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Stereotomy Import


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  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg/Arista
  • ASIN: B000002VE7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 998,988 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stereotomy
2. Beaujolais
3. Urbania (Instrumental)
4. Limelight
5. In The Real World
6. Where's The Walrus? (Instrumental)
7. Light Of The World
8. Chinese Whispers (Instrumental)
9. Stereotomy Two

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M Evans on 17 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Alan Parsons Project probably hit their peak around 1982 with the Eye in the Sky album, and prior to that could hardly put a foot a wrong with such superb albums as Turn of a Friendly Card, and I, Robot (their best 2 albums in my opinion). By the mid 80's however, their music had become less creative and more commercial, the albums Vulture Culture and Gaudi being the epitome of radio-friendly middle- of- the- road pop/rock. Stereotomy, however, sees a slight return to form, the title track in particular being one of their best tracks of the 80s. Other tracks like Limelight, Light of the World and the jaunty Beaujolais are also of top quality. Even the instrumentals Urbania and Chinese Whispers are well worth a listen. The extra tracks are nothing that special, being alternate versions of the main tracks, aside from Rumour Going Round which is quite good.
Overall, while still a far more commercial (and also rather dated sounding) album, Sterotomy is still a fine album and probably the APP's most underrated effort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Trump on 24 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I have to give this album four stars as it contains four tracks worthy of note. Here is a brief resume of them :-
1) The title track. Sung by John 'Music is my first love' Miles it starts off with a very Oriental instrumental intro and builds up to a superb climax. Towards the end we get a few lines sung by for me, the voice of the project Eric Woolfson, Alan Parsons' co-songwriter on all of the tracks. Eric normally sings several songs in his own right on APP albums but on 'Stereotomy' he's relegated to this brief cameo.
2) Track four, the simply wonderful 'Limelight'. Sung by Gary 'Whiter shade of pale' Brooker, this is a classic APP cut. The guitar of Ian Bairson sounds soooo good on this track, especially the refrain after the "...after all the years of waiting, I'm gonna show them all....". Magic.
3) The very next track, the rocking 'the real world', sung again by Miles. Great vocals and the guitar again just sings so sweetly.
4) The seventh track 'Light of the world'. Sung by Graham Dye who some may remember was in a band called Scarlet Party who had a couple of hits in the early 80s with '101 Damn-Nations' and 'Eyes of Ice'. This is quite a long track but builds to a nice climax, again with Bairnsons guitar providing a sweet solo.
......and that's it ! What is left are a couple of turgid instrumentals, a doodle+reprise of the title track and a rather ordinary song about 'Beaujolais'.
The digital sound quality is magnificent, not a hiss in sight.
Four great tracks = four stars. A close call but these are great tracks so it's well deserved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Bach on 22 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a rockier APP than we came to expect from the early albums, but definitely a highpoint. The melodies are splendid, with no fillers, like on some of the previous albums, and this was really the first time he really succeded in making a more rock-oriented album. Only the follow-up "Gaudi", might be a little better. The highlight of the 4 bonus tracks is the demo of the previous unreleased track "Rumour Going Round".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "dave4317" on 23 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you come to this album from the other wonderful work of the Alan Parsons Project, then you may find it an interesting diversion, but compared to Gaudi, or the monumental Project Pyramid, it is very much a lesser work. Track 5, the real world is the best of the album, lyric wise, but if you want to discover Parsons and Woolfson, this is perhaps not the album to do it with.
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Buuut this is not one of their best. I want to like it, and I want to say it's good, but it isn't really that great.

It's really not bad, but the Project could have done so much better. I respect them for trying to adapt to the time, but I think in hindsight I wish they hadn't.

Sorry Alan - beautifully produced and beautifully sang, but 3 stars is all I can give this.

Still, I say this, I do occasionally find myself shouting out "STEREOTOMY" for no obvious reason, so they clearly did at least one thing right.
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