Alan Parsons - Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Edgar Allan Poe) (Music CD)

Release Date: 02 December 2016
Artist: Alan Parsons
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The maiden voyage of the Alan Parsons Project, 1976's Tales of Mystery and Imagination, finds Parsons paying homage to the thrilling work of suspense legend Edgar Allan Poe. Although such an ambitious undertaking would likely be a disaster for most debuting artists, Parsons had engineered albums by the Beatles and Pink Floyd, making the British musician more than familiar with adventurous, highly textured records. Tales opens with no less than film legend Orson Welles providing narration over Parsons' mesmerizing melody for "A Dream Within a Dream," while "The Raven" and "(The System Of) Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" prove to be the most pop-oriented tracks on the album, employing electronically treated vocals and prog rock pomp and circumstance to convey the arch strangeness of these stories. Much of Tales consists of keyboard-driven instrumentals that capture the suspenseful nature of Poe's work, most notably the haunting "Intermezzo" and the spine-chilling "Fall," both part of the "Fall of the House of Usher" suite. To listen to Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Edgar Allan Poe is to hear a young artist challenging himself from his creative outset and crafting an intriguing set of songs in the process. ~ Eric Schneider
Release Date: 02 December 2016
Artist: Alan Parsons
Catalogue No: 5372667