Paul Roland ‎– House Of Dark Shadows

Acid Tapes ‎– TAB 020
Cassette, Compilation


A1 Blades Of Battenberg
A2 Captain Blood
A3 The Puppet Master
A4 Madelaine
A5 Green Glass Violins
A6 Ghost Ships
B1 Death Or Glory
B2 Burnt Orchids
B3 Dr. Strange
B4 Lon Chaney
B5 Cairo
B6 Flying Ace
B7 The Cars That Ate New York



This cassette was released long before the vinyl/CD versions of the release with the same name
Same tracks, different versions, different order of tracks, two extra tracks at the end of the cassette + different sleeve/artwork.

Other Versions (5 of 5) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
Pow 6 Paul Roland House Of Dark Shadows(LP, Album, Comp) Pastell Pow 6 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
FC 084 CD Paul Roland House Of Dark Shadows(CD, Comp) Fan Club FC 084 CD France 1991 Sell This Version
POW 6 Paul Roland House Of Dark Shadows(LP, Comp, Promo, W/Lbl) Pastell POW 6 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
Pow 6 Paul Roland House Of Dark Shadows(LP, Comp, Cle + 7") Pastell Pow 6 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
gg210 Paul Roland House Of Dark Shadows(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Klanggalerie gg210 Austria 2016 Sell This Version


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October 10, 2014

PAUL ROLAND is a master at creating moods and atmospheres to suit the subject matter of his songs and with his fascination for the gothic all you need to do is close your eyes and you're standing under a flicking Victorian gas-light as a horse drawn carriage disappears into the misty midnight....he can effortlessly conjure up visions of highwaymen hanging from wayside gibbets, blood stained swords and smoking muskets on a muddy battlefield or spin an eerie soundtrack for a bizarre Edwardian murder. Musically the tape is a real delight and features superb guest appearances by ROBIN HITCHCOCK and KNOX(reason enough for investigation) but it's Mr Roland's wonderful keyboard and string arrangements that hold the key. "Burnt Orchids is a gorgeous blend of Left Banke and 1967 Zombies and "Madelaine" is equally sublime with its gently strummed acoustic, rich strings and Hitchcock's oh-so-tasteful backwards guitar. "Green Glass Violins" is yet another evocative Left Banke-like tune with its rippling harpsichord and gently lilting strings and "Ghost Ship" is a Marie Celeste voyage to equal the nautical feel of Procul Harum's great "Salty Dog" or "Wreck Of The Hesperus". Roland's vision of 'rock' is totally unique and on tracks like "Captain Blood" and "Death Or Glory" you'll find Knox's dark psychedelic guitar providing the twist with its sinister overtones to otherwise gentle melodies. His vocals are a neat blend of Syd/Peter Perrett/Hitchcock that just add to the gothic.