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No trick of the tale,
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This review is from: Tales Of Mystery And Imagination (2CD) (Audio CD)
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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Initial post: 18 Jun 2008 16:18:02 BDT
It might have been ignored by the record buying public in 1976 but not by the HiFi shops - they all seemed to use it as a demo record to show off their wares...
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