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The Best of the Alan Parsons Project [Import]

Alan Parsons ProjectAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VCL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,124 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You
2. Eye In The Sky
3. Games People Play
4. Time
5. Pyramania
6. You Don't Believe
7. Lucifer
8. Psychobabble
9. Damned If I Do
10. Don't Let It Show
11. Can't Take It With You
12. Old And Wise

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Alan Parsons Project Pop Side September 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Alan Parsons Project released a variety of music from their debut album "Tales of Mystery and Imagination." Some music was progressive, often influenced by Alan Parson's work on Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon." However, they also had pop-sounding music along with music that today might be considered New Age. Fans of the Alan Parsons Project thus needed, and continue to need, eclectic tastes. For those who could handle the range of musical styles the rewards were great, and frequently sent those listeners on a search for other mind-expanding and enlightening music.

This collection covers music from five of the Alan Parson Project's first six albums. "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" is not represented. Also, not all the songs from these six albums that charted are represented. Rather, someone went through and decided which songs would be representative of the Alan Parsons Project. This collection does therefore earn the title of "The Best of..." rather than being the "greatest" hits.

The 1977 album "I, Robot," which charted at #9, is represented by two songs. "I, Robot" was a concept album loosely inspired by Isaac Asimov's book by the same name. "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You" reached #36 on Billboard's charts and "Don't Let It Show" reached #92. I personally prefer the introspective and slightly paranoid song "Don't Let It Show." The emotion and power of this ballad are highly evident in this underrated song. The only difficulty I have with this selection is that it trails off rather than transitioning into "The Voice." However, this song remains one of my favorites from this album.

There are two songs from the 1978 album "Pyramid," which charted at #26. "Can't Take It with You" is pop based and catchy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "And they're my tunes but they're your compositions" March 11, 2004
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If I were to put a compilation together of my favorite Alan Parsons Project songs, this would be pretty close to what I'd come up with. Four of my top 5 APP classics are here: "Eye in the Sky," the addictively funky "Games People Play," the beautiful ballad "Time" showing off Eric Woolfson's amazing vocal range, and the heartbreaking dirge "Old and Wise." It is a very powerful song. Other excellent choices are "Can't Take It With You," the best track off Pyramid beautifully sung with intriguing lyrics, the disco number "I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You," and "You Don't Believe" from my favorite APP album Ammonia Avenue. It is an interesting choice because it is not very well-known. If there were not a volume two to this album, it would no doubt be replaced by the hit single "Don't Answer Me" (the other track in my top 5). "Damned If I Do," off of the controversial and underappreciated Eve album, is nothing spectacular, but I find myself humming it more than probably any other APP track, so it must have a way of grabbing the listener. Tracks I would leave off are the quirky but annoying "Pyramania" and "Psychobabble" which, lyrically is very cool and has a soul driving verse, but the chorus is rather predictable. "Lucifer" is a good instrumental track and "Don't Let It Show" is a nice ballad but unremarkable. In sum, it is an excellent collection but not perfect.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Art and Pop-Rock Meet Thanks To An Ace Producer April 21, 2000
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Alan Parsons gave back what he took. Like his American counterpart, Todd Rundgren, Parsons saw the joy and skill in pop-rock and progressive rock (learned from the Beatles, for whom Parsons helped engineer "Abbey Road"). Like Rundgren, he could break sharp, radio-friendly singles from the most dense concept albums, essentially recreating the Beatles "Red" and "Blue" hits collections at once.
This set displays 12 examples of that ability. Parsons, partner Eric Woolfson (heard on the huge hits "Time" and "Eye In The Sky") and a rotating band of musicians and singers used these songs to anchor thematic works like "I, Robot" and "Eve." When the singles worked (the sonic funk workout "I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You," the ELO-Steely Dan hybrid "Games People Play") the LPs worked better; simple enough, but not all prog-rock groups subscribed to it. The streak ended only when ballads ("Old And Wise," the omitted "Don't Answer Me" with its great video) became the group's only Top 40 ticket, leaving the group vulnerable against the decade's later, heavier rock.
This should've been released sooner. Royalty disagreements prevented Parsons' catalogue from being released on CD for years, insuring his Projects wouldn't help sell CD systems in the 80s as they did audio systems in the 70s. Better late than never and, despite missing some essential tracks from "I, Robot," this remains a recommended sampler of a headphone-ready progressive pop group.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I'm a new fan of The Alan Parsons Project. I just got into this band after many countless years of hearing their songs on the radio,songs such as,"Eye In The Sky","Games People Play","Time" & and the irrepressibly funky,"I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You". These were songs that my Mom remembers back from high school growing up in the late 70's and the early part of the 80's. I would recommend this band to anyone that's into the British wave of Prog-Rock that began taking shape in the early 1970's. Basically,if you enjoy the music of Yes,Genesis,Supertramp,and even Pink Floyd,then I'm sure that you will like The Alan Parsons Project as well. I recently bought this album on cassette while I was browsing around for some vintage music at a local consignment shop. Let me tell you,I'm glad that I stumbled upon this album because it is truly a treasure and a work of art. This is a classic piece of Prog-Rock,and an excellent excerpt torn from the History of Seventies Progressive Rock. The compositions contained here in this collection are breathtaking,beautiful,and full of musical brilliance. And after buying this compilation,I felt immediately urged to get my hands on more music by this band,if that says anything about just how good this group is. As a matter of fact,I've already purchased two of The Alan Parsons Project's albums,and I ordered three more LP's through a music shop online. Alan Parsons is a wonderful and talented producer and conceptualist,a true musical genius. The singers from the group,like Lenny Zakatek and Eric Woolfson,contribute earnest and raw emotion to their vocals,and are incredibly gifted vocalists. Overall,The Alan Parson Project made well-crafted music that was equally impassioned,melodic,spiritually uplifting,and mind-expanding. Well Done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
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Published 1 month ago by Harold Gillette
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 3 months ago by noel
5.0 out of 5 stars Alan Parsons forever I will love thee
The most awesome sound your ears will ever hear, unique, creative, with lyrics that go to the bone and you can feel it. Can't go wrong with Alan Parsons EVER!!!
Published 17 months ago by Darlene B. Eck
4.0 out of 5 stars Alan Parsons
I'm enjoying reliving my childhood listening to songs never played anymore.
real classic .
amazing how many of the songs I remember the words.
Published 18 months ago by DSBarnett47
5.0 out of 5 stars Rating
Great older songs that I remember in Highschool. Highly recommend-excellent acoustics.
cd was quickly received and arrived in great shape-almost new!
Published 19 months ago by Becky Berger
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
Just wish "Don't Answer Me" was on this CD, but still a great one! Had this on cassette years ago, now it's been added to my cd collection.
Published 19 months ago by rtbondo
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the oldies but goodies!
Every song of Alan Parsons is the best! I wish they could make an album with all of them on it!
Published 21 months ago by Glenna Anthony
3.0 out of 5 stars Good music...bad sound quality.
I love this group, have since the late 70's, but after listening to the quality of it, I think I will search for the Essential Alan Parsons c.d. and hope it's remastered.
Published on July 28, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
The product was just was described. Item shipped and recived in less time then stated. Very happy, would do business with again.
Published on July 8, 2011 by Vanessa
5.0 out of 5 stars cd replacement
I left my APP cd in a rental car, so I wanted to replace it since it is one of my favorites
Published on May 16, 2011 by D. K. DiMarco
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