Eye in the Sky (album)

Eye in the Sky (album)
Eye in the Sky
Studio album by The Alan Parsons Project
Released June 1982
Recorded Late 1981-Early 1982
Abbey Road Studios
Genre Art Rock, Progressive rock, Pop rock
Length 42:30
Label Arista
Producer Alan Parsons
The Alan Parsons Project chronology
The Turn of a Friendly Card
(1980)
Eye in the Sky
(1982)
The Best of The Alan Parsons Project
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[2]

Eye in the Sky is a 1982 album by The Alan Parsons Project.

Songs on this album are in a number of different styles, from cool and funky to lyrical and heavily orchestrated. The sleeve was green with an image of the Eye of Horus, which was gold-foil stamped for early pressings of the LP. It is variously reported as their best-selling album, and was the last Platinum record from the band (joining I Robot and The Turn of a Friendly Card).[3]

Vocal performers were Eric Woolfson, David Paton, Chris Rainbow, Lenny Zakatek, Elmer Gantry and Colin Blunstone.

Eye in the Sky contained the Project's greatest hit, the title track with lead vocals by Eric Woolfson. The album itself was a major success, reaching the Top 10 in numerous countries.[4]

Contents

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson. 

No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Sirius"   instrumental 1:54
2. "Eye in the Sky"   Eric Woolfson 4:36
3. "Children of the Moon"   David Paton 4:51
4. "Gemini"   Chris Rainbow 2:11
5. "Silence and I"   Woolfson 7:19
6. "You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned"   Lenny Zakatek 4:22
7. "Psychobabble"   Elmer Gantry 4:51
8. "Mammagamma"   instrumental 3:34
9. "Step By Step"   Zakatek 3:54
10. "Old and Wise"   Colin Blunstone 4:55
2007 Remaster Bonus Tracks
No. Title Lead vocals Length
11. "Sirius" (demo) instrumental 1:56
12. "Old and Wise"   Woolfson 4:43
13. "Any Other Day" (studio demo)   1:42
14. "Silence and I"   Woolfson 7:33
15. "The Naked Eye"     10:49
16. "Eye Pieces" (Classical Naked Eye)   7:51

Sirius

This album contains the well-known instrumental piece "Sirius", which has become a staple of many big-time college and professional sporting arenas throughout North America. It is perhaps best known for its use by the Chicago Bulls to introduce its starting lineup (including Michael Jordan) during its championship years of the 1990s and continued to the present. It is also used as the soundtrack for the Nebraska Cornhuskers tunnel walk before every home game.

"Sirius" segues into "Eye in the Sky"; the former is always followed by the latter on airplay, thought not always in live performances – at the World Liberty Concert "Sirius" was played as the introduction to "Breakaway" (Try Anything Once) with Candy Dulfer on saxophone.

Personnel

  • Chris Rainbow: Main Vocal On Track 4
  • Lenny Zakatek: Main Vocal On Tracks 6 & 9
  • Elmer Gantry: Main Vocal On Track 7
  • Eric Woolfson: Keyboards, Main Vocal On Tracks 2 & 5
  • The English Chorale: Choir Vocals
  • Alan Parsons: Keyboards, Fairlight Programming, Vocals
  • David Paton: Acoustic, Electric & Bass Guitars, Main Vocal On Track 3
  • Ian Bairnson: Acoustic & Electric Guitars
  • Mel Collins: Saxophone
  • Stuart Elliott: Drums, Percussion

Charts

Year Chart Position
1982 The Billboard 200 7
1982 UK Albums Chart 28
1982 Canada 6
1982 New Zealand 3

References


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