CD Definitive Collection [The Alan Parsons Project] [CD] [1 disc]  (CD 1068375),
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Definitive Collection [The Alan Parsons Project] [CD] [1 disc] 
The Alan Parsons Project
1. Eye in the Sky
2. Games People Play
4. May Be a Price to Pay
5. Can't Take It With You
6. I Robot
7. I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You
8. Damned If I Do
10. Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether
12. Don't Let It Show
14. What Goes up...
15. Eagle Will Rise Again
17. If I Could Change Your Mind
18. Turn of a Friendly Card
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 82876593352
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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