Alan Parsons Project – Tales Of Mystery and Imagination Edgar Allan Poe (1976)

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

Tales of Mystery and Imagination is an 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. On the album’s 1987 remix, the instrumental “Dream Within a Dream” has Orson Welles narrating in front of this wispy collaboration of guitars and keyboards (Welles also narrates “Fall of the House of Usher: Prelude”). 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. With vocalists Terry Sylvester, John Miles, and Eric Woolfson stretched across each track, this variety of different singing styles adds color and design to the album’s air. 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.

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