Complete Albums Collection
Everything about the Alan Parsons Project dictates that a "best-of"—a collection of hits—just won’t cut it for a retrospective. Reason number one: Parsons, the famed engineer at Abbey Road who worked on masterpieces by the Beatles, Pink Floyd and many others, saved his greatest sonic accomplishments for his Alan Parsons Project LPs. The production and sound on these albums is simply stunning. Reason number two: though there are melodic hooks aplenty on these LPs, these are concept albums, meant to be heard from start to finish, with the songs and instrumentals combining to tell complete tales and paint detailed portraits. The sonics are lush, the melodies seductive and the concepts compelling, and this 11-CD set of the Project’s complete LPs adds new liner notes and mini-vinyl card sleeves. The most exciting find here: the group’s fifth album, The Sicilian Defence, which is *previously unreleased*. It joins Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Edgar Allan Poe (’76), I, Robot (’77), Pyramid (’78), Eve (’79), The Turn of a Friendly Card (’80), Eye in the Sky (’82), Ammonia Avenue (’84), Vulture Culture (’85), Stereotomy (’86) and Gaudi (’87). Seven of those went Top 40; these are the hits you’ll encounter: (The System of) Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether; The Raven; I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You; Don’t Let It Show; What Goes Up; Damned if I Do; Games People Play; Time; Snake Eyes; Eye in the Sky; Psychobabble; You Don’t Believe; Don’t Answer Me; Prime Time; Let’s Talk About Me; Days Are Number, and Stereotomy. But the art of the album (which, these days, is largely a lost art) is what’s truly on grand display here! Sony Legacy.
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