The Definitive Collection

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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/21/2007
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • UPC: 828765933520
  • Catalog Number: 659335
  • Sales rank: 81,135

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 (The System of) Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether (4:22)
  2. 2 The Raven (4:08)
  3. 3 I Robot (6:02)
  4. 4 I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You (3:23)
  5. 5 Breakdown (3:51)
  6. 6 Don't Let It Show (4:26)
  7. 7 Voyager (2:25)
  8. 8 What Goes Up... (3:31)
  9. 9 The Eagle Will Rise Again (4:21)
  10. 10 Can't Take It with You (5:07)
  11. 11 Pyramania (2:44)
  12. 12 Damned If I Do (4:54)
  13. 13 Lucifer (5:03)
  14. 14 If I Could Change Your Mind (5:51)
  15. 15 The Turn of a Friendly Card, Pt. 1 (2:43)
  16. 16 Snake Eyes (3:18)
  17. 17 Games People Play (4:25)
  18. 18 Time (5:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sirius (1:57)
  2. 2 Eye in the Sky (4:36)
  3. 3 Psychobabble (4:51)
  4. 4 Mammagamma (3:34)
  5. 5 Old and Wise (4:57)
  6. 6 Prime Time (5:03)
  7. 7 Don't Answer Me (4:13)
  8. 8 You Don't Believe (4:26)
  9. 9 Let's Talk About Me (4:29)
  10. 10 Days Are Numbers (The Traveller) (4:27)
  11. 11 Stereotomy (7:03)
  12. 12 In the Real World (4:19)
  13. 13 Standing on Higher Ground (5:47)
  14. 14 Too Late (4:32)
  15. 15 Turn It Up (6:13)
  16. 16 Re-Jigue (2:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Alan Parsons Project Primary Artist, Track Performer
Alan Parsons Indexed Contributor, Synthesizer, Keyboards, Background Vocals, fairlight
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
Mr. 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
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Almost "Definitive"...But...

    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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