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AYREON -ARJEN LUCASSEN- - INTO THE ELECTRIC CASTLE-20 (4CD+DVD/RMX/EARBOOK)

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It was 20 years ago today, when Arjen Lucassen taught the band to play... ‘Into The Electric Castle’! – Every Prog fan should have this in their collection!

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Firstly, for those who don’t remember this 1998 epic that was a HUGE selling Prog title at CDS Towers back then, ‘Into the Electric Castle’ is a Double Concept Album (or ‘Space Opera’ as some would call it) that features practically every good element that the Prog genre has to offer, all encapsulated into 105 Minutes of pure Progressive heaven! It's all here: driving and singing electric guitars, delicate acoustics strumming, a vast array of soaring synthesizers, organs and Mellotrons, tight driving rhythms sections plus great vocal performances and narration work.
From ‘Lamb’ / ‘Trick Of The Tail’ period GENESIS through to YES' ‘Topographic Oceans’ time, JETHRO TULL's ‘Brick’ and ELOY's ‘Planets’ period right up to PINK FLOYD at their instrumental best and DREAM THEATER in full flight - you will find influences from them all on this epic double helping of Prog magic that features a star-studded line-up of guests from the UK and Holland: Fish (ex MARILLION), Clive Nolan (PENDRAGON), Ton Scherpenzeel & Edward Reekers (KAYAK) and Thijs Van Leer (FOCUS) are all included! It's pretentious, a bit over the top at times, but that is what great Prog is all about isn’t? - A must have album to have in your collection and now it has been given a real 21st century makeover by its creator Arjen Lucassen. He has also added lots of Bonus Material!

Arjen says: "Although my first AYREON album: ‘The Final Experiment’ released in 1995, was an (unexpected) success, my second album, ‘Actual Fantasy’, wasn’t received with the same enthusiasm. So I had to make sure that my 3rd release would be absolutely mind-blowing, otherwise it could well have meant the end of AYREON!” … but, as we know, it wasn't the end!

For this beautifully packaged 20th Anniversary Edition, Arjen has Remixed the audio for ‘Into The Electric Castle’ to bring it up the latest standards He has made it clear that it's a ‘REMIX’, not a 'Remaster', saying "Remastering takes two hours - this remix took me two months!"

For the Limited 5-Disc Edition, he had enough material to create yet another Earbook set, which will fit nicely next to the ones produced for ‘The Source’ and ‘Ayreon Universe’. In addition to an Expansive Photo Book with New Liner Notes, the Earbook has 5 Discs. Disc 1 and 2 have the 20th Anniversary Remixed Audio, Disc 3 and 4 have Instrumental Versions of the Remixed Audio, and Disc 5 (a DVD) in glorious, over-the-top-with-spacey-sound effects 5.1 Surround Audio and Bonus Video Material.

Overview…
Back in the day we said of ‘Into The Electric Castle’ that it was certainly an album that every Prog fan should have in their collection. It IS one sensational work that has masses of great music on it, with something to offer anyone who was ever been into Prog/Space Rock! The whole work is well thought out and brilliantly put together with skilful production and playing of the highest calibre!

‘Into The Electric Castle-20’ is also available as a HQ Triple Vinyl LP Set – Stock # 2090263
And also as this earlier version…
‘Into The Electric Castle’ 2017 Original Mix Edition 2CD Set – Stock # 1915351

‘Into The Electric Castle-20’ is released on 26th October 2018.


AYREON: INTO THE ELECTRIC CASTLE-20 4CD+DVD Earbook Track List:

Disc 1 [CD - 2018 Remix]:
01. Welcome To The New Dimension
02. Isis And Osiris
03. Amazing Flight
04. Time Beyond Time
05. Decision Tree {We're Alive}
06. Tunnel Of Light
07. Across The Rainbow Bridge

Disc 2 [CD - 2018 Remix]:
01. Garden Of Emotions
02. Valley Of The Queens
03. Castle Hall
04. Tower Of Hope
05. Cosmic Fusion
06. Mirror Maze
07. Evil Devolution
08. Two Gates
09. "Forever" Of The Stars
10. Another Time, Another Space

Disc 3 [CD - 2018 Remix – Instrumentals]:
01. Welcome To The New Dimension
02. Isis And Osiris
03. Amazing Flight
04. Time Beyond Time
05. Decision Tree {We're Alive}
06. Tunnel Of Light
07. Across The Rainbow Bridge

Disc 4 [CD – 2018 Remix – Instrumentals]:
01. Garden Of Emotions
02. Valley Of The Queens
03. Castle Hall
04. Tower Of Hope
05. Cosmic Fusion
06. Mirror Maze
07. Evil Devolution
08. Two Gates
09. "Forever" Of The Stars
10. Another Time, Another Space

Disc 5 [DVD]:
01. 2018 Remix in 5.1 Surround + Bonus Video Material)