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Into The Electric Castle [Enhanced]

Ayreon Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Oct 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Inside-Out Records
  • ASIN: B0002ZXCY4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 231,231 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Welcome to the New Dimension
2. Isis And Osiris: Let The Journey Begin - The Hall Of Isis And Osiris - Strange Constellations - Reprise
3. Amazing Fight: Amazing Fight In Space - Stardance - Flying Colours
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: In The Garden Of Emotions - Voices In The Sky - The Aggression Factor
2. Valley of the Queens
3. The Castle Hall
4. Tower of Hope
5. Cosmic Fusion: I Soar On The Breeze - Death's Grunt - The Passing Of An Eagle
6. The Mirror Maze: Inside The Mirror Maze - Throug The Mirror
7. Evil Devolution
8. The Two Gates
9. Forever of the Stars
10. Another Time, Another Space
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AYREON Into The Electric Castle - A Space Opera (Special Edition) 2CD

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4.5 out of 5 stars
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25 of 25 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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 Great but beware download version.... 17 Jan 2011
Format:MP3 Download
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 whole album from start to finish (you need to skip forward half-way through to avoid the stretch of silence).

At around 5:20 in Another Time, Another Space, where the voice from the sky says "Remember forever," the track starts skipping, and you get well over 2 minutes of "rever rever rever rever rever" repeated over and over again until the track unceremoniously ends with more glitchy sounding buzzing noises and clicks.

I got a refund but that's not the point - quality procedures should have picked this problem up at source...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious Concept but decent songs 15 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Any album which begins "You have entered the cranial vistas of psychogenesis" surely cannot take itself too seriously. The concept behind this double-CD is that eight characters from history have been gathered together in some mysterious future setting. The narration which introduces many of the tracks is pompous in tone and bewildering in content.
But this is no problem. There are some stirring and catchy melodies along the way. Admittedly I had to listen to the whole album three or four times before I started to appreciate the songs, but catchy little phrases gradually took root in my mind and replayed over in my head long after the CD had ended.
The eight soloists are apparently gathered from different bands. Most of them were entirely unknown to me. Many of the tracks have snatches of melodies in different styles as the various figures contribute. The instrumental sections vary from electronic wizardry to atmospheric mellowness and are only occasionally a bit heavy for my taste.
I only bought the album in a wild experimental moment, but on the strength of this music I have splashed out on another Ayreon album. My honest verdict? The more I hear it, the better I like it. It's gone beyond merely good but doesn't yet seem great.
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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 6 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 17 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 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
5.0 out of 5 stars An Adventure! In Time! And Space!
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. Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2008 by N. Smith
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
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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