The Alan Par­sons Project

Eye In The Sky: 35th An­niver­sary Box Set

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff Reissues - Johnny Sharp

A post-prog soft-rock clas­sic ex­panded to the nth de­gree.

Are 35th an­niver­saries a thing now? Ev­i­dently so.

But never mind the slightly ran­dom-sound­ing oc­ca­sion, feel the weight of this shelf-creak­ing uber-pack­age.

In­cor­po­rat­ing four CDs, a dou­ble LP, a poster, a 60-page hard­back book, a bonus sev­eninch flexi-disc, 5.1 sur­round sound ver­sions and all, it surely begs the ques­tion of what else they can come up with for the 40th, 45th or 50th an­niver­sary reis­sues? An of­fi­cial APP sou­venir eye that ac­tu­ally flies in the sky?

The bonus ma­te­rial from the 2007 (25th-an­niver­sary) reis­sue is all here, along­side Song­writ­ing Diary – em­bry­onic ver­sions of the songs from one of APP’s best sets of sym­phonic soft rock.

Eye In The Sky, Gemini and Si­lence And I are no more than Dic­ta­phone-recorded aidemé­moires, yet they still hold a cer­tain fas­ci­na­tion. And the fact that they were clearly in­tended for Par­sons’ ben­e­fit rather than broad­cast doesn’t stop them from hold­ing a cer­tain in­trigue for any­one in­ter­ested in how big, ex­pan­sive sounds like Eye In The Sky grow from small, cre­ative acorns.

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