Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Alan Parsons Project - Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1976)

Tales of Mystery and Imagination is a 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. The instrumental "Dream Within a Dream" has Orson Welles narrating in front of this wispy collaboration of guitars and keyboards. 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. 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.

Genres: Art Rock, Progressive Rock, Modern Classical, Symphonic Rock

A1|A Dream Within a Dream (Instrumental)|4:13
A2|The Raven|3:57
A3|The Tell-Tale Heart|4:38
A4|The Cask of Amontillado|4:33
A5|(The System Of) Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether|4:20
B1|i. Prelude|7:02
B2|ii. Arrival|2:39
B3|iii. Intermezzo|1:00
B4|iv. Pavane|4:36
B5|v. Fall|0:51
B6|To One in Paradise|4:46




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