers, the album featured a series of largely instrumental numbers that sported rather complex and intricate arrangements.   Perhaps not the most original set of the year, musically the material was quite good, instrumentals such as "Gong" and "Days & Changes" sporting strong and attractive melodies (guitarist Perone's playing gave the latter effort a distinctive resemblance to the Yes catalog).  Somewhat less inspired were the pompous lyrics and Seal's voice.  At least one review we've seen compared Seal to Gentle Giant's Derek Shulman.  To our ears he sounds more like ELP's Greg Lake with a bad head cold.  Seals limited range and a penchant for pushing his voice beyond it's capabilities left something to be desired.  The set also suffers from a slightly dull production sound - turn up the volume and blame it on limited recording funds.  In spite of those flaws, if you're into 70s progressive moves, the set's well worth tracking down, though you may think twice given the asking price.

"Stained Glass Stories" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) Introspect - 12:35

2.) Gong - 7:00

3.) The Crossing - 5:55


(side 2)

1.) Days & Changes - 8:35

2.) The Search - 11:20

The band apparently called it quits following the album's release.  Perone subsequently reappeared with an even more obscure 1981 solo album "Oceans of Art" which included backing from former cohorts Callan, Caronia and Doncroft.  Also, in case you care about stuff like this, the album shows up in Hans Pokora's 3001 Record Collectors Dreams as a four record rarity.