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A landmark release in prog rock history, The Alan Parsons Project’s debut album, Tales Of Mystery And Imagination, remains not only one of the most ambitious releases from prog’s mid-70s golden age, but also one of the finest examples of a musician putting literature to music.

Released in 1976, Tales Of Mystery And Imagination saw Alan Parsons and long-time collaborator Eric Woolfson bring to life some of the most enduring works by pioneering gothic poet and short-story writer Edgar Allan Poe. Working with a host of musicians, among them legendary God Of Hellfire, Arthur Brown, Hollies singer and guitarist Terry Sylvester, the bands Ambrosia and Pilot, plus keyboardist Francis Monkman (of cult 70s outfit Curved Air), they also managed to snag narration by legendary actor, director, writer and producer Orson Welles – a man with no little experience in bringing works of literature to life in the studio.

For its 40th anniversary, Tales… is being celebrated with a multi-disc box set, made with the full co-operation of Alan Parsons and the family of the late Eric Woolfson. As well as boasting over 70 minutes’ worth of previously unreleased bonus material, the 3CD+Blu-ray+2LP box set also includes the original 1976 album mix (half-speed mastered for vinyl at Abbey Road by leading half-speed mastering expert Miles Showell), Alan Parsons’ 1987 remix, and, for the first time ever, a high-definition 5.1 surround sound mix on Blu-ray, mastered in 2016 by Parsons himself. Rounded out with a 60-page coffee-table book boasting rare photos and new interviews, a poster, replica 1976 press kit and “taped man” sticker, this lavish package does full justice to the legacy of Parsons’ and Woolfson’s stunning work.

“The Tales album is my favourite,” Alan Parsons says today. “Always has been, always will be. It broke new territory all round.”

Scroll down to read the full tracklist. The box set will be released on 2 December, but is available for pre-order right now:

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CD1 (original 1976 edition with bonus tracks)
‘A Dream Within A Dream’
‘The Raven’
‘The Tell-Tale Heart’
‘The Cask Of Amontillado’
‘(The System Of) Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether’
‘The Fall Of The House Of Usher (Suite)’:
i: ‘Prelude’
ii: ‘Arrival’
iii: ‘Intermezzo’
iv: ‘Pavane’
v: ‘Fall’
‘To One In Paradise’
‘The Raven’ [original demo]’
‘Edgar’ [demo of an unreleased track]
‘Orson Welles Radio Spot’
‘Interview With Alan Parsons And Eric Woolfson’

CD2 (1987 remix with bonus tracks)
‘A Dream Within A Dream’
‘The Raven’
‘The Tell-Tale Heart’
‘The Cask Of Amontillado’
‘(The System Of) Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether’
‘The Fall Of The House Of Usher (Suite)’:
i: ‘Prelude’
ii: ‘Arrival’
iii: ‘Intermezzo’
iv: ‘Pavane’
v: ‘Fall’
‘To One In Paradise’
‘Eric’s Guide Vocal Medley’
‘Orson Welles Dialogue’
‘Sea Lions In The Departure Lounge’
‘GBH Mix’ [unreleased experiments]

CD3 (previously unreleased)
‘Album Launch At Los Angeles Planetarium – Introduction By Warren Duffy’
‘Dream Within A Dream’ [piano takes]
‘Dream Within A Dream’ [recorder takes]
‘Dream Within A Dream’/‘The Raven’ [early mix with Eric on Vocoder]
‘The Raven’ [outtake and extended jam]
‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ [Eric guide vocal]
‘Cask Of Amontillado’ [rough mix – piano and backing vocals]
‘Cask Of Amontillado’ [Eric and Alan guide vocals]
‘Dr Tarr And Professor Fether’ [early rough mix]
‘Dr Tarr And Professor Fether’ [vocal take]
‘Dr Tarr And Professor Fether’ [Eric guide vocal]
‘Prelude’ [orchestral Take 19]
‘Pavane’ [experimenting and Take 1]
‘To One In Paradise’ [rough mix]
‘Interview With Alan and Eric – London, August 1987’

Blu-ray (original 1976 album in both 5.1 and 96/24 HD mixes by Alan Parsons at Capitol Studios, LA, June 2016)
‘A Dream Within A Dream’
‘The Raven’
‘The Tell-Tale Heart’
‘The Cask Of Amontillado’
‘(The System Of) Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether’
‘The Fall Of The House Of Usher (Suite)’:
i: ‘Prelude’
ii: ‘Arrival’
iii: ‘Intermezzo’
iv: ‘Pavane’
v: ‘Fall’
‘To One In Paradise’

2LP set (original 1976 recording, half-speed mastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road, March 2016, plus single edits)
LP1, Side One:
‘A Dream Within A Dream’
‘The Raven’
‘The Tell-Tale Heart’
LP1, Side Two:
‘The Cask Of Amontillado’
‘(The System Of) Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether’
LP 2, Side Two:
‘The Fall Of The House Of Usher (Suite)’:
i: ‘Prelude’
ii: ‘Arrival’
iii: ‘Intermezzo’
iv: ‘Pavane’
v: ‘Fall’
LP2, Side Two
‘To One In Paradise’
‘(The System Of) Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether (Single Version)’
‘The Raven (Single Version)’
‘To One In Paradise (Single Version)’

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Keith

    July 11, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Will the 5.1 be made available without the stupid Vinyl ?

    Why keep on limiting sales by mixing digital and analogue versions. Vinyl, Blu Ray, and CD all have different markets this appeals pretty much only to the APP completists only.

    I believe that there would be 50% to 75% more sales if this was split down.

    • tjay

      August 6, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Really love my STUPID ToMaA Vinyl PERSONALLY Autographed by Alan…Treasure!

  2. Gabe

    July 11, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    I also believe that this ought to be made available in a 5.1 blu-ray pure audio format. I am definitely not buying a box-set at such a cost when all I am interested in is the surround mix. Please do consider this option. Thank you.

  3. Ron Wheeler

    July 12, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Look….just issue the 5.1 blu-Ray audio disc as a stand-alone option. What’s the point of forcing us to buy 2 channel heavy weight vinyl JUST to get the multichannel digital disc?

  4. Jules

    July 20, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    I don’t mind buying CD box sets without vinyl. I like outtakes and I hope the new remastering of the original album and 87 remix will sound better than the compressed deluxe from 2007. But this is just bloated. Make the vinyl and 3CD+BD available as separate products and you’ll sell more. Easy innit?

  5. I don't like vinyl

    August 21, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Vinyl lovers want the vinyl. Surround lovers want the 5.1. Neither want both. Stop bunching these things together in stupidly priced boxes. It might be convenient for you to box it all together but it is a non-purchase for a lot of people who would happily buy the different formats as standalone releases.

  6. Highlander

    September 12, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    I’m also speaking for the consumers who only want Alan’s surround sound mix on Blu-ray. Please issue it separately and sell more product. I already own the original vinyl and the 2007 deluxe version. I’m not going to purchase a large box set just for the 5.1 mix.

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