The Alan Parsons Project ‎– Tales Of Mystery And Imagination

20th Century Records ‎– 6370 243, Philips ‎– 6370 243
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold


A1 A Dream Within A Dream 3:40
A2 The Raven 4:00
A3 The Tell-Tale Heart 4:37
A4 The Cask Of Amontillado 4:27
A5 (The System Of) Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether 4:14
The Fall Of The House Of Usher (15:02)
B1.I Prelude
B1.II Arrival
B1.III Intermezzo
B1.IV Pavane
B1.V Fall
B2 To One In Paradise 4:29

Companies, etc.



The songs are based on stories written by Edgar Allan Poe.
The Harmony Vocoder on "The Raven" was invented and built by EMI Central Research Laboratories, and is exclusively available at Abbey Road Studios
Copyright 1975 - Woolfsongs Limited
Cover laminated front & back
On label:
Ⓟ1976 Licensed by 20th Century Records
On back cover:

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Label): 6370 243 1F
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Label): 6370 243 2F
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching): 6370 243A Ⓟ 1976 410 X Ⅲ
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching): 6370 243B Ⓟ 1976 410 X
  • Rights Society: BIEM



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June 16, 2013

Not only is Alan Parsons one of the most revered engineers / producers of all time, but he also has a great solo career, with some mighty albums to back him up.

Tales of Mystery & Imagination is Alan Parsons first album, I actually had never listened to one of his solo albums before picking this up. I found my album in a music store (the album was used) but when I Opened it to check the condition of the LP, I found myself being amazed that the album itself was a small book.

The book was of course some stories from Edgar Allan Poe & I didn't think that these were the actual lyrics. But I was wrong, the stories were the lyrics, which made this album even more interesting.

Not only are all the songs catchy like crazy, they are immersive & deep. I would say that this album did get a bit dull (seing as I am not as a huge fan of classical) once I got to the B side of the album. But that is something I will easily overlook. The album is scary, immersive, sounds great and you'll find yourself humming "nevermore" for weeks after listening to this great piece of art!