I never familiarised myself too much with this group. It's an okay tune but a little too contrived and formulaic to me. This was a minor hit single in the United States and one of the stronger tracks on the album. Do you want to know about who you are? Despite his legendary work for the likes of Pink Floyd, Ambrosia, Pilot, and the Hollies, Parsons has claimed that his compensation for producing hits for these and many other performers was paltry. The symphonic suite The Fall of House Usher also deserves a special mention. The epic is exploratory in nature and it contains excellent orchestration work. Posted Monday, December 8, 2008 Review 192285 Do you believe in love at first sight? This album takes the literary theme to another level though.
Then things become a bit cheesy, whether it's the computerized vocals on the Raven the rediculously throaty wails of The Tell-Tale Heart. Only the ambitious production make it sound prog on the outside, but it doesn't have a deeper layer underneath. The way the vocoder processed voice enters is always chilling creating an ethereal atmosphere. It is akin to classical music or soundtrack music from a movie, but somehow it works as a surprise and a delight on this album. And this first release was no exception. Add to that professional songwriting and you have a quality product.
The poppier songs have some sophistication too them, but there really isn't a special song here. There are also many high points, as most of the songs feature climactic endings--espcially The Cask of Amontillado and Dr. I love the keyboard motif on Pavane giving it an agreeable Spanish-Latin texture. The first side consists of 5 short tracks, each based on a Poe short story. 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.
And of course there are the Project trademarks that we've come to expect: lush synth arrangements and variety , a few nice guitar licks, and huge choirs. Some hardcore progressive fans dismiss this as a simplistic piece of music, perhaps progressively inclined but not deep or complex enough to merit serious consideration. The second side is dominated by a long orchestral piece that I also wouldn't call Prog at all. Lindbergh faced several setbacks and fierce competition. A nice closer, but a bit out of character with the rest of the album. Fantastic arrangement again, as in the whole album. Posted Saturday, March 13, 2004 Review 5528 The Eric Woolfson Project The album which set the Alan Parsons Project on their way, and gave them instant success.
I must admit, when I first bought it, I did not expect much, since the band seemed to consist largely of members of Scottish band Pilot, who were commercial and not apparently very talented, but they do a fine job and have since developed into very capable musicians. Apart from being an outstanding record producer , Alan Parsons had some real taste for symphonic music as he showed us on the Ambrosia debut and there are lenghty passages where he must've had a ball. This first Alan Parsons Project's album, is also their most symphonic and darker. Tales of Mystery and Imagination peaked at 38 on 's Pop Albums chart. A good album no doubt about it, but one that falls well short of 4 stars. He even succeed in integrating the rock instrumentation with a classical orchestra, something many have tried but few have succeeded in.
Overall, an album well worth owning. With the exception of one show, they never performed live in their original incarnation. A Dream Within A Dream 3:41 2. 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. Kind of an abbreviated equivalent to Crime and Punishment, I suppose. Posted Monday, July 14, 2008 Review 176875 Fall of the House of 3. The movie is a fraud, about a fraud, about an event that never actually took place as stated.
It had a solid, stable currency, and no inflation. The Fall of the House of Usher. The title of the album is taken from the title of a collection of Poe's macabre stories. The melodies themselves are rather predictable though. Admittedly, it does start with some more classy Welles narration, but beyond that it sounds just like a film score for an old Roger Corman American International Poe movie! 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. Those songs are so good.
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. The ziggurats at Ur had three to eight platforms. The fact that the songs are tied together by a common theme does not remedy the incoherence created by having several vocalists. Not that this is a bad song, but it is out of place here. The first half of the album paints a bleaker side of human behavior , hinting at excessive sexual promiscuity, a facade of inauthenticity, an emptiness of the soul or lack of character, and finally a woman who is consistently not around when needed by her lover. The Haast's eagle Harpagornis moorei is an extinct species of eagle that once lived in the South Island of New Zealand, commonly accepted to be the Pouakai of Maori legend.