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Eye In The Sky CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (22 Aug. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B000026DFM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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Alan Parsons Project's Eye in the Sky was almost guaranteed at least moderate success due to the hits that preceded it ("Games People Play" and "Time" from Turn of a Friendly Card). With Eye, Parsons returned in some ways to his more progressive, art-rock past and the album only had one major hit, the lush title track. Parsons' approach was a synthesis of studio wizardry with a symphonic, spacey interplay between keyboards, synthesizerss and basic rock instrumentation. Though never a hit, "Psychobabble" remains a favourite of fans. "Children of the Moon", "Sirius" and "Gemini" all have Parsons' love of the esoteric. "Mammagamma" also allowed Parsons to fully indulge his fondness for orchestration with its instrumental structure. --Steve Gdula

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Friendlycard VINE VOICE on 2 May 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm a long-standing admirer of the Alan Parsons Project and bought all of the original albums on vinyl in the early 1980s, only to purchase (and enjoy) them all over again in their first transition to CD about ten years later. Now we're into remastered and extended-play territory for these albums - but are the new versions worth buying?

'Emphatically yes', certainly where 'Eye in the Sky' is concerned. Though the original albums were famed for their technical prowess as well as their musical quality and originality, the remastering really works here, giving a new brightness to the music without detracting from the quality and feel of the original.

If this was just a remaster without additions, then, it would be worth buying, but it gains very considerably from the bonus tracks (which incidentally add 34 minutes to the play length). The pick of these, for me, is 'The Naked Eye'. As with the other APP remasters, the bonus tracks give a good insight into the original production process and show quite how meticulously the original album was refined and perfected.

Worth replacing your original-issue CD version? Definitely!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 5 Oct. 2009
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Unlike the previous reviewer, I'm unfamiliar with most of AP's albums. I once heard 'Pyramid' but can remember nothing about it. I bought Ammonia Avenue when it was released after hearing 'Don't Answer Me' on the radio and still enjoy listening to it. This one is similar, which isn't surprising as I believe they were successive releases, although it's clear that 'Eye In The Sky' is more highly regarded.

The impressive, but simple instrumental, 'Sirius', suggests an album in Pink Floyd or Barclay James Harvest territory, but it soon becomes clear that this is a sophisticated pop album, full of melodies that grow on you and, yes, it does rock here and there. Eric Woolfson, co-writer and part-time lead singer explains in the sleevenotes that the album is about belief systems. I wouldn't have guessed. To me, the songs are simply another collection of starlit contemplations. The quality of the content is consistently very good, helped by the customary use of several vocalists. You realise how important Colin Blunstone's delivery of the hit 'Old And Wise' is when you hear Eric Woolfson's bonus version.

APP's status as the ultimate 'faceless' band doesn't, in my opinion, work entirely in its favour, however. With a man who's worked with The Beatles and Pink Floyd on some of their finest albums in charge, it's no surprise that recording standards are first rate. Yet, for all the fine crafting and attention to detail, it comes across more as precision engineering than artistic expression. Pilot, the nucleus of each track, and an excellent band in their own right, do an impresive job, but, with the exception of Woolfson, all of the musicians are performing someone else's vision.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. Wookey on 5 Dec. 2005
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Like another reviewer this album was my introduction to the Project. I heard 'Silence and I' over the music stores loudspeakers and never looked back. If you like your music crafted (and with real lyrics) give it a try - I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. My 15 year old daughter has just started taking my Project CDs so I don't think it dates either!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Trump on 5 Dec. 2010
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Funny how you get into some bands. I bought an album in 1982 in my local record shop and on the counter was a pile of flexi discs for this album entitled 'An Eye Opener'. I must have played the wretched piece of floppy plastic over and over again as the quality of the music (Sirius/Eye in the sky/Psychobabble/Old and Wise) which was edited together in teasing segments was so good. Needless to say a full purchase of the album soon followed, as it did I suspect for many other music lovers lured in by this very effective marketing ploy. The remaining APP albums soon found their way into my collection too.

Now, 27 years later the music needs no such ploys to music afficiandos. 'Eye in the Sky' along with its predecssor 'The Turn of a Friendly Card' are probably the creative peak of Alan Parsons and his equal partner, the late Eric Woolfson. The album scarely has a duff track on it with the possible exception of 'Step by Step' which Alan Parsons has been quoted as being not too keen on himself. The opening 'Sirius/Eye in the Sky' is as good a song of this genre that you're ever going to hear with its dramatic keyboard opening, Ian Bairnson's perfect guitar solo before merging into the wonderful title track sung so well by Eric Woolfson. The singles record buying public of the UK missed out on a treat with this song unlike in the US where in the summer of 1982 it peaked at number 3 behind two other songs that also missed out in the UK and followed another 'Eye' song up the charts! ('Eye of the Tiger' by Survivor).
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