Standing on Higher Ground/Losing Proposition [Vocal Experiments]
Money Talks [Chris Rainbow/Percussion Overdubs]
Money Talks [Rough Mix Backing Track]
Closer to Heaven [Sax/Chris Rainbow Overdub Section]
Paseo de Gracia [Rough Mix]
La Sagrada Familia [Rough Mix]
2007 Digitally Remastered Edition of the Alan Parsons Classic Album that was Originally Released in 1987. Parsons Himself Digital Remastered all his Catalog Albums Reissued in 2007 Using the Original Master Tapes. The Diff... more »erence in Sound Quality is Amazing-each Sounds Absolutely Fantastic! the Packaging Includes Revamped Booklets with Fresh, Elaborated Liner Notes Based on Interviews with Parsons and Woolfson as Well as Rare Photos and Memorabilia.« less
2007 Digitally Remastered Edition of the Alan Parsons Classic Album that was Originally Released in 1987. Parsons Himself Digital Remastered all his Catalog Albums Reissued in 2007 Using the Original Master Tapes. The Difference in Sound Quality is Amazing-each Sounds Absolutely Fantastic! the Packaging Includes Revamped Booklets with Fresh, Elaborated Liner Notes Based on Interviews with Parsons and Woolfson as Well as Rare Photos and Memorabilia.
Parrish A. Highley | Somewhere I've Never Travelled | 11/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While some of the earlier remasters, particularly Pyramid, suffered from a compression of dynamic range in an effort to feel out the mp3 versus redbook compact disc music buying market, the last batch of SONY/BMG remasters by The Alan Parsons Project cater exclusively to those of us concerned with audiophile quality. And that is as it should be because there were only a select few producers who could create a polished gemstone quite like Alan Parsons. While better than many others, the original 1987 Arista compact disc is sterile in comparison to this remaster. The brass section, in particular, has a transistor-like quality to it on the original whereas the remaster sounds convincingly real and full of life. Once again, a tip o' the hat to Sony's Direct Stream Digital sampling from the best source material available. This is one of the best sounding redbook compact discs I have ever heard, even rivaling many Super Audio CDs!
The album itself developed from the inspiration songwriter Eric Woolfson experienced upon seeing the singularly unique structural designs of Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi while on holiday in Barcelona. So inspired was Woolfson that he even composed an entire musical, also called GAUDI, that was successfully staged in Germany. While the crown jewel would unquestionably be the lavish La Sagrada Familia, both Closer To Heaven and Inside Looking Out/Paseo De Gracia (Instrumental) are almost equally astounding! Throw into the mix a terrific radio hit like Standing On Higher Ground and you have a worthy, albeit premature, swansong from The Project. Even Money Talks which I have been rather cool to receive over the years takes on a whole new life in remastered form.
And the bonus material is exceptional! The vocal flourishes of an alternative take on Money Talks (Chris Rainbow / Percussion Overdubs) are just fantastic. If only there could have been someway to work those into the original! From the live saxophone of Richard Cottle to the vocal overdubs of Chris Rainbow to even a glimpse of Eric Woolfson's humorous vocal stylings on Standing On Higher Ground / Losing Proposition (Vocal Experiments), the bonus material, to the delight of ardent fans, leaves no stone unturned. However, the most important bonus track would have to be La Sagrada Familia (Rough Mix) which incontrovertibly proves The Project wasn't just a studio creation; they were keenly adroit musicians who should have touted those talents with more timely touring for all the world to see!"
B. J O'Connor | Holmdel,NJ USA | 10/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Inspired by lengendary Spanish art nouvena architect Antonio Gaudi,this 1987 album shows the Alan Parsons Project still creating wonderful,melodic symphonic progressive rock well in its final stages,containg such gems as "La Sagrada Familia","Closer To Heaven" and "Standing On Higher Ground".The remastering(done by Dave Donnelly and Alan Parsons himself)is a tremendous improvement,sounding warmer and richer than the harsher,colder initial 80's CD.That reason alone justifies purchasing this reissue.In addition,there are seven bonus tracks that are rough mixes and "various overdubs" taken from the original album sessions,a colorful booklet featuring a good essay by Classic Rock Magazine's Jerry Ewing,photos of memorabilia,and bonus material notes by Eric Woolfson & Alan Parsons.An superb job well done!"
Blows the original release away. A must-have.
R. Mayer | Florida, USA | 10/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an absolute neccessity to any big APP fan. The Gaudi album remastered superbly plus a bunch of cool bonus tracks. These include demos, backing tracks, etc. The original album was very short, only 7 songs but all very good if not excellent. But now you have all the bonus tracks that more than make up for the short playing time of the original. Get this and use your original as a coaster or a frisbee, because after you hear this one you'll never play the original again. 4 stars for the album. 5 stars for the remastering and bonus tracks."
Great Final Album By The APP
fro493 | 01/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a finale! Every song is rich musically and lyrically...and the remastering of the album is so satisfying... thank you Alan, Eric and Co!"