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The Essential Alan Parsons Project

The Alan Parsons Project

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It's easy to confuse this triple-disc Essential Alan Parsons Project with the double-disc Essential Alan Parsons Project. After all, it not only has the same name, it has the same cover art and a sequencing so similar to the double that it takes some close inspection to realize that they are two different beasts -- and that's even with a whole extra disc here! That extra disc worth of material, of course, is what really separates the two compilations, and it's what makes the three-CD set the province of serious listeners since it digs deeper and presents plenty of album tracks, instrumentals, even suites. So, for the fan who wants an exhaustive Alan Parsons Project compilation, this three-disc set is surely the one to get even though it must be asked, if you're such a big fan of the Project that you need three jam-packed discs worth of music, why not just choose the original concept albums which, after all, were meant to be listened to in their entirety?
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1
The Raven 1987 Remix Album Version
00:04:08

E. Woolfson, Composer - E. Woolfson, Lyricist - A. Parsons, Composer - A. Parsons, Lyricist - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer

(P) 1987 The Island Def Jam Music Group. Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group under license from Universal Music Enterprises, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc

2
The Tell-Tale Heart 1987 Remix Album Version
00:04:38

E. Woolfson, Lyricist - E. Woolfson, Composer - A. Parsons, Composer - A. Parsons, Lyricist - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer

(P) 1987 The Island Def Jam Music Group. Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group under license from Universal Music Enterprises, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
The Cask of Amontillado 1987 Remix Album Version
00:04:27

E. Woolfson, Composer - E. Woolfson, Lyricist - A. Parsons, Lyricist - A. Parsons, Composer - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer

(P) 1987 The Island Def Jam Music Group. Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group under license from Universal Music Enterprises, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
To One in Paradise 1987 Remix Album Version
00:04:40

E. Woolfson, Composer - E. Woolfson, Lyricist - A. Parsons, Composer - A. Parsons, Lyricist - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer

(P) 1987 The Island Def Jam Music Group. Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group under license from Universal Music Enterprises, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
I Robot
00:05:16

Tony Rivers, Background Vocal - John Leach, Performer - Ian Bairnson, Electric Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Background Vocal - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Eric Woolfson, Background Vocal - Smokey Parsons, Background Vocal - Alan Parsons, Background Vocal - Alan Parsons, Keyboards - Alan Parsons, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Alan Parsons, Producer - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Performer - Alan Parsons, Engineer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Duncan Mackay, Keyboards - The New Philharmonia Chorus, Background Vocal - David Paton, Bass - David Paton, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - David Paton, Background Vocal - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - Stuart Calver, Background Vocal - B.J. Cole, Steel Guitar - The English Chorale, Background Vocal - Hilary Western, Background Vocal - Bob Howes, Chorus Master - John Perry, Background Vocal - Stuart Tosh, Drums - Stuart Tosh, Percussion - Stuart Tosh, Background Vocal - Andrew Powell, Arranger - Andrew Powell, Conductor

(P) 1977 Arista Records, LLC

6
I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You
00:03:23

Tony Rivers, Background Vocal - John Leach, Performer - Ian Bairnson, Electric Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Background Vocal - Eric Woolfson, Executive Producer - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Eric Woolfson, Background Vocal - Smokey Parsons, Background Vocal - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Performer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Duncan Mackay, Keyboards - The New Philharmonia Chorus, Background Vocal - David Paton, Bass - David Paton, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - David Paton, Background Vocal - Lenny Zakatek, Vocal - The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Engineer - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - The Alan Parsons Project, Keyboards - The Alan Parsons Project, Background Vocal - Stuart Calver, Background Vocal - B.J. Cole, Steel Guitar - The English Chorale, Background Vocal - Hilary Western, Background Vocal - Bob Howes, Chorus Master - John Perry, Background Vocal - Stuart Tosh, Drums - Stuart Tosh, Percussion - Stuart Tosh, Background Vocal - Andrew Powell, Arranger - Andrew Powell, Conductor

(P) 1977 Arista Records, LLC

7
Some Other Time
00:04:05

Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Alan Parsons, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Lyricist - The Alan Parsons Project, Composer - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer

(P) 1977 Arista Records, LLC

8
Don't Let It Show
00:04:20

Tony Rivers, Background Vocal - Dave Townsend, Vocal - John Leach, Performer - Ian Bairnson, Electric Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Background Vocal - Eric Woolfson, Executive Producer - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Eric Woolfson, Background Vocal - Smokey Parsons, Background Vocal - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Performer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Duncan Mackay, Keyboards - The New Philharmonia Chorus, Background Vocal - David Paton, Bass - David Paton, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - David Paton, Background Vocal - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Engineer - The Alan Parsons Project, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - The Alan Parsons Project, Keyboards - The Alan Parsons Project, Background Vocal - Stuart Calver, Background Vocal - B.J. Cole, Steel Guitar - The English Chorale, Background Vocal - Hilary Western, Background Vocal - Bob Howes, Chorus Master - John Perry, Background Vocal - Stuart Tosh, Drums - Stuart Tosh, Percussion - Stuart Tosh, Background Vocal - Andrew Powell, Arranger - Andrew Powell, Conductor

(P) 1977 Arista Records, LLC

9
Day After Day (The Show Must Go On)
00:03:42

Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Composer - The Alan Parsons Project, Lyricist

(P) 1977 Arista Records, LLC

10
What Goes Up...
00:03:30

Bob Howes, Chorus Master - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Engineer - Alan Parsons, Producer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Ian Bairnson, Electric Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Duncan Mackay, Keyboards - David Paton, Bass - David Paton, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - David Paton, Vocal - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Dean Ford, Vocal - Andrew Powell, Conductor - Andrew Powell, Arranger

(P) 1978 Arista Records LLC

11
The Eagle Will Rise Again
00:04:21

Bob Howes, Chorus Master - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Engineer - The Alan Parsons Project, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Ian Bairnson, Electric Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Duncan Mackay, Keyboards - David Paton, Bass - David Paton, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Colin Blunstone, Vocal - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Executive Producer - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Andrew Powell, Arranger - Andrew Powell, Conductor

(P) 1978 Arista Records LLC

12
Can't Take It with You
00:05:06

Bob Howes, Chorus Master - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Lyricist - The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Engineer - The Alan Parsons Project, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Ian Bairnson, Electric Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Duncan Mackay, Keyboards - David Paton, Bass - David Paton, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Executive Producer - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Dean Ford, Vocal - Andrew Powell, Conductor - Andrew Powell, Arranger

(P) 1978 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
In the Lap of the Gods Instrumental
00:05:28

Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Alan Parsons, Engineer - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Producer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Andrew Powell, Arranger - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1978 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
Shadow of a Lonely Man
00:05:34

Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Alan Parsons, Engineer - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Producer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Andrew Powell, Arranger - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - Chris Blair, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1978 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

15
Lucifer
00:04:19

Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - The Alan Parsons Project, Composer - The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Engineer - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Lyricist

(P) 1979 Arista Records

16
Damned If I Do
00:04:52

The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Engineer - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Performer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Ian Bairnson, Guitar - Lenny Zakatek, Vocal - Duncan Mackay, Keyboards - David Paton, Bass - David Paton, Background Vocal - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Eric Woolfson, Performer - Orchestra of the Munich Chamber Opera Care of Eberhard Schoener, Performer - Chris Rainbow, Background Vocal - Andrew Powell, Arranger - Andrew Powell, Conductor

(P) 1979 Arista Records LLC

17
If I Could Change Your Mind
00:05:50

The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Engineer - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Performer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Ian Bairnson, Guitar - Lesley Duncan, Vocal - Duncan Mackay, Keyboards - David Paton, Bass - David Paton, Background Vocal - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Executive Producer - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Eric Woolfson, Performer - Orchestra of the Munich Chamber Opera Care of Eberhard Schoener, Performer - Chris Rainbow, Background Vocal - Andrew Powell, Arranger - Andrew Powell, Conductor

(P) 1979 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

DISC 2

1
Games People Play
00:04:22

The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Engineer - The Alan Parsons Project, Keyboards - The Alan Parsons Project, Background Vocal - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Ian Bairnson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Electric Guitar - Lenny Zakatek, Background Vocal - Lenny Zakatek, Vocal - David Paton, Bass - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Eric Woolfson, Executive Producer - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Orchestra of the Munich Chamber Opera Care of Eberhard Schoener, Performer - Chris Rainbow, Background Vocal - Andrew Powell, Arranger - Andrew Powell, Conductor

(P) 1980 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Time
00:05:04

The Alan Parsons Project, Keyboards - The Alan Parsons Project, Background Vocal - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Engineer - Alan Parsons, Producer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Ian Bairnson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Electric Guitar - Lenny Zakatek, Background Vocal - David Paton, Bass - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Vocal - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Orchestra of the Munich Chamber Opera Care of Eberhard Schoener, Performer - Chris Rainbow, Background Vocal - Andrew Powell, Arranger - Andrew Powell, Conductor

(P) 1980 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
The Gold Bug
00:04:34

Bob Howes, Chorus Master - The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Engineer - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - The Alan Parsons Project, Composer - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Ian Bairnson, Electric Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - David Paton, Bass - David Paton, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Duncan Mackay, Keyboards - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Executive Producer - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Andrew Powell, Arranger - Andrew Powell, Conductor

(P) 1988 Arista Records LLC

4
The Turn of a Friendly Card
00:02:45

The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Engineer - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - Alan Parsons, Background Vocal - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Keyboards - Alan Parsons, Performer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Ian Bairnson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Electric Guitar - Lenny Zakatek, Background Vocal - David Paton, Bass - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Executive Producer - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Eric Woolfson, Performer - Orchestra of the Munich Chamber Opera Care of Eberhard Schoener, Performer - Chris Rainbow, Vocal - Chris Rainbow, Background Vocal - Andrew Powell, Arranger - Andrew Powell, Conductor

(P)1980 Arista Records Inc.

5
Snake Eyes
00:03:15

The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Engineer - The Alan Parsons Project, Vocal - Alan Parsons, Background Vocal - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Keyboards - Alan Parsons, Performer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Ian Bairnson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Electric Guitar - Lenny Zakatek, Background Vocal - David Paton, Bass - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Eric Woolfson, Performer - Eric Woolfson, Executive Producer - Orchestra of the Munich Chamber Opera Care of Eberhard Schoener, Performer - Chris Rainbow, Vocal - Chris Rainbow, Background Vocal - Andrew Powell, Arranger - Andrew Powell, Conductor

(P)1980 Arista Records Inc.

6
The Ace of Swords
00:02:57

Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Alan Parsons, Composer - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer

(P) 1980, Arista Records LLC

7
Nothing Left to Lose
00:04:07

Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Alan Parsons, Composer - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer

(P) 1980, Arista Records LLC

8
The Turn of a Friendly Card, Pt. 2
00:03:22

The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - Alan Parsons, Background Vocal - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Keyboards - Alan Parsons, Performer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Ian Bairnson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Electric Guitar - Lenny Zakatek, Background Vocal - David Paton, Bass - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Eric Woolfson, Performer - Orchestra of the Munich Chamber Opera Care of Eberhard Schoener, Performer - Chris Rainbow, Vocal - Chris Rainbow, Background Vocal - Andrew Powell, Conductor

(P) 1980 Arista Records Inc.

9
Sirius Chicago Bulls Theme Song
00:01:52

Bob Howes, Chorus Master - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Engineer - The Alan Parsons Project, Keyboards - The Alan Parsons Project, Programmer - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Ian Bairnson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Electric Guitar - Chris Blair, Producer - Mel Collins, Saxophone - David Paton, Bass - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Executive Producer - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Andrew Powell, Arranger - Andrew Powell, Conductor

(P) 1982 Arista Records LLC

10
Eye In The Sky
00:04:36

Bob Howes, Chorus Master - The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Engineer - The Alan Parsons Project, Programmer - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Keyboards - Alan Parsons, Producer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Ian Bairnson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Electric Guitar - Chris Blair, Producer - Mel Collins, Saxophone - David Paton, Bass - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Executive Producer - Eric Woolfson, Vocal - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Andrew Powell, Arranger - Andrew Powell, Conductor

(P) 1982 Arista Records LLC

11
Silence and I
00:07:19

Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Alan Parsons, Engineer - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Producer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer

(P) 1982 Arista Records LLC

12
Psychobabble
00:04:51

Bob Howes, Chorus Master - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Keyboards - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Programmer - Alan Parsons, Engineer - Alan Parsons, Producer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Elmer Gantry, Vocal - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Ian Bairnson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Electric Guitar - Chris Blair, Producer - Mel Collins, Saxophone - David Paton, Bass - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Executive Producer - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Andrew Powell, Arranger - Andrew Powell, Conductor

(P) 1982 Arista Records LLC

13
Mammagamma Instrumental
00:03:35

Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Alan Parsons, Engineer - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Producer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer

(P) 1982 Arista Records LLC

14
Old and Wise
00:04:55

Bob Howes, Chorus Master - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Keyboards - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Programmer - Alan Parsons, Engineer - Alan Parsons, Producer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Ian Bairnson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Electric Guitar - Chris Blair, Producer - Mel Collins, Saxophone - David Paton, Bass - Colin Blunstone, Vocal - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Executive Producer - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Andrew Powell, Arranger - Andrew Powell, Conductor

(P) 1982 Arista Records LLC

15
Pipeline Instrumental
00:03:57

Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Alan Parsons, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Composer

(P) 1984 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

16
Ammonia Avenue
00:06:32

Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Alan Parsons, Engineer - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Producer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer

(P) 1984 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

17
No Answers Only Questions
00:02:11

Eric Woolfson, Vocal - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Alan Parsons, Engineer - Alan Parsons, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer

(P) 2006 Arista Records LLC

DISC 3

1
Don't Answer Me
00:04:11

The Alan Parsons Project, Programmer - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Engineer - Alan Parsons, Producer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - The Philharmonia Orchestra, Performer - Ian Bairnson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Electric Guitar - David Paton, Bass - Mel Collins, Saxophone - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Vocal - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Eric Woolfson, Executive Producer - Andrew Powell, Arranger - Andrew Powell, Conductor

(P) 1984 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Prime Time
00:05:03

The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Engineer - The Alan Parsons Project, Programmer - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - The Philharmonia Orchestra, Performer - Ian Bairnson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Electric Guitar - David Paton, Bass - Mel Collins, Saxophone - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Executive Producer - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Eric Woolfson, Vocal - Andrew Powell, Arranger - Andrew Powell, Conductor

(P) 1984 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Separate Lives Alternative Mix
00:04:17

Eric Woolfson, Vocal - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Alan Parsons, Engineer - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Producer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer

(P) 2006 Arista Records LLC

4
Let's Talk About Me
00:04:28

Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Executive Producer - Eric Woolfson, Piano - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Richard Cottle, Synthesizer - Richard Cottle, Saxophone - Ian Bairnson, Guitar - David Paton, Vocal - David Paton, Bass - The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Engineer - The Alan Parsons Project, Programmer - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer

(P) 1984 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Days Are Numbers (The Traveller)
00:04:26

The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Programmer - Alan Parsons, Engineer - Alan Parsons, Producer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Mr. Laser Beam, Arranger - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Ian Bairnson, Guitar - Richard Cottle, Synthesizer - Richard Cottle, Saxophone - Tony Richards, 2nd Engineer - David Paton, Bass - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Piano - Chris Rainbow, Vocal

(P) 1984 Arista Records LLC

6
Hawkeye
00:03:48

Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Executive Producer - Eric Woolfson, Piano - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Richard Cottle, Synthesizer - Richard Cottle, Saxophone - Ian Bairnson, Guitar - David Paton, Vocal - David Paton, Bass - The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Engineer - The Alan Parsons Project, Programmer - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer

(P) 1984 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Sooner or Later
00:04:24

Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Engineer - The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Composer - The Alan Parsons Project, Lyricist

(P) 1984 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Stereotomy
00:06:47

The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Composer - The Alan Parsons Project, Lyricist - The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Engineer - The Alan Parsons Project, Keyboards - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Stuart Elliott, Drums - The Philharmonia Orchestra, Performer - Ian Bairnson, Guitar - Richard Cottle, Synthesizer - Richard Cottle, Saxophone - Tony Richards, 2nd Engineer - John Miles, Vocal - Noel Rafferty, 2nd Engineer - David Paton, Bass - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Executive Producer - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Eric Woolfson, Piano - Andrew Powell, Arranger - Andrew Powell, Conductor

(P) 1985 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Limelight
00:04:38

Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Alan Parsons, Engineer - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer

(P) 1985 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Where's the Walrus?
00:07:24

Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Alan Parsons, Producer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Vocal - The Alan Parsons Project, Composer

(P)1984 Arista Records LLC

11
La Sagrada Familia
00:07:28

Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Composer - The Alan Parsons Project, Lyricist

(P) 1987 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Closer to Heaven
00:05:53

Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer

(P) 1987 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Standing on Higher Ground
00:05:43

Bob Howes, Timpani - Bob Howes, Conductor - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Engineer - The Alan Parsons Project, Composer - The Alan Parsons Project, Lyricist - Laurie Cottle, Bass - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - The English Chorale, Performer - Ian Bairnson, Guitar - Richard Cottle, Synthesizer - Richard Cottle, Saxophone - Tony Richards, Engineer - David Cripp, Horns - Geoff Barradale, Vocal - John Heley, Acoustic Cello - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Piano - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Andrew Powell, Arranger

(P) 1987 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
Paseo de Gracia Instrumental
00:03:39

Bob Howes, Chorus Master - The Alan Parsons Project, Producer - The Alan Parsons Project, Engineer - The Alan Parsons Project, Programmer - The Alan Parsons Project, Performer - The Alan Parsons Project, Keyboards - Alan Parsons, Composer - Alan Parsons, Lyricist - Stuart Elliott, Percussion - Stuart Elliott, Drums - Ian Bairnson, Acoustic Baritone Guitar - Ian Bairnson, Electric Guitar - Chris Blair, Producer - Mel Collins, Saxophone - David Paton, Bass - Eric Woolfson, Composer - Eric Woolfson, Lyricist - Eric Woolfson, Executive Producer - Eric Woolfson, Keyboards - Andrew Powell, Arranger - Andrew Powell, Conductor

(P) 1987 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

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It's easy to confuse this triple-disc Essential Alan Parsons Project with the double-disc Essential Alan Parsons Project. After all, it not only has the same name, it has the same cover art and a sequencing so similar to the double that it takes some close inspection to realize that they are two different beasts -- and that's even with a whole extra disc here! That extra disc worth of material, of course, is what really separates the two compilations, and it's what makes the three-CD set the province of serious listeners since it digs deeper and presents plenty of album tracks, instrumentals, even suites. So, for the fan who wants an exhaustive Alan Parsons Project compilation, this three-disc set is surely the one to get even though it must be asked, if you're such a big fan of the Project that you need three jam-packed discs worth of music, why not just choose the original concept albums which, after all, were meant to be listened to in their entirety?
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