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Into The Electric Castle Limited Edition

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This release includes bonus CD-Rom tracks. This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files. Ayreon: Arjen Lucassen (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, Mellotron, keyboards, mini-Moog synthesizer, bass guitar). Additional personnel: Fish (vocals); Thijs Van Leer (flute); Clive Nolan (synthesizer).

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Welcome To The New Dimension
  2. Isis And Osiris
  3. Amazing Flight
  4. Time Beyond Time
  5. The Decision Tree (We’re Alive)
  6. Tunnel Of Light
  7. Across The Rainbow Bridge

Disc: 2

  1. The Garden Of Emotions
  2. Valley Of The Queens
  3. The Castle Hall
  4. Tower Of Hope
  5. Cosmic Fusion
  6. The Mirror Maze
  7. Evil Devolution
  8. The Two Gates
  9. Forever Of The Stars
  10. Another Time, Another Space
  11. Multimedia Section with Interview


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Original Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B0002ZXCY4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,707 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sooner or later I had to get to Ayreon

Should any of my readers not know who Ayreon is, let me edify you. Ayreon is not a band, not really. Neither is Ambeon. Let me explain. Ayreon and Ambeon are projects, you might say alter egos of brilliant Dutch composer and musician, Arjen Anthony Luccassen.

You see, Arjen has borrowed one from the book of the ever successful recording broker, Alan Parsons. He composes a Rock Opera and then like the mice followed the Pied Piper into the river, several well known, at least to me, guest singers and musicians follow our piperish leader, Arjen, into the studio to record, this wonderful music.

Now Arjen hasn't used this successful formula once or twice. No he's made eight exciting albums this way, two of which are double albums. Mind you now, I understand there's a waiting list to be in Arjen's next production.

I can see why, it must be fun, mingling with other very talented people and making this remarkably interesting and different music. It's probably like, if I may regress to seventies terms, a "happening". And how different it is!

Into the Electric Castle, as do all of Arjen's projects, tells a story and in this case it is a science fiction story centered around eight strangers brought together into a dimension of no space and no time. It seems, if Luccassen ever decides to hang up his guitar he could make a living writing sci-fi.

Here is a summary of the story from Ayreon's Website:

"'Into the Electric Castle' tells the story of 8 stereotypical characters from different periods of time who suddenly find themselves in another dimension. A Highlander, Knight, Egyptian, Indian, Barbarian, Roman, Hippie and Futureman each try to understand where they are and what they are supposed to do.
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Another mind trip down Arjen Lucassen's melodic and enthralling lane! Ayreon's 3rd full-length album has got yet another story-line prog rock-opera approach, and features many talented vocalists from different bands around the world, such as Threshold, Arena, Marillion, The Gathering, and Within Temptation. The story this time is of 8 characters being plucked from different times of earth (Barbarian, Highlander, Hippie, Egyption, Indian, Roman, Knight, etc as well as Peter Daltry doing narration) by some unknown alien race, and placed through some kind of journey through, yes, an Electric Castle, as well as other places of time and space. Some will live, some will die, etc, etc. The 2-disc newly released version features CD-rom on both discs on the making-of the record, and though the album itself isn't as good as his latest masterpiece "The Human Equation" there is still plenty to love on this.

We start off w/ an 11-minute opus "Isis and Osiris" which is easily the best track off the album. Featuring very atmospheric, and sweetly melodic acoustic guitar, this song features clean male and female vocals which stretch out beautiful harmonies. The songs gets louder when the prog-metal guitars and orchestrations kick in. More of a spacey prog metal track. After this is a more jazz/blues oriented song w/ very big, warm and gruff male vocals but still has an underlying space-prog foundation. The song leads into beautiful female indian chants. All tracks on this first disc are good. There is a plenty mixture of all different forms of music as well as instrumentals. From epic sung arena-rock style choruses to psychodelic passages to melidious opera vocals all with a spacey foundation.

The second disc is where the 4/5 star review really hits.
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Sooner or later I had to get to Ayreon
Should any of my readers not know who Ayreon is, let me edify you. Ayreon is not a band, not really. Neither is Ambeon. Let me explain. Ayreon and Ambeon are projects, you might say alter egos of brilliant Dutch composer and musician, Arjen Anthony Luccassen.
You see, Arjen has borrowed one from the book of the ever successful recording broker, Alan Parsons. He composes a Rock Opera and then like the mice followed the Pied Piper into the river, several well known, at least to me, guest singers and musicians follow our piperish leader, Arjen, into the studio to record, this wonderful music.
Now Arjen hasn't used this successful formula once or twice. No he's made eight exciting albums this way, two of which are double albums. Mind you now, I understand there's a waiting list to be in Arjen's next production.
I can see why, it must be fun, mingling with other very talented people and making this remarkably interesting and different music. It's probably like, if I may regress to seventies terms, a "happening". And how different it is!
Into the Electric Castle, as do all of Arjen's projects, tells a story and in this case it is a science fiction story centered around eight strangers brought together into a dimension of no space and no time. It seems, if Luccassen ever decides to hang up his guitar he could make a living writing sci-fi.
Here is a summary of the story from Ayreon's Website:
"'Into the Electric Castle' tells the story of 8 stereotypical characters from different periods of time who suddenly find themselves in another dimension. A Highlander, Knight, Egyptian, Indian, Barbarian, Roman, Hippie and Futureman each try to understand where they are and what they are supposed to do.
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