Daily Song Study

The Alan Parsons Project – The Raven

In songs on July 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm

In 1973, a young engineer named Alan Parsons ran the control room during the recording of what would become one of the best-selling albums of all time, Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. He soon became an in-demand producer, and was given wide latitude to do largely whatever he wanted at EMI’s Abbey Road studio. There he met up with a songwriter named Eric Woolfson who had a crazy idea about making a concept album centered around the work of Edgar Allan Poe. They set about doing so using the great musicians Parsons had access to (not to mention Orson Welles), and by 1976 had completed Tales of Mystery and Imagination. But in order to release an album, the label wanted a band name. Stuck for choice, they simply called the “group” The Alan Parsons Project. Based on that album’s success, Parsons & Woolfson later used that moniker to release some of the most successful pop albums of the late 1970s & early 1980s.

The Poe album is a very different prospect, however, and stands as one of the most uniquely crafted concept albums of all time. Using genre-blending techniques borrowed from The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, and many others, Parsons & Woolfson somehow managed to combine those tricks into a combination which was very much its own. The attached track showcases this nicely.
  1. One of my favorite albums that has stood the test of time. Drooling fanboy.

  2. […] I’ve mentioned the more progressive side of Alan Parsons & Eric Woolfson before, but here is a gem from the poppier end of the spectrum. […]

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