CD Definitive Collection [The Alan Parsons Project] [CD] [1 disc] [743215174622] (CD 1030430),
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Definitive Collection [The Alan Parsons Project] [CD] [1 disc] [743215174622]

  • 1. Robot
    2. I Wouldn't Want to Be Lik
    3. Breakdown
    4. Don't Let It Show
    5. Voyager
    6. What Goes Up
    7. Eagle Will Rise Again
    8. Can't Take It With You
    9. Pyramania
    10. Damned If I Do
    11. Lucifer
    12. If I Could Change Your Mi
    13. Turn of a Friendly Card
    14. Shake Eyes
    15. Games People Play
    16. Time
    17. Sirius
    18. Eye in the Sky
    19. Psychobabble
    20. Mammagamma
    21. Old and Wise
    22. Prime Time
    23. Answer Me
    24. You Don't Believe Me
    25. You Won't Believe
    26. Let's Talk About Me
    27. Days Are Number
    28. Stereotomy
    29. In the Real World
    30. Standing on Higher Ground
    31. Too Late
    32. Turn It Up
    33. Re-Jigue
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 74321517462

  • Credits

    Personnel includes: Alan Parsons, Eric Woolfson (various instruments, background vocals); Leonard Whiting (vocals); Mr. Laser Beam (spoken word); Andrew Powell, Bob Hughes (conductor); John Miles (vocals, guitar); Ian Bairnson (acoustic & electric guitars, synthesizer, bass, backgrond vocals); David Paton (acoustic guitar); B.J. Cole (steel guitar); Richard Cottle (saxophone, synthesizer); Mel Collins (saxophone); Billy Lyall (piano); Duncan Mackay, Christopher North (keyboards); David Paton, Laurie Collie, Jack Puerta (bass); Stuart Tosh, Stuart Elliot (drums, percussion); Burleigh Drummond (drums); Jack Harris, Bob Howes, The English Chorale, Hilary Western (background vocals); The Orchestra Of The Munich Chamber Opera.
    Principally recorded at Abbey Road Studios, Mayfair Studios, The Grange, London, England; Mama Jo's Studio, North Hollywood, California; Super Bear Studios, France; Acousti Studio, Paris, France; Parsonics, Sussex, England from April 1975 to August 1993. Includes liner notes by Kathleen & Denny Somach.
    Digitally remastered by Alan Parsons and Simon Heyworth (Chop Em Out, London, England).
    As a man who worked behind the scenes on both the Beatles' ABBEY ROAD and Pink Floyd's DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, Alan Parsons certainly earned his reputation for being a producer and engineer with vision. Parsons applied that same sense of vision to his self-named solo project, which featured a revolving cast of musicians and vocalists. Though the music of the Alan Parsons Project can be classified as soft rock, and its accessible melodies and lush arrangements made it a perfect match for pop radio in the 1970s and '80s, it's also progressive, conceptual, and highly sophisticated.
    THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION is a carefully selected and assembled two-disc set that represents the range and precision of Parsons's music from the '70s to the mid-'90s. His early work, inspired by science fiction and progressive rock, favored synth-heavy instrumentals. At the turn of the '80s, Parsons was leaning toward a more pop-friendly sound (as evidenced by the hits "Time" and "Eye in the Sky," both of which are included here), yet this material sacrifices none of his high-minded aesthetic, a trademark of his sound that continued into the '90s. As an overview of Parsons's career, and as a primer for anyone interested in the art rock of the period, THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION is indispensable.

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