The Alan Parsons Project

Sexier than the Human Genome Project, the Alan Parsons Project soothed a wide-lapelled world with 1982’s “Eye in the Sky.” Eric Woolfson’s hushed voice and Parsons’ delicate keys evoked a proggier Seals and Crofts, but with subject matter a lot heavier than “Summer Breeze.” But those already hip to the Proj knew it was more turned on by Asimov than white zin. Surveillance, paranoia and other Orwellian themes abound in “Eye,” a song inspired by the orb-shaped cameras in casinos. Before the Project started, Parsons worked behind the scenes as an engineer. The Brit cut his teeth on some record called Abbey Road, and Pink Floyd counts him as a huge contributor to Dark Side of the Moon, further proving that the Alan Parsons Project is much more than a punch line in an Austin Powers sequel.

“Eye in the Sky” (live)

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