|Born||20 December 1948|
Willesden, London, England, UK
|Genres||Rock, progressive rock|
|Occupation(s)||Audio engineer, composer, musician, record producer, director|
|Instruments||Keyboards, synthesizer, guitar, bass guitar, vocals, flute|
|Labels||Legacy, Arista, Fox, Mercury, Frontiers [ citation needed ]|
|Associated acts||The Alan Parsons Project|
|Website||Alan Parsons Music|
Alan Parsons(born 20 December 1948 ) is an English audio engineer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. Parsons's father was Parsons Code developer Alexander Denys Herbert (Denys) Parsons; his mother was Jane Kelty (Kelty) MacLeod.
Parsons was involved with the production of several albums, including the Beatles' Abbey Road (1969) and Let It Be (1970), Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), and the eponymous debut album by Ambrosia in 1975. Parsons's own group, The Alan Parsons Project, as well as his subsequent solo recordings, have also been commercially successful. He has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, with his first win occurring in 2019 for Best Immersive Audio Album for Eye in the Sky (35th Anniversary Edition).
In October 1967, at the age of 18, Parsons went to work as an assistant engineer at Abbey Road Studios, where he earned his first credit on the LP Abbey Road . He became a regular there, engineering such projects as Wings' Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway , five albums by the Hollies, and Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon , for which he received his first Grammy Award nomination. He was known for doing more than what would normally be considered the scope of a recording engineer's duties.[ citation needed ]
Parsons considered himself to be a recording director, likening his contribution to recordings to what Stanley Kubrick contributed to film.[ citation needed ] This is apparent in his work with Al Stewart's "Year of the Cat", where Parsons added the saxophone part and transformed the original folk concept into the jazz-influenced ballad that put Stewart onto the charts.[ citation needed ]
Parsons also produced three albums by Pilot, a Scottish pop rock band, whose hits included "January" and "Magic". He also mixed the debut album by the American band Ambrosia and produced their second album, Somewhere I've Never Travelled . Parsons was nominated for a Grammy Award for both albums.
In 1975, he declined Pink Floyd's invitation to work on the follow-up for Dark Side, Wish You Were Here , and instead initiated the Alan Parsons Project with producer, songwriter, and occasional singer Eric Woolfson, whom he had met at Abbey Road. The Project consisted of a revolving group of studio musicians and vocalists, most notably the members of Pilot and (on the first album) the members of Ambrosia. Unlike most rock groups, the Alan Parsons Project never performed live during its heyday, although it did release several music videos. Its only live performance during its original incarnation was in 1990. It released ten albums, the last in 1987. The Project terminated in 1990 after Parsons and Woolfson split, with the Project's intended 11th album released that year as a Woolfson solo album. Parsons continued to release work in his own name and in collaboration with other musicians. Parsons and his band regularly toured many parts of the world.
Although an accomplished vocalist, keyboardist, bassist, guitarist and flautist, Parsons only sang infrequent and incidental parts on his albums, such as the background vocals on "Time". While his keyboard playing was very audible on the Alan Parsons Project albums, very few recordings feature his flute. He briefly returned to run Abbey Road Studios in its entirety. Parsons also continued with his selective production work for other bands.
Of all his collaborators, guitarist Ian Bairnson worked with Parsons the longest, including Parsons' post-Project albums, Try Anything Once , On Air , The Time Machine, and The Secret.
In 1998, Parsons became Vice-President of EMI Studios Group, including the Abbey Road Studios. He soon left the post, deciding to return to more creative endeavours. Parsons remained as a creative consultant and associate producer for the group.
As well as receiving gold and platinum awards from many nations, Parsons has received thirteen Grammy Award nominations. In 2006 he received a nomination for Best Surround Sound Album for A Valid Path . In 2018 he finally won his first Grammy Award for Best immersive Audio Album for his remastered 35th anniversary edition of Eye in the Sky.
Beginning in 2001 and extending for four years, Parsons led a Beatles tribute show called A Walk Down Abbey Road featuring a group of headlining performers such as Todd Rundgren, Ann Wilson of Heart, John Entwistle of the Who, and Jack Bruce of Cream. The show structure included a first set where all musicians assembled to perform each other's hits, and a second set featuring all Beatles songs.
Since 1999 he has toured as the Alan Parsons Live Project (with Woolfson's permission). The band currently features lead singer P. J. Olsson, guitarist Jeff Kollman, drummer Danny Thompson, keyboardist Tom Brooks, bass guitarist Guy Erez, vocalist and saxophonist Todd Cooper, guitarist and vocalist Dan Tracey, along with Parsons on rhythm guitar, keyboards and vocals.This band performed live in Medellín, Colombia in 2013 as Alan Parsons Symphonic Project in a performance recorded for Colombian television and also released on CD (live 2-CD) and DVD (May 2016).
In May 2005, Parsons appeared at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California, to mix front-of-house sound for Southern California-based Pink Floyd tribute band Which One's Pink? and their performance of The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety.
In 2010, Parsons released his single "All Our Yesterdays" through Authentik Artists.Parsons also launched a DVD educational series in 2010 titled The Art and Science of Sound Recording (ASSR) on music production and the complete audio recording process. The single "All Our Yesterdays" was written and recorded during the making of ASSR. The series, narrated by Billy Bob Thornton, gives detailed tutorials on virtually every aspect of the sound recording process.
During 2010, several media reports,one of which included a quote from a representative of Parsons, alleged that the song "Need You Now" by country music group Lady Antebellum used the melody and arrangement of "Eye in the Sky".
Parsons produced Jake Shimabukuro's album Grand Ukulele , which was released on 2 October 2012. Also in 2012, he contributed lead vocals and performed keyboards and guitar on the track "Precious Life" by German electronic music duo Lichtmond, and appeared with many other noted progressive-rock musicians on The Prog Collective album by Billy Sherwood, singing lead on "The Technical Divide."
Parsons engineered the third solo album by Steven Wilson, The Raven that Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) , released on 25 February 2013.
In late 2013, a live album recorded on tour in Germany and Austria with the title LiveSpan was released, accompanied by a single called "Fragile" with Simon Philips on drums.
Legacy Recordings, the catalogue division of Sony Music Entertainment, celebrated the 35th anniversary of Eye in the Sky , with the worldwide release of a definitive deluxe collector's box set, featuring rare and unreleased material, on 17 November 2017.
On 19 July 2018, Parsons and engineer Noah Bruskin opened a new recording studio, ParSonics. ParSonics was used in the recording of Alan Parsons’ most recent album The Secret.
On 26 April 2019, Parsons released a new studio album, The Secret, his first album in 15 years.
Parsons was born in Willesden, London. He resides in Santa Barbara, California on an organic avocado ranch called Tres Vientos with his wife Lisa and her two daughters, Tabitha and Brittni, as well as numerous pets.He has two sons, Jeremy (Jerry) and Daniel, from his previous marriage.
The film actor Oliver Reed was a first cousin once removed, although they never met. [ better source needed ]
|as part of The Alan Parsons Project|
|May 1976||Tales of Mystery and Imagination||Mercury||38||US|
|June 1977||I Robot||Arista||9||US||SPARTY 1012|
|November 1980||The Turn of a Friendly Card||Arista||13||US||AL 9518 (US LP) ARCD 8226 (US CD)|
|June 1982||Eye in the Sky||Arista||7||US|
|1983||The Best of the Alan Parsons Project||Arista||53||US|
|December 1983||Ammonia Avenue||Arista||15||US|
|February 1985||Vulture Culture||Arista||46||US|
|1988||The Best of the Alan Parsons Project, Vol. 2||Arista||–||–|
|1988||The Instrumental Works||Arista||–||–|
|9 October 1989||Pop Classics||Arista||–||–|
|1995 (6/2004)||Extended Versions: The Encore Collection Live||–||–|
|15 July 1997||The Definitive Collection||–||–|
|27 July 1999||Master Hits - The Alan Parsons Project||–||–|
|2 August 1999||Alan Parsons Project - Greatest Hits Live = Best of Live||–||–|
|3 August 1999||Eye in the Sky – Encore Collection||–||–|
|9 May 2000||Alan Parsons Project - Gold Collection||BMG International||–||–|
|22 August 2002||Works||Audiophile Legends||–||–|
|23 March 2004||Ultimate||–||–|
|2006||Days Are Numbers||Arista||–||–||88697016972|
|2007||The Essential (2 CD Compilation)||Arista / Legacy||–||–||88697043372|
|2010||The Collection||Sony / Camden||88697808482|
|23 March 2014||The Sicilian Defence (part of The Complete Albums Collection)||Arista / Sony||–||–||88697890552-11|
|as Solo Artist – Studio Albums|
|6 October 1993||Try Anything Once||Arista||122||US|
|24 September 1996||On Air||A&M/Digital Sound||78||US|
|28 September 1999||The Time Machine||Miramar||71||US|
|24 August 2004||A Valid Path||Artemis||34||US|
|26 April 2019||The Secret||Frontiers||US|
|as Solo Artist – Live Albums|
|27 June 1995||The Very Best Live||RCA||–||–|
|6 April 2010||Eye 2 Eye: Live in Madrid||Frontiers||e|
|Sept 2013||Alan Parsons LiveSpan||MFP|
|June 2016||Alan Parsons Symphonic Project, Live in Colombia||earMusic|
|as Solo Artist – Singles|
|15 June 2010||All Our Yesterdays / Alpha Centauri (2010)||Authentik Artists, Inc.|
|3 April 2014||Fragile / Luciferama||Mfp Music Productions|
|10 April 2015||Do You Live at All|
|1969||Abbey Road (The Beatles)||Apple||1||UK|
|1970||Atom Heart Mother (Pink Floyd)||Harvest||1|
|1971||Stormcock (Roy Harper)||Harvest|
|1971||Wild Life (Wings)||Apple||10|
|1973||The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd)||Harvest||2|
|1973||Red Rose Speedway (Paul McCartney and Wings)||Apple||1|
|1974||Hollies (The Hollies)||Polydor (UK), Epic (US)||28||US|
|1975||Another Night (The Hollies)||132||US|
|1975||Ambrosia (Ambrosia)||20th Century||22||US|
|1976||Year of the Cat (Al Stewart)||5||US|
|1978||Time Passages (Al Stewart)||10||US|
|2013||The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) (Steven Wilson)||Kscope||28||UK|
|1974||From the Album of the Same Name (Pilot)||EMI|
|1974||The Psychomodo (Cockney Rebel)||EMI|
|1975||The Best Years of Our Lives (Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel)||–||–|
|1975||Second Flight (Pilot)|
|1975||Modern Times (Al Stewart)|
|1976||Rebel (John Miles)||171||US|
|1976||Year of the Cat (Al Stewart)||5||US|
|1976||Somewhere I've Never Travelled (Ambrosia)||20th Century||79||US|
|1978||Time Passages (Al Stewart)||10||US|
|1979||Lenny Zakatek (Lenny Zakatek)||A&M||US|
|1985||Ladyhawke (OST by Andrew Powell)||Atlantic Records|
|1993||Symphonic Music of Yes||RCA|
|2012||Grand Ukulele (Jake Shimabukuro)||Mailboat Records|
|2017||Blackfield V (Blackfield)||Kscope||UK, Israel|
|2019||Jonathan Cilia Faro (Grown up Christmas List)||NewArias Production||USA, Italy|
|as Executive Producer / Mentor|
|1999||Turning the Tide (Iconic Phare)||Carrera Records||–||–|
Parsons was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2021 Birthday Honours for services to music and music production.
The Alan Parsons Project were a British rock band active between 1975 and 1990, whose core membership consisted of Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson. They were accompanied by a varying number of session musicians and some relatively consistent session players such as guitarist Ian Bairnson, arranger Andrew Powell, bassist and vocalist David Paton, drummer Stuart Elliott, and vocalists Lenny Zakatek and Chris Rainbow. Parsons was an audio engineer and producer by profession, but also a musician and a composer. A songwriter by profession, Woolfson was also a composer, a pianist, and a singer. Almost all the songs on the Project's albums are credited to "Woolfson/Parsons".
The Dark Side of the Moon is the eighth studio album by the English rock band Pink Floyd, released on 1 March 1973 by Harvest Records. Primarily developed during live performances, the band premiered an early version of the record several months before recording began. The record was conceived as an album that focused on the pressures faced by the band during their arduous lifestyle, and dealing with the apparent mental health problems suffered by former band member Syd Barrett, who departed the group in 1968. New material was recorded in two sessions in 1972 and 1973 at Abbey Road Studios in London.
Tales of Mystery and Imagination is the debut studio album by British rock band The Alan Parsons Project. It was released on 1 May 1976 in the United States by 20th Century Fox Records and on 1 June 1976 in the United Kingdom by Charisma Records. The lyrical and musical themes of the album, which are retellings of horror stories and poetry by Edgar Allan Poe, attracted a cult audience. The title of the album is taken from the title of a collection of Poe's macabre stories of the same name.
"The Great Gig in the Sky" is the fifth track on The Dark Side of the Moon, the 1973 album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd. The song features music by Richard Wright and non-lexical vocals by Clare Torry.
Ambrosia is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1970. Ambrosia had five top 40 hit singles released between 1975 and 1980, including the top 5 hits "How Much I Feel" and "Biggest Part of Me", and top 20 hits "You're the Only Woman " and "Holdin' on to Yesterday". Most of the original band members have been active with the group continuously for over thirty years to the present day.
Eric Norman Woolfson was a Scottish songwriter, lyricist, vocalist, executive producer, pianist, and co-creator of The Alan Parsons Project. Together they sold over 50 million albums worldwide. Following the 10 successful albums he made with Alan Parsons, Woolfson pursued a career in musical theatre. He wrote five musicals which won awards, have been seen by over a million people, and have been performed in Germany, Austria, Korea and Japan.
I Robot is the second studio album by British rock band The Alan Parsons Project, released on 1 June 1977 by Arista Records. The album draws conceptually on author Isaac Asimov's science fiction Robot stories, exploring philosophical themes regarding artificial intelligence. It was re-released on vinyl and cassette tape in 1984 and on CD in 2007.
Eye in the Sky is the sixth studio album by English rock band the Alan Parsons Project, released in May 1982 by Arista Records. At the 25th Annual Grammy Awards in 1983, Eye in the Sky was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album. In 2019, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Immersive Audio Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.
Pyramid is the third album by progressive rock band The Alan Parsons Project, released in 1978. It is a concept album centred on the pyramids of Giza. At the time the album was conceived, interest in pyramid power and Tutankhamun was widespread in the US and the UK. Pyramid was nominated for the 1978 Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
Stereotomy is the ninth studio album by The Alan Parsons Project, released in 1985.
Vulture Culture is the eighth studio album by The Alan Parsons Project, released in 1984 via the Arista label.
Ken Scott is a British record producer and engineer known for being one of the five main engineers for the Beatles, as well as engineering Elton John, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Duran Duran, the Jeff Beck Group and many more. As a producer, Scott is noted for his work with David Bowie, Supertramp, Devo, Kansas, the Tubes, Ronnie Montrose and Level 42, among others.
James K.A. Guthrie is an English recording engineer and record producer best known for his work with the progressive rock band Pink Floyd serving as a producer and engineer for the band since 1978. He is the owner and operator of das boot recording in Lake Tahoe, California. Married to Melissa Kathryn (Braun) Guthrie and parent of two cats, Bert & Jack. Original music and scoring.
Scarlet Party was formed in Essex, England, in the early 1980s. The founder members were, singer/songwriters Graham Dye, and brother Steven Dye, with drummer Sean Heaphy.
David Paton is a Scottish bassist, guitarist and singer. He first achieved success in the mid-1970s as lead vocalist and bassist of Pilot, who scored hits with "Magic", "January", "Just a Smile" and "Call Me Round" before splitting in 1977. Paton is also known for his work in the original lineup of The Alan Parsons Project (1975-1985), and for working with acts such as Kate Bush, Camel and Elton John.
Freudiana is a rock opera by Eric Woolfson. It was to be the 11th album by The Alan Parsons Project, but during its development, Woolfson had creative differences with Alan Parsons. The production, released in 1990, utilizes the Project's personnel as well as many guest vocalists. Alan Parsons later began his career as a solo artist with his 1993 album Try Anything Once, which was musically in a direction more or less continued from that of the Project's 1987's Gaudi.
"Eye in the Sky" is a song by British rock band the Alan Parsons Project. It was released as a single from their sixth studio album, Eye in the Sky (1982), in August 1982. It hit No. 3 on the Billboard charts in the U.S. in October 1982, No. 1 in both Canada and Spain, and No. 6 in New Zealand and was their most successful release. The instrumental piece entitled "Sirius" segues into "Eye in the Sky" on the original recording.
Andy Jackson is a British recording engineer, best known for his work with the British progressive rock band Pink Floyd. He is also the owner and operator of Tube Mastering, a private studio specializing in recorded music mastering.
Haydn Bendall is an English record producer, audio engineer and mixer. He was Chief Engineer at Abbey Road Studios for ten years and was awarded the Audio Pro Industry Excellence Award for Best Studio Engineer in 2009.
Alan Parsons Live is the first live album by Alan Parsons, recorded in May 1994 during his European tour, and released late that year by Arcade Records in Europe. RCA/BMG added three new studio tracks and changed the cover art when releasing the album in the rest of the world in 1995, renaming it The Very Best Live; stylized on the cover with "The Very Best" in a smaller font between Alan Parsons and Live. The live performances on the album are all songs from his years with The Alan Parsons Project.
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