jueves, 30 de junio de 2016

Alan Parsons actua en Barcelona el 4 de julio

Alan Parsons Project nos visita el 1 de julio en Valencia  y el 4 en Barcelona en la Sala BARTS a las 21horas.
The Alan Parsons Project fue un grupo británico de rock progresivo formado en 1975 en Londres y activo hasta 19901 . Liderado por el productor, ingeniero y compositor Alan Parsons y el productor ejecutivo, compositor y vocalista Eric Woolfson en él participaron varios músicos de estudio y un grupo amplio de cantantes. En conjunto grabaron un total de 11 discos, acreditándose la mayoría de las canciones como Parsons/Woolfson, que lograron vender más de 50.000.000 de copias. Alan Parsons y Eric Woolfson se conocieron en el verano 1974 durante unas sesiones de trabajo en los Estudios Abbey Road. En aquel momento Parsons ejercía labores de ingeniero de sonido para Pink Floyd y por su parte Woolfson, letrista y compositor, era músico de estudio y estaba creando un disco inspirado en las obras de Edgar Allan Poe. Fruto de su encuentro decidieron unir sus talentos repartiéndose funciones: Parsons ejercería de productor y realizaría labores de ingeniería de sonido en las canciones compuestas por ambos. Su primera referencia se editó en mayo de 1976 Tales of Mystery and Imagination, que se convirtió en un exito, alcanzando el Top40 de la lista Billboard. El grupo lanzó diez discos más, con un gran cuidado en la producción y creatividad, como I Robot (1977). Gozó de gran popularidad entre 1980 y 1985 con los álbumes The Turn of a Friendly Card (1980) o Eye in the Sky (1982), Ammonia Avenue (1983) y Vulture Culture (1984). Algunas de sus canciones más destacadas son Don't Answer Me, Time, Eye in the Sky, Lucifer, Silence & I o Games People Play. Hasta 2015 se han editado además 14 discos recopilatorios con las canciones de diferentes etapas

The Alan Parsons Project were a British progressive rock band, active between 1975 and 1990, consisting of Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson surrounded by a varying number of session musicians and some relatively consistent band members such as guitarist Ian Bairnson, bassist and vocalist David Paton, drummer Stuart Elliott, and vocalist Lenny Zakatek. Behind the revolving line-up and the regular sidemen, the true core of the Project was the duo of Parsons and Woolfson. Woolfson was a songwriter by profession, but also a composer and pianist. Almost all songs on the band's albums are credited to "Parsons/Woolfson" Alan Parsons met Eric Woolfson in the canteen of Abbey Road Studios in the summer of 1974. Parsons had already acted as Assistant Engineer on the Beatles' albums Abbey Road and Let It Be, had recently engineered Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, and had produced several acts for EMI Records. Woolfson, a songwriter and composer, was working as a session pianist; he had also composed material for a concept album idea based on the work of Edgar Allan Poe. When Parsons asked Woolfson to become his manager, he accepted and subsequently managed Parsons' career as a producer and engineer through a string of successes, including Pilot, Steve Harley, Cockney Rebel, John Miles, Al Stewart, Ambrosia and the Hollies.[2] Parsons commented at the time that he felt frustrated in having to accommodate the views of some of the musicians, which he felt interfered with his production. Woolfson came up with the idea of making an album based on developments in the film industry, where directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick were the focal point of the film's promotion, rather than individual film stars. If the film industry was becoming a director's medium, Woolfson felt the music business might well become a producer's medium.[citation needed] Recalling his earlier Edgar Allan Poe material, Woolfson saw a way to combine his and Parsons' respective talents. Parsons would produce and engineer songs written by the two, and the Alan Parsons Project was born. Their first album, Tales of Mystery and Imagination released by 20th Century Fox Records, including major contributions by all members of Pilot and Ambrosia, was a success, reaching the Top 40 in the US Billboard 200 chart. The song "The Raven" featured lead vocals by the actor Leonard Whiting, and, according to the 2007 remastered album liner notes, was the first rock song to use a digital vocoder, with Alan Parsons speaking lyrics through it. Arista Records then signed the Alan Parsons Project for further albums. Through the late 1970s and early 1980s, the group's popularity continued to grow (although they were always more popular in North America and Continental Europe than in their home country, never achieving a UK Top 40 single or Top 20 album). The singles "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You", "Games People Play", "Damned If I Do", "Time" (Woolfson's first lead vocal) and "Eye in the Sky" had a notable impact on the Billboard Hot 100. "Don't Answer Me" became their last successful single in the United States; it reached the top 15 on the American charts in 1984. After those successes, however, the group began to fade from view. There were fewer hit singles, and declining album sales. 1987's Gaudi would be the Project's final release, though they planned to record an album called Freudiana next.

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