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Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Edgar Allan Poe
     

Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Edgar Allan Poe

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by The Alan Parsons Project
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Mercury
UPC:
0042283282025
catalogNumber:
832820
Rank:
22428

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alan Parsons Project   Primary Artist,Track Performer
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,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ian Bairnson   Acoustic 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
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
Alan Parsons   Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Keyboards,Recorder,Vocals
Billy Lyall   Piano,Drums,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Recorder,fender rhodes
Jane Powell   Vocals,Background Vocals
Andrew Hurdle   Bass

Technical Credits

Alan Parsons Project   Composer
Andrew Powell   Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Gordon Parry   Engineer
Eric Woolfson   Composer,Executive Producer
Edgar Allan Poe   Composer
Alan Parsons   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Projection
Hipgnosis   Cover Art
Colin Elgie   Artwork,Graphic Design

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Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Edgar Allan Poe 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Joiselette More than 1 year ago
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."
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
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).
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is stunning. I don't know how else to describe. It sounds wonderful, flows wonderfully- it is a masterpiece.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago