The Alan Parsons Project

Profile:
British studio act, formed in 1975 by sound engineer/producer/musician Alan Parsons and singer/songwriter/producer Eric Woolfson, additionally involving several other musicians who took part on the Project's recordings through the years. Began as a progressive rock act, but shifted toward a more "progressive pop"/soft rock sound in the 80s. The pair split over creative differences in the late 80s, and their final album was released under the name Freudiana.

Official band members
Alan Parsons – production, engineering, programming, composition, keyboards, guitar
Eric Woolfson – composition, lyrics, piano, keyboards, vocals, executive production

Notable contributors
Andrew Powell – composition, keyboards, orchestral arrangements (1975-1987)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Ian Bairnson – guitar (1975–1987)
David Pack – guitar (1976)
Richard Cottle – keyboards, saxophone (1984–1985)
David Paton – bass, vocals (1975–1985)
Stuart Tosh – drums, percussion (1975–1978)
Stuart Elliott – drums, percussion (1977–1987)
Geoff Barradale – vocals (1987)
Colin Blunstone – vocals (1978–1984)
Gary Brooker – vocals (1985)
Arthur Brown – vocals (1975)
Lesley Duncan – vocals (1979)
Graham Dye – vocals (1985)
Dean Ford – vocals (1978)
Elmer Gantry a.k.a. Dave Terry (4) – vocals (1980, 1982)
Jack Harris – vocals (1976–1978)
The Hollies – vocals
John Miles – vocals (1976, 1978, 1985, 1987)
Chris Rainbow – vocals (1979–1987)
Eric Stewart – vocals (1993, 1996)
Peter Straker – vocals (1977)
Clare Torry – vocals (1979)
Dave Townsend – vocals (1977, 1979)
Lenny Zakatek – vocals (1977–1987)
The English Chorale – choir (1976, 1977, 1982, 1987)
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Albums

L 35891, T-508 The Alan Parsons Project - Tales Of Mystery And Imagination - Edgar Allan Poe album art The Alan Parsons Project Tales Of Mystery And Imagination - Edgar Allan Poe (Album) Charisma L 35891, T-508 New Zealand 1976 Sell This Version
1558 / 1559 Dick Haymes / The Alan Parsons Project Dick Haymes / The Alan Parsons Project - Here's To Veterans - Program No. 1558 / 1559(LP, Transcription) The Veterans Administration 1558 / 1559 US 1976 Sell This Version
Series #7, Show #12 The Alan Parsons Project - Show album art Alan Parsons Project* Show(LP, Transcription) Innerview Series #7, Show #12 US 1976 Sell This Version
8301-7002 The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot album art The Alan Parsons Project I Robot (Album) Arista 8301-7002 US 1977 Sell This Version
CK-737 The Alan Parsons Project - Pyramid album art The Alan Parsons Project Pyramid (Album) Arista CK-737 Taiwan 1978 Sell This Version
201 157 The Alan Parsons Project - Eve album art The Alan Parsons Project Eve (Album) Arista 201 157 Turkey 1979 Sell This Version
5203 000 The Alan Parsons Project - The Turn Of A Friendly Card album art The Alan Parsons Project The Turn Of A Friendly Card (Album) Arista 5203 000 Portugal 1980 Sell This Version
204 666 The Alan Parsons Project - Eye In The Sky album art The Alan Parsons Project Eye In The Sky (Album) Arista, Arista 204 666 1982 Sell This Version
AC8 8204 The Alan Parsons Project - Ammonia Avenue album art The Alan Parsons Project Ammonia Avenue (Album, Single) Arista AC8 8204 US 1984 Sell This Version
RTLP-16065, AL8-8263 The Alan Parsons Project - Vulture Culture album art The Alan Parsons Project Vulture Culture (Album) Arista, Arista RTLP-16065, AL8-8263 Philippines 1984 Sell This Version
207 463 The Alan Parsons Project - Stereotomy album art The Alan Parsons Project Stereotomy (Album) Arista 207 463 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
A32D-8 The Alan Parsons Project - Gaudi album art The Alan Parsons Project Gaudi (Album) Arista A32D-8 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
469 The Alan Parsons Project - In The Studio "I Robot" 20th. Anniv. album art The Alan Parsons Project In The Studio "I Robot" 20th. Anniv.(CD, Transcription) The Album Network 469 US 1997 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

6853 009 The Alan Parsons Project - Tales Of Mystery And Imagination album art The Alan Parsons Project Tales Of Mystery And Imagination (Single) Charisma 6853 009 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
TC-2308 The Alan Parsons Project - The Raven album art The Alan Parsons Project The Raven (Single) 20th Century Records TC-2308 US 1976 Sell This Version
K6467 The Alan Parsons Project - (The System Of) Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether album art The Alan Parsons Project (The System Of) Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether (Single) Charisma K6467 New Zealand 1976 Sell This Version
1209-2333 The Alan Parsons Project - To One In Paradise album art The Alan Parsons Project To One In Paradise (Single) Charisma 1209-2333 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
AS 0310 The Alan Parsons Project - Day After Day (The Show Must Go On) album art The Alan Parsons Project Day After Day (The Show Must Go On) Arista AS 0310 US 1977 Sell This Version
ARISTA 134 The Alan Parsons Project - I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You album art The Alan Parsons Project I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You (Single) Arista ARISTA 134 UK 1976 Sell This Version
AR-11620 The Alan Parsons Project - Don't Let It Show album art Alan Parsons Project* Don't Let It Show (Single) Arista AR-11620 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
2C 006-99338 The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot album art The Alan Parsons Project I Robot (Single) Arista 2C 006-99338 France 1977 Sell This Version
3C 000 - 79003 The Alan Parsons Project - Universal Energy / I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You album art Universal Energy / The Alan Parsons Project Universal Energy / The Alan Parsons Project - Universal Energy / I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You(7", Promo) EMI, Arista 3C 000 - 79003 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
1 C 006-61 323 The Alan Parsons Project - Pyramania album art The Alan Parsons Project Pyramania (Single) EMI Electrola, Arista 1 C 006-61 323 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
SP-23 The Alan Parsons Project - Hyper-Gamma-Spaces album art The Alan Parsons Project Hyper-Gamma-Spaces (Single) Arista SP-23 US 1978 Sell This Version
ARIST213 The Alan Parsons Project - What Goes Up album art The Alan Parsons Project What Goes Up (Single) Arista, EMI Electrola ARIST213 UK 1978 Sell This Version

Reviews

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July 1, 2020
The Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson partnership under the Alan Parsons Project certainly deserves some words. Why the band take on Alan's name I don't know. (Did he do most of the work? I'd guess it was an equal amount of work in terms of time. Maybe one had a bigger ego than the other?) Parsons was the sound engineer / producer, so with his input the albums were exemplary in terms of sound production. However, Woolfson wrote the songs - and there are stunning songs written on their albums . . . They produced a few great, very moving, idealistic albums between them. The vocalist would change from year to year, so, unusually for a band, the group didn't centrally gravitate toward the vocalist's fame.

My brother's favourite album was the first, Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Being the first album, it is the most 'prog rock' album of all of them, with sounds forming a grand epic storyline - War of the Worlds kind of thing, moral tales, the B side is a five-part 15 minute long creation. [Silence and I from the Eye in the Sky would come back to this prog rock strcturing.]

With the following albums, they kept the idealistic bent but, leaving the epic prog rock structure, went for stronger, conventionally formed songs. For my favourite album I waiver between I Robot and Eye in the Sky - great cover artwork for both! The track, Genesis, from I Robot is a fantastic instrumental piece - it would be a good electronic choice for a positive funeral song, there is something eternal about it. For me, as soon as it starts playing it evokes a kind of all-conquering feel (conquering even death?). Its strength is not a punch, but a persistent, calming, awe-inspiring beauty. Then Don't Let It Show is a strong 'instructional' song to boost you when you're down in a cold, tough world. That positive, moralist side is a defining thing in their albums.

Though I thought I Robot would be my favourite album, along came Eye in the Sky. The title track, Eye in the Sky is an idealistic (have to say it again) love song: "I can read your mind, looking at you . . ." the lyrics are sooooo Seventies (or Sixties . . . whatever . . . a bit like the group Kansas could be, at their best), but thankfully, the perfection of the music firmly holds the good intentions, making the idealism something special. And it's not a one-off great track, the whole album fits well together. Silence and I is another standout track. Then Old and Wise is a song which can't be knocked down by anything - a pure diamond (not my favourite track, but I recognise its genius).

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