Label: Arista - 03.205909.50,Arista - 03.206577.42,Arista - 03.206100.35 • Format: 3x, Vinyl LP Box Set Compilation • Country: Portugal • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: Pop Rock, Synth-pop, Prog Rock, Ambient
They were accompanied by a varying number of session musicians and some relatively consistent band members such as guitarist The Same Old Sun - The Alan Parsons Project - The Best Project Bairnsonarranger Andrew Powellbassist and vocalist David Patondrummer Stuart Elliottand vocalists Lenny Zakatek and Chris Rainbow. Parsons was an audio engineer and producer by profession, but also a musician and a composer.
A songwriter by profession, Woolfson was also a composer, a pianist, and a singer. The Alan Parsons Project released eleven studio albums in its year career the twelfth, The Sicilian Defence - which was originally recorded in - was released posthumously inincluding the successful I Robot and Eye in the Sky. When Parsons asked Woolfson to become his manager, he accepted and subsequently managed Parsons's career as a producer and engineer through a string of successes, including PilotSteve HarleyCockney RebelJohn The Same Old Sun - The Alan Parsons Project - The Best Project Al StewartAmbrosiaand the Hollies.
Woolfson came up with the idea of making an album based on developments in the film industrywhere the focal point of the films' promotion shifted from film stars to directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick.
If the film industry was becoming a director's medium, Woolfson felt the music business might well become a producer's medium. Recalling his earlier Highnoon - Sieghai - Parasit Allan Poe material, Woolfson saw a way to combine his and Parsons's respective talents.
Parsons would produce and engineer songs written and composed by the two, and the first Alan Parsons Project was begun. The Project's first album, Tales of Mystery and ImaginationRicercare A 3 - The Consort Of Musicke - Musicke Of Sundrie Kindes was released by 20th Century Fox Records and included major contributions by all members of Pilot and Ambrosiawas a success, reaching the Top 40 in the US Billboard chart.
The remastered album liner notes, was the first rock song to use a digital vocoderwith Alan Parsons speaking lyrics through it, though others such as Bruce Haack had The Same Old Sun - The Alan Parsons Project - The Best Project this field in the previous decade. Arista Records then signed the Alan Parsons Project participants for further albums.
Through the late s and early s, the Project's popularity continued to grow. After those successes, however, the Project began to fade from view. There were fewer Death & Violence - BodyHammer - Boomin Violence EP singles, and declining album sales.
Even though the studio version of Freudiana was produced by Parsons and featured the regular Project backing musicians, making it an 'unofficial' Project albumit was primarily Woolfson's idea to turn it into a musical.
This eventually led to a rift between the two artists. While Parsons pursued his own solo career and took many members of the Project on the road for the first time in a successful worldwide tour, Woolfson went on to produce musical plays influenced by the Project's music.
InParsons, Woolfson, and their record label Arista, had been stalled in contract renegotiations when the two submitted an all-instrumental album tentatively titled The Sicilian Defencenamed after an aggressive opening move in chess, arguably to get out of their recording contract.
Arista's refusal to release the album had two known effects: the negotiations led to a renewed contract, Pinke Strähnen - Georg Auf Lieder - Mano Grande the album was not released at that time.
The Sicilian Defence was our attempt at quickly fulfilling our contractual obligation after I RobotPyramidand Eve had been delivered. The album was rejected by Arista, not surprisingly, and we then renegotiated our deal for the future and the next album, The Turn of a Friendly Card. The Sicilian Defence album was never released and never will be, if I have anything to do with it. I have not heard it since it was finished. I hope the tapes no longer exist. In interviews he gave before his death in Woolfson said he planned to release one track from the "Sicilian" album, which in appeared as a bonus track on a CD re-issue of the Eve album.
Sometime later, after he had relocated the original tapes, Parsons had completely changed his mind about the album and announced that it would finally be released on an upcoming Project box set called The Complete Albums Collection in for the first time as a bonus disc. Tales of Mystery and Imagination was first remixed in for release on CD, and included narration by Orson Welles which had been recorded inbut arrived too late to be included on the original album.
On the deluxe edition release, it is revealed that parts of this tape were used for the Griffith Park Planetarium launch of the original album, the remix, and various radio spots, all of which were included as bonus material.
It was used as entrance music by various American sports teams, most notably by the Chicago Bulls during their s NBA dynasty. It was also used as the entrance theme for Ricky Steamboat in pro wrestling of the mids.
Lead vocal duties were shared by guest vocalists chosen by their style to complement each The Same Old Sun - The Alan Parsons Project - The Best Project . The record company pressured Parsons to use him more. However, Parsons preferred to use more technically polished and proficient singers, which Woolfson admitted he was not. Parsons himself only sang lead on one song " The Raven " through a vocoder and backing on a few others, including "To One in Paradise".
Both of those songs appeared on Tales of Mystery and Imagination A small number of musicians worked with the Alan Parsons Project regularly. These core musicians contributed to the recognisable style of a Project song in spite of the varied singer line-up.
Bairnson played on all albums, and Paton stayed almost until the end. Andrew Powell appeared as arranger of orchestra and often choirs on all albums except Vulture Culturewhen he was composing the score of Richard Donner 's film Ladyhawke This score was partly in the Project style, recorded by most of the Project regulars, and produced and engineered by Parsons.
Powell also composed some material for the first two Project albums. From Vulture Culture onwards, Richard Cottle played as a regular member on synthesizers and saxophone. Except for one occasion, the Project never played live during its original incarnation. This was because Woolfson and Parsons saw themselves mainly in the roles of writing and production, and also because of the technical difficulties of reproducing on stage the complex instrumentation used in the studio.
In the s things changed with the technology of digital samplers. The one occasion where the band was introduced as 'The Alan Parsons Project' in a live performance was at Night of the Proms in October at the time of the group's break-upfeaturing all Project regulars except Woolfson, who was present but behind the scenes, while Parsons stayed at the mixer except during the last song, where he played acoustic guitar.
Sincea new version of the band has toured, with Parsons performing The Same Old Sun - The Alan Parsons Project - The Best Project acoustic guitar, keyboards and vocals, with various line-ups. The band currently features lead singer P. The stage was now set for the Alan Parsons Project, which I believe was some sort of hovercraft.
Evil has installed on the moon is referred to as 'The Alan Parsons Project', to which his son Scott Evil makes fun of him for using the name and informing him of the band. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons. Progressive pop  progressive rock  soft rock . Charisma Arista.
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