Todays artist spotlight is one of the best guitar players and song writers you may have never heard of , Dan Tracey of the Alan Parsons Live Project in addition to his own band ” Save The World ” . Dan believes the music deserves the spotlight for the fans to enjoy , with an demeaner like that never would know that Dan is actually a rock star in his own right .He wrote ” As Lights Fall ” and ” The Limelight Fades Away ” on the album ” The Secret ” by Alan Parsons and many others as well . A native of Connecticut he now calls music city aka Nashville home for this uber guitar player . Dan , Alan and the rest of the band will be making an appearance Sept 14 in Akron ,Ohio at the Akron Civic Theatre which is a show not to be missed .Hope to see you there .
In honor of Alan Parson receiving his 13th Grammy Award nomination for Best Immersive Audio Album ” Eye In The Sky-35th Anniversary Edition ” We decided to review the original as our retro review.
To be honest I was not an original fan of the Alan Parsons Project .I am in fact a late player to the game ( I was more into hair bands in the 80’s ) but with that being said I consider my self a fan so I have been immersing myself in as much vinyl that I and my bank account can hold .
Eye In The Sky came out in 1982 and was nominated for a Grammy Award in that same year . The cover is that of a Wedjat or Eye Of Horus which is the Egyptian symbol of protection, royal power and good health on a sea foam green background. The back cover is variations of the eye in numerous settings .
The opening tract and one of my favorite song combos is ” Sirius “, followed by the title track of “Eye In The Sky” which of course is followed by ” Children of the Moon, Gemini and Silence ” I had the opportunity to see this whole album performed lived this last fall with the Alan Parsons Live Project and to say it was spectacular is an understatement .
Side two continues with ” Your Gonna’ Get Your Fingers Burned ” , one of my favorite songs ” Pyschobabble and Mammagamma “. The final two songs are ” Step By Step and Old and Wise .”
This was a masterpiece when is first came out and should have gotten the Grammy win and I sincerely hope the academy does the right thing with the reissue and gives him the Grammy Award .
The award show airs February 10th on CBS so be sure to watch and to get your own copy check out the official website at http://alanparsons.com/
Akron, Ohio- The seminal progressive rock group and super producer Alan Parsons stopped by what can only described as the venue to beat all venues yesterday and rocked the house. The Akron Civic Theater was filled to capacity from the front to the back and on top in the balcony .This majestic venue was the perfect backdrop for a night filled with awe and wonder wrapped around notes , scales and melodies.
The night started as a best of as Alan and his band played some of their most well known and loved songs.A total of 24 songs culminating forty years of music delighted fans both near and far as I met people that drove almost five hours to see this performance. The second half of the show was the 40th anniversary of the ” I Robot ” played in its entirety .
Alan does not just rest on his laurels as he is still writing and recording , teaching master recording classes and recently won an award. He won reissue of the year from the Progressive Music Awards for ” Eye In The Sky ” and best of all this was a fan nominated and voted award .
The band is
P.J. Olsson- Vocals
Danny Thompson- Drums
Guy Erez- Bass
Tom Brooks- Keyboards
Todd Cooper- Saxophone /Vocals
Dan Tracey – Guitars
Jeff Kollman-Lead Guitar
I honestly can say this is probably the best band performance I saw in 2018 and I highly recommend them , To see if they are coming to a twon near you please see the official website at http://www.alanparsons.com
The folks at Sunrise Entertainment brought legendary musician and producer Alan Parsons to Youngstown’s Powers Auditorium last week and he did not disappoint .The crowd was a mixed age of teenagers to the seasoned music goer and everything in between.Patrons from Pittsburgh to Columbus showed up see a night of magic and wonder brought to life in a series of sharp and flat notes dancing magically in the ear drums and on the eyes . Alan Parsons sold over 50 millions records from 1976 to 1986 not including his historical time with both the Beatles and Pink Floyd .That is one resume most artists would be happy with one tenth of the history .
The evening started with the iconic I Robot and followed with Damned if I do .
The wonderful Don’t Answer me came up next to the delight of the audience
The night consisted of 23 songs all of them hits with out any filler in the bunch , some of my favorites were Eye In The Sky ,Time and Psychobabble .
Some of the best parts of the evening were when Alan tells the audience stories of his adventures or misadventures as it were from the life of an iconic icon .The touring musicians associated with Alan were some of the best we have ever seen each adding their own take on the compositions.
The band consists of PJ Olsson on Vocals , Alastair Greene on lead guitar and vocals,Danny Thompson on drums , Guy Erez on bass guitar , Tom Brooks on keyboards,Todd Cooper on Saxophone and vocals , Dan Tracey on guitars and Manny Focarazzo . If you ever get a chance to see this act live we highly suggest you do , its a night to remember !
To keep up with all things Alan Parsons , please check out the official website at Alan Parsons Music