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Definitive Collection

Alan Parsons ProjectAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)


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listen  1. (The System Of) Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether (Digitally Remastered, 1997) 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. The Raven (Digitally Remastered, 1997) 4:07Album Only
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listen  4. I Wouldn't Want to be Like You 3:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Breakdown (Digitally Remastered, 1997) 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Voyager 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. What Goes Up... 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Eagle Will Rise Again 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Can't Take It with You 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Pyramania 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Damned If I Do 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Lucifer 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. If I Could Change Your Mind 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Turn Of A Friendly Card (Part 1) 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Snake Eyes 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Games People Play 4:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Time 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  2. Eye in the Sky (Remastered) 4:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Psychobabble 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mammagamma 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Old and Wise 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Prime Time 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Don't Answer Me (Remastered) 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. You Don't Believe 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Let's Talk About Me 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Days Are Numbers (The Traveller) 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Stereotomy 7:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. In the Real World 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Standing On Higher Ground (Digitally Remastered, 1997) 5:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Too Late 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 15, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VSX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,304 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Through the late '70s and most of the '80s, respected recording-engineer-turned-composer/instrumentalist Parsons teamed with lyricist Eric Woolfson and a loose aggregation of studio musicians and guest singers to record a series of seemingly uncommercial, but surprisingly successful concept albums. Each combined masterful studio craft with eclectic lyrical themes. The Definitive Collection is a useful 2 CD distillation of material from the Project's album catalogue, and features FM-friendly tunes like "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You," "Eye in the Sky," "Time," and "Old and Wise," and lead vocals from the likes of John Miles, Hollies leader Allan Clarke, and Zombies frontman Colin Blunstone. --Scott Schinder

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89 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for great APP songs...BUT... August 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This compilation album of the Alan Parsons Project does indeed contain many of the best songs they put out. For that I give this CD 5 stars. APP music is sometimes rock driven, at other times it is peaceful and contemplative, and it almost always has a message. There are also great vocals and superb instrumentals.
If, however, you really want to have the APP experience don't stop with this CD -- it is vital that you listen to the original APP CDs this mucis is pulled from. Listen to them in their entirety, from start to finish. The reason I say that is that the APP is, in my opinion, the undisputed master of the concept album.
A concept album is a work that contains songs that all connect to a central theme, and sometimes even work together to tell a story. For example...
APP album #1 "Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Edgar Allan Poe" takes its inspiration from the literary works of Edgar Allan Poe, an album that is a must for an APP fan.
APP #2, "I Robot" is based on the Isaac Asimov work of the same name -- artificial intelligence...
APP #3, "Pyramid" is based on pyramidism and mysticism related to that theme.
I could go on and on, but the message is this...if you buy this CD you WILL get many of the best songs APP put together. This CD is, in that regard, probably the best greatest hits album out there for APP.
At the same time, if this is the only APP CD you listen to, you will be missing the entire point of APP works.
If you are short on cash, go ahead and start a basic appreciation for APP music with this CD, but, if you have the means, I HIGHLY recommend that you start buying each of the APP CDs. Start with "Tales of Mystery and Imagination..." and go on from there.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Recorded!!! July 3, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I'm a big fan of The Alan Parsons Project and would never even consider a compilation recording because the albums really should be listened to in their entirety and not as a collection of "hits". This set, however, is a MUST for all Alan Parsons fans because of the 20-bit digital remastering done by Alan Parsons himself. The results are amazing and immediately noticable on even moderate audio equipment (let alone an audiophile system). You haven't heard the early music until you have heard these versions. The crispness of the bass and transparency of the vocals and synths is astounding! I only wish they would come out with digitally remastered versions of the complete albums!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why can't all artist collections be like this? August 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Alan Parsons Project - The Definitive Collection should be a model for how all artist collections & anthologies should be treated. Far too many prolific artists that have spanned more than a decade are poorly (if not insultingly) represented by just one CD. 2-CD collections allow even the casual fan to appreciate more than just the big hits. Besides, the Alan Parsons Project was very much an AOR staple during its heyday, and so the complete album versions deserve to be heard as they are on this collection (boy, do I hate single edit versions!). With only a few minor exceptions, all the great songs are here and in their uncut form. "Eye in the Sky" is coupled with its essential prelude "Sirius", and "Damned If I Do" retains its synth intro. This is one of few "Definitive" collections that I've seen that earns its name.
As an aside recommendation, the Jefferson Airplane / Jefferson Starship / Starship "Hits" collection is another example of a brilliantly-executed 2-CD anthology.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Music May 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is definitely the definitive APP collection. If you want just one album by them, this is it. Here is a group of musicians that you have not seen in concert or on the telly, but you will recognize the songs. In fact, it is too bad they never toured because they would have been more popular, but much of the music needs studio production, and, hence, would be pretty hard to duplicate live.
My all time favorite album of APP is "Eye in the Sky" and there are selections from that album in this collection.
I like a lot of music, but I would have to say that no one in the last twenty years has made any better music than what you will find in this collection. It is totally different than anything by anyone else. Even classical music lovers will like this.
This is a double CD and it provides two and a half hours of incredible music. I do not think that APP will be making any more albums.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect way to hear the best of Alan Parsons February 18, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Rather naughtily, Alan Parsons switched record label -- from Mercury to Arista -- after releasing his first album, TALES OF MYSTERY & IMAGINATION. Usually such a switch means death for all hopes of a definitive Greatest Hits album, as very few labels cooperate with each other. There have been many Parsons compilations before this one, and all, to my knowledge, have ignored the first album.
This is the first Parsons compilation that selects tracks from ALL his albums and can truly claim to be, as it says on the box, definitive.
Personally, I was never that bothered about the 'concept' that Parsons used to tie each album together. For me, Parsons was always about writing great tunes, cutting-edge instrumental effects and the highest recording standards -- much like the album that originally established his credentials: engineering Pink Floyd's DARK SIDE OF THE MOON. Every Parsons album had two or three bum tracks on it, and this compilation filters out all the dross.
I somewhat lost track of Parsons' output after leaving university in 1980, and the biggest enigma for me about his subsequent records is this: Why did he start letting Eric Woolfson sing? I mean, Woolfson's voice is pleasant enough, but its pitch is not always 100% accurate. Woolfson was always the writer, the concept deviser, but goodness, he looked old even on the inset photos on the first album. I cannot listen to him singing, actually quite reasonably on 'Eye in the Sky' for instance, without imagining that it's my Dad! Parsons had his pick of many of the great vocalists, such as Colin Blunstone, Arthur Brown and John Miles, and yet he picked Woolfson. Woolfson could have argued his case for any number of the wrong reasons: a. cheapness, b. he wanted a go and c. he wanted to make more money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its the best
Great compilation
Published 1 month ago by Steve Nokes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
always like AP's style... every selection in this compilation is great
Published 2 months ago by CLAYBORNE D TAYLOR JR
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
EXCELLENT PERSON TO DEAL WITH! THANK YOU
Published 2 months ago by SIERRA
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the Alan Parsons Project aficianado
This is an excellent collection of Alan Parsons Project tunes!
Published 2 months ago by Jeff Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME CD
WAS GREAT TO FINALLY GET A NICE COLLECTION OF THIS BANDS GREATEST HITS FROM THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES. BOTH CD'S ARE OVER 70+ MINUTES LONG.
Published 5 months ago by AL
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice
I forgot how much I liked these songs. Nice best of collection and most of my favorites are here. Very nice.
Published 6 months ago by David Faber
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
I love Alan Parsons Project and this had the best songs on it. i play it constantly when I can.
Published 7 months ago by Anthony Malone
4.0 out of 5 stars Great compilation.
It has all I need as a true Parsons' fan going far back enough to remind me of how good these guys are.
Published 7 months ago by Mario M. Brenes
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying it
Very pleasantly surprised by this CD. The music is excellent bothlyrics and instrumentals. I would recommend this Cd to anyone who rememebers any hit songs from APP.
Published 8 months ago by Walter Pyrik
5.0 out of 5 stars Old favorites revisited.
Wow. These are songs we have known and loved, but I wasn't aware of the artist. This CD has many of the older favorites as well as great songs I heard for the first time. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mary Brooks
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