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TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION

The Alan Parsons Project

 

Crossover Prog

4.03 | 622 ratings

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WFV
4 stars For me, this is an album I have to be in the right mood to access properly. The overblown arrangements on some of the tracks can unnerve my senses and kill my mood.

That said, in the right mood, this album can blow me away. I can see how this is the favorite of some and loathsome in the eyes of others.

I've come to appreciate the style I call poprog, and this album belongs at the top of that list. I'm not very familiar anymore with anything but the outline of the most famous Poe stories, but this production is obviously lovingly detailed and functions as a great concept album for the initiated and the neophyte. Highlights for me include the first two tracks and Dr. Tarr on side A, and Pavane on the flip. Dr. Tarr is a great poprog single and points the way to Parsons best, most accessible work in the poprog realm.

I'm lucky to have the 3CD 40th anniversary edition that adds skeleton tracks and unreleased tracks to the first disc, as well as a short radio spot with orson welles and a seperate interview with Parsons and Woolfson. I'm not so into Woolfson's songwriting processes on Disc II, but disc III with all the tracks in their initial phases is sublime.

WFV | 4/5 |

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