This album is centered around the writing of Edgar Allan Poe and each song successfully creates the dark world which Poe's prose details. After all they were mentioned in an Austin Powers movie! And the beautiful and peaceful 'To One in Paradise' balances the album nicely, leaving the lines of Poe's poem linger in mind. Toss in some cool changes in the riffage, and some over-the-top vocals, and you get an instant highlight. The second side makes the album difficult to rate. From the first listen I found this release was something different to what I ever heard, a very dark and mysterious album with excellent 100% progressive tracks. Posted Friday, July 29, 2005 Review 40887 I knew Allan Parsons for the first time was due to his involvement in the making of Pink Floyd's seminal album that changed the music industry in 1973.
I'm not doubting that this is a great work, it is. Two future members of Sky also contribute as well as a variety of guests and session players. Rather than it all sitting in a box for another 40 years, we have decided to allow a select number of items to be sold. Of course the Floydian ''Arrival'' is one of the highlight but it lasts less than three minutes. Final Box Set artwork to be revealed. Sadly, while it is here, the price is inflated to accommodate Vinyl. Since my interest in this 'band' has waned over the years, my assessment may not necessarily be 'correct' as such, but rather a current opinion.
These fancies arise in the soul alas, how rarely! Posted Wednesday, November 28, 2007 Review 153025 While not being really a band with permanent members, the Alan Parsons Project had very good musical ideas, mostly created by Eric Woolfson, and recorded, mixed and produced by Alan Parsons, one of the best studio engineers from England. Symphonic, progressive, the songs are varied, and there are many people involved in the making of this chef d'oeuvre. Posted Thursday, May 26, 2005 Review 5551 My first attempt to drawing closer to the Alan Parsons Project. Contains the 1987 mix, which the release makes not really clear ok, copyright says 1987, but otherwise no indication. The song fits Brown very well. Was it relased as a single? The lenghty suite on side 2 The Fall of The House of Usher is another highlight , although I find this a little too easy for my complicated tastes. All songs are good, but the instrumental The Fall.
This is a stone-cold classic. When he sticks with the art pop route, it usually works. Sad how Project went down later on, into crappy pop wannabe hits. His debut album sure served to deliver another proof of his technical skills as this album sounds years ahead of its time. There just aren't any real stand-out moments here, on contrary the record has an even flow that non of its successors could achieve. After the album was completed and manufactured, Orson Welles made a recording which was used as part of the initial presentation of the album in Los Angeles. So here quite literally — the lunatics are running the asylum.
There's also a pretty good guitar solo afterwards. Alan Parsons knows it well, that most of his contributions for their albums were more done in the creative process during the recording, mixing and general production of the sound of their albums. Alan Parson and Eric Woolfson produced an impeccably-engineered piece of art here, with logical and believable references to some of the finer works of a legendary author. The overblown arrangements on some of the tracks can unnerve my senses and kill my mood. And I have never liked this. Parsons and Woolfson also add authentic rain and lightning sounds taken from outside the studio to enhance the dreary mood they are attempting to portray.
He never met Alan Parsons. Title Lead vocals Length 1. The orchestration part is really good and I urge you to play it outloud with your stereo set. Poe's characters, few exceptions apart, are always examples of a banished humanity: they are perverse The Imp of the Perverse , insane Roderick Usher , spectral Silence , angel-like creatures Ligeia, Morella, Berenice. By the way, i said love at first sight because i have forgotten almost completely how good this album was because i didn't listened it since i were a child, so when i listened it again it was almost like i were listening it for the first time.
This was a minor hit single in the United States and one of the stronger tracks on the album. Not that this is a bad song, but it is out of place here. Alan Parsons Project no hacia conciertos, fue a partir de la separacion de Alan y Eric cuando Alan Parsons se decide a tocar en directo. One notable celebrity here is Arthur Brown who sings lead vocals on The Tell Tale Heart, the rockiest song on the album. Highlights are The Raven and The Cask of Amontillado, where the sense of menace is conveyed in the music, but all the tracks on the first side are well worth a listen. This is an immaculately constructed work that still revels in a certain raw charm. Orson Welles Radio Spot 1:01 15.
This first Alan Parsons Project's album, is also their most symphonic and darker. This album is an astonishing achievement and must be listened to by every serious prog fan. However, I found that the music on the vinyl didn't meet my needs at the time I was heavily into the harder sounds of Yes, King Crimson, Return to Forever, etc. My original vinyl copy has no narration, which I suspect is a good thing. But this should not be a problem while listening to this type of music. Absolutely essential release, if you got this one and none other by Alan Parsons Project, don't worry, it's by far the best and more imaginative, but if you can get I Robot and Pyramid, go for them, also very good albums.
Many hold the present album as the Project's best, but I don't think it is. In the seventies Alan Parsons was certainly a person who was keenly aware of popular sensibilities and what kinds of music would go over with the listening public. Other snippets include out of context extracts from Usher and A Dream Within A Dream. And I have no problem with those soundtracks. I have no need for the Vinyl. Which one sounds better is a case by case situation, but for most albums, I prefer the West German versions. As a result I can't rate this album above 3 stars, but I would still recommend it to everyone that doesn't mind the silky soft touch of pop music in his prog.