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Alan Parsons Band


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4 stars As a long time Parson's fan (dating back to the late 70's), I have to say I liked Valid Path, but then I've always been partial to his instrumentals, which this disk mostly seems to consist of. When I first heard it, the presumably "prog" elements (I'm not exactly sure what "prog" means) struck me as a mix between the Project and Enigma. While he has played with sound effects and distortion in the past, this disk prominently features them, and perhaps that's what all the "prog" fuss is about? I'm not going to break VP down as others have done, although I agree with the characterization of the retreads - I'd have prefered something new in their place. But overall, I'm pleased to add this disk to my collection and expect to be playing it as much as any of his others.

I would also agree that those who prefer his old stuff will probably miss Woolfson & Co. To them I recommend FREUDIANA, Woolfson's solo project. While sounding a bit like a musical soundtrack, it's well worth hearing.

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