Alan Parsons Project, The - Eye In The Sky [2LP+3CD+BluRay+flexi] (35th Anniversary Boxset)

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35th Anniversary Edition 3 CD Plus 2 LP & Blu-Ray Audio Box Set!
Includes Original Album, Expanded Bonus Tracks, Previously Unreleased Material, 60-Page Book & More!


Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, celebrates the 35th anniversary of Eye in the Sky, the Alan Parsons Project's 1982 masterpiece, with the worldwide release of a definitive deluxe collector's box set featuring rare and unreleased material.

A multi-layered masterpiece, Eye in the Sky is the Alan Parsons Project's sixth studio album written by Eric Woolfson (who passed December 2, 2009) and Alan Parsons. A conceptual musical meditation on a variety of belief systems–the album's title refers to casino surveillance, earth-circling satellites and the all-seeing eye of the Egyptian God Horus–Eye in the Sky has proved both timely and timeless, a remarkably prescient view of art, religion, politics and culture for the 21st century.

The 35th anniversary Eye in the Sky collector's box set includes 3 CDs (CD1: Original Album Expanded + bonus tracks, CD2: Eric Woolfson's Songwriting Diaries, CD3: Previously Unreleased Bonus Material and Disc 4: 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo HD version of the original album on Blu-Ray). Also included are 2 vinyl LPs (the original album newly struck at half speed on four sides at 45rpm at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell), a flexi-disc replica of an original 1982 promo, a 60-page hardback book featuring newly-written essays, previously unreleased images recently discovered in Eric Woolfson's personal archive and new interviews with many of the musicians who recorded the tracks on the album, an Eye in the Sky 1982 replica poster and postcard, a gold-foil Eye of Horus stamp on the front of the box and more.

All of the newly discovered bonus material on Eye in the Sky has been lovingly and painstakingly restored to produce the best possible state-of-the-art listening experience for longtime fans and newcomers to the album.

"The songwriting diary disc is a very special element of this package", says Sally Woolfson. "This shows Eric's private moments of creativity captured on tape as songwriting memos to himself. As he didn't read or write annotated music, this was how he developed the songs he wrote. They give a wonderful fly on the wall insight into the creative process where you can literally hear the song evolve as the ideas come out of his head. These are very precious to the family and it was extremely difficult to pick out the tracks to include in this box set from the hours and hours of material we had for this album alone. We've tried to illustrate the creative progression where a number of tracks for the same song have been included. We hope the fans will enjoy this rare insight into the birth of the songs from the 'Eye in the Sky' album." Eclectic and visionary, Eye in the Sky covers a variety of musical and thematic bases and–alongside I Robot and The Turn of a Friendly Card–is one of the APP's platinum-selling albums. 

Alan Parsons adds, "It was a wonderful experience to hear all the multitrack tape tracks from Eye In The Sky again – and for the first time in nearly 35 years, in their raw unmixed form. Hearing the various elements, performances, and moments of magic that were selected for the the final mixes of the songs was an amazing experience. Of course not everything we recorded back then is heard on the final mixes, but the included bonus tracks in the box set give an interesting insight into was not used on the final mixes. Audiophiles will be pleased to know that there is a brand new 5.1 Surround Sound mix, which I am extremely pleased with incidentally, and also a Hi Def stereo version taken from the original analog stereo master tape which was recorded simultaneously alongside the digital mix".

Eye in the Sky introduced the world to a pair of the APP's biggest hits and most durable tracks: the album's title song, with lead vocals from Eric Woolfson, and the album's throbbing "Sirius," a powerful stadium anthem familiar to fans of the Chicago Bulls and attendees of major college and professional sporting events throughout North America.

Features:
• 35th Anniversary Edition Box Set
• 3CD
• 2LP (Half-Mastered 45rpm) - mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Miles Showell
• 5.1 Surround Blu-Ray & HD version of the album, mastered by Alan Parsons
• Original album + expanded bonus tracks
• Never before released songwriting diaries
• Bonus disc of previously unreleased material from the recording sessions
• 60-page hardback book on the making of the album
• Previously unreleased images from Eric Woolfson's personal archive
• Poster, postcard and promo Flexidisc, recreated from original items used to promote the album in 1982
• Gold foil Eye of Horus stamp on front of box

Selections:
CD 1 - Original Album & Expanded Bonus Tracks:

1. Sirius
2. Eye In The Sky
3. Children Of The Moon
4. Gemini
5. Silence And I
6. You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned
7. Psychobabble
8. Mammagamma
9. Step By Step
10. Old And Wise
Bonus Tracks:
11. Sirius (Demo)
12. Old And Wise (Eric Woolfson Vocal)
13. Any Other Day (Studio Demo)
14. Silence And I (Eric Woolfson Vocal)
15. The Naked Eye
16. Eye Pieces (Classical Naked Eye)

CD 2 - Eric Woolfson's Songwriting Diaries:
1. Eye In The Sky (Eric's Songwriting Diary 1)
2. Eye In The Sky (Eric's Songwriting Diary 2)
3. Eye In The Sky (Eric's Songwriting Diary 3)
4. Eye In The Sky (Eric's Songwriting Diary 4)
5. Children Of The Moon (Eric's Songwriting Diary 1)
6. Children Of The Moon (Eric's Songwriting Diary 2)
7. Gemini (Eric's Songwriting Diary 1)
8. Gemini (Eric's Songwriting Diary 2)
9. Gemini (Eric's Songwriting Diary 3)
10. Gemini & Silence And I (Eric's Songwriting Diary)
11. Silence And I (Eric's Songwriting Diary)
12. Cooper's Theme/Silence And I - Chord beginnings (Eric's Songwriting Diary)
13. Cooper's Theme/Silence And I - Beginnings (Eric's Songwriting Diary)
14. Silence And I / Fly Away (Eric's Songwriting Diary 1)
15. Silence And I / Fly Away (Eric's Songwriting Diary 2)
16. Old And Wise (Eric's Songwriting Diary 1)
17. Old And Wise (Eric's Songwriting Diary 2)
18. Old And Wise (Eric's Songwriting Diary 3)

CD 3 - Previously Unreleased Bonus Material:
1. Eye In The Sky (Ian 12-string Acoustic Guitar Out Take)
2. Sinus & Eye In The Sky (Early Rough Mix)
3. Eye In The Sky (Eric Demo Verses - No Lyrics)
4. Children Of The Moon (12-string Acoustic Guitar & Marching Band Snare Drum)
5. Children Of The Moon (Early Rough Mix With Eric Demo Vocal)
6. Gemini (Chris Rainbow Vocal Harmonies)
7. Silence And I (Orchestral Take With Eric Demo Vocal)
8. You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned (Rough Mix Section - Different Guitar Solo)
9. You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned (Rough Mix With Alan Demo Vocal - Few Lyrics)
10. Psychobabble (Orchestral Take)
11. Psychobabble (Rough Mix With Eric Demo Vocal)
12. Step By Step (12-string Acoustic Guitars)
13. Step By Step (Rough Mix Backing Track - Extended Intro)
14. Old And Wise (Chris Rainbow Beach Boys Experiment)
15. Old And Wise (Eric Piano Track)
16. Eye In The Sky (Single Edit)
17. Old And Wise (Single Edit)
18. Psychobabble (Single Edit)

CD 4 - Blu-Ray 5.1 Surround Sound Mix (2017) & Stereo HD Version (1982):
1. Sirius
2. Eye In The Sky
3. Children Of The Moon
4. Gemini
5. Silence And I
6. You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned
7. Psychobabble
8. Mammagamma
9. Step By Step
10. Old And Wise

Double Vinyl:
Side 1:

1. Sirius
2. Eye In The Sky
3. Children Of The Moon
Side 2:
1. Gemini
2. Silence And I
Side 3:
1. You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned
2. Psychobabble
Side 4:
1. Mammagamma
2. Step By Step
3. Old And Wise

Flexidisc - Excerpts From Eye In The Sky:
1. Sirius
2. Eye In The Sky
3. Psychobabble
4. Old And Wise

2017 Legacy

12/1/17