14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Best not to tinker,
This review is from: Tales Of Mystery And Imagination (Audio CD)
This is a fine album, an absolute classic but I have still to learn to love the CD version with Mr Parson's tinkering.
I find the addition of synth and guitars irritating as some of the best musical passages are obscured by unnecessary additional instruments.
The addition of Orson Wells to the start of "A Dream Within a Dream" is simply scandalous! The opening of this track was a lovely build up to the beautiful craftsmanship that is the rest of the album, instead this is masked by a narrative.
Parsons formed the project on the back of his work with Pink Floyd and the quality of the production is testimony to his pedigree.
For me, the original recording does not need any enhancement it stands the test of time as a classic. This version remains excellent and it is a delight to hear the clarity but I would prefer to be listening to a CD of the original.