THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT – Eye In The Sky [35th Anniversary Collector’s Edition] (2017)
THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT most popular album, Eye In The Sky, just received a luxury Collector’s Edition release by Legacy Recordings; “Eye In The Sky [35th Anniversary Collector’s Edition]“.
The Deluxe Box Set Includes 3 CDs, 2 LPs, 5.1 Surround Mix and Stereo HD Mix of Original Album on Blu-ray, Previously Unreleased Bonus Material, 1982 Replica Poster, and more.
A multi-layered masterpiece, “Eye In The Sky” is The Alan Parsons Project’s sixth studio album written by Eric Woolfson (who passed December 2, 2009) and Alan Parsons.
A conceptual musical meditation on a variety of belief systems–the album’s title refers to casino surveillance, earth-circling satellites and the all-seeing eye of the Egyptian God Horus– “Eye In The Sky” has proved both timely and timeless, a remarkably prescient view of art, religion, politics and culture for the 21st century.
The 35th anniversary Eye in the Sky collector’s box set includes 3 CDs: Disc1 Original Album Expanded + bonus tracks / Disc 2: Eric Woolfson’s Songwriting Diaries (Previously Unreleased), and Disc3: Previously Unreleased Bonus Material and & Single Edits.
Then you have a 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo HD version of the original album on Blu-ray. Also included are 2 vinyl LPs (the original album newly struck at half speed on four sides at 45rpm at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell), a flexi-disc replica of an original 1982 promo, a gold-foil Eye of Horus stamp on the front of the box and more.
Disc 1 is the original album remastered and includes 6 bonus tracks, superb album, superb sound quality. Disc 2 is Eric Woolfson’s Songwriting Diaries, all demos and ideas to hear the creation process of these magnificent songs. Great stuff for fans.
But my favorite is Disc 3, all previously unreleased takes, with different vocalists than the definitive versions, different guitar solos, electric guitars turned into acoustic, etc.
Plus, new, very well done edits on title track ‘Eye in the Sky’, ‘Old and Wise’ and ‘Psychobabble’. If these ‘edit versions’ were released today as standalone singles, I am sure they will work wonderfully at Classic Rock Radio.
‘Eye In The Sky’ introduced the world to a pair of the APP’s biggest hits and most durable tracks: the album’s title song with lead vocals from Eric Woolfson, and the album’s throbbing ‘Sirius’, a powerful stadium anthem familiar to fans of the Chicago Bulls and attendees of major college and professional sporting events throughout North America.
All of the newly discovered bonus material on this “Eye In The Sky [35th Anniversary Collector’s Edition]” has been lovingly and painstakingly restored to produce the best possible state-of-the-art listening experience for longtime fans and newcomers to the album.
The definitive version of this MUST HAVE album.
Disc 1: Original Album Remastered & Expanded
02. Eye In The Sky
03. Children Of The Moon
05. Silence And I
06. You’re Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned
09. Step By Step
10. Old And Wise
11. Sirius (Demo)
12. Old And Wise (Eric Woolfson Vocal)
13. Any Other Day (Studio Demo)
14. Silence And I (Eric Woolfson Vocal)
15. The Naked Eye
16. Eye Pieces (Classical Naked Eye)
Disc 2: Eric Woolfson’s Songwriting Diaries
01. Eye in the Sky (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 1)
02. Eye in the Sky (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 2)
03. Eye in the Sky (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 3)
04. Eye in the Sky (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 4)
05. Children of the Moon (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 1)
06. Children of the Moon (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 2)
07. Gemini (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 1)
08. Gemini (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 2)
09. Gemini (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 3)
10. Gemini & Silence and I (Eric’s Songwriting Diary)
11. Silence and I (Eric’s Songwriting Diary)
12. Cooper’s Theme/ Silence and I chord beginnings
13. Cooper’s Theme/ Silence and I beginnings
14. Silence and I / Fly Away (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 1)
15. Silence and I / Fly Away (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 2)
16. Old and Wise (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 1)
17. Old and Wise (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 2)
18. Old and Wise (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 3)
PREV. UNRELEASED BONUS MATERIAL & Single Edits
01. Eye In The Sky (Ian 12-string Acoustic Guitar Out Take)
02. Sirius and Eye In The Sky (Early Rough Mix)
03. Eye In The Sky (Eric Demo Verses – No Lyrics)
04. Children Of The Moon (12-string Acoustic Guitar)
05. Children Of The Moon (Early Rough Mix With Eric Demo Vocal)
06. Gemini (Chris Rainbow Vocal Harmonies)
07. Silence And I (Orchestral Take With Eric Demo Vocal)
08. You’re Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned (Different Guitar Solo)
09. You’re Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned (Alan Demo Vocal)
10. Psychobabble (Orchestral Take)
11. Psychobabble (Rough Mix With Eric Demo Vocal)
12. Step By Step (12-string Acoustic Guitars)
13. Step By Step (Rough Mix Backing Track – Extended Intro)
14. Old and Wise (Chris Rainbow Beach Boys Experiment)
15. Old & Wise (Eric Piano Track)
16. Eye in the Sky (Single Edit)
17. Old and Wise (Single Edit)
18. Psychobabble (Single Edit)
Eric Woolfson: keyboards, main vocal (Tracks 2 & 5)
Chris Rainbow: main vocal (Track 4)
Lenny Zakatek: main vocal (Tracks 6 & 9)
Elmer Gantry: main vocal (Track 7)
Colin Blunstone: main vocal (Track 10)
The English Chorale: choir vocals
David Paton: bass, guitars, main vocal (Track 3)
Ian Bairnson: acoustic & electric guitars
Mel Collins: saxophone
Stuart Elliott: drums, percussion
Alan Parsons: keyboards, Fairlight programming, vocals
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