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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2009
Released just two years prior to George Orwell's fateful 1984, themes of surveillance and intrusion pervade the hit single Eye In The Sky. But do those themes really extend into the rest of the album? It would be a little difficult to make the argument that they do. Because even Alan Parsons was not immune to the corrosive effects of an unenlightened, I daresay vacuous, music press of the time, he decided to steer his songwriting partner Eric Woolfson away from the conceptual approach both had taken with each of their previous releases.

But what was sacrificed in the form of conceptual cohesion was more than compensated for with Woolfson's songcraft, Andrew Powell's lush orchestral arrangements, and a myriad of outstanding vocal performances. Arguably the best example of all three coming together in a single song would be the album's closing epic Old And Wise which was inspired by the tragic news of a good friend's diagnosis of an incurable form of cancer. Other standout tracks include Sirius,Children Of The Moon, and Psychobabble, but my personal favorite has always been the introvert's anthem Silence And I which has the distinction of having the single largest orchestral accompaniment, ninety pieces in all, that Andrew Powell ever composed for any Project song.

While I do prefer the sonic performance, particularly the dynamic range, of the High Definition Audio Disc (HDAD) release by Classic Records Eye in the Sky, this has some of the most intriguing bonus material of all of The Project remasters. Even if you are an audiophile of discriminating tastes and standards, I would still whole-heartedly recommend listening to bonus tracks like Eye Pieces (Classical Naked Eye),The Naked Eye, and Silence & I (Early version; Eric Woolfson guide vocal) from the recent SONY remaster since not every piece of music that deserves a high-definition format has yet to receive it. All in all, this remaster is best suited for those who listen to their music on a smaller, even portable, system or headphones and, generally, at more modest volumes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Released just two years prior to George Orwell's fateful 1984, themes of surveillance and intrusion pervade the hit single Eye In The Sky. But do those themes really extend into the rest of the album? It would be a little difficult to make the argument that they do. Because even Alan Parsons was not immune to the corrosive effects of an unenlightened, I daresay vacuous, music press of the time, he decided to steer his songwriting partner Eric Woolfson away from the conceptual approach both had taken with each of their previous releases.

But what was sacrificed in the form of conceptual cohesion was more than compensated for with Woolfson's songcraft, Andrew Powell's orchestral arrangements, and a myriad of outstanding vocal performances. Arguably the best example of all three coming together in a single song would be the album's closing epic Old And Wise which was inspired by the tragic news of a good friend's diagnosis of an incurable form of cancer. Other standout tracks include Sirius,Children Of The Moon, and Psychobabble, but my personal favorite has always been the introvert's anthem Silence And I which has the distinction of having the single largest orchestral accompaniment, ninety pieces in all, that Andrew Powell ever composed for any Project song.

While I do prefer the sonic performance, particularly the dynamic range, of this High Definition Audio Disc (HDAD) release by Classic Records, the more recent remaster of Eye in the Sky has some of the most intriguing bonus material of all of The Project remasters. Even if you are an audiophile of discriminating tastes and standards, I would still whole-heartedly recommend listening to bonus tracks from the recent SONY remaster, especially Eye Pieces (Classical Naked Eye). Unfortunately, not every piece of music that deserves a high definition format has yet to receive it, but it is fitting that this, I Robot, and The Turn of a Friendly Card have at long last made it into a proper high definition format.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2003
1982's "Eye In The Sky" is an Alan Parsons Project classic, and it remains the group's best-selling album, thanks to the lush, hugely-popular title track. While the album's theme, if it has one, is a little unclear (a look at spirituality & the human race's past, perhaps?), it contains all the hallmarks of the Project's sound: fantastic prog-pop & melodies (co-written by Parsons & Eric Woolfson) , sweeping orchestrations by Andrew Powell, and amazing studio wizardry & musical performances. As already mentioned, the title song is the Project's signature tune, a Top Five smash on the singles chart, and featuring a rich vocal turn by Woolfson. Other great songs include the spacey "Children Of The Moon," "Gemini," "Silence And I," the rockers "You're Gonna Get You're Fingers Burned" and the awesome "Psychobabble" (a Project favorite to this day), "Step By Step," and the stirring "Old And Wise," as well as the classic Project instrumentals "Sirius" (the lead-in to "Eye In The Sky"), and "Mammagamma." Along with Eric Woolfson, there are other wonderful vocals throughout by David Paton, Chris Rainbow, Colin Blunstone, Elmer Gantry, and Lenny Zakatek, and tremendous musicianship from such Project staples as guitarist Ian Bairnson and drummer Stuart Elliot. A sparkling album from beginning to end, "Eye In The Sky" is an all-time Project classic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2001
If your looking for some easy listening well produced music then buy this CD. Alan Parsons is very talented and produces some great CD's. Great vocals and incredible music. Great when listened to kind of loud or on the headphones.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2000
Eye In The Sky is The Alan Parsons Project at their very best, and if you haven't heard from everyone else who has listened to it, I will tell you again: BUY THIS ALBUM! You definitely won't be disappointed. The music was way ahead of its time when it was made, and even today the depth and feel of the music is unmatched. Standouts include "Eye In The Sky", "Silence And I", "Psychobabble", and "Old And Wise".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2008
I'm a long-standing admirer of the Alan Parsons Project and bought all of the original albums on vinyl in the early 1980s, only to purchase (and enjoy) them all over again in their first transition to CD about ten years later. Now we're into remastered and extended-play territory for these albums - but are the new versions worth buying?

'Emphatically yes', certainly where 'Eye in the Sky' is concerned. Though the original albums were famed for their technical prowess as well as their musical quality and originality, the remastering really works here, giving a new brightness to the music without detracting from the quality and feel of the original.

If this was just a remaster without additions, then, it would be worth buying, but it gains very considerably from the bonus tracks (which incidentally add 34 minutes to the play length). The pick of these, for me, is 'The Naked Eye'. As with the other APP remasters, the bonus tracks give a good insight into the original production process and show quite how meticulously the original album was refined and perfected.

Worth replacing your original-issue CD version? Definitely!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2003
Parsons was already successful in his own right before Eye in the Sky. But this album would be the climax to his mainstream career. While he has released wonderful and excelling music since Eye in the Sky, nothing has compared to how well he charted with this album.
The album itself, is really good. Its got a great sound and the first songs are tremendous from Sirus (a classic arena rocker) molding right into Eye in the Sky (a radio classic), followed by a trio of somber but at times upbeat songs: Children of the Moon, Gemini, and Silence and I (perhaps one of the best songs by Parsons). These songs are the highlights and make the album worth buying outright. Sadly, I feel the album does go down hill with a couple mainstream songs: Step by Step and You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned. However, Psychobabble and Mammagamma make up for them. The album finishes off with a reflectful Old and Wise.
If you're a Parsons' fan, then you already have this album. However, if you are looking for a more mainstream progressive pop rock, then you might do yourself some good by trying out this album.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2007
This is the best sounding version you can get of this record. And it's their best work. Better than "I Robot". So, if you have a DVD-Audio player by this! Highly recommended!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 1998
This album is probably APP's most commercially successful album, and it deserves it. The title song went top 10 in 1982, as you may recall, and is still popular on theme radio stations. The other reviewer discussed APP's complexity in this album. He is absolutely correct. Complicated instrumentals drive Mammagamma and are an exceptionally brilliant part of Silence and I. Lyrics are outstanding as usual; not your usual "She loves you, yeah yeah yeah" fare. APP challenges the listener in all their almbums, and never moreso than here. These songs will become a standard part of your listening. I have probably listened to this album more than any other (perhaps 200-250 times).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2007
This is a supurb cd this.It starts off with the sensational Sirus,which leads into the title track of the cd Eye In The Sky.
I think those 2 songs are what makes theis cd worth getting.The lyrics to this song are supurbly written.I am the maker of rules dealing with fools.Just seems to have a touch of Jesus in it somehow.Eye in the sky looking at you,i can read your mind....(God?) hmmm great stuff!!!
This cd has alot of mystique about it,i love the cover art to it.
Children Of The Moon is also a great song,i realy love that song.
You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned is another realy good song.
Get this album if you appreciate good music.
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