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  • DVD Audio (22 Sept. 2003)
  • Please Note: This is a DVD-Audio disc which is playable on most DVD players as well as all DVD-Audio players.
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound
  • Label: DTS Entertainment
  • ASIN: B000007R16
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 472,579 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blue Blue Sky
2. Too Close To The Sun
3. Blown By The Wind
4. Cloudbreak
5. I Can't Look Down
6. Brother Up In Heaven
7. Fall Free
8. Apollo
9. So Far Away
10. One Day To Fly
11. Blue Blue Sky

Product Description

Product Description

5.1 Surround Sound

About the Artist

As indicated by its name, the Alan Parsons Project was not a band so much as a concept overseen by the titular Parsons, a successful producer and engineer. Born in Britain on December 20, 1949, he began his musical career as a staff engineer at EMI Studios, and first garnered significant industry exposure via his work on the Beatles' 1969 masterpiece Abbey Road. Parsons subsequently worked with Paul McCartney on several of Wings' earliest albums; he also oversaw recordings from Al Stewart, Cockney Rebel and Pilot, but solidified his reputation by working on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.

Influenced by his work on Stewart's concept album Time Passages, Parsons decided to begin creating his own thematic records; along with songwriter Eric Woolfson, he soon founded the Alan Parsons Project. Although Parsons played keyboards and infrequently sang on his records, the Project was designed primarily as a forum for a revolving collection of vocalists and session players — among them Arthur Brown, ex-Zombie Colin Blunstone, Cockney Rebel's Steve Harley, the Hollies' Allan Clarke and guitarist Ian Bairnson — to interpret and perform Parsons and Woolfson's conceptually-linked, lushly-synthesized music.

The Project debuted in 1975 with Tales of Mystery and Imagination, a collection inspired by the work of Edgar Allen Poe; similarly, the science fiction of Isaac Asimov served as the raw material for 1977's follow-up I, Robot. With 1980's The Turn of a Friendly Card, a meditation on gambling, the Alan Parsons Project scored a Top 20 hit, "Games People Play; " 1982's Eye in the Sky, was their most successful effort, and notched a Top Three hit with its title track. While 1984's Ammonia Avenue went gold, the Project's subsequent LPs earned little notice, although records like 1985's Vulture Culture, 1987's Gaudi and 1996's On Air found favor with longtime fans. Time Machine followed in 1999.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 July 2004
Format: DVD Audio
Check out the line-up of musicians on this album. You already have great potential. Although this album was released in 1997 when DTS was fairly new, it still manages to have captured all of the qualities that DTS is famous for. Most of the songs have some kind of DTS 'trick', such as a fighter plane flying through the speakers or the sounds of a forest 'clicking and chirping' away before and during an acoustic song ("Blue Blue Sky"). The bass is not overpowering on this set, but the range and dynamics of the sound separation are wonderful and the mood is serene throughout. This album was made intentionally for DTS, unlike the newer albums that are recoded, which makes for a fantastic experience. If you have the DTS system, there are not too many choices (yet) of famous albums, but ones I can recommend are, "Moody Blues; Days of Future Passes", "Eric Clapton; 461 Ocean Blvd" and any film or rock concert after 2000 that was recording in DTS.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert Prigmore on 17 Aug. 2004
Format: DVD Audio
Very underrated, consistently entertaining music being more than just a collection of songs on the same theme. More than a concept album.
The first track `Blue Blue Sky' is a gentle introduction to the concept of the album (the much longer version ends the album).
`Too Close to the Sky' is a crafted story of man's attempts to fly, sung beautifully by Neil Lockwood.
Beautifully sung is really how you would describe this album even if long time partner, Eric Wollfson does not contribute to this album which is attributed to Alan Parsons alone, not to the Alan Parsons Project.
`Blown by the Wind' continues a gentle theme of ballooning, until the first instrumental `Cloudbreak' takes you on a journey of flying through the clouds. There is no doubt `Cloudbreak' is one of Parsons' outstanding instrumentals and would surely be included in the second volume of Instrumentals (if there is to be one).
'Can`t Look Down' is a real classic and very reminiscent of a`Police' number. `I don't wanna go' from this bouncy track leads to another excellent vocal performance by Lockwood, `Brother Up in Heaven' A great ballad sung with great feeling. `Oh Brother Up in Heaven, Please Wait Up For Me`!
`Fall Free' says its is inspired by Rob Harris, World Champion Skysurfer. The lyrics are great, `Fall Free, Freedom's in the air'. Another classic track with wonderful fluctuations in tempo and rising vocals.
Apollo, the second instrumental is a celebration of the Apollo space programme with by vocals by JFK !.
Christopher Cross does not disappoint with `So Far Away'.
`One Day to Fly' allows you to `Try if you dare, you can walk on air'. Rising to a another great contribution from The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Andrew Powell.
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Format: DVD Audio
Alan Parsons solo efforts have seen a new tack. Different collaborations and more effort toward the 'perfect track' have left out the warmth that came from Parsons earlier works with Eric Woolfson.

Alan Parsons tribute to flight has some excellent tunes and lyrics. It is enjoyable, but more as background music in a restaurant than as an uplifting piece after a hard day.
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By Amazon Customer on 2 April 2009
Format: DVD Audio Verified Purchase
Parsons has always been one to make the most of available technology. Although not one of my favourite albums - top being Turn of a Friendly Card, he has made the most of 5.1 effects and comes up with a clear, if perhaps a little gimmicky album. Lets have more in this format (or SACD) from this man.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Charles H. Huxtable on 14 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD Audio Verified Purchase
Until I purchase a Surround Sound System I am unable to play the disc.I was fully aware of this when purchased. Hopefully I will purchase a system in the near future. Therefore I am unable to comment on the product but assumme it will come up to expectations when it is eventually played.
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