Growing up in the smaller towns (compared to the rest of the U.S. and the world) of Idaho, I lived a pretty sheltered life musically.  When I learned about different music other than most top 40 hits, it was in my time at college immediately after high school, and then it was through people who went there from bigger cities like New York or Cleveland or Washington, D.C.

Left to right: Eric Woolfson, Alan Parsons; th...
Left to right: Eric Woolfson, Alan Parsons; the nucleus of the "Project" (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was early in that first year of college that I was exposed for the first time to the Alan Parsons Project.

Parsons sharpened his musical skills on the engineering side of the music studio, working in places like Abbey Road Studio with The Beatles and becoming an important piece in the historic success of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.”

When he expanded from that role and got more into doing the actual composing or playing of the music himself, along with the recording part, there was some magic to it.

My first exposure to the Project’s music was with “I Robot,” and it’s still my favorite.  But when I got out of college and went to work full-time after that year in school, I explored their music more deeply.

I discovered that listening to the Project’s first album with their own vision of Edgar Allan Poe’s writing through “Tales of Mystery and Imagination,” and finding just how perfect Parsons’ producing and engineering prowess could be by listening to it in the dark … through headphones … loudly.

Of course, the Project went on to create many hit songs through the years.  There’s been lighter fare since those first few albums, but even many of the hits are standouts when it comes to quality.

Quality is something it seems that Alan Parsons has always stood for.

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