THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT / Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1976) (1987)
I usually detest prog rock, but I make an exception for the work of Alan Parsons; his compositions rarely descend into the self-indulgent wankery the genre is notorious for. His début album features retellings of some of Edgar Allan Poe's most famous tales. They fail to capture the sense of haunted majesty and madness that Poe penned, so I find it best to forget the inspiration and instead drift away with the mesmerising and picturesque music. The 1987 remaster added some Orson Welles spoken word, which is always an acceptable thing to do.