As soon as Alan Parsons landed a job at the famous Abbey Road Studios at the age of 19, it became clear that the world of sound recording was to dominate his career.
He was fortunate enough to work as assistant engineer on the last two albums by The Beatles and after he qualified as a fully-fledged recording engineer, he went on to work with Paul McCartney and The Hollies among many others. But it was his contribution as engineer on Pink Floyd's classic Dark Side OF The Moon that really got him world attention. In 1975 he met Eric Woolfson who not only became his manager, but joined forces with Alan as a songwriting and performing partner for what became known as The Alan Parsons Project.
Gaudi was the tenth and final Alan Parsons Project studio album released in 1987. Inspired as he was by the Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi, Alan Parsons built a truly passionate concept album. "Money Talks" and "Closer To Heaven," which were used in episodes of Miami Vice are, without a doubt, the tracks that sonically define this record. But then there's "Paseo de Gracia", a fully orchestrated track in the typical vein of Alan Parsons Project, which can be counted as an exquisite instrumental masterpiece. The masterfully cut Gaudi album simply is yummy for the ears.
Alan Parsons, synthesizer, programming
Eric Woolfson, piano, keyboards, vocals
Ian Bairnson, guitars
Laurence Cottle, bass
Stuart Elliott, drums, percussion
Richard Cottle, synthesizers, saxophone
John Miles, vocals
Lenny Zakatek, vocals
Geoff Barradale, vocals
Chris Rainbow, vocals
Andrew Powell, orchestral arrangements
John Heley, cello
1. La Sagrada Familia
2. Too Late
3. Closer To Heaven
1. Standing On Higher Ground
2. Money Talks
3. Inside Looking Out
4. Paseo De Gracia (Instrumental)