- .. ELECTRIC CASTLE / 4CD+DVD / including INSTRUMENTALS
2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of the phenomenal ‘Into The Electric
Castle’ by Ayreon. To celebrate this, Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen
has remixed the entire album, which will be released on various formats
on 26th October 2018, via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group.
Like all Ayreon projects it featured a stellar cast of guests; Fish,
Sharon den Adel, Damian Wilson, Edward Reekers, Anneke van Giersbergen
and Jay van Feggelen.
Contents of the 4CD/1DVD Book:
* CD 1+2: 2018
Remix and Remaster of "Into The Electric Castle"
* CD 3+4: Instrumental
Versions of the 2018 Remix and Remaster of "Into The Electric Castle"
* DVD: 2018 5.1 Surround Remix of "Into The Electric Castle" and archive
* Expanded artwork, with archival photos and new
Talking about the significance of this album Arjen Lucassen
explains; “Although my first Ayreon album, ‘The Final Experiment’ was an
(unexpected) success, my second album, ‘Actual Fantasy’, wasn’t
received with the same enthusiasm. So I had to make sure that my third
release would be absolutely mind-blowing, otherwise it could well have
meant the end of Ayreon! Even though it was a bit risky, I decided to
make it a no-holds barred, totally over-the-top musical adventure. I
poured my heart and soul into it, and enlisted the best instrumentalists
and singers that I could find in the world at that time. When making
this album I was unconstrained by any musical or stylistic boundaries,
and incorporated many of my favorite musical styles. ‘Into the Electric
Castle’ received an overwhelmingly positive reception from both the
press and the fans. This album firmly established the Ayreon name.”