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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tales of Mystery and Imagination/The Alan Parsons Project

Not just a song--an entire album based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1976), the first release from The Alan Parsons Project, includes musical versions (some of them instrumental) of "A Dream Within a Dream," "The Raven," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Cask of Amontillado," "(The System of) Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether," "The Fall of the House of Usher," and "To One in Paradise." A remixed version of the album, with narration by Orson Welles that had been dropped from the original edition, was released in 1987. After leaving the band, founding member Eric Woolfson produced his own follow-up album, Poe: More Tales of Mystery & Imagination, in 2003. (A later APP release featured an instrumental called The Gold Bug--a leftover...?)

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