The Secret is the fifth solo album by English rock musician Alan Parsons. It was released on April 26, 2019 via Frontiers.
1. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” 5:44
2. “Miracle” (Jason Mraz) 3:22
3. “As Lights Fall” (Alan Parsons) 3:58
4. “One Note Symphony” (Todd Cooper) 4:43
5. “Sometimes” (Lou Gramm) 5:08
6. “Soirée Fantastique” (Alan Parsons and Todd Cooper) 5:27
7. “Fly to Me” (Mark Mikel) 3:45
8. “Requiem” (Todd Cooper) 4:02
9. “Years of Glory” (P.J. Olsson) 4:05
10. “The Limelight Fades Away” (Jordan Huffman) 3:36
11. “I Can’t Get There from Here” (Jared Mahone) 4:38
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Alan Parsons (born December 20, 1948) is an English audio engineer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He was involved with the production of several significant albums, including the Beatles’ Abbey Road and Let It Be, and the eponymous debut album by Ambrosia, as well as Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. Parsons’ own group, The Alan Parsons Project, as well as his subsequent solo recordings, have also been commercially successful. He has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, with his first win occurring in 2019 for Best Immersive Audio Album, Eye in the Sky (35th Anniversary Edition).
The Turn of a Friendly Card is the fifth album by progressive rock band The Alan Parsons Project, released in 1980. It focuses on gambling, and loosely tells the tale of a middle-aged man who grows restless and takes a chance by going to a casino and betting all he has, only to lose it all. The album has a 16-minute title piece, which was broken up into five tracks (except the West German CD pressing), with the five sub-tracks listed as sub-sections. The Turn of a Friendly Card spawned the moderate hits “Games People Play” and “Time”, the latter of which was Eric Woolfson’s first lead vocal appearance. (Wikipedia)
“May Be a Price to Pay” (Lead vocal: Elmer Gantry (Dave Terry)) – 4:58
“Games People Play” (Lead vocal: Lenny Zakatek) – 4:22
“Time” (Lead vocal: Eric Woolfson; backing vocal: Alan Parsons) – 5:04
“I Don’t Wanna Go Home” (Lead vocal: Zakatek) – 5:03
“The Gold Bug” (Instrumental) – 4:34
“The Turn of a Friendly Card” – 16:24
“The Turn of a Friendly Card (Part One)” (Lead vocal: Chris Rainbow) – 2:44
“Snake Eyes” (Lead vocal: Rainbow) – 3:14
“The Ace of Swords” (Instrumental) – 2:57
“Nothing Left to Lose” (Lead vocal: Woolfson) – 4:07
“The Turn of a Friendly Card (Part Two)” (Lead vocal: Rainbow) – 3:22
Though numbered as a single work, “The Turn of a Friendly Card” is split into five tracks.
The Dark Side of the Moon is the eighth studio album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released in March 1973. It built on ideas explored in the band’s earlier recordings and live shows, but lacks the extended instrumental excursions that characterised their work following the departure in 1968 of founder member, principal composer, and lyricist, Syd Barrett. The Dark Side of the Moon’s themes include conflict, greed, the passage of time, and mental illness, the latter partly inspired by Barrett’s deteriorating mental state.
Developed during live performances, an early version of the suite was premiered several months before studio recording began; new material was recorded in two sessions in 1972 and 1973 at Abbey Road Studios in London. The group used some of the most advanced recording techniques of the time, including multitrack recording and tape loops. Analogue synthesizers were given prominence in several tracks, and a series of recorded interviews with the band’s road crew and others provided the philosophical quotations used throughout. Engineer Alan Parsons was directly responsible for some of the most notable sonic aspects of the album as well as the recruitment of non-lexical performer Clare Torry. The album’s iconic sleeve, designed by Storm Thorgerson, features a prism that represents the band’s stage lighting, the record’s lyrical themes, and keyboardist Richard Wright’s request for a “simple and bold” design.
The Dark Side of the Moon was an immediate success, topping the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart for one week. It subsequently remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. With an estimated 50 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd’s most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling albums worldwide. It has twice been remastered and re-released, and has been covered in its entirety by several other acts. It spawned two singles, “Money” and “Time”. In addition to its commercial success, The Dark Side of the Moon is one of Pink Floyd’s most popular albums among fans and critics, and is frequently ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time. (Source: Wikipedia)