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Biography

As indicated by its name, the Alan Parsons Project was not a band so much as a concept overseen by the titular Parsons, a successful producer and engineer. Born in Britain on December 20, 1948, he began his musical career as a staff engineer at EMI Studios, and first garnered significant industry exposure via his work on the Beatles' 1969 masterpiece Abbey Road. Parsons subsequently worked with Paul McCartney on several of Wings' earliest albums; he also oversaw recordings from Al Stewart, Cockney Rebel, and Pilot, but solidified his reputation by working on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Influenced by his work on Stewart's concept album Time Passages, Parsons decided to begin creating his own thematic records; along with songwriter Eric Woolfson, he soon founded the Alan Parsons Project. Although Parsons played keyboards and infrequently sang on his records, the Project was designed primarily as a forum for a revolving collection of vocalists and session players -- among them Arthur Brown, ex-Zombie Colin Blunstone, Cockney Rebel's Steve Harley, the Hollies' Allan Clarke, and guitarist Ian Bairnson -- to interpret and perform Parsons and Woolfson's conceptually linked, lushly synthesized music. The Project debuted in 1975 with Tales of Mystery and Imagination, a collection inspired by the work of Edgar Allan Poe; similarly, the science fiction of Isaac Asimov served as the raw material for 1977's follow-up, I Robot. With 1980's The Turn of a Friendly Card, a meditation on gambling, the Alan Parsons Project scored a Top 20 hit with "Games People Play"; 1982's Eye in the Sky was the Project's most successful effort, and notched a Top Three hit with its title track. While 1984's Ammonia Avenue went gold, the Project's subsequent LPs earned little notice, although records like 1985's Vulture Culture, 1987's Gaudi, and 1996's On Air found favor with longtime fans. Time Machine followed in 1999. After taking a five-year hiatus, Parsons returned in 2004 with A Valid Path. During the 2000s and 2010s, he toured with the Alan Parsons Live Project, and a 2013 concert in Medellín, Colombia by the Alan Parsons Symphonic Project was released as Live in Colombia in 2016. In 2019, Parsons issued The Secret, his first studio album since 2004. ~ Jason Ankeny
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  2.   Games People Play by The Alan Parsons Project
  3.   (The System of) Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether by The Alan Parsons Project
  4.   Sirius
  5.   Time by The Alan Parsons Project
  6.   I Robot
  7.   Lucifer by The Alan Parsons Project
  8.   I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You by The Alan Parsons Project
  9.   Let's Talk About Me by The Alan Parsons Project
  10.   Eye in the Sky
  11.   Old and Wise by The Alan Parsons Project
  12.   The Raven
  13.   Days Are Numbers (The Traveller) by The Alan Parsons Project
  14.   Sirius - Eye In The Sky
  15.   Oh Life (There Must Be More)
  16.   In the Real World by The Alan Parsons Project
  17.   Don't Answer Me
  18.   The Gold Bug
  19.   Stereotomy by The Alan Parsons Project
  20.   Nothing Left to Lose
  21.   Secret Garden by The Alan Parsons Project
  22.   Damned If I Do by The Alan Parsons Project
  23.   Take the Money and Run
  24.   Mr. Time
  25.   Psychobabble by The Alan Parsons Project
  26.   Voyager
  27.   Breakdown - The Raven
  28.   Rumour Goin' Round
  29.   Any Other Day by The Alan Parsons Project
  30.   Beaujolais
  31.   I Don't Wanna Go Home
  32.   Day After Day (The Show Must Go On)
  33.   The Turn of a Friendly Card, Pt. 2
  34.   Don't Let It Show by The Alan Parsons Project
  35.   Breakdown by The Alan Parsons Project
  36.   When
  37.   Dreamscape
  38.   Jigue
  39.   Breakaway
  40.   Standing on Higher Ground
  41.   Limelight
  42.   Stereotomy
  43.   The Turn of a Friendly Card by The Alan Parsons Project
  44.   You Won't Be There
  45.   One Good Reason by The Alan Parsons Project
  46.   Prime Time by The Alan Parsons Project
  47.   No Answers Only Questions by The Alan Parsons Project
  48.   The Naked Robot by The Alan Parsons Project
  49.   May Be a Price to Pay
  50.   The Turn of a Friendly Card (Suite): IV. Nothing Left to Lose by The Alan Parsons Project
  51.   Boules by The Alan Parsons Project
  52.   Games People Play
  53.   What Goes Up/Little Voice
  54.   Voyager/What Goes Up/the Eagle Will Rise Again [Instrumental][Demo V
  55.   Shadow of a Lonely Man
  56.   The Eagle Will Rise Again
  57.   Standing on Higher Ground/Losing Proposition by The Alan Parsons Project
  58.   Elsie's Theme by The Alan Parsons Project
  59.   La Sagrada Familia
  60.   Paseo de Gracia
  61.   More Lost Without You
  62.   The Ace of Swords
  63.   What Goes Up
  64.   Chinese Whispers
  65.   Light of the World
  66.   The Turn of a Friendly Card (Suite): The Ace of Swords
  67.   Urbania by The Alan Parsons Project
  68.   Where's the Walrus? by The Alan Parsons Project
  69.   Don't Hold Back by The Alan Parsons Project
  70.   Winding Me Up by The Alan Parsons Project
  71.   I'd Rather Be a Man by The Alan Parsons Project
  72.   You Lie Down With Dogs by The Alan Parsons Project
  73.   Snake Eyes
  74.   If I Could Change Your Mind by The Alan Parsons Project
  75.   You're the Voice
  76.   Re-Jigue
  77.   Back Against the Wall
  78.   I'm Talkin' to You
  79.   Wine from the Water
  80.   Turn It Up
  81.   Three of Me
  82.   You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned by The Alan Parsons Project
  83.   Money Talks by The Alan Parsons Project
  84.   Closer to Heaven by The Alan Parsons Project
  85.   Too Late by The Alan Parsons Project
  86.   Inside Looking Out by The Alan Parsons Project
  87.   Mammagamma
  88.   May Be a Price to Pay
  89.   Separate Lives
  90.   Sooner or Later by The Alan Parsons Project
  91.   The Same Old Sun by The Alan Parsons Project
  92.   The Eagle Will Rise Again
  93.   One More River
  94.   Can't Take It With You
  95.   In the Lap of the Gods
  96.   Pyramania
  97.   Hyper-Gamma-Spaces
  98.   Let Me Go Home by The Alan Parsons Project
  99.   Since the Last Goodbye by The Alan Parsons Project
  100.   Dancing On A Highwire by The Alan Parsons Project
  101.   You Don't Believe by The Alan Parsons Project
  102.   Pipeline by The Alan Parsons Project
  103.   Antarctica by Shpongle
  104.   The Turn of a Friendly Card (Suite): III. The Ace of Swords by The Alan Parsons Project
  105.   Stereotomytwo
  106.   Siren Song
  107.   The Turn of a Friendly Card (Suite): II. Snake Eyes by The Alan Parsons Project
  108.   Eye Pieces (Classical Naked Eye) by The Alan Parsons Project
  109.   The Turn of a Friendly Card (Suite): Snake Eyes by The Alan Parsons Project
  110.   Sirius 2017
  111.   The Turn of a Friendly Card (Suite): Nothing Left to Lose
  112.   The Celtic Ring
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