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Dvd ~ Simon Callow
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, 11 April 2010
I have never seen such a poor version of David Copperfield. The actor who plays the older David is such a softy. I can not take this serious. I have never seen such poor acting. Usually BBC delivers high standing quality acting. This is, however, poor. Luckily mr Dickens himself could not see this shameful performance.

Sings Alan Parsons Project That Never Was
Sings Alan Parsons Project That Never Was
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Key and other great songs, 30 April 2009
Eric Woolfson sings The Alan Parsons Project That Never Was is a wonderful album. It is so nice to listen to an album with not only songs written by Woolfson himself but also be able to listen to his voice. He does the lead vocals on the songs. Woolfson has completed some of the unfinished works and put those together with some songs of his musicals Gambler, Gaudi, Edgar Allan Poe and Dancing Shadows (only Freudiana is missing) on this album. I enjoy the combination of strong progressive art rock songs such as Golden Key and Immortal with more pop songs such as Nothing Can Change My Mind and I Can See Round Corners. All in all a wonderful album, that asks for more from the talented Eric Woolfson, the real creator of The Alan Parsons Project.
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Poe - More Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Poe - More Tales of Mystery and Imagination
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eric Woolfson's Immortal Album, 10 Mar. 2007
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Eric Woolfson's fascination with the world of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) began more than thirty years ago. It led to the creation of the Alan Parsons Project and the first album `Tales Of Mystery And Imagination - Edgar Allan Poe' in 1976. This first album (that also will be re-released with bonus tracks this year) is better than Poe, but still Poe is excellent in my opinion.

At that time, Woolfson already had in mind a volume two of `Tales', but a change of record labels took the APP in other directions.

Some years later, Woolfson decided it was time to revisit his hero, Poe. The first result of this was a stage musical and a concert version of `POE' which tells the story of Poe's extraordinary life and works. Woolfson realized that half of the songs in the musical contained the basis for a possible follow-up to `Tales' and after preliminary work in my own studio, He went back into the legendary Abbey Road Studios where `More Tales Of Mystery And Imagination' was completed. During the recordings, Woolfson had the immense good fortune to be introduced to Steve Balsamo. His remarkable voice lifted the tracks to a higher level.

This current work includes many of Poe's most famous tales and poems but also includes glimpses of episodes in his life. A life, in many cases, even more bizarre and tortured than his literary works. The supreme irony of this literary giant surely lies in the fact that though constantly in poverty or debt for nearly all of his life, a copy of his first published poem `Tamerlane' would sell at auction today for over half a million dollars. It is probably the highest priced item of classical American literature. In death he also achieved world-wide success and acknowledgement as the the genius who devised the genres of the `Detective Novel' and `Science Fiction'.

To Eric Woolfson, the greatest compliment that has been paid to recordings of his work is that they are `Cinematic' and while listening, if you close your eyes, you can see pictures. Without wishing to intrude into the creative imaginations of the listener, he has included a brief reference to the literary work or event in Poe's life that originally inspired my work.

The instrumental ANGEL OF THE ODD is the title of one of Poe's quirkiest stories.

WINGS OF EAGLES expresses the way he saw the world. The commonplace becomes distorted into fantasy. Reality assumes an overwhelming intensity, creating an emotional roller-coaster for his turbulent emotions.

Poe as an infant was introduced to gin and laudanum (an opiate), by an exhausted, though well-meaning nanny. Little wonder that this led to problems throughout his life. Shortly before his death, Poe was found badly beaten and left for dead outside a tavern which had served as a polling station in a local election. TRAIN TO FREEDOM was inspired by the atmosphere of the political campaigning that might have prevailed in that bar.

Untimely death was a recurring feature of Poe's life and works. Possibly, his inability to come to terms with the death of his mother when he was three years old, found an outlet in so many of his stories of premature burials and the beautiful, though ghostly heroines of his poetry. All of this is reflected in SOMEWHERE IN THE AUDIENCE.

It was the sound of words even more than their meaning that enthused Poe. His poem THE BELLS is an outstanding example.

To Eric Woolfson, the most graphic of Poe's tales is THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, which tells the story of a helpless victim of the Spanish Inquisition.

THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE is the first detective novel and Poe's fictional sleuth. C. Auguste Dupin was the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes some sixty years later.

TINY STAR is a further reflection on the mother who died when Edgar Allan Poe was three years old. The song is a remembrance of a lullaby that she might have sung.

His marriage to his young cousin Virginia inspired GOODBYE TO ALL THAT. She, like his mother, was to die at age twenty four.

Rufus Griswold was a jealous rival. Although he was Poe's literary executor, when Poe died, he wrote a poisonous obituary and did everything he could to bury his works along with the man. Despite Griswold's efforts, Poe eventually took his rightful place as one of the greatest literary geniuses of all time. The song, IMMORTAL is a reflection on the presence of Poe's everlasting spirit. IMMORTAL (sung by Steve Balsamo) is in my opinion one of the best songs ever!

And now I am already for a couple of years waiting for the release of the DVD of Poe (filmed in the Abbey Road Studio's). In particular I am interested in the tracks that are not on the album.

The Astronaut Dismantles Hal
The Astronaut Dismantles Hal

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful rock by Amplifier, 17 Dec. 2005
It is not clear to me whether The Astronaut Dismantles HAL is an album or an EP. Looking at the low price it seems to be an EP. Looking at the playing time (39 minutes) it is more like an album. Anyhow for a low price you have six fantastic songs. Best song is 'Continuum'. A very strong progressive rock song. Second best is 'Live Human'.
The songs of Amplifier are very powerful because of the guitars, drum beats and excellent vocals.
The Astronauts Dismantels HAL is Amplifier's second release in 2005, after their debut album earlier his year. I expect that this band will even get better with every record they make. If you like bands such as Oceansize, Dredg and Porcupine Tree, then you will probably also like Amplifier.

A Valid Path
A Valid Path

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 21st century album with top song 'We Play The Game', 21 Sept. 2004
This review is from: A Valid Path (Audio CD)
Finally a new album of my hero of modern music times. A Valid Path is a brilliant album. Not everybody will probably like it, but I do. You will find some songs on the album, that are more or less in the old Alan Parsons Project style. One of them is 'We Play The Game' (featuring The Crystal Method; lead vocal: Alan Parsons himself). This should be the single in my opinion. I think it is a much better song than 'More Lost Without You': also good, but not special. Furthermore it is great to hear David Pack back on one of the best songs of the album: 'You Can Run'.
Furtermore the album contains 3 make overs of earlier songs: 'Return To Tungaska', with David Gilmour on guitar, is a make over of 'Antarctica' (of the Out Of Order-soundtrack); 'Mammagamma' (of the Eye In The Sky Album) is restyled, although the original is better; 'A Recurring Dream Within A Dream' (of the magical Tales Of Mystery And Imagination) is a modern composite of two works 'A Dream Within A Dream' and 'The Raven'. Alan Parsons has also written with many others great instrumentals such as 'L'Arc en Ciel' and 'Chomolunga'.
Even if you do not recognize the Parsons or APP sounds immediately, try to listen to it several times and then you will come to the conclusion, that it is still the fascinating composer and producer, Alan Parsons. The only difference is, he has now composed and produced music of the 21st century. Hopefully a 5.1 surround sound version will be released as soon as possible! Then I will like the album even more...

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freudiana (by E. Woolfson), one of the greatest albums ever!, 7 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Freudiana (Audio CD)
Freudiana is the brain child of songwriter and musician Eric Woolfson who hit upon the idea of researching the life and works of Sigmund Freud with a view to their musical potential. Fully aware that doing justice to the genius of such magnitude would involve the highest degree of commitment and application, Woolfson set out to retrace Freud's footsteps and explore his realms in what turned out to be also a voyage of self-discovery. What resulted was not only the story of Freud and his work but perhaps more an image of the composer seen through a Freudian mirror.
Literary sources included Freud's classic cases whose real identities he concealed by using names such as Dora and Little Hans (songs on the album). In addition, Freud's writings on his discovery of the 'unconscious', his well known theories and his masterpiece, 'The Interpretation of Dreams', all served as springboard for musical ideas. Eric Woolfson has worked, together with his 'project' partner Alan parsons and conductor Andrew Powell, for three years on recording Freudiana. Eric Woolfson has written 17 songs and Alan Parsons the instrumental 'Beyond The Pleasure Principle'. (Note: nowadays Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson follow separate ways).
Lead vocalists on the album are: Eric Woolfson (on the fantastic title song Freudiana, Dora and Let Yourself Go), Leo Sayer, Graham Dye, The Flying Pickets (on 'Far Away From Home': amazing), Marti Webb (on the beautiful 'Don't Let The Moment Pass'), Eric Stewart (on 'Upper Me'), John Miles (on 'There But For The Grace Of God'), the golden voice of Chris Rainbow (on the mini song 'Destiny') and several others.
If you listen to Freudiana, you understand that this album is about psychoanalysis. Consequently not all songs are easy accessible. But that is what makes Freudiana brilliant. Woolfson has developed the concept of Freudiana further into a musical (in the German language), that was staged in the early 1990's in Vienna ('Theater an der Wien'). There was also an album and cd of this musical cast recording (by EMI), but this is unfortunately not available anymore. Hopefully the Vienna Musical Cast Recording of Freudiana will be reissued again!
In short, Freudiana is a beautiful and interesting masterpiece of in particular Eric Woolfson. Listen and be amazed!

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