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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. La Sagrada Familia
  2. Too Late
  3. Closer To Heaven
  4. Standing On Higher Ground
  5. Money Talks
  6. Inside Looking Out
  7. Paseo De Gracia (Instrumental)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VEP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,715 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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As most of Alan Parsons' albums are, this is a concept album constructed around a central theme. As ALL Alan Parsons albums are, it is also far more than that: it is the tale of a man named Antonio Gaudi. Don't bother; you've probably never heard of him. Antonio Gaudi was an architect who was AT LEAST a century ahead of his time. He did not simply create buildings; his buildings were ART. Go look up La Sagrada Familia, his most famous work, and the inspiration for the first track on the album. You'll see what I mean.
The first track, called "La Sagrada Familia" (which translated from Spanish means "The Sacred (or Holy) Family" is a lush, intricately constructed anthem which is also stirringly beautiful, just like the cathedral which inspired it. It should be Antonio Gaudis' epitaph.
The nearly heart-breaking song "Inside Looking Out" speaks poignantly of the hideous irony and tragedy that befell the genius Gaudi. For all his unmatched talent and vision, he is remembered, when he is remembered at all, not for his fantastic art but as the first man to be hit and killed by a bus. The song makes you know what true bitter irony is.
The second song, "Too Late", tells us of the hardships Antonio Gaudi suffered in trying to find patrons for his works. It also tells of the anger and bitterness Gaudi must have felt when, again and again, his patrons stabbed him in the back. This is an edgy, hard song that captures the mood of betrayal perfectly. It also is, I think, the perfect break-up song.
In "Closer To Heaven", you can get a feel for what it must be like to be a genius driven by visions that cannot be truly realised because the technology, the tools, and the methods don't exist yet.
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1987's "Gaudi" was the last collaboration between Alan Parsons and his musical partner Eric Woolfson under the "Alan Parsons Project" name. An album inspired by the life and works of architect Antonio Gaudi, "Gaudi" is a very rich, elegant, powerful album for the Project to go out with. "La Sagrada Familia" is a beautiful orchestral rock epic, with a great lead vocal by John Miles. Longtime Project vocalist Lenny Zakatek takes the mike on "Too Late," an awesome pop-rocker that could've been (and should've been) a huge hit for the group, though it wasn't released as a single. Eric Woolfson sings on "Closer To Heaven," a very beautiful, heavenly Project number. The lone single release from the album, "Standing On Higher Ground," is a very cool, catchy tune, sung by Geoff Barradale of the mid-80's group Vitamin Z (remember them?). John Miles returns for another lead vocal on "Money Talks," which is a great, down & dirty rocker. Woolfson then returns once more for the lovely "Inside Looking Out," and the album concludes on a very high note with a short instrumental reprise of "La Sagrada Familia," featuring excellent spanish guitar by Project veteran Ian Bairnson. As always on a Project album, the performances, production and sound quality are sharp & superior, and the outstanding orchestral touches by Andrew Powell is the icing on an already delicious musical cake.Alan Parsons did, in fact, work with Eric Woolfson one last time on Woolfson's 1990 concept album, "Freudiana," before the duo finally went their separate ways ("Freudiana" is only available on import, but it's an absolutely brilliant, MUST-buy CD for diehard Project fans).Read more ›
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While some of the earlier remasters, particularly Pyramid, suffered from a compression of dynamic range in an effort to feel out the mp3 versus redbook compact disc music buying market, the last batch of SONY/BMG remasters by The Alan Parsons Project cater exclusively to those of us concerned with audiophile quality. And that is as it should be because there were only a select few producers who could create a polished gemstone quite like Alan Parsons. While better than many others, the original 1987 Arista compact disc is sterile in comparison to this remaster. The brass section, in particular, has a transistor-like quality to it on the original whereas the remaster sounds convincingly real and full of life. Once again, a tip o' the hat to Sony's Direct Stream Digital sampling from the best source material available. This is one of the best sounding redbook compact discs I have ever heard, even rivaling many Super Audio CDs!

The album itself developed from the inspiration songwriter Eric Woolfson experienced upon seeing the singularly unique structural designs of Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi while on holiday in Barcelona. So inspired was Woolfson that he even composed an entire musical, also called GAUDI, that was successfully staged in Germany. While the crown jewel would unquestionably be the lavish La Sagrada Familia, both Closer To Heaven and
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