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Alan Parsons Band


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1 stars Recycle, remix, release

This is the last Alan Parsons album to date, and given that we would get more of what is featured here, let's hope that it remains his last ever! This is, in my view anyway, possibly his worst ever release. I'm not even sure I would consider it a proper original studio album as it contains some Techno/dance remixes of some earlier Alan Parsons Project songs in addition to original material.

As usual Alan Parsons doesn't rely entirely on his own talents but hire a cast of often famous people to help him out. One of the world's most famous guitarists in David Gilmour is here and one of the world's most famous comedians in John Cleese! However, these great people don't exactly save this album from almost complete disaster.

The opening number Return To Tunguska is the best of the lot, it is something of a Trance track with nice electric guitar lines. Quite interesting! However, it is downhill from here. More Lost Without You is a typical Alan Parsons Project Pop song that feels quite out of place after Return To Tunguska. Or to be honest, it is Return To Tunguska that is really out of place on an Alan Parsons album. We then have some dance remixes of popular songs from Tales Of Mystery And Imagination and Eye In The Sky. These are completely unnecessary and bring nothing of value compared to the originals.

I am not going to comment on all the songs, but the closing number sounds a bit like Kraftwerk! Need I say more? At the very end of the album we hear John Cleese complaining about that the music just "goes on and on and on". A more accurate description is hard to find! At least it proves that Parsons has a sense of humour and doesn't take his music too seriously. Or maybe he should?!

Not recommended unless you want to complete your Alan Parsons collection

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