Alan Parsons Project









Alan Parsons Project

Alan Parsons Project

was a British progressive rock band which was formed in 1974 by Alan Parsons. The band were popular between 1975 to 1987. Alan met Eric Woolfson (piano player and song writer) at Abbey Road Studios and asked him to be his producer and engineer. Woolfson had the idea of making an album based on the development of the movie industry and his idea was a hit. He combined his and Parsons’ talents and came up with the Alan Parsons Project. Parsons would produce and engineer the songs written by the two . Their first album, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, was very successful and after that, Artista Records signed them to a contract for further albums. Their success continued to grow and they released the singles, Games People Play, Time, and Eye In the Sky. All of them made an impact on the top pop charts. Their career began to fade after these hits and their album sales declined. In 1987 the Alan Parsons Project released their final album release, Gaudi. The two planned to record an album called, Freudiana but it never happened. Alan Parson produced the studio version of the album but it was Woolfson’s idea to make it a musical. This caused some misunderstandings between the two so they split up and Parson’s went solo and Woolfson went on to produce musicals. He used some songs from the Project in his musicals.

The Alan Parsons Project consisted of different musicians and different lead singers. Woolfson had done many of the lead singer roles but claimed to not be a real singer so they used many others in their project. Some of the other singers were, Eric Stewart, Chris Rainbow, Lenny Zakatek, and Colin Blunstone were used on a regular basis and David pack, Geoff Barradale, and Gary Brooker recorded once or twice for them. Parsons sang lead on one song only and also backup on one song. Both of these songs were on their first album. There were many lead vocalists used but there were other members who worked for Parsons and Woolfson on a regular basis. These members were, Ian Bairnson (guitar player), David Paton (bass player), Stuart Tosh (drum player), and Billy Lyall. Tosh was eventually replaced by Stuart Elliott. There were 13 contributors all together for the life of the Alan parsons Project. They were not official members but they were musicians who were recruited to aid in the recording of the songs and albums. There was a total of 24 albums and compilations and 17 singles released by the Alan Parsons Project. Both Parsons and Woolfson worked together to write and produce almost all of the songs for the albums and singles and are given credit for them.