The Alan Parsons Project - Eye In The Sky
The Alan Parsons Project - Eye In The Sky
The Alan Parsons Project - Eye In The Sky
The Alan Parsons Project - Eye In The Sky

The Alan Parsons Project - Eye In The Sky

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Alan Parsons: keyboards, Fairlight programming, vocals

David Paton: acoustic, electric & bass guitars, main vocal (A3)

Ian Bairnson: acoustic & electric guitars

Mel Collins: saxophone

Chris Rainbow: main vocal (A4)

Lenny Zakatek: main vocal (B1, B4)

Elmer Gantry: main vocal (B2)

Eric Woolfson: keyboards, main vocal (A2, A5)

Colin Blunstone: main vocal (B5)

Stuart Elliott: drums, percussion

The English Chorale: choir vocals

Bob Howes: Chorus Master

Written by Alan Parsons, Eric Woolfson

 

1 LP, standard sleeve, insert

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Record Press : Pallas GmbH in Germany

Label : Speakers Corner

Original Label : Arista

Recorded in 1981 at Abbey Road Studios, London, by Alan Parsons on the Sony PCM 1610 system

Engineered by Alan Parsons

Produced by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson

Originally released in 1982

Reissued in 2007

 

Tracks:

Side A :

  1. Sirius
  2. Eye In The Sky
  3. Children Of The Moon
  4. Gemini
  5. Silence And I

Side B :

  1. You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned
  2. Psychobabble
  3. Mammagamma
  4. Step By Step
  5. Old And Wise

 

Reviews :

« Eye in the Sky provided the Alan Parsons Project with their first Top Ten hit since 1977's I Robot, and it's hard not to feel that crossover success was one of the driving forces behind this album. The Project never shied away from hooks, whether it was on the tense white funk of "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You" or the gleaming pop hooks of "Games People Play," but Eye in the Sky was soft and smooth, so smooth that it was easy to ignore that the narrator of the title track was an ominous omniscient who spied either on his lover or his populace, depending on how deeply you wanted to delve into the concepts of this album. And, unlike I Robot or The Turn of a Friendly Card, it is possible to listen to Eye in the Sky and not dwell on the larger themes, since they're used as a foundation, not pushed to center stage. What does dominate is the lushness of sound, the sweetness of melody: this is a soft rock album through and through, one that's about melodic hooks and texture. In the case of the spacy opening salvo "Sirius," later heard on sports talk shows across America, or "Mammagamma," it was all texture, as these instrumentals set the trippy yet warm mood that the pop songs sustained. And the real difference with Eye in the Sky is that, with the exception of those instrumentals and the galloping suite "Silence and I," all the artiness was part of the idea of this album was pushed into the lyrics, so the album plays as soft pop album -- and a very, very good one at that. Perhaps nothing is quite as exquisite as the title song, yet "Children of the Moon" has a sprightly gait (not all that dissimilar from Kenny Loggins' "Heart to Heart"), "Psychobabble" has a bright propulsive edge (not all that dissimilar from 10cc), and "Gemini" is the project at its dreamiest. It all adds up to arguably the most consistent Alan Parsons Project album -- perhaps not in terms of concept, but in terms of music they never were as satisfying as they were here. » AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

 

Ratings :

AllMusic : 4.5/5  ,  Discogs: 4.15 / 5

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