ERIC WOOLFSON’S POE More Tales of Mystery and Imagination LREC0374 (2004)
Eric Woolfson was involved in the Alan Parson’s Project ‘Tales of Mystery
and Imagination’ album released in 1976 and here Woolfson carries on his
passion and interest in the writer Edgar Allan Poe.
Woolfson composed all the music and lyrics, which are either based on Poe’s works or parts of
Poe’s life. Steve Balsamo adds his vocal talents to much of the work, none
more so than ‘Wings of Eagles’, a grand production number with lush strings
and choral backing and reminding me of Kansas!
Fred Johanson adds a deep baritone to ‘Train to Freedom’, a song with a distinctive traditional
southern sound. ‘The Bells’ is pure musical, from the female fronted choir
and the epic feel of the track. Same goes for ‘The Murders in the Rue
Morgue’, which is great fun with its multitude of voices (I personally love
big musical numbers like this!).
A very ambitious (recorded with full orchestra and an Abbey Road setting)
and personal project, that manages to pull of the feat of being both
accessible musically and one to enjoy on a deeper level for Poe readers.
Steve Balsamo suits the dramatic soundscapes well and how about a stage show
based on this work next?
Review by Jason Ritchie
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly