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Definitive Collection [1997]
     

The Definitive Collection [1997]

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by The Alan Parsons Project
 

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The Definitive Collection is a fabulous double-disc assembly of the Alan Parsons Project's singles that includes the band's strongest material up to 1996. All the songs are presented chronologically, and the information inside discusses each source album with great detail and offers extensive crediting for each

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The Definitive Collection is a fabulous double-disc assembly of the Alan Parsons Project's singles that includes the band's strongest material up to 1996. All the songs are presented chronologically, and the information inside discusses each source album with great detail and offers extensive crediting for each individual track. Some obvious appearances include "The Raven," "Games People Play," "Eye in the Sky," "Don't Answer Me," and "Pyramania." What makes this set such a treasure is the inclusion of songs that fail to surface on other compilations, like "Snake Eyes" from Turn of a Friendly Card, "Too Late" from the overlooked Gaudi album, or the eerie "Doctor Tarr and Professor Feather" from Tales of Mystery and Imagination. A good number of instrumentals are welcomed throughout the CDs as well, such as "I Robot," "Voyager," "Sirius," and "Mammagamma." Two of the better tracks from 1993's Try Anything Once album appear here also, in "Turn It Up" and "Re-Jigue." Fans of the Alan Parsons Project will wonder why such gems as "Lucifer," "Winding Me Up," or "You Lie Down With Dogs" fail to appear, but after an overview of the selections it's obvious they've been bumped for more commercial songs, which still doesn't hinder this collection. The Definitive Collection is about as precise as a hits package can be from this band, short of a box set. The sound is pristine, and the cover and packaging are apropos to the band's style and music. This absolute collection lets the listener combine all of the ideas and concepts of Parsons into almost two hours of music, as each song aptly signifies his brilliant career as both musician and engineer.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/21/2007
Label:
Sony Bmg Europe
UPC:
0828765933520
catalogNumber:
659335
Rank:
11005

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alan Parsons Project   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Allan Clarke   Vocals
Colin Blunstone   Vocals
Lesley Duncan   Vocals
Elmer Gantry   Vocals
John Miles   Vocals
Chris Rainbow   Vocals
Chris Thompson   Vocals
Lenny Zakatek   Vocals
David Paton   Bass,Vocals
Ian Bairnson   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar
Geoff Barradale   Vocals
Laser Beam   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Mel Collins   Saxophone
Richard Cottle   Synthesizer,Bass,Saxophone
David Cripp   Horn
Stuart Elliott   Percussion,Drums
Dean Ford   Vocals
Jack Harris   Vocals
John Heley   Cello
Bob Howes   Conductor,Choir Master
David Townsend   Vocals
Christopher Warren-Green   Leader
Leonard Whiting   Vocals
Eric Woolfson   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Jacqueline Copeland   Background Vocals
Alan Parsons   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Background Vocals,fairlight

Technical Credits

David Cripp   Contributor
Tony Richards   Engineer
Eric Woolfson   Composer,Executive Producer
Edgar Allan Poe   Composer
Alan Parsons   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Rita Karidis   Art Direction
Denny Somach   Liner Notes

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The Definitive Collection 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
RockRevolutionary More than 1 year ago
When I first purchased this compilation from Barnes & Noble I was hoping that it would have all tracks as it's listed here. But guess what?! I got the CD in the mail today & looked at all the tracks only to find that both "(The System of) Doctor Tarr & Professor Fether" & "The Raven" from the Project's debut LP "Tales of Mystery & Imagination" are not included on the copy (that I purchased from BN) of this collection of hits. How disappointing?!! BN should've noted that beforehand b/c its version doesn't have these 2 earlier songs from the group (at least mine didn't) which ulitmately fooled me. Why is really beyond me. I was kind of hoping that I wouldn't have to shell out more money to purchase these songs individually which appears I'll have no choice but to do it since they aren't my on copy of this CD collection. But that's my only gripe about this CD. The laser sound quality is still superb. It's still as definitive as any Parsons compilation gets. Most of the biggest hits are on the CD such as "Sirius/Eye In The Sky", "Games People Play", "Time", "I Robot/I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You", "Don't Let It Show", "Voyager/What Goes Up", "Damned If I Do", "Don't Answer Me" & AOR radio staple "Breakdown" are all here. Just like any "definitive" collection of songs on CD not every song these guys have released is present ("Doctor Tarr & Prof. Fether", being the Project's first ever Top 40 single, is the most glaring example.) But hey, nobody's perfect. The compilation is still worth every penny & I highly recommend it to anyone that is into progressive art-rock, even all the Coldplay fans out there.
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