Alan Parsons Essay

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Jackson M. Franks Mr. Bob Music Appreciation 26 November 2013 Alan Parsons Alan Parsons, born December 20, 1948, is a very interesting member of Rock history. Alan studied piano and flute as a child and was always very interested in gadgets. In his early teens, he picked up the guitar and played in several bands at school, and as a solo act. Alan was born into an entertaining family, literally. His Great grand dad was actor and manager, Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree. His mom was an actress, folk singer and a harp player. His dad, Denys Parsons, was a pianist and flautist, as well as the author of many books. Alan liked to mess around with live audiences in his late teens as a folk and blues acoustic player, and lead guitarist with a blues band in the sixties in London which was his hometown. But as soon as he got a job at the famous Abbey Road Studios at 19, audio engineering was to dominate his career. Alan was lucky enough to be the assistant engineer on the last two albums by the Beatles. Later when qualified as a legitimate sound engineer he went to work with Paul McCartney, The Hollies, and many others. His work on Pink Floyd’s Classic album Dark Side of the Moon, not only got him is first (of many) Grammy nomination, but got the attention of the world. That soon led to extreme successes as a producer, notably with Pilot’s Magic, John Milesa Highfly and Music and Steve Harley’s (Come up and See Me) Make Me Smile. He also produced the wildly successful Year of the Cat album with Al Stewart, and two albums with the band Ambrosia. In 1975, Alan met Eric Woolfson, who became his manager and partnered with Alan as a writer and performer. Together, they created the band known as The Alan Parsons Project. The Project’s first album, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, was based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. This created a path
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