Archive for July 12th, 2007

Album: Alan Parsons Project
– Tales of Mystery and Imagination

For my own part, I have never had a thought which I could not set down in words, with even more distinctness than that with which I conceived it. (…) There is, however, a class of fancies, of exquisite delicacy, which are not thoughts, and to which, as yet, I have found it absolutely impossible to adapt to language. (…) [These fancies] arise in the soul (alas, how rarely!) only at its epochs of most intense tranquility — when the bodily and mental health are in perfection — and at those mere points of time where the confines of the waking world blend with (…) the world of dreams. [And so I captured this fancy, where] all that we see or seem
is but a dream within a dream.
Edgar Allan Poe, adapted from “Marginalia – Part V” and the poem “A Dream Within A Dream”.

Alan Parsons Project, The - Tales of Mystery and Imagination

The “Tales of Mystery and Imagination”, Alan Parsons Project’s first album for me captures the essence on their creative career1, and weaves together a dense tapestry of synthesizer and guitar sounds with some of Poe’s writings.

Even more than the quote above, which forms the introduction to the record, the lyrics sung in each song are not exactly Poe’s words. The song’s lyrics use phrases and expressions from the works they reference, but otherwise are shortened retellings of the originals. Nevertheless, in the confines of a Prog Rock song, they capture the essence of Poe’s imagination.

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  1. Though mere statistics would prove me wrong. Other albums of theirs are rather different. []