Gaudi (The Alan Parsons Project album)

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Gaudi
Studio album by The Alan Parsons Project
Released January 1987
Recorded October 1985 – August 1986
The Grange[disambiguation needed]
Mayfair Studios
Genre Progressive rock, pop rock
Length 38:47
Label Arista
Producer Alan Parsons, Eric Woolfson
The Alan Parsons Project chronology
Stereotomy
(1985)
Gaudi
(1987)
Freudiana
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]

Gaudi is the tenth album by The Alan Parsons Project, released in 1987. Gaudi refers to Antoni Gaudí,[3] the Catalan architect, and the opening track references what is probably his best known building, La Sagrada Familia.

"Closer to Heaven" and "Money Talks" were used in an episode of the third season of the TV series Miami Vice, with "Paseo de Gracia" appearing in an episode in the show's fifth season.

A musical with the same name based on the songs of this album was released in 1993 in Germany with the songs sung in English.

This was the final Alan Parsons Project studio album. During the writing of what would have been the followup, Eric Woolfson turned the album into the rock opera eventually released as Freudiana in 1990. Alan Parsons continued as a solo artist in 1993 with Try Anything Once, an album which completes the musical evolution that started with this album.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson

Side One[edit]

  1. "La Sagrada Familia" (lead vocal John Miles, backing vocal Eric Woolfson and Chris Rainbow) – 8:46
  2. "Too Late" (lead vocal Lenny Zakatek) – 4:31
  3. "Closer to Heaven" (lead vocal Eric Woolfson) – 5:52

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Standing on Higher Ground" (lead vocal Geoff Barradale) – 5:03 original CD; 5:48 on 2008 Remaster
  2. "Money Talks" (lead vocal John Miles) – 4:26
  3. "Inside Looking Out" (lead vocal Eric Woolfson) – 6:22
  4. "Paseo de Gracia" (Instrumental) – 3:47

Gaudi was remastered and reissued in 2008 with the following bonus tracks:

  1. "Too Late" (Eric Woolfson rough guide vocal)
  2. "Standing on Higher Ground/Losing Proposition" (vocal experiments)
  3. "Money Talks" (Chris Rainbow/percussion overdubs)
  4. "Money Talks" (rough mix backing track)
  5. "Closer to Heaven" (sax/Chris Rainbow overdub section)
  6. "Paseo de Gracia" (rough mix)
  7. "La Sagrada Familia" (rough mix)

Personnel[edit]

  • Andrew Powell – orchestral arrangements
  • John Heley – cello on "La Sagrada Familia"
  • David Cripp – horns conductor on "La Sagrada Familia" and "Paseo de Gracia"
  • Bob Howes – The English Chorale conductor, timpani on "La Sagrada Familia" and "Paseo de Gracia"

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1987 The Billboard 200 57
1987 UK Albums Chart 66
1987 Canada 53
1987 Norway 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ DeGagne, Mike. Gaudi (The Alan Parsons Project album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews
  3. ^ The album refers to Antonio, rather than Antoni. The Alan Parsons Project Gaudi, The Avenue, 1997.