Label: 20th Century Records - T-539 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: Canada • Genre: Rock • Style: Pop Rock, Prog Rock, Symphonic Rock
The lyrical and musical themes of the album, which are retellings of horror stories and poetry by Edgar Allan Poeattracted a cult audience. The title of the album is taken from the title of a collection of Poe's macabre stories of the same name.
According to the album's liner notes, "The Raven" was the first rock song to feature a digital vocoder. The prelude section of "The Fall of the House of Usher", although uncredited, is taken verbatim from the opera fragment " La chute de la maison Usher " by Claude Debussy which was composed between and The album's cover art was made by Hipgnosis.
Storm Thorgerson said that Eric Woolfson and Parsons wanted a "classy" design, including a book of lyrics, lengthy credits and Prelude - The Alan Parsons Project - Tales Of Mystery And Imagination - Edgar Allan Poe chronology of Poe's life. He described the recurring image of the "taped" man: . Poe Siboney - Lecuona Cuban Boys - Siboney / Maria La O (Shellac) preoccupied with entombment.
Many of his characters have been incarcerated in some form or other - in coffins, brick walls or under floorboards. We came up with the 'taped' man - a mummy-like figure who is wrapped, not in bandages, but in 2" recording tape.
This motif is partially horror-like, as well as being 'entombed', and the 2" tape appropriately suggests that the album is done by a producer in a studio, as opposed to a band recording material they will play on stage. Although the clients were intrigued by this idea Prelude - The Alan Parsons Project - Tales Of Mystery And Imagination - Edgar Allan Poe did not desire a pictorial cover but preferred instead a precise graphic representation.
The narrow strip of illustration from George [Hardie] shows a long shadow of the taped man. The booklet attached to the inside of the cover is composed of photos related to the songs, and line drawings which explore the taped man as he thrashes about in his restricted world and strives to unravel himself.
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The layout and drawings are by Colin Elgie. The sleeve is one of our better attempts at combining photographs and illustration. Critical reaction to the album was mixed; for example, Rolling Stone 's Billy Altman concluded that it did not completely accurately reproduce 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.
Originally simply called The Alan Parsons Projectthe album was successful enough to achieve gold status. The original version of the album was available for several years on vinyl and Prelude - The Alan Parsons Project - Tales Of Mystery And Imagination - Edgar Allan Poe but was not immediately available on CD the CD technology not being commercially available until InParsons completely remixed the album, including additional guitar passages Burn - Vicious Circle - Switched On narration by Orson Welles as well as updating the production style to include heavy reverb and the gated reverb snare drum sound, which was popular in the s.
The CD notes that Why Cant You Feel - Dellinger - Lights Out never met Parsons or Eric Woolfson, but sent a tape to them of the performance shortly after the album was manufactured in The first passage narrated by Welles on the remix which comes before the first track, "A Dream Within a Dream" is sourced from an obscure nonfiction piece by Poe — No XVI of his Marginalia from to Edgar Allan Poe titled some of his reflections and fragmentary material "Marginalia.
B"; the "Shadows of shadows passing" part of the quote comes from the Marginalia. Ina Deluxe Edition released by Universal Music included both the and the versions remastered by Alan Parsons during with eight additional bonus tracks. A variant of the song "The Raven" appears on the Eric Woolfson album Edgar Allan Poewhich contains the complete music from Woolfson's stage musical of the same name.
The variant track does not appear on Woolfson's CD Poe: More Tales of Mystery and Imaginationwhich was a highly abridged version of the stage musical. On the variant, the bass line and keyboard chords of the original Tales of Mystery and Imagination track are heard, but they are quieter, do not feature a vocoder, and instead of an abridged version of the Poe poem Midnight Oil - Species Deceases sung, the Woolfson version features a fuller spoken dramatic reading of the poem.
Orson Welles ' narration does not appear on the original mix of the album. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Alan Parsons Project. Progressive rock art rock. Paper Tiger, Retrieved 11 March Rolling Stone website. Music Canada. Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
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