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 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 sell out audiences throughout 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.
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Albums

SPCD 15 Alan Parsons - Sound Check album art Alan Parsons & Stephen Court Alan Parsons & Stephen Court - Sound Check(CD, Comp, 24k) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab SPCD 15 US 1993 Sell This Version
74321 16730 1 Alan Parsons - Try Anything Once album art Alan Parsons Try Anything Once (Album) Arista 74321 16730 1 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
VSOP CD 262 Alan Parsons - Alan Parsons Live album art Alan Parsons Alan Parsons Live (Album, Comp) Arcade VSOP CD 262 UK 1994 Sell This Version
GNPD 8042 Alan Parsons - Ladyhawke (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Andrew Powell, Alan Parsons Andrew Powell, Alan Parsons - Ladyhawke (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) GNP Crescendo GNPD 8042 US 1995 Sell This Version
none Alan Parsons - Sound Check 2 album art Alan Parsons & Stephen Court Alan Parsons & Stephen Court - Sound Check 2 Sound Check none UK 1996 Sell This Version
74321480302 Alan Parsons - On Air album art Alan Parsons On Air (Album) CNR Music, CNR Music 74321480302 Brazil 1996 Sell This Version
UR 004 CD Alan Parsons - The Time Machine album art Alan Parsons The Time Machine (Album) CNR Music UR 004 CD Poland 1999 Sell This Version
EAGCD221, GAS 0000221EAG Alan Parsons - A Valid Path album art Alan Parsons A Valid Path (Album) Artemis Records EAGCD221, GAS 0000221EAG Germany 2004 Sell This Version
BNR: 10245 Alan Parsons - Excalibur album art 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
none Alan Parsons - LiveSpan album art Alan Parsons LiveSpan (Album) MFP (2) none Germany 2013 Sell This Version
FR CDVD 943 Alan Parsons - The Secret album art Alan Parsons The Secret (Album) Frontiers Music SRL FR CDVD 943 Europe 2019 Sell This Version
74321167302 Alan Parsons - Try Anything Once album art Alan Parsons Try Anything Once(CD) Arista 74321167302 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

006 12 2399 7, 006 1223997 Alan Parsons - Freudiana album art Alan Parsons Y Eric Woolfson De The Alan Parsons Project Alan Parsons Y Eric Woolfson De The Alan Parsons Project - Freudiana(7", Single) EMI, EMI 006 12 2399 7, 006 1223997 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
ASCD-2623 Alan Parsons - Turn It Up album art Alan Parsons Turn It Up (Single, Maxi) Arista, BMG ASCD-2623 US 1993 Sell This Version
74321 20792 2 Alan Parsons - Wine From The Water album art Alan Parsons Wine From The Water (Single) Arista, BMG 74321 20792 2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
9909236 Alan Parsons - The Raven (Live) album art Alan Parsons The Raven (Live)(CD, Single) Arcade 9909236 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
ASCD-2660 Alan Parsons - Oh Life (There Must Be More) album art Alan Parsons Oh Life (There Must Be More)(CD, Single, Promo) Arista ASCD-2660 US 1994 Sell This Version
9909230 Alan Parsons - Luciferama (Live) album art Alan Parsons Luciferama (Live)(CD, Single) Arcade 9909230 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
9909266 Alan Parsons - You're The Voice (From The World Liberty Concert®) album art Alan Parsons You're The Voice (From The World Liberty Concert®) (Single) CNR MUSIC 9909266 1995 Sell This Version
9909253 Alan Parsons - Limelight album art Alan Parsons Limelight(CD, Single) Arcade 9909253 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
5300168 Alan Parsons - So Far Away album art Alan Parsons Vocals Christopher Cross Alan Parsons Vocals Christopher Cross - So Far Away(CD, Single) CNR Music 5300168 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
530 00 98 Alan Parsons - Brother Up In Heaven album art Alan Parsons Brother Up In Heaven(CD, Maxi) CNR Music 530 00 98 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
4900228 Alan Parsons - Apollo album art Alan Parsons Apollo River North Records 4900228 Spain 1996 Sell This Version
3031252 Alan Parsons - I Can't Look Down album art Alan Parsons I Can't Look Down(CD, Single) CNR Music 3031252 France 1997 Sell This Version
530 0 189, 5300189 Alan Parsons - Fall Free album art Alan Parsons Fall Free(CD, Single) CNR Music, CNR Music 530 0 189, 5300189 Europe 1997 Sell This Version