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2007 digitally remastered two CD Deluxe Edition of the debut album from the Alan Parsons Project. featuring the original 1976 mix of the album, the 1987 remix and eight previously unreleased bonus tracks! Recorded at Abbey Road in 1975 and released in 1976, the idea for the Project came from manager and writer Eric Woolfson, who saw his role as an auteur, bringing together some of the greatest talents in music to bring to life Poe's sinister, gothic tales. Enlisting the white-hot production whiz-kid Alan Parsons, fresh from his work with Wings and Pink Floyd, the duo set about making dreams reality. The album remains a singular, compelling work and can be seen as a bridge between Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon and Jeff Wayne's War Of The Worlds. Universal.

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  1. A Dream Within A Dream (Original 1976 Version) 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. The Raven (Original 1976 Version) 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. The Tell-Tale Heart (Original 1976 Version) 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. The Cask Of Amontillado (Original 1976 Version) 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. (The System Of) Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether (Original 1976 Version) 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Prelude (1976 Instrumental) 5:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Arrival (1976 Instrumental) 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Intermezzo (1976 Instrumental) 1:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Pavane (1976 Instrumental) 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Fall (1976 Instrumental)0:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. To One In Paradise (Original 1976 Version) 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. The Raven (Original Demo Version) 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Edgar (Demo Of An Unreleased Track) 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Orson Welles Radio Spot 1:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Interview With Alan Parsons And Eric Woolfson (1976) 8:32$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. A Dream Within A Dream (1987 Remix) 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. The Raven (1987 Remix) 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. The Tell-Tale Heart (1987 Remix) 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. The Cask Of Amontillado (1987 Remix) 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. (The System Of) Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether (1987 Remix) 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Prelude (1987 Remix) 7:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Arrival (1987 Remix) 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Intermezzo (1987 Remix)0:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Pavane (1987 Remix) 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. The Fall Of The House Of Usher: Fall (1987 Remix)0:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. To One In Paradise (1987 Remix) 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Eric's Guide Vocal Medley 9:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Orson Welles Dialogue 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Sea Lions In The Departure Lounge 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. GBH Mix (Unreleased Experiments) 5:21$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 11, 2007)
  • deluxe_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000OFP8O4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,221 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The definitive edition of "Tales" was released (at least the original mix)by Mobile Fidelity on CD. This edition although definitive in terms of content, is far from it in terms of sound. While I liked the 1987 remix with Orson Welles' narration, I prefer the 1976 version because that's the version I grew up listening to. Alan Parsons has gone back and remastered the original analog tapes for this edition for the 1976 and the 1987 from the digital remix tape for that edition as well.

This edition does lack the dynamic range of the original CD (and record for that matter)and does suffer from some compression issues but the content is still five star material. If you want the original mix of the album and can't find the Mo-Fi, this is the only way to find it just be aware that this is louder than the older editions and sounds harsh. It's a pity that Parsons didn't go with his instincts and master this the way it should have been done.

Although the bonus tracks are hardly essential, it does show where Eric Woolfson (who came up with the concept, was an essential part of the Alan Parsons Project--as Parsons pointed out it could as easily have been called the Eric Woolfson Project but Parsons was better known, Woolfson acted as Parsons manager and co-wrote the bulk of the material with him except for one song that Woolfson wrote solo)developed many of the ideas that ended up on the final album. The first disc is the 1976 edition and the 1987 is the second with each having bonus tracks. Some of the bonus tracks consist of Welles' unused narration, the radio spots, a compilation of Eric's guide vocals for each track, various sound experiments and Eric's original demos for "The Raven" and "Edgar" (which wasn't used).
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By R. St Pierre on July 16, 2007
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I have three copies of the Mobile Fidelity version of this CD from 1994 (because it's so great and I got a couple of them used), but aside from that, you couldn't get the 1976 version of this album on CD until now. I'm amazed that it took so long to release this version. The remastering job that was done on this entire package is amazing, and the booklet and photos show how much care was put into this edition. Doesn't matter whether you prefer the '76 or '87 versions, they both sound phenominal.

As for me, I prefer the '76 version because it sounds much more haunting, especially "Fall of the House of Usher". I would never argue with what Orson Welles' narration brought to the newer version, it's great. I just feel that the older version was more organic and more intense. This is one of those albums to put on headphones after midnight and listen start to finish. It doesn't even seem like separate songs, it's one whole piece with so many different moods that set up each other.

For example, after the "Prelude" to "Fall of the House of Usher", cracks of thunder, an ominous organ, and then a deceptively pleasant melody for "Arrival", and then Intermezzo, which sounds eerie enough itself before "Pavane". This is such a gentle piece with mainly harpsichord and harp that sets up and gradually segues into the brutal "Fall". This part is so much more frightening on the '76 version, and part of it is due to the way it begins creeping through in the last 30 seconds of "Pavane". I'm sure you'll get a chill from "Fall", especially if you've closed your eyes and imagined the story of the "Fall of the House of Usher" through each part. Finally, after that, "To One in Paradise", which sounds like Poe's biography in four minutes. Or, as Eric Woolfson put it, an epitaph.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By William M. Feagin on September 17, 2007
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The very concept might be daunting to most musicians...but then, Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson aren't (and never were) most musicians. For a first effort from such an outfit, they don't come much better or more ambitious than Tales of Mystery & Imagination. Putting works of literature to music is a task not everyone is up to--Camel attempted something like this with Paul Gallico's novel "The Snow Goose," but their work was entirely instrumental (and gave the record company fits for that very reason, although it has truly stood the test of time). Here, the APP adapt the words of these works as lyrics; we hear Alan Parsons through Vocoder on "The Raven" along with Leonard Whiting (actor best known for his role as Romeo in Franco Zeffirelli's filmed version of "Romeo and Juliet" from 1968) delivering that poem detailing the events of a "midnight dark and dreary." We get Arthur Brown's ("Fire," his big from 1968) tortured delivery of "The Tell-Tale Heart," and the quieter (yet no less tortured) John Miles on the always-chilling "The Cask of Amontillado." "The Fall of the House of Usher" is the true tour de force here, a genuinely scary piece of music. Both that track and the album opener "A Dream Within a Dream" are plenty chilling even without Orson Welles' narrative on the original 1976 album, but Welles' narrative adds something that is undeniably dramatic and certainly adds to the atmosphere on the 1987 remix.

Add here the 8 bonus tracks--4 on each disc--that give some insights into the creative process behind the album, and you've got a Deluxe Edition truly worthy of that appellation. Highly recommended.
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