One of music’s most renowned producers, Alan Parsons, has indicated that he is working on a new solo album. He has signed a contract with Frontiers Music Srl, and a new studio album is tentatively scheduled for release in the spring of 2019.
The Frontiers label have worked with Parsons previously – it released Parsons’ ‘Eye 2 Eye – Live in Madrid’ in 2010. While Parsons never disregarded ever doing new music, he has said that he it was only recently that the right ideas had fallen into place and where he felt ready to enter the studio to record what he had in mind. “The writing and recording sessions are going incredibly well,” he said. “The working title of the album is, ‘The Secret.’
Parsons said that this album is a work that means a lot to him. “It will include musical and lyrical themes that are very close to my heart and my own interests and passions.” He didn’t elaborate as to what this would mean saying, “For the moment everything that surrounds ‘The Secret’ is going to be just that… a secret!”
It would be a safe bet to say that the overall musical approach of the album will be in keeping with the styles Parsons explored on earlier solo records and the his work with the Alan Parsons Project.”
Parsons‘s music career has been varied and filled with some illustrious moments. He started at 19 and one of his first credits was as assistant engineer on The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road.’ His respect was hard-earned and with time he was working with Paul McCartney, The Hollies, and many others. Of course he is best known for his work as recording engineer on the monumental Pink Floyd 1972 album, ‘The Dark Side of The Moon.’
Parsons’ other successes include work with Pilot (the hit single, “Magic”), Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, John Miles, and Al Stewart, including the tour-de-force, ‘Year Of The Cat.’
In 1975, he formed The Alan Parsons Project along with principal songwriter (and occasional singer) Eric Woolfson. The Project consisted of a group of studio musicians and vocalists, often involving the members bands he produced: Pilot (Ian Bairnson, Stuart Tosh and David Paton), Cockney Rebel’s Stuart Elliott on drums, and (on the first album) American progressive pop/rock band Ambrosia.
The Project released 10 studio albums and even after several U.S. and European Top 20 hits, never performed live. The Project made its final album at the end of the ’80s with the album ‘Gaudi.’ Since then, Parsons has released a number of recordings under his own name using several musicians that also appeared on the “Project” releases.
As well as receiving gold and platinum awards from countless countries, Parsons has received eleven Grammy Award nominations for his engineering and production work. In 2007, he was nominated for “Best Surround Sound Album” for his studio album ‘A Valid Path.’