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Into The Electric Castle (Special Edition) [Special Edition]

Ayreon Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002QVOPYS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,313 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Welcome to the New Dimension
2. Isis and Osiris
3. Amazing Flight
4. Time Beyond Time
5. The Decision Tree (We're Alive)
6. Tunnel of Light
7. Across the Rainbow Bridge
Disc: 2
1. The Garden of Emotions
2. Valley of the Queens
3. The Castle Hall
4. Tower of Hope
5. Cosmic Fusion
6. The Mirror Maze
7. Evil Devolution
8. The Two Gates
9. Forever of the Stars
10. Another Time, Another Space

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2CD

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4.5 out of 5 stars
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece from Ayreon 19 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) is a master of the Sci-Fi concept album, and this album is the perfect example of his genius. The music and production is absolutely superb, with an array of 'prog rock superstars' to help in this venture.
Fish (Marillion) does a stellar job as one of the lead characters/singers. Clive Nolan (Arena, Pendragon etc) is superb as the keyboardist. Arjen himself is also on top form with some superb guitar work.

The introductory piece 'Welcome to the New Dimension' blows you away with one of the most memorable power chords in the history of rock music. This is followed by the 11 minute long suite 'Isis and Osiris' which is truly one of the finest compositions in prog's illustrious history.

Overall, this is a must-have album, warmly recommended to any fan of Progressive Metal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastical Musical Odyssey 19 Dec 2006
By ESP
Format:Audio CD
I stumbled across this album by chance. I had never heard of Ayreon or Arjen Anthony Lucassen before this year (2006). I am glad fate put things right!

There are those who criticise Lucassen for being rooted in the past, relying too much on the Hammond sound, writing cheesy music and lyrics based on sci-fi or fantasy, etc. Well, I think that too many people out there take their music a little too seriously.

Into The Electric Castle, therefore, is most emphatically not for the above-mentioned people. Its central premise is that a group of disparate individuals, drawn from across Earth's history and civilisations are abducted by some entity and transported somewhere beyond time and space. There, they are made to carry out a quest to enter the so-called Electric Castle, passing various tests to win their freedom and return to their own time. This is all so that the entity that kidnapped them can experience human emotion through them - the impression gained is that it has forgotten what emotion is like and needs to experience it once more - much to the discomfort (and worse) of its pawns.

So we have a Roman, an ancient Egyptian, an Indian, a knight (possibly Arthur or one of his gang?), a Hippie, a Scots Highlander, Barbarian, Futureman, etc; each of whom is played by a different guest artist. It's a nice idea, and works well with a rich variety of complimentary and contrasting voices and styles. Their themes run through the album quite cleverly, except that every now and then you lose one as he/she falls by the wayside in one manner or other. On one level this is a pity, but maintains the integral logic of the narrative. Of course, it helps to read the sleeve notes and lyrics to keep track.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A game of two halves? 4 Dec 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I asked the computer shop assistant what the music was in the background. He told me it was Ayreon, Into the Electric Castle, and that if I ignored a few cheesy voiceover lines I would enjoy a really good album.

Boy, what an understatememnt. This is sensational, with everything from heavenly harmonies to grunge sections, from searing hot guitar solos to flute and keyboard wizardry, from well-known names of Fish (marillion) and Thijs van Leer (Focus) to the unknown but amazing vocals throughout.

Did I mention what sounds like the synth work of Rick Wakeman and the other harmonies so much like Jon Anderson (both from prog rockers YES)...then a bit of Mike Oldfields style thrown in... little wonder then that I love it so much.

The disappointment has to be the more ordinary tracks on the second album in the set, but at least it wont get worn out as much as the first one.

Reading the website notes of Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), I want to find out a lot more and this is like discovering a new band from another planet, only to find that they wont run out of things to listen to due to a large back catalogue. Should be an interesting project researching some more of his superb music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Adventure! In Time! And Space! 6 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is the album that got me into Arjen's music and still, I have to admit, by far my favourite of his. Hell, it's one of my favourite albums, period. Some people may complain about the "juvenile" or "cheesy" lyrics... do they not realise it is mean to be in the style of a 50s B-Movie?! It's meant to be a bit daft... the characters are meant to be total cliches... it's having fun! After a few spins I found the narrator's deranged saturday night sci-fi theatre ramblings totally addictive - it really is a performance that, silly or not, would be hard for most people to do and get away with it. I totally applaud Arjen's no-shame approach to taking such a daft concept so seriously.

Anyway, that stuff aside, I love this album! A stunning "cast", of which Anneke (from The Gathering), Damien Wilson and the guy playing "The Barbarian" are probably the standouts. My only real complaint would be a lot of the best characters are killed off, which is good in that their deaths are some of the best moments on the whole thing (Valley of the Queens!!) but bad in that there's a bit of a void once they're gone. Well, I guess the middle of side 2 is definitely a little weaker than the rest as well. What stands out on this compared to the later Ayreons is the pure sense of escapism and adventure. There is a real sense of "what's going on?!" and, unlike the new "zero one" album, its the longer songs that are the most captivating and deliriously catchy. The twenty odd minutes from the intro kicking in until the end of the brilliantly overblown instrumental section of Amazing Flight are just utter perfection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, but not their best
I picked up this album because it came very highly rated and I am a big fan of Ayreon's other work, especially the Universal Migrator album(s). Read more
Published 2 months ago by -Al.
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure
Yeah, it's great! Prog rock -a fine creation!

I stumbled onto this and I'm really glad i did. Read more
Published 13 months ago by M. Garth
5.0 out of 5 stars Ticks all the boxes!
Been getting into Ayreon for a little while now. Came in via Arjen's Star One project. We wanted to use the track Earth That Was as the theme for a Firefly based audio drama on... Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2012 by By Sheldon
5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar adventure
To add my short comment to the praise for this album..just buy it !

To qualify that very slightly, yes this album is based around a bonkers sci-fi concept, linked with... Read more
Published on 1 April 2011 by Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars Great but beware download version....
Across the Rainbow Bridge has approximately 2 minutes of silence inserted at the end, followed by a glitchy sounding buzzing noise--this is annoying if you plan on listening to the... Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Concept Album
Got a few albums from Ayreon and love em all.This one is superb and full of wonderful and interesting music mee old mate Fish is on album as well streching his pipes lovely... Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2008 by AJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music, terrible concept
Even as someone who normally pays no interest to lyrics, I found these to be a challenge. The story is pointless, the lyrics crass, and the spoken intros on many of the songs bore... Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2006 by longdirtyhair
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious Concept but decent songs
Any album which begins "You have entered the cranial vistas of psychogenesis" surely cannot take itself too seriously. Read more
Published on 15 April 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius
A thundering heavy metal musical (smacks of Rocky Horror, but it's not) following the paths of 7 historical figures through a futurescape... Read more
Published on 15 Nov 2001
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