It was a dark night in october. I had a new drivers license. 1981. My father needed a drive across town to a party. And I signed up, of course! I had a new cassette tape recording of Alan Parsons project's "Pyramid" album from 1978. But I hadn't heard it or them before. So with the stereo on high volume, softly rocking my 50 k way back home in my fathers big Citroën, all dark around I meet Alan Pasons project for the first time. What a date! I was amazed by their sound, lyrics and their wonderful way of building melodies. All new and a little odd to me. I played it again and again. Took the very long way home, probably.....
I'v been a big fan of Alan Parsons and Eric Wolfson and their project ever since. And alot like Queen they altered their music over time. After getting a real LP of "Pyramid" I bought the album "Tales of mysteries and imagination". The album that started the project. Eric had made a musical called Edgar Alla Poe, before the project. Some of the songs from the musical were on the album. And some new. It's an odd album but one of the best of the projects albums, I think. It was released in 1976.
"The project" made a lot of fantastic albums. Altought "Vulture culture" and "Amonia avenue" was more difficult for me, I loved the return to more traditional "project sound" on the just marvelous album "Gaudi". Yes, it's about the spanish architect Antonio Gaudi. As all the project's albums it has a theme. Listen to the lyrics. It's really intresting to hear.
Alan Parson has a solo career after the project were the musical tradition of the project is carried on. Starting 1993 and 1996 with "Try anyting once" and "On air" Alan made my life just that little bit nicer to live, again. I have been listening to Alan Parsons project or Alan solo every day it seems. Like no other artist I'm a fan of I can't get tired of the music. I can get feed up even with Queen, but Alan....no. So me, Alan, Eric and their project have had a long relationship. Altought.... they don't no. But to me it's real.
I have a playlist with what I consider the very best of Alan Parsons here. I hope you like it like I do.