//The Alan Parsons Project „Tales of Mystery and Imagination“ – 1976

It’s actually more a duo, between the audio engineer and producer Alan Parsons (he works for example on the Beatles’ album Abbey Road in 1969 and on “Dark Side Of the Moon” of the Pink Floyd) and the pianist, composer and songwriter Eric Norman Woolfson.
Their first album, “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” (1976) is a real project: an album-tribute to the American writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe, well known for the mystery and the macabre of his short stories (my favorite is still “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”!) and as the inventor of the detective fiction genre.
This album is quite difficult to interpret. Except maybe in the background-music song “The Fall of the House of Usher” (no, it’s not the same one. Yeah!), the silence, the drama and the horror of Poe’s work are not as present as expected. But the album, a mix of orchestral rock and classical experimentation, stays pleasant and counts for a progressiv rock masterpiece. It offers at the end a totally new perspective on Poe’s work, and I think that was the first goal of the two musicians. But when I hear the beauty of the song “The cask of Amontillado”, it’s difficult to remember the sinister story of this Italian guy, Montresor, telling to the reader about this night during which he walled up alive a friend who had insulted him… Ok, see you, I have to read a book!

Official Website :https://www.the-alan-parsons-project.com/


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