Definitive Collection CD (2005)

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Label Msi Music
SKU 202581873
UPC 828765933520
UPC 14 00828765933520
Format CD
Release Date 5/23/2005
Author Alan Parsons Project
Compilation Appearance Best Of Rock
Compilation Appearance We Love The 80'S Too(2cd)
Compilation Appearance Real 70s:polyester Hits
Compilation Appearance Real 80s:video Hits
Associated Artist/Work Court, Stephen
Associated Artist/Work Hamlisch, Marvin
Technical Info
CatalogID 82876593352
Lable Name Arista
Released 05/23/2005
Original Release 1997
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00828765933520
Album Notes and 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.
Disc 1
1 Eye in the Sky
2 Games People Play
3 Time
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
9 Lucifer
10 Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether
11 Breakdown
12 Don't Let It Show
13 Voyager
14 What Goes up...
15 Eagle Will Rise Again
16 Pyramania
17 If I Could Change Your Mind
18 Turn of a Friendly Card

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