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Alan Parsons Band


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4 stars Worth a try indeed

With Eric Woolfson departed, "Project" was dropped from the band name, leaving just "Alan Parsons" as the artist. This is somewhat misleading as performance wise his contribution is limited. He is of course the producer, engineer, main songwriter, and general supremo, but as with APP albums, he gathers together a number of fine artists to assist.

The songs are generally strong, very much in the vein of the Woolfson/Parsons collaborations of the APP, it is almost as if Parsons is trying to prove that Woolfson was not the biggest influence after all. I have to say that this album goes beyond that, suggesting that in terms of moving on, Woolfson's influence may have been holding things back. There is a freshness and energy here which went missing on many of the tracks by APP on later albums.

"Mr Time" is the track which catches the ear initially. It's an instantly appealing, if ultimately very simple, song with a strong hook. There are however plenty of quality tracks, including four instrumentals in addition to good instrumental passages on the others.

Chris Thomson (Manfred Man's Earth Band) takes lead vocal on a couple of songs, his distinctive vocals giving the album a welcome variation in sound. Tracks such as "The three of me" and "Oh life" are developed well, hinting far more at the prog influences which made "Tales of Mystery and imagination.." such a great album.

"Try anything one" is a fine album, worthy indeed of trying at least once.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


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