Alan Parsons: World Tour, New Album: Listen

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Alan Parsons (2012 Photo: Domink Fritz; used with permission)

Alan Parsons, who earned his first accolades behind the boards in the studio with the Beatles and Pink Floyd, before becoming a successful recording artist himself, is releasing a new studio album titled, The Secret. The album arrives April 26 from Frontiers Music Srl. The track listing reveals a surprise guest appearance by original Foreigner singer, Lou Gramm, on lead vocals on a track called “Sometimes.”

A first single, “Miracle,” featuring Jason Mraz, was released on February 25. Listen to it below.

The 2019 world tour, billed as the Alan Parsons Live Project, began Feb. 16. Several dozen more dates have been revealed. (See below.)

Of the collaboration with Mraz, Parsons says, “I met Jason two years ago. For ‘Miracle,’ Jason recorded his vocals in Dallas while I listened in Santa Barbara and we sent files back and forth, resulting in this song.”

A similar process occurred with Gramm on “Sometimes,” which the vocalist sang in New York.

Mraz adds, “‘Eye In The Sky’ is a song I have a very early memory of, strapped in the backseat of my mom’s 1982 Fiat. Alan Parsons is on the radio and I’m singing along, harmonizing. That sound of rich harmony over magical words would stick with me for my whole life and ultimately become what my own career is about.”

When Mraz heard “Miracle”, he said, “I loved it. It sounded like a song right off Eye in the Sky, as if no time had passed.”

Listen to “Miracle”

From the Feb. 25 announcement: “Parsons’ longtime hobby has been performing magic and this new album showcases his own passion for the craft, hence the title The Secret. The album sees a return to the pop rock sound with symphonic and progressive rock interludes which the Alan Parsons Project was known for.”

The relationship with Frontiers Music Srl began in 2010 when the label released Eye 2 Eye – Live in Madrid. Parsons had been planning a new recording for a while and only recently felt he had the right plans and ideas in place.

Watch Parsons tracking strings for the album at Capitol Studios in Hollywood on October 14

Tracking strings for the album at Capitol Studios with CMG Music Recording in Hollywood, CA
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From the original August 29 announcement: “The overall musical approach of the album is expected to be in keeping with the symphonic rock that Alan explored on his earlier solo records and the Project albums. But, of course, there will be new twists and turns and robust new creative inspiration behind the album.”

The Secret Track Listing

1. THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE (instrumental)
2. MIRACLE (lead vocal: Jason Mraz)
3. AS LIGHTS FALL (lead vocal: Alan Parsons)
4. ONE NOTE SYMPHONY (lead vocal: Todd Cooper)
5. SOMETIMES (lead vocal: Lou Gramm​)
6. SOIRÉE FANTASTIQUE (lead vocal: Todd Cooper, Alan Parsons)
7. FLY TO ME (lead vocal: Mark Mikel)
8. REQUIEM (lead vocal: Todd Cooper)
9. YEARS OF GLORY (lead vocal: PJ Olsson)
10. THE LIMELIGHT FADES AWAY (lead vocal: Jordan Huffman)
11. I CAN’T GET THERE FROM HERE (lead vocal: Jared Mahone)

Parsons’ music career started at 19 when he earned one of his his first credits as assistant engineer on the Beatles’ Abbey Road album. He soon become a well respected studio engineer, working for Paul McCartney, the Hollies, and many others. Parsons earned accolades for his work as recording engineer on Pink Floyd’s 1972 classic rock masterpiece, The Dark Side of The Moon, on which he experimented with many of the most advanced recording techniques of the time. As a producer, he enjoyed success with Pilot, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, John Miles, and Al Stewart, including, Year of the Cat.

In 1975, Parsons formed The Alan Parsons Project along with principal songwriter (and occasional singer) Eric Woolfson. The Project consisted of a group of studio musicians and vocalists, often involving the members of three bands Parsons produced: Pilot (Ian Bairnson, Stuart Tosh and David Paton), Cockney Rebel’s Stuart Elliott on drums, and (on the first album) American progressive pop/rock band, Ambrosia.

The Alan Parsons Project released ten studio albums, but never performed live during the heyday of the albums, even after the U.S. and European Top 20 hits “Games People Play,” “Time,” “Don’t Answer Me” and 1982’s “Eye in the Sky.”

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Since then, Parsons has released a number of recordings under his own name using several musicians that also appeared on the “Project” releases.

He turned 70 on December 20, 2018.

Alan Parsons Live Project 2019 Tour Dates (Tickets are available here and here)

Feb 26 – Quebec, Canada – Grand Theatre de Quebec
Feb 27 – Medford, MA – Chevalier Theatre
Mar 01 – Tarrytown, NY – Tarrytown Music Hall
Mar 02 – Mashantucket, CT – Theater at Foxwoods Resort
Mar 03 – Glenside, PA – The Keswick Theatre
Mar 17 – Enschede, Netherlands – Muziekcentrum Enschede
Mar 19 – Uden, Netherlands – Markant
Apr 04 – Beverly Hills, CA – The Saban
Apr 06 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
Apr 07 – Jackson, CA – Jackson Rancheria Casino
Apr 09 – Boise, ID – Egyptian Theatre
Apr 10 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall
Apr 12 – Bow, WA – Skagit Valley Casino Resort
Apr 13 – Bow, WA – Skagit Valley Casino Resort
Apr 15 – Calgary, Canada – Grey Eagle Event Centre
Apr 16 – Edmonton, Canada – Winspear Centre
Apr 27 – Lombardy, Italy – Frontiers Rock Festival
Apr 28 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Concert Factory Z7
Apr 30 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
May 01 – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Sleeping Beauty Poppodium
May 02 – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
May 04 – Groningen, Netherlands – Oosterpoort
May 05 – Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli Vrendenburg
Jun 03 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Mann Auditorium
Jun 04 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Mann Auditorium
Jun 10 – Moscow, Russia – Crocus City Hall
Jun 14 – Oldneburg, Germany – Weser-EMS Halle
Jun 15 – Leipzig, Germany – Haus Auensee
Jun 16 – Hamburg, Germany – Stadtpark
Jun 18 – Munster, Germany – Halle Munsterland
Jun 19 – Dusseldorf, Germany – Mitsubishi Electric Halle
Jun 21 – Frankfurt, Germany – Jahrhunderthalle
Jun 22 – Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom
Jun 24 – Munich, Germany – Circus Krone
Jul 13 – Cocoa, FL – Cocoa Riverfront Park (Free, celebrating 50th anniversary of Apollo 11)

More to come…

Watch the Alan Parsons Live Project perform in 2018

Parsons has received 11 Grammy Award nominations for his engineering and production work.

In 1994, he started touring regularly as The Alan Parsons Live Project and has released a number of live releases in audio and video.

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