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Tales of Mystery and Imagination [40th Anniversary Edition] *
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  • This reissue includes a prologue featuring Orson Welles that was not used on the original release, as well as newly recorded drums, guitar and synthesizer parts.
  • Personnel: Alan Parsons (vocals, keyboards); John Miles, Leonard Whiting, Arthur Brown (vocals); Orson Welles (spoken vocals); David Paton (guitar, bass, background vocals); Laurence Juber, Kevin Peek, Ian Bairnson, David Pack (guitar); Hugo D'Alton (mandolin); David Snell (harp); Billy Lyall (recorder, keyboards); Eric Woolfson (harpsichord, keyboards, background vocals); Francis Monkman (harpsichord); Christopher North (keyboards); Joe Puerta, Darryl Runswick, Les Hurdle (bass); John Leach, Burleigh Drummond, Stuart Tosh (drums, percussion); The Westminster City School Boys Choir, Jack Harris, Terry Sylvester, Jane Powell, Bob Howes and The English Chorale (background vocals).
  • Includes liner notes by Alan Parsons.
  • All tracks have been digitally remastered.
  • Personnel includes: Alan Parsons (vocals, guitar, keyboards); John Miles, Leonard Whiting, Arthur Brown (vocals); David Paton (guitar, bass, background vocals); Laurence Juber, Kevin Peek, Ian Bairnson, David Pack (guitar); Hugo D'Alton (mandolin); David Snell (harp); Billy Lyall (recorder, keyboards); Eric Woolfson (harpsichord, keyboards, background vocals); Francis Monkman (harpsichord); Christopher North (keyboards); Joe Puerta, Darryl Runswick, Les Hurdle (bass); Burleigh Drummond, Stuart Tosh (drums); The Westminster City School Boys Choir, Jack Harris, Terry Sylvester, Jane Powell, Bob Howes, The English Chorale (background vocals).
  • Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London, England between July 1975 and January 1976.
  • The maiden voyage of the Alan Parsons Project, 1976's TALES OF MYSTERY & IMAGINATION, finds Parsons paying homage to the thrilling work of suspense legend Edgar Allan Poe. Although such an ambitious undertaking would likely be a disaster for most debuting artists, Parsons had engineered albums by the Beatles and Pink Floyd, making the British musician more than familiar with adventurous, highly textured records.
  • TALES opens with no less than film legend Orson Welles providing narration over Parsons's mesmerizing melody for "A Dream Within a Dream," while "The Raven" and "(The System of) Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" prove to be the most pop-oriented tracks on the album, employing electronically treated vocals and prog-rock pomp and circumstance to convey the arch strangeness of these stories. Much of TALES consists of keyboard-driven instrumentals that capture the suspenseful nature of Poe's work, most notably the haunting "Intermezzo" and the spine-chilling "Fall," both part of the "Fall of the House of Usher" suite. To listen to TALES OF MYSTERY & IMAGINATION is to hear a young artist challenging himself from his creative outset and crafting an intriguing set of songs in the process.
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