Nov 2003 - Poe Press ReleaseEric Woolfson's POE, More Tales of Mystery and Imagination is a magnificent follow-up to the Alan Parsons Project's 1976 debut album.
Eric Woolfson was the creator and writer of the Alan Parsons Project, who released Tales Of Mystery And Imagination - Edgar Allan Poe, in 1976, which went on to sell over 8 million units. The Alan Parsons Project released ten albums between 1976 and 1986, which have sold in excess of 45 million copies to date.
POE, More Tales of Mystery and Imagination, features the amazing lead vocals of Steve Balsamo, who played the lead in the recent West End production of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Eric comments that "I have finally found my 'Voice'. My material has never sounded better than when Steve Balsamo sings it". Steve Balsamo continues that "It's probably the best recording yet of my voice, and there seems to be a beautiful marriage between Eric's music and the way I sing".
Top musicians, including guitarist John Parricelli, who played the mandolin in Captain Corelli's Mandolin, bassist Laurence Cottle, who has worked with Sting, Cher and Seal, keyboards man Simon Chamberlain (Bjork, Pet Shop Boys, Paul McCartney), Ralf Salmins (Madonna, Van Morrison, Mike Oldfield), an 80 strong choir and a forty piece orchestra were enlisted to record the album.
POE, More Tales of Mystery and Imagination has taken 6 years to make and cost over 3/4 of a million pounds to record in Abbey Road Studios.
The album was recently previewed with three stunning, sold-out, "POE In Concert" world premiere performances at Abbey Road Studios, featuring a 16 strong cast, a full orchestra and a specially constructed set, lighting and sound system. This staged rock opera concert version of POE was filmed and recorded for release on DVD later next year.