“Eye In The Sky” – Alan Parsons (keyb); Eric Woolfson (keyb, voc); Andrew Powell (arr, cond); Ian Bairnson (g); Mel Collins (sax); David Paton (b, g, voc); Stuart Elliot (dr, perc), orchestra & chorus
Unimpressed and untouched by the glorification of individuals so typical for the music business, the Alan Parsons Project proved that even without spectacular light shows, rock celebrities in the band or self-composed songs it was possible to rise to stardom. Alan Parsons, who first took up an apprenticeship as a sound engineer at EMI and was later responsible for several Paul McCartney productions and the Pink Floyd album “Dark Side Of The Moon” at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, drew upon his experience in order to further his solo career. While the co-producer Eric Woolfson wrote songs, Parsons – who had an uncanny feeling for sound – conjured up a lush mélange of synthetic and natural sounds.
As with all albums from the early years, “Eye In The Sky” is inspired by important topics of the times. True to the ‘no-future lifestyle’ of the 80s, the songs impart a somewhat depressive character which serves as a stark contrast to the steely rock rhythms, free from electronic gimmicks. In addition one finds addictive harmony in the vocal polyphony (“Gemini”), blaring brass with a Spanish rhythm (“Silence And I”) and a velvety string sound (“Old And Wise”). All in all a great achievement by the British wizard of sound at the mixing console.
This Speakers Corner production was manufactured 100% analogously, with the use of the analogue mastertape and analogue mastering – the recording, however, was digital. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.
Recording: 1981 at Abbey Road Studios, London, by Alan Parsons
Production: Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson
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