You just can’t get much more metal than writers such as HP Lovecraft, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Edgar Allan Poe. Cadabra Records has easily become one of my favorite labels by specializing in releasing spoken works of such masters as H.P Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, and Edgar Allan Poe in limited edition vinyl format. Well, Cadabra Records has once again delivered the goods and announced the release of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” on limited edition 7″!
Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven, Read by Anthony D. P. Mann, Scored by Maurizio Guarini – 7” EP. Art by Sam Heimer.
* Single sided vinyl 7”
* Hand screen printed sleeve printed on clear Vellum paper.
* Hand screen printed B side with art by Sam Heimer.
* Insert with liner notes by Maurizio Guanni.
* 200 x on clear, 100 trans red (subscriber edition).
* Edition of 300.
* Available only from Cadabra Records
Cadabra Records had this to say about “The Raven” 7″ release:
The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe is undoubtedly one of the most popular pieces of literature in the history of the horror genre, and here the poem gets the deluxe treatment with a meticulously professional delivery in every aspect. The poem is here read by Anthony D.P. Mann, a Canadian-based filmmaker and actor with five feature films and a lifetime of stage and radio to his credit. In roles ranging from Count Dracula and the Phantom of the Opera, to Ebenezer Scrooge, his love of the classics is evident in his work. He is delighted to be lending his voice to a series of releases with Cadabra Records, indulging in his first passion – the theater of the imagination. The reading is backed by a score created by Italian composer and multi-instrumentalist Maurizio Guarini, most notably known as a core member of Goblin, who has released dozens of albums since the 1970s including soundtracks for cult classics like Suspiria, the European release of Dawn Of The Dead, and much more. Guarini adds a strikingly beautiful yet haunting score that accents the intense reading.
In a statement about the new collaboration, Maurizio Guarini offers, “This was the first time I was involved in something like this, I mean it’s not a movie where you work basically on visuals, it’s not a standalone studio project. Working with the spoken word lets the music play a stronger role, visuals are just on the imagination to the listener, so a different approach was needed.”
An audio sample can be heard HERE