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2007 digitally remastered two CD compilation from the outfit formed by producer Alan Parsons. The Alan Parsons Project was originally launched 30 years ago as a studio-only band, and through the vinyl age, they where held in high esteem as real music innovators. This double disc set is a 34 track collection coming at a time when concept albums and progressive rock are experiencing a major resurgence. All tracks are newly remastered from the original tapes, and in full co-operation with Alan Parsons and main vocalist Eric Woolfson. Feature 'Time', 'Eye In The Sky', 'Games People Play', 'I Robot' and many others. Sony/BMG.

Disc: 1
1. The Raven
2. (The System Of) Dr. Tarr And Professor Fether
3. To One In Paradise
4. I Robot
5. I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You
6. Some Other Time
7. Day After Day (The Show Must Go On)
8. What Goes Up
9. The Eagle Will Rise Again
10. In the Lap Of the Gods
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Sirius
2. Eye In the Sky
3. Silence And I
4. Old And Wise
5. Mammagamma
6. Prime Time
7. Ammonia Avenue
8. Don't Answer Me
9. Let's Talk About Me
10. Days Are Numbers (The Traveller)
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 6, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000LXH11C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,402 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on April 22, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Following his own peculiar career path, Alan Parsons became an unlikely star by recording a series of conceptual albums featuring a wide variety of singers and musicians, making rich and complicated music that still managed to cruise onto radio and beak the Top 40. Be they topically based on literature (Tales of Mystery and Imagination, I Robot), art (Gaudi) relationships with the opposite sex (Eve, God and mysticism (Pyramid) or our own foibles (Stereotomy and Turn of a Friendly Card), he managed to create sonic tapestries that few others could match.

This album switches a few tracks from The Definitive Collection, mainly adding the "Turn of a Friendly Card" suite. Dropping "Pyramania" shorts the "Pyramid" album, and offers a few different picks from "I Robot."

Parsons and his creative partner in the APP, Eric Woolfson managed a nifty trick though out their heyday, which was to create complex music and make it sound simple.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By The Footpath Cowboy VINE VOICE on May 28, 2007
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THE ESSENTIAL ALAN PARSONS PROJECT, unlike THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION, covers only the years that Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson worked together, and thus includes many great songs not on the earlier set, including the entire title suite from THE TURN OF A FRIENDLY CARD. Even so, some great songs, including "Breakdown" and "May Be A Price To Pay", are left off. As a result, to complete your Alan Parsons library, you need both anthologies, I, ROBOT, THE TURN OF A FRIENDLY CARD, TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION, EYE IN THE SKY, and the work Parsons did for such artists as Al Stewart, the Beatles, and many others.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ARH TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 23, 2009
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...if you are truly interested in the real Alan Parsons Project (APP) experience, then skip the anthologies and buy their other complete concept albums.

Before that, though, I need to say that this collection provides the listener with the majority of the most popular APP singles. It is notable for that reason, and it is therefore worth a listen for the person who may be trying APP out for the first time.

That said...

...APP does the concept album better than just about anyone else. They are able to take a concept or idea and expand it to fill an entire album. So if you want to experience a deeper, richer listening experience listen to entire APP albums, not to just the popular tracks.

Try these albums on for size (I recommend listening to them in this order...the original order they were released):

Tales of Mystery and Imagination
I Robot
Pyramid
Eve
The Turn of a Friendly Card
Eye in the Sky
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rick Holly on June 29, 2011
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I don't give a CD a 5 star rating too often and I am often disappointed by other reviews who automatically give everything they buy a 5 star rating for the music alone without considering all the aspects of the package (production, engineering overall sound quality of the CD). That said I have always loved Alan Parons Project and have (I think) everthing on either vinyl or CD. The music is "majestic" and in my opinion the musicians and singers are great. That being said what about this collection.

Since I already own a number of Alan Parsons CD's I put off buying this. I had 90% of it on individual CD's already but.......I was so curious. As a long time musician I have my own home studio and for a number of years back in the 80's-90's I worked as an audio recording engineer at a pro (24 track analog) studio. Alan Parsons work has always been a great source of sonic inspiration for me. Most engineers run some music of their choice in the studio before a mixing or mastering session to prepare their ears for proper tonal balance. My choice was often an Alan Parsons CD. It is fairly accepted that Alan Parsons ranks amoung the worlds best recording engineers and producers (does it get better than his engineering work on the Beatles "Abbey Road" and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon"?). Along with Bob Clearmountain, Alan Parsons is my favorite producer. So why buy this collection if you already have most of it?
I recently got into mastering for local musicians who already had recorded material so I know what it involves. I just had to hear what Alan Parsons Project material would sound like remastered by Alan Parsons himself. To get to the point; this stuff is amazing. I thought it impossible to make these recordings sound better, but they do.
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