A Valid Path [DualDisc]

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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
Five years after Time Machine, Alan Parsons returned to the producer's chair refreshed and ready to go with an arsenal of new songs for Valid Path. The immediate standout is Parsons' highly updated, super-polished sound, and to expect less from him would be an insult to his legacy and reputation as one of rock's most respected producers and engineers. As usual for a Parsons project (pun intended), guest appearances once again run the gamut. The Crystal Method, David Gilmour, John Cleese, Nortec Collective, and Orson Welles all make contributions, with some most definitely faring better than others. The Crystal Method seem downright out of place on "Mammagamma 04," and so ...
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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
Five years after Time Machine, Alan Parsons returned to the producer's chair refreshed and ready to go with an arsenal of new songs for Valid Path. The immediate standout is Parsons' highly updated, super-polished sound, and to expect less from him would be an insult to his legacy and reputation as one of rock's most respected producers and engineers. As usual for a Parsons project (pun intended), guest appearances once again run the gamut. The Crystal Method, David Gilmour, John Cleese, Nortec Collective, and Orson Welles all make contributions, with some most definitely faring better than others. The Crystal Method seem downright out of place on "Mammagamma 04," and so do their driving breakbeats and filtered basslines. Evidence of overreaching to keep up with the current chillout trends and Middle Eastern influences du jour are also present in "Return to Tunguska," which sounds like Pink Floyd's classic "One of These Days" in its mid-forties sipping a café latte. But those are mere distractions from Valid Path's overall haunting beauty, especially for those who have been loyal to Parsons over the duration of his career. While the changes may not appeal to some or even lure any new listeners, die-hard fans will revel in this and its replay value over and over again with great delight. [This edition includes DVD audio material.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Immergent
  • UPC: 676628411124
  • Catalog Number: 284111

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Return to Tunguska - Shpongle (8:48)
  2. 2 More Lost Without You - P.J. Olsson (3:20)
  3. 3 Mammagamma 04 - Jeremy Parsons (5:06)
  4. 4 We Play the Game - The Crystal Method (5:33)
  5. 5 Tijuaniac - Nortec Collective (5:21)
  6. 6 L' Arc en Ciel - Überzone (5:26)
  7. 7 A Recurring Dream Within a Dream/The Raven - Jeremy Parsons (4:06)
  8. 8 You Can Run (3:51)
  9. 9 Chomolungma - Jeremy Parsons (7:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 A Valid Path
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alan Parsons Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Chant, Slide Guitar, Vocoder, Processed Vocals
Orson Welles Narrator
David Gilmour Guitar
David Pack Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Simon Posford Processed Vocals
Scott Kirkland Keyboards
P.J. Olsson Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Chant
Alastair Greene Guitar
Michele Adamson Processed Vocals
Lisa Parsons Processed Vocals
Technical Credits
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
David Pack Composer
Simon Posford Composer, Programming
Eric Woolfson Composer
Ken Jordan Composer
Alan Parsons Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Storm Thorgerson Artwork
Jorge Ruiz Composer
Peter Curzon Artwork
Scott Kirkland Composer
P.J. Olsson Composer, Programming, Engineer
Darrell Lance Abbott Artwork
Ramón Amezcua Composer
Jeremy Parsons Composer, Programming
Tim "Q" Wiles Programming
Todd C. Roberts Executive Producer
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