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Alan Parsons’ Tales of Mystery and Imagination

by V. L. Craven

This is a scintillating video of the entire Alan Parsons’ Tales of Mystery and Imagination album , inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s own Tales of Mystery and Imagination .

Really, put it on in the background and look at something else.

The full list is:
A Dream within a Dream
The Raven
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Cask of Amontillado
(The System of) Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether
The Fall of the House of Usher [this is a five part, 16 minute instrumental piece]
To One in Paradise

If you’d prefer to press play between songs and actually have something to look at, have the songs separately with videos.

The Fall of the House of Usher is my favourite song from this album. Possibly because it’s my favourite Poe story, possibly because it’s just brilliant.

The Raven grew on me (it’s the first time a vocoder was used in a rock song) though the other two based on poems did not.

The Cask of Amontillado is good (though he mispronounces ‘Amontillado’ GOD). I laugh every time Fortunato sings in a high-pitched, wavering voice, ‘What are these chains that are binding my arm?’ when he realises he’s been chained in a small cubby in a crypt. It makes sense, musically, but I would have been shouting like a lunatic.

This page has a couple animated videos for The Raven and The Cask of Amontillado, if you’re interested.

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