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    New music from Alan Parsons



    From his forthcoming new album.

    Of the collaboration with Mraz, Alan says, “I met Jason two years ago through a neighbor who grows coffee on his ranch. Jason wanted to grow coffee himself and our neighbor, Jay was kind enough to introduce us since we had mutual musical interests. For 'Miracle’, Jason recorded his vocals in Dallas while I listened in Santa Barbara and we sent files back and forth, resulting in this song. Thus proving that you don't necessarily have to be in the same studio with someone to create music. This was also the case with Lou Gramm on the track "Sometimes", which he sang in New York.

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    I know the name Jason Mraz but don't know where from. If that's him singing, he sounds like the guy from Ghost.

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    Seems like a Calling All Stations outtake...

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpyser View Post
    Seems like a Calling All Stations outtake...
    Ouch!

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    Sounds like Mike & the Mechanics to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpyser View Post
    Seems like a Calling All Stations outtake...
    Yeah, this is pretty much what I was thinking as well. Too bad - I hope he doesn't play this on Friday.

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    Good song. My kids love Mraz, never thought I would hear him on a prog track !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flightwave View Post
    Good song. My kids love Mraz, never thought I would hear him on a prog track !
    You still haven't.
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    More info on the forthcoming album - nice to see Ian Bairnson at least appear on a song again, I believe he has been absent from recent Parsons releases:

    Tracklist:
    1. THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE (instrumental)*
    2. MIRACLE (lead vocal: Jason Mraz)
    3. AS LIGHTS FALL (lead vocal: Alan Parsons)
    4. ONE NOTE SYMPHONY (lead vocal: Todd Cooper)
    5. SOMETIMES (lead vocal: Lou Gramm)
    6. SOIRÉE FANTASTIQUE (lead vocal: Todd Cooper, Alan Parsons)
    7. FLY TO ME (lead vocal: Mark Mikel)
    8. REQUIEM (lead vocal: Todd Cooper)
    9. BEYOND THE YEARS OF GLORY (lead vocal: PJ Olsson)§
    10. THE LIMELIGHT FADES AWAY (lead vocal: Jordan Huffman)
    11. I CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE (lead vocal: Jared Mahone)§ featured in Motion Picture “5-25-77”

    Guitars: Steve Hackett (on *), Jeff Kollmann, Dan Tracey, Tony Rosacci, Ian Bairnson (solo on §), Alan Parsons
    Synth, Keyboards: Andy Ellis, Tom Brooks, Dan Tracey, Alan Parsons
    Piano: Pat Caddick, Angelo Pizzaro
    Bass: Nathan East (on *), Guy Erez, Jeff Peterson
    Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta (on *), Danny Thompson, Carl Sorensen
    Sax: Todd Cooper
    Cello: Michael Fitzpatrick

    ORCHESTRAL ARRANGEMENTS Tom Brooks / STRINGS CONDUCTED BY Alan Parsons except on * Tom Brooks
    ORCHESTRA The CMG Music Recording Orchestra of Hollywood

    PERCUSSION Alan Parsons
    UKULELE Jake Shimabukuro
    TROMBONES Oscar Utterström
    TRUMPETS Vinnie Ciesielski

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    Wow, I guess the theme of this album is a different vocalist on every song!

    Who does vocals on Parsons' recent shows? Is it just Parsons himself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    Wow, I guess the theme of this album is a different vocalist on every song!

    Who does vocals on Parsons' recent shows? Is it just Parsons himself?

    A couple of years ago, the Project was touring and released an excellent concert DVD and CD.... I highly recommend this! Looks like all or most of that band isn’t on the new release. But Alan Parsons released many CD’s after the project and there were many different lead singers on them. I actually like those better than many of the Project releases. I’m looking forward to this new one; first new release from him in years....
    So much music....so little time....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    You still haven't.
    Badda-Boom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yodathedog View Post
    Sounds like Mike & the Mechanics to me.
    There's no higher praise than that.
    "If you want to see the true nature of humanity, just look at the internet."

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    OK song, but who told these guys you could grow coffee in the continental US?

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    That single makes The Cutting Crew sound like Metallica.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flatliner View Post
    But Alan Parsons released many CD’s after the project and there were many different lead singers on them. I actually like those better than many of the Project releases. I’m looking forward to this new one; first new release from him in years....
    Try Anything Once (1993) - outstanding
    On Air (1996) - not as consistent but very good
    The Time Machine (1999) - it slowly grew on me and is also very good
    A Valid Path (2004) - ? just heard parts

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamishogun View Post
    Try Anything Once (1993) - outstanding
    On Air (1996) - not as consistent but very good
    The Time Machine (1999) - it slowly grew on me and is also very good
    A Valid Path (2004) - ? just heard parts
    Here's my problem - I haven't heard any of these albums (although I do have copies of the first two somewhere. The Time Machine I've never even heard of. My baggage, I know. I haven't looked at setlists, but I'm hoping for a show Friday that focuses on pre-Try Anything Once albums. Contrary to the title of that album.

    But what's the deal exactly - are the albums no longer released as albums by the Alan Parsons Project, and just as Alan Parsons albums? Not sure I get what the difference is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    Wow, I guess the theme of this album is a different vocalist on every song!
    That's typical of Parsons' "solo" output as well as the Project.
    Music isn't about chops, or even about talent - it's about sound and the way that sound communicates to people. Mike Keneally

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    Alan Parsons Project = Alan Parsons + Eric Woolfson
    Woolfson is gone, so now everything is under Alan Parsons' own name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    Here's my problem - I haven't heard any of these albums (although I do have copies of the first two somewhere. The Time Machine I've never even heard of. My baggage, I know. I haven't looked at setlists, but I'm hoping for a show Friday that focuses on pre-Try Anything Once albums. Contrary to the title of that album.

    But what's the deal exactly - are the albums no longer released as albums by the Alan Parsons Project, and just as Alan Parsons albums? Not sure I get what the difference is.
    The Project went away when Eric Woolfson passed away, though he and Parsons had gone their separate ways years earlier.

    I don't know their exact agreement, but the APP was basically Parsons and Woolfson, and a pretty consistent band around them, with varying vocalists, depending upon the song and album. But even some vocalists appeared on several different albums. Parsons dropped the "Project" moniker when he and Woolfson separated.
    Music isn't about chops, or even about talent - it's about sound and the way that sound communicates to people. Mike Keneally

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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    Here's my problem - I haven't heard any of these albums (although I do have copies of the first two somewhere. The Time Machine I've never even heard of. My baggage, I know. I haven't looked at setlists, but I'm hoping for a show Friday that focuses on pre-Try Anything Once albums. Contrary to the title of that album.

    But what's the deal exactly - are the albums no longer released as albums by the Alan Parsons Project, and just as Alan Parsons albums? Not sure I get what the difference is.
    You are correct: except for the recent live recordings there have been no Project releases in many years....Your show on Friday should be full of Alan Parsons Project though...... I saw them a couple of years ago, and it was a great concert! Enjoy!
    So much music....so little time....

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    It's too bad David Paton isn't still involved.

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    As I recalled it, the "classic" APP albums had only a few vocalists per album, while this new one has, as it looks, a different vocalist for almost every song. But maybe that's how it's been since Parsons and Woolfson "separated."

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpyser View Post
    Seems like a Calling All Stations outtake...
    Shows you haven't heard much APP albums to begin with cause this fits in with pretty much everything from the classic era. Just listen to the Eye In The Sky album or Turn Of A Friendly Card.

    I like the song but am not enamoured with the production of it. I hope it is due to Youtube compression but it just doesn't breathe in the same way the original APP songs do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    There's no higher praise than that.
    Absolutely everything the 'progressive rock' concept was all about - in a nutshell.

    (While Snarky Puppy kinda don't belong here)
    "Improvisation is not an excuse for musical laziness" - Fred Frith
    "[...] things that we never dreamed of doing in Crimson or in any band that I've been in," - Tony Levin speaking of SGM

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