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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Alan Parsons Project

I was going to post about Alan Parsons Project on my page, Mythos, Biblios and Videos, but adding sufficient references pointed the way to a page of its own. This is by no means exhaustive, as it points mostly to the works of Edgar Allan Poe, as interpreted by the Allan Parsons Project on Tales of Mystery and Imagination. I've also referenced two other albums, Eye in the Sky, and I Robot. The latter references Isaac Asimov's early Sci-Fi classic, also titled I, Robot. Visit for more info about the late great Sci-Fi author/science popularist.

Read about this album on Wikipedia

  1. "A Dream Within A Dream" [instrumental] – 4:14
  2. "The Raven" – 3:57 (ft. Leonard Whiting on lead vocals, Alan Parsons lead vocal through an EMI vocoder)
  3. "The Tell-Tale Heart" – 4:38 (ft. Arthur Brown)
  4. "The Cask of Amontillado" – 4:33 (ft. John Miles)
  5. "(The System Of) Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether" – 4:20 (ft. John Miles and Jack Harris)
  6. "The Fall of the House of Usher" [instrumental] - 16:10

    1. "Prelude" – 7:02
    2. "Arrival" – 2:39
    3. "Intermezzo" – 1:00
    4. "Pavane" – 4:36
    5. "Fall" – 0:51
  7. "To One in Paradise" – 4:46 (ft. Terry Sylvester on lead vocals, backing vocals by Eric Woolfson)
Orson Welles' narration appears on the 1987 Remix only, at the beginning of "A Dream Within a Dream" and "Prelude".

2007 Deluxe Edition
Disc 1: Tracks 1-11 - Original Album Tracks
  1. "The Raven" (original demo)
  2. "Edgar" (demo of an unreleased track)
  3. "Orson Welles Radio Spot"
  4. "Interview with Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson" (1976)
Disc 2: Tracks 1-11, Original Album in 1987 Remix
  1. "Eric's Guide Vocal Medley"
  2. "Orson Welles Dialogue"
  3. "Sea Lions in the Departure Lounge" (sound effects and experiments)
  4. "GBH Mix" (unreleased experiments)
I Robot (1977)
  1. "I Robot" (instrumental) – 6:02
  2. "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You" (lead vocal: Lenny Zakatek) – 3:22
  3. "Some Other Time" (lead vocals: Peter Straker & Jaki Whitren) – 4:06
  4. "Breakdown" (lead vocal: Allan Clarke) – 3:50
  5. "Don't Let It Show" (lead vocal: Dave Townsend) – 4:24
  6. "The Voice" (lead vocal: Steve Harley) – 5:24
  7. "Nucleus" (instrumental) – 3:31
  8. "Day After Day (The Show Must Go On)" (lead vocal: Jack Harris) – 3:49
  9. "Total Eclipse" (instrumental) – 3:09
  10. "Genesis Ch.1 v.32" (instrumental) – 3:28
I Robot was remastered and reissued in 2007 with the following bonus tracks:
  1. "Boules" (I Robot experiment) – 1:59
  2. "Breakdown" (early demo of backing riff) – 2:09
  3. "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You" (backing track rough mix) – 3:28
  4. "Day After Day" (early stage rough mix) – 3:40
  5. "The Naked Robot" – 10:19

Read the Wikipedia article about Eye in the Sky (album) or the article about Eye in the Sky (song)

Edgar Allan Poe
January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849

Alan Parsons (20 December 1948)

Eric Norman Woolfson
(18 March 1945 – 2 December 2009) 

Parsons Knows: The Tale of Alan Parsons and Edgar Allan Poe
by: Harry Doherty, Originally published in Melody Maker, 10 July 1976
Read the article here.

The History of The Alan Parsons Project

Alan Parsons Official Website
Eric Woolfson Official Website
Alan Parsons Wikipedia Page
Eric Woolfson Wikipedia Page
Alan Parsons Project Wikipedia Page
Alan Parsons/Eric Woolfson Photo

1 comment:

JohnnyG said...

I can't believe you didn't mention the contribution of Ambrosia in Tales of Mystery and Imagination...