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Alan Parsons

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As indicated by its name, the Alan Parsons Task had not been a band a lot as an idea overseen with the titular Parsons, an effective manufacturer and engineer. Delivered in Britain on Dec 20, 1948, he started his musical profession as an employee engineer at EMI Studios, and initial garnered significant sector publicity via his focus on the Beatles’ 1969 masterpiece, Abbey Street. Parsons subsequently caused Paul McCartney on many of Wings’ first albums; he also oversaw recordings from Al Stewart, Cockney Rebel, and Pilot, but solidified his popularity by focusing on Green Floyd’s Dark Aspect of the Moon. Affected by his focus on Stewart’s idea album Period Passages, Parsons made a decision to start creating his personal thematic records; alongside songwriter Eric Woolfson, he quickly founded the Alan Parsons Task. Although Parsons performed keyboards and infrequently sang on his information, the Task was designed mainly like a forum for any revolving assortment of vocalists and program players — included in this Arthur Dark brown, ex-Zombie Colin Blunstone, Cockney Rebel’s Steve Harley, the Hollies’ Allan Clarke, and guitarist Ian Bairnson — to interpret and perform Parsons and Woolfson’s conceptually connected, lushly synthesized music. The Task debuted in 1975 with Stories of Secret and Imagination, a series inspired by the task of Edgar Allan Poe; likewise, the technology fiction of Isaac Asimov offered as the natural materials for 1977’s follow-up, I Automatic robot. With 1980’s The Change of an agreeable Card, a yoga on betting, the Alan Parsons Task scored a high 20 strike, “Video games People Play”; 1982’s Vision in the Sky was the Project’s most effective work, and notched a high Three hit using its name monitor. While 1984’s Ammonia Avenue proceeded to go platinum, the Project’s following LPs earned small notice, although information like 1985’s Vulture Tradition, 1987’s Gaudi, and 1996’s On Air flow found favour with longtime followers. Time Machine adopted in 1999. After going for a five-year hiatus, Parsons came back in 2004 having a Valid Path.

Quick Facts


Full Name Alan Parsons
Profession Music Producer, Audio engineer, Screenwriter, Keyboard Player, Film Score Composer
Nationality British
Spouse Lisa Griffiths
Children Tabitha Parsons, Daniel Parsons, Jeremy Parsons, Brittni Parsons
Parents Jean Parsons, Denys Parsons
Siblings Paul Parsons
Music Songs Time, Eye In The Sky, Old and Wise, Days Are Numbers, Sirius / Eye in the Sky, Standing On Higher Ground, You Don't Believe, Pyramania, Games People Play, The Gold Bug, Ace Of Swords, May Be A Price To Pay, Brother Up in Heaven, Blown by the Wind, Siren Song, La Sagrada Familia, Oh Life, The Very Last Time, Wine From the Water, All Our Yesterdays, Mr. Time, What Goes Up..., The Three of Me, Blue Blue Sky, Lucifer, No One Can Love You Better Than Me, The Eagle Will Rise Again, Don't Answer Me, Silence and I, Return to Tunguska, I Am a Mirror, Stereotomy
Albums The Turn of a Friendly Card, Eye in the Sky, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Ammonia Avenue, Vulture Culture, Try Anything Once, Freudiana, A Valid Path, Live in Colombia, Eve, On Air, The Time Machine, Eye 2 Eye: Live in Madrid, Live, Live Span, The Best of The Alan Parsons Project, I Robot (Legacy Edition), Platinum & Gold Collection, The Turn of a Friendly Card (Deluxe Anniversary Edition), Arista Heritage Series: Alan Parsons Project, The Alan Parsons Project - All the Best, Love Songs, Original Album Classics, The Collection, GREATEST HITS, Alan Parsons Project, The Best Of, All Time Best - Reclam Musik Edition 28, Ultimate The Alan Parsons Project, Playlist: The Very Best of The Alan Parsons Project
Movies 5-25-77, Game Over


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Edge of Seventeen 2016 writer: "Eye In The Sky"
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 2016 writer: "Sirius"
The Simpsons 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Video Game writer: "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You"
Cuéntame 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mai caminar 2012 TV Movie documentary writer: "Compta els dies als estels"
La Marató 2009 2009 TV Movie writer: "Si em tens aquí"
Ànima 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hi havia una vegada el disc de La Marató 2009 TV Movie documentary writer: "Si em tens aquí"
Divendres 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2009 writer: "Sirius"
The Education of Charlie Banks 2007 performer: "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You" / writer: "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You"
Beerfest 2006 writer: "Sirius"
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories 2006 Video Game writer: "Games People Play"
One Tree Hill 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
L'anniversaire 2005 writer: "Eyes in the Sky"
The Sopranos 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Undergrads 2001 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Flubber 1997 writer: "SIRIUS"
Donnie Brasco 1997 writer: "What Goes Up" 1978
Derrick 1990 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Miami Vice 1987-1989 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
WrestleMania III 1987 TV Special writer: "Sirius"
Unser Auto wird 100 1985 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Ratings Game 1984 TV Movie producer: "Pipeline" / writer: "Pipeline"
La vie au bout des doigts 1983 Documentary short writer: "Voyager"
Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind 1980 writer: "Voyager" - uncredited
Ice Castles 1978 writer: "Voyager"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Classic Albums 2003 TV Series documentary audio engineer - 1 episode
Im Schatten der Angst 1988 TV Movie music performer
Ladyhawke 1985 music recording engineer / music score producer

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
5-25-77 2007
Cruza la puerta 1984 Short
Game Over 1978 Short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alan Parsons' Art & Science of Sound Recording 2010 Video documentary
Alan Parsons: An Intimate Evening 1998 TV Movie

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Alan Parsons' Art & Science of Sound Recording 2010 Video documentary

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Until the Music Ends post-production Himself
A Single Frame 2015 Documentary Narrator
Rock N' Roll Stories 2014 TV Series Himself
Night of the Proms 2013 TV Series Himself - Singer
Taken by Storm: The Art of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis 2013 Documentary Himself
Fox News 2013 TV Series Himself
- Studio 11 Alan Parsons 'Eye in the Sky' 2013 ... Himself
Alan Parsons' Art & Science of Sound Recording 2010 Video documentary Himself
Na plovárne 2010 TV Series Himself
Classic Albums 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Michael Jackson & Friends 1999 TV Movie Himself
Alan Parsons: An Intimate Evening 1998 TV Movie Himself
The Abbey Road Story 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tocata 1987 TV Series Himself - Guest
Na sowas! 1982 TV Series Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1980 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special Ice Castles (1978) · Eric Woolfson (composer)
· Marvin Hamlisch (composer)
· Carole Bayer Sager (lyricist)


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1 I started in a research lab for TV cameras, then I worked at a tape duplication facility. That was the first introduction for me to recorded music and hi-fi.
2 In Russia we had to have special visas in our passports, and when we had to show our passports at the Kremlin gates, we realized that, Oh my God, we're actually playing in THE Kremlin!
3 The Sicilian Defense album was never released and never will be if I have anything to do with it. I have not heard it since it was finished. I hope the tapes no longer exist.
4 Any effects created before 1975 were done with either tape or echo chambers or some kind of acoustic treatment. No magic black boxes!
5 The Dark Side of the Moon is a fine album with a textural and conceptual richness that not only invites, but demands involvement. There is a certain grandeur.
6 Folk rock was my real roots. I did a few gigs as a folk artist, in the style of Fairport Convention.
7 That Beatle euphoria has always been there, and it's hard to be in a room with a Beatle and try to be totally natural. You never shake that off.
8 The Dark Side of the Moon has flash - the true flash that comes from the excellence of a superb performance.
9 I'm delighted about the track's success in the sports world, but the frustrating thing is, I don't think I got rich on it. The labels and publishers did very cheap deals on our songs.
10 Immediately after the Floyd experience, I became a pop record producer.
11 I was 17 and just learning what high fidelity was, what good sound was, and learning the mechanics of tape machines. It was a real education, going right from the consumer end to the record factory.
12 In France, you can sell a lot, but nobody outside of France ever hears of it.
13 I had the honor of speaking with Asimov. The album ended up being something not directly related to Asimov, but related instead to the concept of the power of robotics.


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