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A Valid Path

Alan Parsons Project Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Eagle Rock
  • ASIN: B0000630W0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,362 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Return To Tunguska
2. More Lost Without You
3. Mammagamma 04
4. We Play The Game
5. Tijuaniac
6. L’Arc En Ciel
7. A Recurring Dream Within A Dream
8. You Can Run
9. Chomolungma

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A Valid Path is the brand new Alan Parsons studio album. As ever Alan has collaborated with a diverse and exciting group of musicians to push his songs into new areas. Guests on the album include Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Uberzone, Shpongle and the Crystal Method. There are even vocal contributions from John Cleese and the late Orson Welles.

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Alan PARSONS PROJECT A Valid Path CD

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Valid Path 2 Sep 2004
Format:Audio CD
I am a APP fan, but don't like electronica, so I first was very skeptical about this new CD by Alan Parsons. However, after listening to it, now I find it completely addictive. It is Parsons at its best, completely modernized and refreshed.
The track "Return to Tunguska" is highly psychodelical, with the guitar of David Gilmour as a luxury extra.
The CD contains as many as 6 instrumental tracks, with the atmosphere of the old APP instrumentals on it, while sounding quite modern.
Parsons has invested considerable work on this album, unlike the last one "The Time Machine". He even sings one track, with a wonderful voice which has nothing to envy to Eric Woolfson (it is indeed quite similar).
A very well-chosen New Path in Parsons journey into music and exploration of new soundscapes.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not an Alan Parsons classic 6 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
Let's talk about the instrumentals first.
"Return To Tunguska" is a solid track and very recognizable as Alan Parsons. It's a good start to the album.
"Tijuanic" grows on you and is the most unique of the instrumentals.
"L'Arc En Ciel", "A Recurring Dream" and "Chomolungma" all seem to be variations of the same theme. I think Alan over does the sound effects as well. Orson Wells, John Cleese, dripping water and a dog barking?
"Mammagamma 04" stands out as by far the worst thing that Alan Parsons has committed to Album. It's quite frankly embarrassing. Its Alan Parsons meets "The Macarena" dance beat. Yes, that bad!
"More Lost without you" is a great track. It's Swinging psychedelic Brit-rock style and will have you singing along in no time.
Now to the song "We Play The Game". I've looked at Alan Parsons' internet site but he does not mention what seems obvious to me. This track starts off sounding exactly like a Nokia mobile phone standard ring tone called "Futuristico". I can actually set my Nokia to play along with the track. It sounds as if it's a direct digital recording of the ring tone. The track then builds on top of this basic sound. Alan Parsons sings lead vocals and I have to say he sounds great. The song is beautiful but I fear that this constant ringing tone in the background might prove in the long run to be a bit irritating.
At first I wasn't sure I would like this album. It sounded disjointed. A kind of mishmash with no common link / theme. Then I heard my wife playing the CD. She played it and played it and it really did grow on you. OK, I admit despite its faults, I like the album but I suspect it won't become one of my all time favourites like every other Alan Parsons album.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Dynamo
Format:Audio CD
Finally a new album of my hero of modern music times. A Valid Path is a brilliant album. Not everybody will probably like it, but I do. You will find some songs on the album, that are more or less in the old Alan Parsons Project style. One of them is 'We Play The Game' (featuring The Crystal Method; lead vocal: Alan Parsons himself). This should be the single in my opinion. I think it is a much better song than 'More Lost Without You': also good, but not special. Furthermore it is great to hear David Pack back on one of the best songs of the album: 'You Can Run'.
Furtermore the album contains 3 make overs of earlier songs: 'Return To Tungaska', with David Gilmour on guitar, is a make over of 'Antarctica' (of the Out Of Order-soundtrack); 'Mammagamma' (of the Eye In The Sky Album) is restyled, although the original is better; 'A Recurring Dream Within A Dream' (of the magical Tales Of Mystery And Imagination) is a modern composite of two works 'A Dream Within A Dream' and 'The Raven'. Alan Parsons has also written with many others great instrumentals such as 'L'Arc en Ciel' and 'Chomolunga'.
Even if you do not recognize the Parsons or APP sounds immediately, try to listen to it several times and then you will come to the conclusion, that it is still the fascinating composer and producer, Alan Parsons. The only difference is, he has now composed and produced music of the 21st century. Hopefully a 5.1 surround sound version will be released as soon as possible! Then I will like the album even more...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Valid Path? It certainly seems so. 15 Sep 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When I heard that Alan Parsons was going to bring out an "electronica" album my heart sank. I simply could not imagine how it could be tolerable, let alone pleasant. Nevertheless, out of a combination of habit and faith, I went ahead and bought it. This is what I made of it.
There are nine tracks; three new songs, four new instrumentals and two updated versions of old Project tracks.

The opener, Return to Tungusta, is without doubt the best track on the album (and perhaps one of his best instrumentals ever). It combines intriguing Eastern influenced rhythms and melodies with Dave Gilmour's screaming guitar to create a piece of music that is both fascinating to listen to and immensely danceable (in a performing arts kind of way - it's not for clubbing!!).
Although lacking the same "wow" factor, the other new instrumentals are not without merit either. Tijuaniac has a lovely laid back, jazz feel about it, L'Arc en Ciel effortlessly evolves from dripping rain to soaring guitar and then back again, whilst Chomolungma (my second favourite track) brings the album to a fitting end with it's crescendo of chanting and voiceover by John Cleese.
I can't pretend to find the new songs, other than You Can Run, particularly praiseworthy. That said, More Lost Without You and We Play The Game are pleasant enough and do sit well, within the context of the album. You Can Run, in comparison, is the type of song you will either love or hate. It's extremely funky, has a good vocal and is great for modern dance or an aerobics class.
Mammagamma '04 is, for me, the low point of the album. However, I didn't like the original much either so perhaps that's to be expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alan Parsons on form
I only saw this by accident when browsing something else. I didn't know there had been any more recent releases than 1980s! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Isabel U
5.0 out of 5 stars parsons at is best.
Although this album is some 6 years old now it still got a fresh sound to it, that is due to the man himself who is the Producer of the album & then gets a bunch of musicians... Read more
Published 10 months ago by ozzys dad
4.0 out of 5 stars good
I love EVERYTHING from alan parsons, I don't think he has ever put out a "bad" album, not as far as I remember anyway, so from me its a solid "yes" vote.
Published 14 months ago by thomas drysdale
3.0 out of 5 stars "How much longer is this going on, sonny?"
I was - and still am - a big fan of Alan Parsons, ever since a German pal gave me `Tales of Mystery & Imagination' as a present over twenty years ago. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Nicholas Casley
3.0 out of 5 stars A Valid Path - Maybe?
As a long time APP fan I was looking forward to a new album from this group. I only saw it briefly in a few shops in Sydney, and bought it via Amazon UK without having heard it. Read more
Published on 11 May 2012 by GM9222
4.0 out of 5 stars good cd for parsons
this is the best of the later parsons albums,if you have some of the project`s earlyer lps you will like the update tracks,great in car music,go buy.
Published on 21 Dec 2010 by Mrgvase
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
I thought I wouldn't like this, but I think it is still very well done. Lots of ambience and sound effects and electronic music. Read more
Published on 3 April 2007 by D. Moses
4.0 out of 5 stars get the dualdisc 5.1 version
This is a good album, but I recommend making sure you get the dual disc version of the album (see amazon.com)

the 5. Read more
Published on 18 July 2006 by Robert Wylie
1.0 out of 5 stars He lost his way with this one
It seems that Alan Parsons really lost his way with this LP. I own them all and noticed the rot with ON AIR and TRY ANYTHING ONCE. Read more
Published on 11 April 2006 by The Dustcart
5.0 out of 5 stars A Valid Path - What a stunner
What can I say: Absolutely stunning. I always enjoyed the instrumental tracks on all the previous albums and this album does not dissapoint! Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2004 by Hat Smith
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