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The Alan Parsons Live Project
Catching up with Alan Parsons, and in conversation about his admiration for India, Pink Floyd and more.

Alan Parsons began his career in a tape duplication facility of EMI, but exposure to The Beatlesí Sgt. Pepperís Lonely Hearts Club Band drew him into the engineering side of recording. He eventually worked on The Beatlesí Abbey Road, and (Roger Waters fans take note) Pink Floydís The Dark Side Of The Moon. These two albums in particular got the recording industry to stand up and take notice. ďIt even earned me my first Grammy nomination. If anybody had an excuse to have a Pink Floyd influence it was me,Ē he laughs. He soon began working as a producer on albums for The Hollies, Pilot and Cockney Rebel, amongst others.

Ever since his work on The Dark Side, Alan Parsons has gained momentum as an art-rock producer/engineer. To this end, he has mastered his expertise in 5.1 Surround Sound recording. His work for the Project has furthered his recognition, and gained him critical appreciation and a broader fan base along the years. His performances in India have also been much loved, always leaving audiences wanting more.

The Record caught up with the producer, engineer and musician Alan Parsons while he was in town to perform.

The Record: What are your plans on this tour to India?
Alan Parsons: Mumbai is a busy city. I think the Taj Mahal Hotel is arguably one of the best hotels Iíve ever seen. Sightseeing is on the agenda. Of course the western culture has taken over the city, but there is a certain reality that I see here, like real people.

TR: In what way were you influenced by Edgar Allan Poe? How did it take the form of an album?
AP: He had been one of our initial influences. We had the idea of making an album based on his work and garnered it for a long time till it finally shaped up into an album. We found that he had actually written a few demo songs and it was just great timing to come up with a conceptual album. I think the biggest surprise was the response I got for the album.

TR Tell us a bit about your experience of being one of the successful producers and engineers and your role as a musician?
AP: I see production and engineering going hand-in-hand. Itís just one person doing two things and it saves a lot of time also; itís a combined role. The role of a musician is very different especially during live concerts. I enjoy being on the stage; people recognise my band members; itís very direct when you are playing on the stage and you get a direct, live response to your music. The best thing about producing an album is the level of involvement with the artist, which is very satisfying. Todayís listeners donít have the time to sit down and discover the links between the songs on an album. Itís all very much geared towards instant gratification. Thatís also one of the other reasons why I enjoy playing live so much, because you have undivided attention from the audience.

You can read the rest of our feature on The Alan Parsons Live Project in the March 2007 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.


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