The Alan Parsons Project was a British Progressive Rock
band active in the 1970s and 1980s. 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.
- Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1976) - inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe
- I Robot (1977) - inspired by the works of Isaac Asimov
- Pyramid (1978)
- Eve (1979)
- The Turn of a Friendly Card (1980)
- Eye in the Sky (1982)
- Ammonia Avenue (1984)
- Vulture Culture (1985)
- Stereotomy (1986)
- Gaudi (1987)
- Big Brother Is Watching: "Eye in the Sky"
- Breakup Song: "If I Could Change Your Mind"
- Compressed Adaptation: The songs on Tales of Mystery and Imagination condense Edgar Allan Poe's rather wordy stories and poems into a couple of verses and choruses apiece.
- Concept Album: All of them.
- Creator Backlash: Eric Woolfson hated "Lucifer", despite the fact that the instrumental song reached #1 in Germany.
- Parsons with the unreleased The Sicilian Defense, which was more or less a throwaway instrumental album that was intended to force their label's hand in an attempt to renegotiate their contract.
- Epic Instrumental Opener: 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".
- Executive Meddling: Eric Woolfson's growing prominence as a lead vocalist resulted from this. Parsons didn't like using him as a lead vocalist as he was not a trained singer, but the record company were quick to notice that whenever he sang lead, the song was a hit...and so insisted he sing on more tracks.
- Faceless Eye: The cover of the album Eye in the Sky. The title track, one of the Alan Parsons Project's best known songs, is a person telling his/her significant other (in a very creepy and vindictive fashion) that he/she knows the other's been cheating and is tired of pretending to be ignorant of it.
- The Gambling Addict: "The Turn of a Friendly Card".
- The Grim Reaper: The narrator in "Can't Take It With You".
- I Am the Band: 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).
- In The Style Of: According to Word Of God, "Don't Answer Me" was an attempt to emulate Phil Spector's Wall of Sound effect.
- The Invisible Band: In their music videos.
- Money Song: "Money Talks"
- Music Box Intervals: "Eye In The Sky", "Don't Answer Me", the main theme of "The Turn Of A Friendly Card" suite.
- Pyramid Power: Referenced and made fun of in Pyramid, particularly in the song "Pyramania".
- Revolving Door Band
- Retraux: And a number of other past-meets-future-type-tropes, just from the cover of I Robot. There's the 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 Charles de Gaulle Airport in Parisnote which was designed in the late 1960s and didn't open until 1974 (i.e. long after fedoras were out of style).
- Rockstar Song: "Limelight" seems to be this.
- Self-Backing Vocalist: 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 Beach Boys Choir".
- Spoken Word In Music: Found in Let's Talk About Me.