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Tales Of Mystery And Imagination (2CD) [Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Alan Parsons Project Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000OFP8O4
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,100 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


Disc 1:

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Listen  1. A Dream Within A Dream (Original 1976 Version) 3:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Raven (Original 1976 Version) 3:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Tell-Tale Heart (Original 1976 Version) 4:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Cask Of Amontillado (Original 1976 Version) 4:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. (The System Of) Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether (Original 1976 Version) 4:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Prelude (1976 Instrumental) 5:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Arrival (1976 Instrumental) 2:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Intermezzo (1976 Instrumental) 1:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Pavane (1976 Instrumental) 4:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Fall (1976 Instrumental)0:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. To One In Paradise (Original 1976 Version) 4:300.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Raven (Original Demo Version) 3:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Edgar (Demo Of An Unreleased Track) 3:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Orson Welles Radio Spot 1:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Interview With Alan Parsons And Eric Woolfson (1976) 8:330.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. A Dream Within A Dream (1987 Remix) 4:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Raven (1987 Remix) 3:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Tell-Tale Heart (1987 Remix) 4:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Cask Of Amontillado (1987 Remix) 4:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. (The System Of) Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether (1987 Remix) 4:210.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Prelude (1987 Remix) 7:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Arrival (1987 Remix) 2:390.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Intermezzo (1987 Remix)0:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Pavane (1987 Remix) 4:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Fall (1987 Remix)0:510.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. To One In Paradise (1987 Remix) 4:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Eric's Guide Vocal Medley 9:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Orson Welles Dialogue 3:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Sea Lions In The Departure Lounge 2:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. GBH Mix (Unreleased Experiments) 5:220.79  Buy MP3 


Product Description

The Alan Parsons Project ~ Tales of Mystery and Imagination

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No trick of the tale 14 July 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A great reissue this. Tales first saw the light of the day in 1976 on the Famous Charisma Label and was ignored. Two singles 'The System of Dr Tarr and Professor Fether' (really - could you ever believe that would be on Top of the Pops' - "Well now Guys and Gals, look what we have here, it's the Alan Parsons Project and their latest release 'The system of Dr Tarr and Professor Fether' and dancing to that tonight we have Pans People" - no, thought not) and the sublime 'To one in paradise' were released to zero exposure. However, a lot of people caught on to the Alan Parsons Project and although their later releases on Clive Davis's Arista label became increasingly radio friendly, 'Tales' for most fans remains the highlight.

It's difficult to say why; perhaps it's the diverse styles or perhaps it's the fact that side two contains a long orchestral piece which ends a la the Beatle mid-section of 'A day in the life' preceded by some wonderful melody. John Miles features on two of the songs and Arthur Brown screams his way through 'The tell tale heart' in the same way as his big hit 'Fire'.

This excellent reissue give both the original 1976 mix (not available on cd before) and the superior 1987 which has more ambient sounding drums as well as some extra guitar passages added by Ian Bairnson. Orson Welles also narrates in between the tracks.

The extensive sleeve notes explain amongst other things how the thunder crack on 'Fall of the House of Usher' was captured (it is real). There are many bonus tracks and outtakes plus a period interview with Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson. Clearly lots of care and attention have been put into this release making it an extensive purchase. You won't be disappointed.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's out at last! 4 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
To everyone who has been waiting for the original Tales Of Mystery album from 1976 to come out on CD... your wait is over!

You get the original and remixed albums, plus a host of extras. Never has the original sounded better: I'm sure everyone is fed up of playing their worn out vinyl copies by now.

To anyone who is new to Alan Parsons... get on this train now! The guy has engineered for Pink Floyd amongst others, and you can hear snatches of the Floyd sound throughout his career (I Robot is another excellent album).

There isn't room in this review to give this album justice... it has just about everything from rock to melodic pop to classical. It has it all!

Don't hesitate. Buy now. You wil NOT be disappointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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A real gift for the lovers of Alan Parsons Project.

This edition includes both versions of this classic album - original version of 1976 and remix of 1987. Truely they sounds differ. What's the differencies?

Original version sounds more fresh and more rocky, especially "The Tell-Tale Heart" with Arthur Brown's voice. There were no readings from Edgar Poe by Orson Welles (it was recorded after the album was finished). In 1987 were added new parties of keyboards (organ solo performed by Alan Parsons in 1987 in "The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether" much more impressive than on original record), guitars, narration by Orson Welles, sound was corrected.

Bonus tracks are - previously unpublished song "Edgar", fragments of studio sessions, examples of all songs with vocals by Eric Woolfson, sound effects from "Arrival" (rain, thunder, organ etc.), interview by Alan and Eric from 1976 with interesting information about their work, Orson Welles reading without music, commercial for the radio with his voice. No B-sides or finished and unpublished material.

Both albums are remastered by Alan Parsons himself (but you have to prepare yourself for a little bit different sound on familiar for majority of us 1987 version - so I will keep traditional, not remastered, edition of this album on CD).

So if you are true Alan Parsons lover - this edition is a must for you.

P.S. Good and informative booklet with lyrics and new information about musicians participated in both records.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No mystery, use your imagination 17 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
D'ooh! All the other reviewers have beaten me to it. An outstanding double-album set with interesting additional tracks.

I'm rebuilding my APP collection, and these anniversary editions (yep, I did buy most of the original vinyl versions as well, now almost completely scraped away through over-playing) are top draw.

This is a pedigree prog rock concept album from perhaps the greatest bands that never went on stage or toured - another virtual concept! Try some of the others, 'I Robot', 'Eye in the Sky', 'Vulture Culure': the Parsons/Woolfson partnership is one of those greats that won't be repeated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A particularly welcome reissue 30 May 2008
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'Tales of Mystery and Imagination', a concept album based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe, first appeared on LP in 1976, reappearing (in remastered form) on CD in 1987. This 2-disc remastered resissue contains both the 1976 and the 1987 versions, together with a great deal of interesting bonus material. Hitherto, the 1976 version had never appeared on CD.

Inclusion of the original 1976 version makes this a particularly welcome reissue because, in my opinion, the 1987 version was significantly weaker than the original, lacking much of the bite of the 1976 production. Originally intended not as the name of a band but, rather, as a one-off exercise, the Alan Parsons Project went on to become one of the most successful and original of prog rock acts, but this is where it all began. From the very first cadences to the end, this is a gripping and enjoyable album of remarkable originality and power. Superb stuff, and the sonic quality of this reissue is excellent. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The is Genesis
Actually, I don't think this is his best. Progressive Rock fans seem to love it, but... I'm not a huge Prog Rock fan. I find most of the instrumental parts a bit dull. Read more
Published 4 months ago by William "William Jack" Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT PARSONS.
ALTHOUGH THIS REMASTERERED//EXPANDED EDITION (AND ALL THE OTHER A.P.P C.D.s) HAVE BEEN OUT FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, I'VE ONLY JUST UPGRADED TO THEM, HAVING BROUGHT THE ORIGNALS YEARS... Read more
Published 11 months ago by MAGS
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the expense.
Quite bluntly putting it, this was a waste of money. I have a very old copy of Tales of Mystery and Imagination from years ago on C. Read more
Published 18 months ago by dexron26
4.0 out of 5 stars Revived, revised and revitalised
Heretical to some though such an opinion may be, Tales was always my least favourite of the first four APP albums that I bought back in their heyday. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2011 by Julian Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the masterpieces of progressive rock
First of all, I could start by saying that I am a great admirer of the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. If I ever had to keep only a few books from my library, then the "Tales of... Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2011 by N. Lazaridis
5.0 out of 5 stars The Project's finest hour
"Tales" is generally, and rightly, considered to be the best and most ambitious of all the APP albums. Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2010 by N. Dutton
4.0 out of 5 stars Spookily brilliant!
I bought this recently and hadnt heard it for at least 20 years. Im happily surprised at how its stood the test of time and sounds really really good. Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2010 by Ian R
5.0 out of 5 stars how dare you not
Back in 1984 I experienced Eye and Vulture. I was then drawn to Eve- I must say it is somewhat under-rated.

Then woof. Tales was in my local Andys records. Read more
Published on 30 April 2010 by R. Philpot
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Mysterious Atmosphere
Quite simply a wonderful record. 'Tales of Mystery and Imagination' combines the songwriting talents of Eric Woolfson with the wonderful production of Alan Parsons to create a... Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2009 by M. Ash
4.0 out of 5 stars Alan Parsons Project -tales of Mystery and Imagination
Interesting CD version of vinyl classic and earlier CD version. Songs a little dated now but voice of Orson Welles available in all its glory.
Published on 1 May 2009 by Bray wanderer
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