History Music / TheAlanParsonsProject

19th Sep '15 6:53:34 AM TheWhistleTropes
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* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Pretty much the first two songs on an album. A special award goes to "[[EpicInstrumentalOpener Voyager]]" --> "[[StockPhrases What Goes Up...]]" --> "[[NotChristianRock The Eagle Will Rise Again]]"
1st Sep '15 2:07:01 PM bt8257
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** In Eric Woolfson's musical "Poe", an abridged reading of "The Raven" is performed by one of the characters. As the titular raven of the story appears, a soft base riff begins playing, building up the tension for the rest of the reading. Project fans might [[GeniusBonus recognize it]] as the same riff that opens and carries on throughout the Project song "Breakdown", the title of which nicely foreshadows the ending of "The Raven".
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** In Eric Woolfson's musical "Poe", an abridged reading of "The Raven" is performed by one of the characters. As the titular raven of the story appears, a soft base riff begins playing, building up the tension for the rest of the reading. Project fans might [[GeniusBonus recognize it]] it as the same riff that opens and carries on throughout the Project song "Breakdown", the title of which nicely foreshadows the ending of "The Raven".
29th Aug '15 6:51:35 AM gallium
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** "The Fall of the House of Usher" is in several parts, but is about sixteen minutes in total.
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** "The Fall of the House of Usher" "Literature/TheFallOfTheHouseOfUsher" is in several parts, but is about sixteen minutes in total.
31st Jul '15 12:33:57 PM DavidDelony
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* MythologyGag: "I'd Rather Be A Man" includes the line "I'd rather be a man 'cause I wouldn't wanna be like you." "I Wouldn't Wanna Be Like You" was the band's first hit single.
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* MythologyGag: MythologyGag: ** "I'd Rather Be A Man" includes the line "I'd rather be a man 'cause I wouldn't wanna be like you." "I Wouldn't Wanna Be Like You" was the band's first hit single.

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* MythologyGag: "I'd Rather Be A Man" includes the line "I'd rather be a man 'cause I wouldn't wanna be like you." "I Wouldn't Wanna Be Like You" was the band's first hit single.** The cover of ''Pyramid'' references Music/PinkFloyd's ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'', which Alan Parsons engineered.
25th Jul '15 9:08:41 AM Spyspotter
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* ''The Turn of a Friendly Card'' (1980) - About gambling and midlife crisis. (Notable Songs: "Games People Play," "Time," the Turn Of A Friendly Card suite ("The Turn of a Friendly Card, Part 1," "Snake Eyes," "The Ace of Swords," "Nothing Left to Lose," "The Turn of a Friendly Card, Part 2"))
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* ''The Turn of a Friendly Card'' (1980) - About gambling and midlife crisis. (Notable Songs: "Games People Play," "Time," "May Be a Price to Pay", the Turn Of A Friendly Card suite ("The Turn of a Friendly Card, Part 1," "Snake Eyes," "The Ace of Swords," "Nothing Left to Lose," "The Turn of a Friendly Card, Part 2"))

* ''Vulture Culture'' (1984) - About the selfishness and dishonesty of modern culture. (Notable Songs: "Let's Talk About Me," "Days Are Numbers (The Traveler)")
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* ''Vulture Culture'' (1984) - About the selfishness and dishonesty of modern culture. (Notable Songs: "Let's Talk About Me," "The Eagle Will Rise Again," "Days Are Numbers (The Traveler)")
3rd Mar '15 1:46:11 AM Patachou
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* ''I Robot'' (1977) - Loosely inspired by the works of Creator/IsaacAsimov (Notable Songs: "I Wouldn't Wanna Be Like You," "Breakdown," "Don't Let It Show")
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* ''I Robot'' ''Music/IRobot'' (1977) - Loosely inspired by the works of Creator/IsaacAsimov (Notable Songs: "I Wouldn't Wanna Be Like You," "Breakdown," "Don't Let It Show")

** In "Let's talk about me", Alan and Eric appear briefly on the television.
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** In "Let's talk about me", Talk About Me", Alan and Eric appear briefly on the television.

* {{Retraux}}: And a number of other past-meets-future-type-tropes, just from the cover of ''I Robot''. There's the [[{{Zeerust}} retro-futuristic]]-looking robot, but also 1950s fashions for the men on the escalators (fedoras and suits), and the escalators are very clearly those of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris-Charles_de_Gaulle_Airport Charles de Gaulle Airport]] in Paris[[note]]Or as it is known today, Terminal 1 of Charles de Gaulle; Terminals 2 and 3 are rather different.[[/note]] which was designed in the late 1960s and didn't open until 1974 (i.e. long after fedoras were out of style).
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* {{Retraux}}: And a number of other past-meets-future-type-tropes, just from the cover of ''I Robot''.''Music/IRobot''. There's the [[{{Zeerust}} retro-futuristic]]-looking robot, but also 1950s fashions for the men on the escalators (fedoras and suits), and the escalators are very clearly those of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris-Charles_de_Gaulle_Airport Charles de Gaulle Airport]] in Paris[[note]]Or as it is known today, Terminal 1 of Charles de Gaulle; Terminals 2 and 3 are rather different.[[/note]] which was designed in the late 1960s and didn't open until 1974 (i.e. long after fedoras were out of style).

** The 1987 remaster of ''Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' includes several passages from Poe's poems as read by Orson Welles.
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** The 1987 remaster of ''Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' includes several passages from Poe's poems as read by Orson Welles.Creator/OrsonWelles.
4th Feb '15 8:24:59 AM Trueman001
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*** The guitar riff in the bridge of "The Raven" is used twice in "(The System of) Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether"

*** The guitar riff in the bridge of "The Raven" is used twice in "(The System of) Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether"
4th Feb '15 8:24:13 AM Trueman001
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** "The Gold-Bug" from ''The Turn of a Friendly Card'' is likely a Call Back to ''Tales of Mystery and Imagination''.

* TheGamblingAddict: "The Turn of a Friendly Card".
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* TheGamblingAddict: The "The Turn of a Friendly Card".Card" suite. Also "I Don't Wanna Go Home" from the same album.
11th Jan '15 1:04:48 PM SilverSpade92
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Added some more examples to tropes that were already listed.
** "You Won't Be There"

** Also done instrumentally: *** "Nothing Left to Lose" ends with the tune of "Snake Eyes". *** The guitar riff in the bridge of "The Raven" is used twice in "(The System of) Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether"

* TheInvisibleBand: In their music videos.
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* TheInvisibleBand: In their music videos.videos, though they do sometimes make brief cameo appearances. ** In "Let's talk about me", Alan and Eric appear briefly on the television. ** In "Don't Answer Me", the duo appear in illustrated form, each playing piano accompanied by the rest of the line-up. ** Both appear prominently in "I Wouldn't Want to be like You", though Eric is cast as an android.

* MythologyGag: "I'd Rather Be A Man" includes the line "I'd rather be a man 'cause I wouldn't wanna be like you." "I Wouldn't Wanna Be Like You" was the band's first hit single.
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* MythologyGag: "I'd Rather Be A Man" includes the line "I'd rather be a man 'cause I wouldn't wanna be like you." "I Wouldn't Wanna Be Like You" was the band's first hit single. single. ** In Eric Woolfson's musical "Poe", an abridged reading of "The Raven" is performed by one of the characters. As the titular raven of the story appears, a soft base riff begins playing, building up the tension for the rest of the reading. Project fans might [[GeniusBonus recognize it]] as the same riff that opens and carries on throughout the Project song "Breakdown", the title of which nicely foreshadows the ending of "The Raven".

* RevolvingDoorBand
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* RevolvingDoorBandRevolvingDoorBand: By design.

* SelfBackingVocalist: Guest vocalist Chris Rainbow elevated this to an art form, both with lead harmonies and veritable walls of backing vocals. He was credited in a couple of Alan Parsons Project albums as a "One-Man [[Music/TheBeachBoys Beach Boys]] Choir".
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* SelfBackingVocalist: Guest vocalist Chris Rainbow elevated this to an art form, both with lead harmonies and veritable walls of backing vocals. He was credited in a couple of Alan Parsons Project albums as a "One-Man [[Music/TheBeachBoys Beach Boys]] Choir". Some of the re-released albums feature bonus tracks consisting of Chris Rainbow's backing vocals and harmonies isolated, he's that good.
23rd Aug '14 12:14:54 PM MarkLungo
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/alan_parsons_project_4382.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:350:Left to right: Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons.]]
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