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Tales of Mystery and Imagination

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Tales of Mystery and Imagination
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Album by The Alan Parsons Project
Released 1975
Recorded ???
Genre Progressive rock
Length 40 min 46 s
Record label Charisma
Producer ???
Professional reviews
Allmusic.com review 4.5 stars out of 5 link (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&uid=UIDSUB040402061607171595&sql=Anecm967o3ep5)
Rolling Stone review Ambivalent link (http://rollingstone.com/reviews/cd/review.asp?aid=12318&cf=)
The Alan Parsons Project Chronology
NA Tales of Mystery and Imagination
(1976)
I Robot
(1977)

Tales of Mystery and Imagination is a progressive rock album by The Alan Parsons Project, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music). The album's avant-garde soundscapes kept it from being a blockbuster, but the interesting lyrical and musical themes -- retellings of horror stories by Edgar Allan Poe -- attracted a small audience. Critical reaction was often mixed, such as Rolling Stone magazine, whose Billy Altman concluded that the album mostly failed at reproducing Poe's tension and macabre fear, ending by claiming that "devotees of Gothic literature will have to wait for someone with more of the macabre in their blood for a truer musical reading of Poe's often terrifying works".

Tales of Mystery and Imagination peaked at #38 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart. "(The System Of) Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether" peaked at #37 on the Pop Singles chart.

In 1987 Parsons completely remixed the album for CD with some new instrumentation, and added narration by Orson Welles who recorded his speeches on DAT shortly before his death. The original 1976 mix has only been released in 1976, and on an MFSL gold CD.

Track listing

  1. "A Dream Within a Dream" [instrumental] - 3:43
  2. "The Raven" - 4:01
  3. "The Tell-Tale Heart" - 4:40
  4. "The Cask of Amontillado" - 4:29
  5. "(The System of) Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" - 4:15
  6. "The Fall of the House of Usher: Prelude" [instrumental] - 5:51
  7. "The Fall of the House of Usher: Arrival" [instrumental] - 2:36
  8. "The Fall of the House of Usher: Intermezzo" [instrumental] - 1:06
  9. "The Fall of the House of Usher: Pavane" [instrumental] - 4:44
  10. "The Fall of the House of Usher: Fall" [instrumental] - 1:07
  11. "To One in Paradise" - 4:14

Personnel

  • Orson Welles - Narrator (1987 version only)
  • Arthur Brown - Vocals
  • The Alan Parsons Project - Performer
  • William Lyall - Keyboards
  • John Miles - Guitar, Vocals
  • Francis Monkman - Organ, Keyboards
  • Kevin Peek - Guitar (Acoustic)
  • Terry Sylvester - Vocals
  • Laurence Juber - Guitar (Acoustic)
  • Andrew Powell - Keyboards
  • David Paton - Guitar (Acoustic), Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Ian Bairnson - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar, Guitar (Electric)
  • Chris Blair - Assistant Engineer
  • Peter Christopherson - Photography
  • David Katz - Violin, Leader, Orchestra Contractor
  • Burleigh Drummond - Drums
  • English Chorale - Vocals
  • Jack Harris - Vocals
  • Bob Howes - Choir, Chorus
  • John Leach - Percussion, Vocals, Cimbalom, Kantele
  • David Pack - Guitar
  • Smokey Parsons - Vocals
  • Joe Puerta - Bass
  • Tony Richards - Assistant Engineer
  • Jack Rothstein - Leader
  • Darryl Runswick - Bass, String Bass
  • David Snell - Harp
  • The English Chorale and Played Ti - Choir, Chorus
  • Stuart Tosh - Cymbals, Drums, Vocals, Tympani [Timpani]
  • Tom Trefethen - Assistant Engineer
  • Leonard Whiting - Vocals, Narrator
  • Eric Woolfson - Synthesizer, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Executive Producer
  • Pat Stapley - Assistant Engineer
  • Alan Parsons - Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Keyboards, Recorder, Vocals, *Producer, Engineer, Projection
  • Aubrey Powell - Photography
  • Storm Thorgerson - Photography
  • Hipgnosis - Design, Cover Art
  • Sam Emerson - Photography
  • Colin Elgie - Artwork, Graphic Design, Layout Design
  • Billy Lyall - Piano, Drums, Glockenspiel, Keyboards, Recorder, Fender Rhodes
  • Gordon Parry - Engineer
  • Jane Powell - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
  • Andrew Hurdle - Bass
  • Christopher North - Keyboards

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