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The Alan Parsons ProjectTales Of Mystery And Imagination - Edgar Allan Poe

Tracklist

A Dream Within A Dream3:42
The Raven3:58
The Tell-Tale Heart4:35
The Cask Of Amontillado4:29
(The System Of) Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether4:12
The Fall Of The House Of Usher(15:13)
Prelude
Arrival
Intermezzo
Pavane
Fall
To One In Paradise4:21

Credits (47)

Notes

The first studio album of the group. A significant remix of the album was released in 1987.

This album sold steadily in the years following its release, and has been repackaged and reissued numerous times. An approximate timeline:

The album was originally issued in 1976 on Charisma in the UK, and 20th Century Records in the US, featuring an elaborate sleeve designed by Hipgnosis (2) and Colin Elgie, which included an 8-page booklet. Some subsequent issues, as well as ones in other territories, reduced the sleeve to a regular gatefold or less.

Releases which mention 20th Century Fox Records can be no earlier than 1978.

Releases which have entirely different artwork, using an illustration by Clyde Terry depicting Alan being "mummified", are from approximately 1979-1982.

Releases on Casablanca, most using a stripped-down version of the original artwork, are reissues from the early 1980s. These were issued after PolyGram had acquired the catalog of 20th Century Records/20th Century Fox Records and took complete control of Casablanca, reducing it to an imprint for used mostly for back-catalog items and reissuing titles previously on 20th Century Records.

In 1987, with album sales rapidly shifting to the CD format, the duo decided to remix the album to update it for the then-new format. The 1987 remix differs in that some elements have been re-recorded, as well as having certain production hallmarks of the mid-1980s which contrast considerably with the original 1976 recording. The remix uses a modified version of the original artwork, and was issued worldwide on the Mercury label. The original 1976 mix was unavailable on CD until 1994, when it was finally issued by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab.

In 2007, UMe issued a deluxe edition, containing both versions of the album as well as a few bonus tracks.

In 2016, a 40th anniversary edition was issued, as well as a 5.1 remix on Blu-Ray.

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charles6
Edited one month ago
My copy of The Complete Albums Collection contains a Mercury label copy of this album made in Germany with the same matrix as the one below 52878305/00042283282025 21 - this is not the matrix in the listing for the box set.
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david5959
MY COPY IS PROUDLY MADE IN BRAZIL BY MICROSERVICE AND HAS THE SAME CATALOG NUMBER BAR CODE 042283282025 OF THIS GERMAN EDITION AND DOESN'T APPEAR IN THE DISCOGS LIST.
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doakw
*** Mastered by Doug Sax - The Mastering Lab
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Amidar74
Era difficile migliorare un lavoro nato già eccellente sotto tutti i punti di vista ma quando ci sono di mezzo grandissimi artisti e professionisti come Eric Woolfson, Ian Bairnson e naturalmente Alan Parsons, certi risultati sono possibili. Per questo, andando a curare ulteriormente la versione del 1976, a mio avviso siamo di fronte - con la nuova e definitiva versione realizzata nel 1987 - a un capolavoro assoluto e completo: dalla tematica di fondo alla creatività compositiva, dalle sonorità alle voci, dal magistrale apporto orchestrale alla grafica di copertina. Tutto è semplicemente e incredibilmente perfetto. Un album imprescindibile per chi ama la Musica.
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Duke90
Really worth to buy. The sound is like from one of the best live shows. Just excellent!
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TorstenHammer
My copy looks exactly like this one (Matrix - N° like Variant 1) but says "Made in germany" (without PDO ) in inner ring.
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soymartin07
The new mix, the added elements, the sound and the dynamics are excellent, although friend Alan says you have to hear it on CD this vinyl is wonderful.
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olvifa
someone can confirm if this version has the guitar solo on "THE RAVEN"?, thanks
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olvifa
someone can confirm if this version has the guitar solo on "THE RAVEN"?, thanks
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olvifa
someone can confirm if this version has the guitar solo on "THE RAVEN"?, thanks