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Alan Parson Project

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This is a group I got turned onto by a guy when I was in high school. We use to get stoned and listen to Alan Parsons Project. I really connected with their sound. Very unique considering some of the bands dominating the rock and roll scene in the 70's.

Never hitting what some would consider "big" they still had hits on the charts. "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You", "Breakdown," "Time", and "Games People Play", put them on the radio but I was introduced to them with the song "The Raven", from the Tales of Mystery and Imagination album which was based on Edgar Allen Poe writings. Which does sound great stoned...anyway, I kept listening to them through high school and into the 80's with my last album I bought being Eye In The Sky in '82.

The Alan Parsons Project was founded by Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons, from Britian and considered progressive-rock. Which is acurate, more so than some who have called them pop-rock...not a category I would place them in, doesn't fit the sound.

I still listen to them today and play them on the radio station I work for, I mean they are classic rock.

Just wanted to see if anyone else likes their sound, I felt they get lost in the shuffle of classic rock.

Band history from Wikipedia

Take a listen on youtube...

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Cool that I'm not the only one! :)

Edna, doesn't surprise me you liked them, you love so many different kinds of music....we could eat some of your brownies and enjoy some AP! :beatnik:

Shannon, I applaud you for being so cool at 7, my little miss I hope will be the same way...I'm her Mama afterall! :D

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I've never listened to one of their albums in its entirety, but I do like a lot of their music.

Eye in the Sky was big when I was growing up and I used to play Don't Answer Me over and over. Old & Wise and Ammonia Avenue are really good too, but I didn't "discover" these songs until much later.

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Sweet Jane,

I have two of the albums (both on vinyl, 8 track, and cassette). I robot, and Pyramid. Of those two, Pyramid is my fav. When that was first released my girlfriend and I (along with others) would sit in my car and blast that tape. One winters night we were parked in front of her apartment blasting the tape with windows rolled up and a neighbor across the street (on the 3rd floor) called the cops to complain about the loud music. (must of had his hearing aid turned up to high). Lucky for the two of us, we both worked as police dispatchers and knew all the cops, we were both 20 at the time and along with the loud music we also had about 30 empty beer cans on the floor in the back seat (drinking age in Pa has allways been 21)... Ah the good old days....lol

Jim

PS/ I know its a well known fact, but I didnt see it mentioned here that AP is also a fantasic audio engineer. As can be heard on the Beatles "Abbey Road", and Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon".

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Mars and Jim, cool that you are AP fans. I was a little hesitant about putting a thread up for them, but what the heck, they have a cool sound and maybe someone who hasn't heard them will get turned on.

Jim love the story! :D Yes the good old days...miss them quite often. :cool:

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Got into work abit early today (sat). Nobody here yet, so I cranked up the radio (sirius) ch 16 "the vault", and they had just started to play the whole AP album "I Robot". Been a long time since I've heard some of those tunes. It was great, not to mention what a coincedence.

Jim

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To bad ya just cant play one album per day in its intirety, but I know thats not possable now days.. But its nice to dream once and awhile though.

They did that around here years ago during the lunch hour+.... Billed as "featured artist of the week"

Jim

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Yeah that would be cool, but in todays world of radio won't happen, I do have a special of the week on Fridays and I do highlight an artist from time to time. Last artist I did for the 90 min lunch show was The Rolling Stones a few weeks back, was a good show.

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Good to know someone misses me! ;)

I hope I'm back tomorrow, we are getting slammed with snow now should have another 7 inches of snow by morning in addition to the 4 inches we already have...yuck!! :P

I did tune in today and I heard Will playing Alan Parsons...he's learning!! :D

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