Alan Parsons

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 '60s at the EMI tape duplication facility allowed him access to many classics of the day, including the tape master of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", 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", "Abbey Road" 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" which earned him his first grammy nomination.

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

During the '90s Parsons expanded his reportoire with a theatre show ("Freudiana"), and a touring live act with long time collaborators, guitarist Ian Bairnson and drummer Stuart Elliott. 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". Yeah, baby yeah!!

Alan's music is now taking a new contemporary direction into the world of Electronica. His latest album features a number of notables in the genre including The Crystal Method, Shpongle, The Nortec Collective and Uberzone. The album also features a guest appearance by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. Alan says, "The industry is changing and I feel the need to capture a different kind of audience while still keeping my identity. Electronic music is the fastest growing music category right now and I'm enjoying working with new people and new technology". The album is now available on CD and will be released in DVD formats. The DVD will contain 5.1 surround mixes as well as new visual material.

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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Alan Parsons Discography

Albums

ARCD 8741 Alan Parsons Try Anything Once (Album) Arista ARCD 8741 US 1993 Sell This Version
SPCD 15 Alan Parsons & Stephen Court Alan Parsons & Stephen Court - Sound Check(CD, Comp, 24k) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab SPCD 15 US 1993 Sell This Version
GNPD 8042 Andrew Powell, Alan Parsons Andrew Powell, Alan Parsons - Ladyhawke (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) GNP Crescendo GNPD 8042 US 1995 Sell This Version
XYCA-00031 Alan Parsons On Air (Album) CNR Music, CNR Music XYCA-00031 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
DC 883062 Keats Produced By Alan Parsons Keats Produced By Alan Parsons - Keats Produced by Alan Parsons(CD, Album, RE) Disky DC 883062 Netherlands 1997 Sell This Version
UR 004 CD Alan Parsons The Time Machine (Album) CNR Music UR 004 CD Poland 1999 Sell This Version
VSOP CD 262 Alan Parsons Alan Parsons (The Very Best Of) Live (Album) CNR Music VSOP CD 262 UK 1994 Sell This Version
EAGCD221, GAS 0000221EAG Alan Parsons A Valid Path (Album) Artemis Records EAGCD221, GAS 0000221EAG Germany 2004 Sell This Version
BNR: 10245 Michael Ernst (3) With Alan Parsons & Chris Thompson Michael Ernst (3) With Alan Parsons & Chris Thompson - Excalibur(CD, Album) Point Music Distribution BNR: 10245 UK & Europe 2004 Sell This Version
none Alan Parsons Eye 2 Eye (Live In Madrid) (Album) Frontiers Records none US 2005 Sell This Version
none Alan Parsons LiveSpan (Album) MFP (2) none Germany 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

006 12 2399 7, 006 1223997 Alan Parsons Y Eric Woolfson, Freudiana Alan Parsons Y Eric Woolfson, Freudiana - Freudiana(7", Single) EMI, EMI 006 12 2399 7, 006 1223997 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
ASCD-2623 Alan Parsons Turn It Up (Maxi, Single) Arista, BMG ASCD-2623 US 1993 Sell This Version
74321 20792 2 Alan Parsons Wine From The Water (Single) Arista, BMG 74321 20792 2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
ASCD-2660 Alan Parsons Oh Life (There Must Be More)(CD, Single, Promo) Arista ASCD-2660 US 1994 Sell This Version
9909230 Alan Parsons Luciferama (Live)(CD, Single) Arcade 9909230 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
9909253 Alan Parsons Limelight(CD, Single) Arcade 9909253 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
9919266 Alan Parsons Vocal Chris Thompson Alan Parsons Vocal Chris Thompson - You're The Voice (From The World Liberty Concert®)(CD, Single) CNR MUSIC 9919266 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
5300168 Alan Parsons With Vocals By Christopher Cross Alan Parsons With Vocals By Christopher Cross - So Far Away(CD, Single) CNR Music 5300168 Sweden 1996 Sell This Version
530 00 98 Alan Parsons Brother Up In Heaven(CD, Maxi) CNR Music 530 00 98 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
4900228 Alan Parsons Apollo River North Records 4900228 Spain 1996 Sell This Version
ALAN-A0 Alan Parsons Apollo(12", S/Sided, Promo) Not On Label ALAN-A0 1997 Sell This Version
530 0 189, 5300189 Alan Parsons Fall Free(CD, Single) CNR Music, CNR Music 530 0 189, 5300189 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
4900434 Alan Parsons Out Of The Blue (Single) Arcade, ZYX Records 4900434 Spain 1999 Sell This Version
2102939 Alan Parsons The Very Last Time(CD, Single) CNR Music 2102939 Europe 1999 Sell This Version