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7th Oct '17 7:19:07 AM buckyb
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The Alan Parsons Project was a British ProgressiveRock band active between 1975 and 1990. The core group consisted of Alan Parsons (Producer/Engineer/Co-Writer/Occasional Instruments and backing vocals) and Eric Woolfson (Keyboards/Lyricist/Vocalist), with additional members recruited as required for each individual project. After the band's dissolution, Woolfson went on to work on musicals (including several which continued the themes of Project albums) before dying of kidney cancer in 2009, while Parsons created several solo albums and has toured extensively playing mostly Project songs, with his band taking the name of "The Alan Parsons Live Project".

APP are known for a more accessible style of prog-rock than many of the other bands of the era. They rarely used strange time signatures, and for the most part stuck to 4-5 minute radio-length songs. They often used full orchestration in their songs, with some of the best examples being "The Cask of Amontillado" (from ''Tales Of Mystery and Imagination'') and "Silence and I" (from ''Eye In The Sky''). While the remainder of the band's line-up changed constantly, some members became essentially permanent parts of the band. These include arranger Andrew Powell (who conducted and arranged all of the orchestral work), guitarist Ian Bairnson (who contributed all of the band's lead guitar work), bassist and backing vocalist David Paton (who played on every album except the last, and also sang lead vocals on a few songs), and drummer Stuart Elliott (who played on all albums except the first two). And although the project used a wide range of vocalists, Chris Rainbow and Lenny Zakatek appeared most often (asides from Woolfson and Paton). Over time, the band became more pop-influenced, and in the mid-1980s, synthesizers started to replace their orchestra, reaching their zenith on ''Stereotomy'', an album that is almost entirely synthpop.

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The Alan Parsons Project was a British ProgressiveRock band active between 1975 and 1990. The core group consisted of Alan Parsons (Producer/Engineer/Co-Writer/Occasional Instruments and backing vocals) and Eric Woolfson (Keyboards/Lyricist/Vocalist), with additional members recruited as required for each individual project. After the band's dissolution, Woolfson went on to work on musicals (including several which continued the themes of Project albums) before dying of kidney cancer in 2009, while Parsons created several solo albums and has toured extensively playing mostly Project songs, with his band taking the name of "The Alan Parsons Live Project".

Project". APP are known for a more accessible style of prog-rock than many of the other bands of the era. They rarely used strange time signatures, and for the most part stuck to 4-5 minute radio-length songs. They often used full orchestration in their songs, with some of the best examples being "The Cask of Amontillado" (from ''Tales Of Mystery and Imagination'') and "Silence and I" (from ''Eye In The Sky'').

While the remainder of the band's line-up changed constantly, some members became essentially permanent parts of the band. These include arranger Andrew Powell (who conducted and arranged all of the orchestral work), guitarist Ian Bairnson (who contributed all of the band's lead guitar work), bassist and backing vocalist David Paton (who played on every album except the last, played extra guitar parts and also even sang lead vocals on a few songs), and drummer Stuart Elliott (who played on all albums except the first two). And although the project used a wide range of vocalists, Chris Rainbow and Lenny Zakatek appeared most often out of them all (asides from Woolfson and Paton). Over time, the band became more pop-influenced, and in the mid-1980s, synthesizers started to replace their orchestra, reaching their zenith on ''Stereotomy'', an album that is almost entirely synthpop. \n During the last four albums, saxophonist/keyboardist Richard Cottle was featured as the designated synthesist, and his brother Laurence was the bassist on the last album they did.

Despite their reluctance to perform live, the Project in it's original incarnation performed at a Night On The Proms concert in 1990. Zakatek, Bairnson, Paton, Elliott, and the Cottle brothers performed as the Project while Parsons mixed the concert and Powell conducted the orchestra. You can find the concert [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q8OsDuNovo here]].
7th Oct '17 7:09:26 AM buckyb
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* IAmTheBand: Alan Parsons (producer/sound engineer) and Eric Woolfson (songwriter), ''neither'' of whom sang or played instruments regularly (although Woolfson ''does'' sing lead on the band's biggest hit, "Eye in the Sky", and played keyboards on a lot of their later stuff).

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* IAmTheBand: Alan Parsons (producer/sound engineer) and Eric Woolfson (songwriter), ''neither'' of whom (songwriter/pianist/singer). The former never sang or played instruments regularly (although Woolfson ''does'' sing (despite being a competent singer and multi-instrumentalist), being more involved with the engineering than anything else. As for the latter, he sung the guide vocals on every song they did, with some of them becoming lead on vocal tracks in their own right (such as the band's biggest hit, "Eye in the Sky", Sky"), and played piano and keyboards on a lot all of their later stuff).releases.
30th Sep '17 5:18:29 PM TomWalpertac2
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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]]"

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* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Pretty much the first two songs on an album.
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A special award goes to "[[EpicInstrumentalOpener Voyager]]" --> "[[StockPhrases What Goes Up...]]" --> "[[NotChristianRock The Eagle Will Rise Again]]"Again]]"
** Also "Children of the Moon" -> "Gemeni" from "Eye In The Sky".


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* SiameseTwinSongs: Although "Eye I The Sky" Can stand on its own, its instrumental lead-in "Sirius" just doesn't sound right when it just ends. Also "Nucleus" and "Day After Day (The Show Must Go On)"; those two were included in that fashion in the "Laseruim" show.
28th Sep '17 5:44:41 AM buckyb
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* EpicInstrumentalOpener: Several albums open with an instrumental that segues into the first song. The most famous of these instrumentals is "Sirius", the lead-in to "Eye in the Sky".

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* EpicInstrumentalOpener: Several albums open with an instrumental that segues into the first song. The most famous of these instrumentals is "Sirius", the lead-in to "Eye in the Sky".Sky" - due in no small part to it being used as the opening theme for the Chicago Bulls from their three-peat years to the present.



** Towards the end of "Games People Play", we zoom in on stain glass window made to look like a King of Diamonds, only to find Alan staring us down.

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** Towards the end of Both invoked and subverted with "Games People Play", Play". Eric is featured at the piano alongside Lenny Zakatek and the regular backing band throughout the video. And towards the end, we zoom in on stain glass window made to look like a King of Diamonds, only to find Alan staring us down.
27th Sep '17 8:21:35 PM buckyb
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APP are known for a more accessible style of prog-rock than many of the other bands of the era. They rarely used strange time signatures, and for the most part stuck to 4-5 minute radio-length songs. They often used full orchestration in their songs, with some of the best examples being "The Cask of Amontillado" (from ''Tales Of Mystery and Imagination'') and "Silence and I" (from ''Eye In The Sky''). While the makeup of the backing band changed constantly, some members became essentially permanent parts of the band, including guitarist Ian Bairnson (who contributed all of the band's lead guitar work) and bassist David Paton (who also sang lead vocals on a few songs). Over time, the band became more pop-influenced, and in the mid-1980s, synthesizers started to replace their orchestra, reaching their zenith on ''Stereotomy'', an album that is almost entirely synthpop.

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APP are known for a more accessible style of prog-rock than many of the other bands of the era. They rarely used strange time signatures, and for the most part stuck to 4-5 minute radio-length songs. They often used full orchestration in their songs, with some of the best examples being "The Cask of Amontillado" (from ''Tales Of Mystery and Imagination'') and "Silence and I" (from ''Eye In The Sky''). While the makeup remainder of the backing band band's line-up changed constantly, some members became essentially permanent parts of the band, including band. These include arranger Andrew Powell (who conducted and arranged all of the orchestral work), guitarist Ian Bairnson (who contributed all of the band's lead guitar work) and work), bassist and backing vocalist David Paton (who played on every album except the last, and also sang lead vocals on a few songs).songs), and drummer Stuart Elliott (who played on all albums except the first two). And although the project used a wide range of vocalists, Chris Rainbow and Lenny Zakatek appeared most often (asides from Woolfson and Paton). Over time, the band became more pop-influenced, and in the mid-1980s, synthesizers started to replace their orchestra, reaching their zenith on ''Stereotomy'', an album that is almost entirely synthpop.
11th Jul '17 12:11:12 PM m00n_Chaser
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* ''The Turn of a Friendly Card'' (1980) - About gambling and midlife crisis. (Unnotable Songs: "I Don't Want to Go Home")

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* ''The Turn of a Friendly Card'' (1980) - About gambling and midlife crisis. (Unnotable (Notable Songs: "I Don't Want to Go Home")"Games People Play" and "The Turn of A Friendly Card Suite".)
11th Jul '17 8:47:27 AM m00n_Chaser
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* ''The Turn of a Friendly Card'' (1980) - About gambling and midlife crisis. (Notable Songs: "May Be a Price to Pay", "Games People Play", "Time", "The Gold Bug", "The Turn Of A Friendly Card" Suite)

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* ''The Turn of a Friendly Card'' (1980) - About gambling and midlife crisis. (Notable (Unnotable Songs: "May Be a Price "I Don't Want to Pay", "Games People Play", "Time", "The Gold Bug", "The Turn Of A Friendly Card" Suite)Go Home")
19th Mar '17 2:45:47 AM KenKevinStriker
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* ''Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' (1976) - inspired by the works of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe (Notable Songs: "The Raven," "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether")
* ''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")
* ''Pyramid'' (1978) - Based on the then-popular pseudoscience of "pyramid power," with general themes of death and impermanence as well. (Notable Songs: "What Goes Up," "Can't Take It With You," "The Eagle Will Rise Again")
* ''Eve'' (1979) - About misogyny and feminism. (Notable Songs: "Lucifer," "Damned if I Do," "If I Could Change Your Mind")
* ''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"))
* ''Eye in the Sky'' (1982) - About belief systems - both religious and political. (Notable Songs: "Sirius," "Eye in the Sky," "Psychobabble," "Old and Wise")
* ''Ammonia Avenue'' (1984) - Based on the tension between the scientific community and the public, as well as a general theme of failure to communicate. (Notable Songs: "Prime Time," "Since The Last Goodbye," "Don't Answer Me," "You Don't Believe")
* ''Vulture Culture'' (1984) - About the selfishness and dishonesty of modern culture. (Notable Songs: "Let's Talk About Me," "Days Are Numbers (The Traveler)", "Hawkeye")
* ''Stereotomy'' (1985) - About the pressures of modern life. (Notable Songs: "Stereotomy," "Limelight")
* ''Gaudi'' (1987) - Inspired by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, especially his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagrada_Fam%C3%ADlia Sagrada Familia basilica]] in Barcelona. (Notable Songs: "La Sagrada Familia," "Standing on Higher Ground")

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* ''Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' (1976) - inspired by the works of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe (Notable Songs: "The Raven," Raven", "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether")
Cask Of Amontillado", "The Fall Of The House Of Usher" Suite)
* ''Music/IRobot'' (1977) - Loosely inspired by the works of Creator/IsaacAsimov (Notable Songs: "I Wouldn't Wanna Be Like You," "Breakdown," You", "Breakdown", "Don't Let It Show")
* ''Pyramid'' (1978) - Based on the then-popular pseudoscience of "pyramid power," with general themes of death and impermanence as well. (Notable Songs: "What Goes Up," Up", "Can't Take It With You," You", "The Eagle Will Rise Again")
* ''Eve'' (1979) - About misogyny and feminism. (Notable Songs: "Lucifer," "Lucifer", "Damned if I Do," Do", "If I Could Change Your Mind")
* ''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 "Games People Play", "Time", "The Gold Bug", "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"))
Card" Suite)
* ''Eye in the Sky'' (1982) - About belief systems - both religious and political. (Notable Songs: "Sirius," "Sirius", "Eye in the Sky," "Psychobabble," Sky", "Psychobabble", "Old and Wise")
* ''Ammonia Avenue'' (1984) - Based on the tension between the scientific community and the public, as well as a general theme of failure to communicate. (Notable Songs: "Prime Time," Time", "Since The Last Goodbye," Goodbye", "Don't Answer Me," Me", "You Don't Believe")
* ''Vulture Culture'' (1984) - About the selfishness and dishonesty of modern culture. (Notable Songs: "Let's Talk About Me," Me", "Days Are Numbers (The Traveler)", "Hawkeye")
* ''Stereotomy'' (1985) - About the pressures of modern life. (Notable Songs: "Stereotomy," "Limelight")
"Stereotomy", "Limelight", "Where's The Walrus?")
* ''Gaudi'' (1987) - Inspired by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, especially his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagrada_Fam%C3%ADlia Sagrada Familia basilica]] in Barcelona. (Notable Songs: "La Sagrada Familia," Familia", "Standing on Higher Ground")
Ground", "Inside Looking Out")



** "The Gold-Bug" from ''The Turn of a Friendly Card'' is likely a Call Back to ''Tales of Mystery and Imagination''.

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** "The Gold-Bug" Gold Bug" from ''The Turn of a Friendly Card'' is likely a Call Back to ''Tales of Mystery and Imagination''.


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** Very briefly in "Hawkeye".


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** "Chinese Whispers" from ''Stereotomy''.
19th Mar '17 2:31:47 AM KenKevinStriker
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** "La Sagrada Familia" and "Paseo de Gracia", the latter being an upbeat instrumental of the former.
19th Mar '17 2:25:35 AM KenKevinStriker
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* ''Vulture Culture'' (1984) - About the selfishness and dishonesty of modern culture. (Notable Songs: "Let's Talk About Me," "Separate Lives," "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," "Separate Lives," "Days Are Numbers (The Traveler)")Traveler)", "Hawkeye")
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