Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Edgar Allan Poe

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Tales of Mystery and Imagination is an extremely mesmerizing aural journey through some of Edgar Allan Poe's most renowned works. With the use of synthesizers, drums, guitar, and even a glockenspiel, Parsons' shivering effects make way for an eerie excursion into Poe's well-known classics. On the album's 1987 remix, the instrumental "Dream Within a Dream" has Orson Welles narrating in front of this wispy collaboration of guitars and keyboards Welles also narrates "Fall of the House of Usher: Prelude". The EMI vocoder is used throughout "The Raven" with the Westminster City School Boys Choir mixed in to add a distinct flair to its chamber-like sound. Parsons' expertise ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Tales of Mystery and Imagination is an extremely mesmerizing aural journey through some of Edgar Allan Poe's most renowned works. With the use of synthesizers, drums, guitar, and even a glockenspiel, Parsons' shivering effects make way for an eerie excursion into Poe's well-known classics. On the album's 1987 remix, the instrumental "Dream Within a Dream" has Orson Welles narrating in front of this wispy collaboration of guitars and keyboards Welles also narrates "Fall of the House of Usher: Prelude". The EMI vocoder is used throughout "The Raven" with the Westminster City School Boys Choir mixed in to add a distinct flair to its chamber-like sound. Parsons' expertise surrounds this album, from the slyness that prevails in "The System Of Doctor Tarr and Professor Feather" to the bodeful thumping of the drums that imitate a heartbeat on "The Tell-Tale Heart." "The Fall of the House of Usher" is a lengthy but dazzling array of musicianship that keeps the album's persona intact, while enabling the listener to submerge into its frightening atmosphere. With vocalists Terry Sylvester, John Miles, and Eric Woolfson stretched across each track, this variety of different singing styles adds color and design to the album's air. Without any underlying theme to be pondered upon, Alan Parsons instead paints a vivid picture of one of the most alluring literary figures in history by musically reciting his most famous works in expert fashion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 042283282025
  • Catalog Number: 832820
  • Sales rank: 7,146

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Alan Parsons Project Primary Artist, Track Performer
Alan Parsons Indexed Contributor, Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Keyboards, Recorder, Vocals
Orson Welles Narrator
Arthur Brown Vocals
William Lyall Keyboards
John Miles Guitar, Vocals
Francis Monkman Organ, Keyboards
Kevin Peek Acoustic Guitar
Terry Sylvester Vocals
Laurence Juber Acoustic Guitar
Andrew Powell Keyboards
David Paton Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Ian Bairnson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
David Katz Violin, Leader
Burleigh Drummond Drums
English Chorale Vocals
Jack Harris Vocals
Bob Howes Choir, Chorus
John Leach Percussion, Vocals, Cimbalom, Kantele
Christopher North Keyboards
David Pack Guitar
Smokey Parsons Vocals
Joe Puerta Bass
Jack Rothstein Leader
Darryl Runswick Bass, String Bass
David Snell Harp
The English Chorale and Played Ti Choir, Chorus
Stuart Tosh Cymbals, Drums, Vocals, Timpani
Leonard Whiting Vocals, Narrator
Eric Woolfson Synthesizer, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Billy Lyall Piano, Drums, Glockenspiel, Keyboards, Recorder, fender rhodes
Jane Powell Vocals, Background Vocals
Andrew Hurdle Bass
Technical Credits
The Alan Parsons Project Composer
Francis Monkman Contributor
Andrew Powell Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Gordon Parry Engineer
Eric Woolfson Composer, Executive Producer
Edgar Allan Poe Composer
Alan Parsons Composer, Producer, Engineer, Contributor, Projection
Hipgnosis Cover Art
Colin Elgie Artwork, Graphic Design
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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    Longtime Friend

    I first met this album on vinyl, playing as background music in a local record shop. As I browsed, it penetrated to me that they were singing "quoth the raven ... nevermore." Now, being tone deaf, I can't enjoy much besides concert (a.k.a. "classical"), Gilbert & Sullivan, opera, some show music, some "ethnic" and traditional folk music, Gregorian chant, stuff like that. A very little 1950's rock and roll. My appreciation of modern music (which Alan Parsons Project then was) pretty well cuts off with the Big Band Sound. Yet I was so immediately taken with "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" that I bought the album at once. For many years, Alan Parsons Project was the only current group I played (in vinyl and cassette form); and I was simply delighted to find this old friend available on CD. I particularly enjoy what they do with Poe's "Cask of Amontillado."

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Magnificent experiment

    This WAS the project, the band had no intentions of making anything after this but what they created was so good that they ended up with a very good career making several very good albums. This, their first, is a masterpiece (and it wouldn't be their last masterpiece either).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A True Classic

    This album is a true classic. While almost all the Alan Parsons Project albums are excellent. This is the cream of the crop and belongs in everyone's music collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classic

    Edgar Allan Poe and Alan Parsons Project. What could go together better? This album is a True Classic and is one of those few albums that belongs in everyone's collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply quite stunning!

    This album is stunning. I don't know how else to describe. It sounds wonderful, flows wonderfully- it is a masterpiece.

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    Posted June 14, 2009

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