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(The System of) Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether

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Released  July 1976
Genre  Progressive rock
Format  7"
Length  4:12 LP; 3:20 Single
B-side  "A Dream Within A Dream"
Label  20th Century (US)Charisma (UK)

"(The System of) Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether" is a 1976 single by The Alan Parsons Project which first appeared on their album Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Edgar Allan Poe. The single reached number 37 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 62 in Canada. Like the other songs on the album, it is based on a story by American author Edgar Allan Poe, in this case "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether"; the song was written by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson, and was originally recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London in September 1975. The 1987 reissue featured a "cathedral organ".


  • Ian Bairnsonguitars
  • Jack Harris — backing vocals
  • Billy Lyallpiano
  • John Miles — lead vocals, guitars
  • David Paton — bass guitar
  • Alan Parsons — cathedral organ (1987 reissue version), recorders
  • Stuart Toshdrums, percussion
  • Eric Woolfson — keyboards
  • Abbey Road Effects Library — crowd noises
  • References

    (The System of) Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether Wikipedia