Alan Parsons Project - Tales of Mystery and Imagination - Edgar Allan Poe CD (album) cover


Alan Parsons Project


Crossover Prog

4.03 | 529 ratings

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4 stars The Eric Woolfson Project

The album which set the Alan Parsons Project on their way, and gave them instant success. In a recent interview (in Classic Rock magazine), Eric Wolfson explained that Parsons name was chosen for the band because of his "fame" as the top engineer at Abbey Road. He further alludes to the fact that Parsons was very much a figurehead, and that in fact Wolfson was the real driving force.

"Tales.." is something of a one off, and is not really representative of the bulk of the output from APP. Side two of the album is dominated by "The fall of the house of usher", a largely orchestral piece complete with chilling sound effects, which while enjoyable, is a bit overlong. Also unlike most other APP albums, the majority of the other tracks are very strong, with the many guest vocalists (including John Miles in great form) putting in first class performances. Others may disagree, but for me "Dr Tarr & Prof. Feather" is the only sub-standard piece.

An excellent collection of music, and probably the best from the APP. The remastered CD includes additional instrumentation and narration. Watch out also for a recently released "follow up" by Wolfson, revisiting the works of Poe.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


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