A Valid Path

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A Valid Path
Studio album by Alan Parsons
Released 24 August 2004
Genre Progressive Rock
Electronic Industrial
Futurepop
Length 49:16
Label Artemis
Producer Alan Parsons
Alan Parsons chronology
The Time Machine
(1999)
A Valid Path
(2004)
The cover of the 2006 DualDisc reissue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

A Valid Path is the fourth solo album that Alan Parsons recorded after splitting from his previous group The Alan Parsons Project. The gap between this and his previous album, The Time Machine, was the second greatest period between two consecutive albums, second only to the time between the split of The Alan Parsons Project and Parsons' first solo work (not counting Freudiana).

In addition to contributors such as David Gilmour, another noteworthy musical credit on the album is Parsons' son, Jeremy Parsons, his debut appearance on his father's albums.

A Valid Path was released on Audio CD and DualDisc, with the DualDisc containing the album recorded in 5.1 Surround in both DTS and Dolby Digital formats. Other features of the DualDisc include a track commentary by the artist and interviews with Alan Parsons and the main collaborators on the release including David Gilmour and The Crystal Method.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Return To Tunguska" – (Alan Parsons, Simon Posford) Instrumental, featuring Shpongle & David Gilmour – 8:48
  2. "More Lost Without You" – (Parsons, Olsson) Lead Vocal P.J. Olsson – 3:20
  3. "Mammagamma 04" – (Parsons, Eric Woolfson) Instrumental; remix of "Mammagamma", featuring Jeremy Parsons – 5:06
  4. "We Play The Game" – (Parsons, Ken Jordan, Scott Kirkland) Lead Vocal Alan Parsons, featuring The Crystal Method – 5:33
  5. "Tijuaniac" – (Parsons, Mogt, Ruiz, Mendoza, Amezcua, Beas) Instrumental featuring Nortec Collective – 5:21
  6. "L'Arc En Ciel" dedicated to Anson Grossfeld 1957–2004 – (Parsons, Wiles) Instrumental featuring Überzone – 5:26
  7. "A Recurring Dream Within A Dream" a composite of "A Dream Within A Dream" & "The Raven" – (both compositions by Parsons, Woolfson) Lead Vocal Alan Parsons featuring Jeremy Parsons and narration by Orson Welles – 4:06
  8. "You Can Run" – (Parsons, Pack) Lead Vocal David Pack featuring Deep E – 3:51
  9. "Chomolungma" – (Parsons, Parsons, Olsson) Instrumental featuring Jeremy Parsons & P.J. Olsson with added concluding narration by John Cleese – 6:35

Personnel[edit]

  • Alan Parsons – vocals, guitar, keyboards, vocoder
  • Jeremy Parsons – guitar
  • P.J. Olsson – vocals, programming
  • Michele Adamson, Lisa Parsons – vocals
  • John Cleese, Orson Welles – spoken vocals
  • David Gilmour – guitar on "Return to Tunguska"
  • Alastair Greene – guitar
  • Scott Kirkland – keyboards, programming
  • Ken Jordan, Simon Posford – programming


References[edit]

  1. ^ Theakston, Rob. A Valid Path at AllMusic