Pyramid (The Alan Parsons Project album)

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Pyramid
Studio album by The Alan Parsons Project
Released June 1978
Recorded September 1977 – February 1978
Abbey Road Studios
Genre Progressive rock, art rock, pop rock, new wave
Length 37:46
Label Arista
Producer Alan Parsons
The Alan Parsons Project chronology
I Robot
(1977)
Pyramid
(1978)
Eve
(1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Pyramid is the third album by progressive rock band The Alan Parsons Project, released in 1978. It is a concept album centred on the pyramids of Giza. At the time the album was conceived, interest in pyramid power and Tutankhamun was widespread in the US and the UK. Pyramid was nominated for the 1978 Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. Liner notes read "...this album seeks to amplify the haunting echoes of the past and explore the unsolved mysteries of the present. Pyramid...the last remaining wonder of the ancient world."

The album also dabbles with new wave, a genre that was emerging in Britain around the time of the album's recording. Many progressive and soft rock artists incorporated this style into their albums during the time spanning from late 1977 to 1979. In this album, the genre is mildly evident, through rhythm, in songs such as "Can't Take it with You" and immensely so in others such as "Pyramania".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons.

Side One[edit]

  1. "Voyager" (instrumental) – 2:24
  2. "What Goes Up..." (lead vocal: David Paton and Dean Ford) – 3:31
  3. "The Eagle Will Rise Again" (lead vocal: Colin Blunstone) – 4:20
  4. "One More River" (lead vocal: Lenny Zakatek) – 4:15
  5. "Can't Take it with You" (lead vocal: Dean Ford) – 5:06

Side Two[edit]

  1. "In the Lap of the Gods" (instrumental) – 5:27
  2. "Pyramania" (lead vocal: Jack Harris) – 2:45
  3. "Hyper-Gamma-Spaces" (instrumental) – 4:19
  4. "Shadow of a Lonely Man" (lead vocal: John Miles, additional vocals: Colin Blunstone) – 5:34

Bonus tracks[edit]

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

  1. "Voyager/What Goes Up/The Eagle Will Rise Again" (instrumental) - 8:55
  2. "What Goes Up/Little Voice" (early version demo) - 4:07
  3. "Can't Take It With You" (early version demo) - 1:45
  4. "Hyper-Gamma-Spaces" (demo) - 2:21
  5. "The Eagle Will Rise Again" (alternate version – backing track) - 3:20
  6. "In the Lap of the Gods" (Part I – demo) - 3:14
  7. "In the Lap of the Gods" (Part II – backing track rough mix )- 1:56

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1978 The Billboard 200 26
1978 UK Albums Chart 49
1978 Canada 25
1978 Norway 13

References[edit]

  • Pyramid, Alan Parsons Project. Arista Records AB 4180, 1978 (Vinyl LP)