Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

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.
This 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 mesmerizing and picturesque music.
The 1987 remaster added some Orson Welles spoken word, which is always an acceptable thing to do.

Songs of Note: A Dream Within A Dream; The Raven

4 shadows of shadows out of 5

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