Album of the Day: Alan Parsons Project (8/27/79)

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Alan Parsons gained early recognition as an in-house engineer with EMI Studios; his crowning achievements behind the mixing board were the Beatles’ Abbey Road and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, two highly regarded rock concept albums. With his colleague, pianist and lyricist Eric Woolfson, Parsons struck out on his own in the mid-70s, forming The Alan Parsons Project as a vehicle to record, using a string of session musicians and singers, the concept albums the two dreamed up while engineering other artists’ projects at EMI. The result was a series of superbly crafted, progressive pop-rock thematic collections from 1975 to 1984. In the middle was Eve, recorded and mixed at Abbey Road and released on August 27, 1979. I Robot is generally considered the APP’s best album, but Eve is a close second. The album presents a sonic and lyric discussion of woman’s power over man, punctuated by two minor hits, “Damned If I Do” and the instrumental “Lucifer.”  Eve is available on Amazon and iTunes, and an APP playlist is planned for Dr. Rock’s Playlist Vault.

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