Alan Parsons

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Alan Parsons
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Born: December 20, 1949 in London, England.

Alan Parsons studied a number of musical instruments in childhood but, like many of his peers, settled on the guitar in his early teens. His job in the late 1960s at the EMI tape duplication facility allowed him access to many classics of the day, including the tape master of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), which fired him up to become a recording engineer. He subsequently managed to get work at the Abbey Road Studios and participated in the creation of The Beatles albums Let It Be (1970) and Abbey Road (1969) and the infamous Apple rooftop session. He also went on to work as mix engineer with Paul McCartney and George Harrison after The Beatles split.

Other artists Parsons has worked with include The Hollies, Cockney Rebel, John Miles & Al Stewart but his real ongoing claim to fame was his engineering work on Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon (1973) which earned him his first Grammy nomination.

It was after this that Parsons co-founded The Alan Parsons Project (APP) with songwriter Eric Woolfson, creating conceptual albums that featured a revolving cast of uber studio aces and members of bands such as Cockney Rebel, The Hollies, Pilot and The Zombies. The early albums were inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe (Tales Of Mystery & Imagination, 1976) and Isaac Asimov (I Robot, 1977), and later by esoteric subjects (Pyramid, 1977 and Eye In The Sky, 1982).

During the 1990s Parsons expanded his repertoire with a theatre show (Freudiana, 1990), and a touring live act with long time collaborators, guitarist Ian Bairnson and drummer Stuart Elliott. Alan dropped the “Project” identity for Alan Parsons’ 'Try Anything Once' in 1994, 'On Air' in 1996 and 'The Time Machine' in 1999. The incarnation of 'Alan Parsons Live Project', which should not be confused with APP as it misses Woolfson as a key person, was created and toured to sold-out audiences around the globe. A long-standing fan of Alan's music, Mike Myers as Austin Powers in The Spy Who Shagged Me decided to name his Dr. Evil character's death ray "The Alan Parsons Project".

Alan has written extensively for the Pro-Audio press and is an acknowledged expert in 5.1 Surround Sound recording. He has often lectured at Recording conferences and Schools of Recording and was the keynote speaker at The Audio Engineering Society convention in 1998.

He was married to Smokey Parsons with whom they had two sons, the first born Jeremy Parsons and Daniel Parsons; they divorced in 1999. He then married Lisa Parsons in 2003 with whom they had two daughters, Tabitha Parsons and Brittni Parsons.
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Albums

SPCD 15 Sound Check — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons & Stephen Court Alan Parsons & Stephen Court - Sound Check (Comp) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab SPCD 15 US 1993 Sell This Version
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74321 16730 1 Try Anything Once — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons Try Anything Once (Album) Arista 74321 16730 1 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
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VSOP CD 262 Alan Parsons Live — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons Alan Parsons Live (Album, Comp) Arcade VSOP CD 262 UK 1994 Sell This Version
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GNPD 8042 Ladyhawke (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) — Alan Parsons Andrew Powell, Alan Parsons Andrew Powell, Alan Parsons - Ladyhawke (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) GNP Crescendo GNPD 8042 US 1995 Sell This Version
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none Sound Check 2 — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons & Stephen Court Alan Parsons & Stephen Court - Sound Check 2 Sound Check none UK 1996 Sell This Version
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74321480302 On Air — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons On Air (Album) CNR Music, CNR Music 74321480302 Brazil 1996 Sell This Version
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UR 004 CD The Time Machine — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons The Time Machine (Album) CNR Music UR 004 CD Poland 1999 Sell This Version
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EAGCD221, GAS 0000221EAG A Valid Path — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons A Valid Path (Album) Artemis Records EAGCD221, GAS 0000221EAG Germany 2004 Sell This Version
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BNR: 10245 Excalibur — Alan Parsons Michael Ernst (3) With Alan Parsons & Chris Thompson Michael Ernst (3) With Alan Parsons & Chris Thompson - Excalibur (Album) Point Music Distribution BNR: 10245 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
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none LiveSpan — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons LiveSpan (Album) MFP (2) none Germany 2013 Sell This Version
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FR CDVD 943 The Secret — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons The Secret (Album) Frontiers Music SRL FR CDVD 943 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
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FR LP 1163 The NeverEnding Show (Live In The Netherlands) — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons The NeverEnding Show (Live In The Netherlands) (Album) Frontiers Music SRL FR LP 1163 Europe 2021 Sell This Version
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MICP-11714 From The New World — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons From The New World (Album) Frontiers Music SRL, Frontiers Music SRL MICP-11714 Japan 2022 Sell This Version
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GQCS-91151~2 One Note Symphony (Live In Tel Aviv) — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons With The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra* Alan Parsons With The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra* - One Note Symphony (Live In Tel Aviv) (Album) Frontiers Music SRL GQCS-91151~2 Japan 2022 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

ASCD-2623 Turn It Up — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons Turn It Up (Single, Maxi) Arista, BMG ASCD-2623 US 1993 Sell This Version
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74321 20792 2 Wine From The Water — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons Wine From The Water (Single) Arista, BMG 74321 20792 2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
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9909236 The Raven (Live) — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons The Raven (Live)(CD, Single) Arcade 9909236 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
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ASCD-2660 Oh Life (There Must Be More) — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons Oh Life (There Must Be More)(CD, Single, Promo) Arista ASCD-2660 US 1994 Sell This Version
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9909230 Luciferama (Live) — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons Luciferama (Live)(CD, Single) Arcade 9909230 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
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9909266 You're The Voice (From The World Liberty Concert®) — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons Vocal Chris Thompson Alan Parsons Vocal Chris Thompson - You're The Voice (From The World Liberty Concert®) (Single) CNR MUSIC 9909266 Benelux 1995 Sell This Version
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9909253 Limelight — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons Limelight(CD, Single) Arcade 9909253 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
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5300168 So Far Away — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons Vocals Christopher Cross Alan Parsons Vocals Christopher Cross - So Far Away(CD, Single) CNR Music 5300168 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
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530 00 98 Brother Up In Heaven — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons Brother Up In Heaven(CD, Maxi) CNR Music 530 00 98 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
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4900228 Apollo — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons Apollo River North Records 4900228 Spain 1996 Sell This Version
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3031252 I Can't Look Down — Alan Parsons Alan Parsons I Can't Look Down(CD, Single) CNR Music 3031252 France 1997 Sell This Version