Eye in the Sky (album)
|Eye in the Sky|
|Studio album by The Alan Parsons Project|
|Recorded||Late 1981 — early 1982
Abbey Road Studios
|Genre||Progressive rock, art rock, pop rock|
|The Alan Parsons Project chronology|
Songs on this album are in a number of different styles, from cool and funky to lyrical and heavily orchestrated. The Hipgnosis-designed sleeve was green with an image of the Eye of Horus, which was gold-foil stamped for early pressings of the LP. It is variously reported as their best-selling album and was the last platinum record from the band (joining I Robot and The Turn of a Friendly Card).
Eye in the Sky contained the Project's biggest hit, the title track with lead vocals by Eric Woolfson. The album itself was a major success, reaching the Top 10 (and sometimes the #1) in numerous countries.
This album was the first of three the Project recorded on analogue equipment and mixed directly to the digital master tape.(a fact not widely known until the liner notes of Vulture Culture, where this trick was revealed).
|2.||"Eye in the Sky"||Eric Woolfson||4:36|
|3.||"Children of the Moon"||David Paton||4:51|
|5.||"Silence and I"||Eric Woolfson||7:19|
|6.||"You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned"||Lenny Zakatek||4:22|
|9.||"Step by Step"||Lenny Zakatek||3:54|
|10.||"Old and Wise"||Colin Blunstone||4:55|
|2007 Remaster Bonus Tracks|
|12.||"Old and Wise"||Eric Woolfson||4:43|
|13.||"Any Other Day" (Woolfson) (studio demo)||Instrumental||1:42|
|14.||"Silence and I"||Eric Woolfson||7:33|
|15.||"The Naked Eye"||Instrumental||10:49|
|16.||"Eye Pieces" (Classical Naked Eye)||Instrumental||7:51|
The album contains the instrumental piece "Sirius", which has become a staple of many big-time college and professional sporting arenas throughout North America. It is best known for its use by the Chicago Bulls to introduce its starting line-up (including Michael Jordan) during its championship years of the 1990s and continued to the present. It was even the opening song of the documentary Michael Jordan to the Max. It is also used as the soundtrack for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team tunnel walk before every home game. The song was also used by the New Orleans Saints as their entrance music for Super Bowl XLIV. The Kansas City Chiefs also used it during kickoffs during the Marty Schottenheimer era.
During the mid-1980s, it was also used as the ring entrance theme for Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat by the World Wrestling Federation. However, to avoid paying royalties, WWE has edited out Steamboat's entrances with the track or overdubbed them with a homegrown theme from his 1991 run in the WWF.
France's tennis team used the song as their entrance theme for the 2014 Davis Cup final against Switzerland.
"Sirius" is played during the climactic scene of the Godfrey Ho film "American Commando 3: Savage Temptation".
"Sirius" segues into "Eye in the Sky". The former is always followed by the latter on airplay, though not always in live performances – at the World Liberty Concert "Sirius" was played as the introduction to "Breakaway" (Try Anything Once) with Candy Dulfer on saxophone.
In recent years, the song has been used on the trailer for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, at Euro 2012, features on the soundtracks to NBA 2K11 and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, as well as a Nissan Altima TV advertisement.
- Chris Rainbow: main vocal (Track 4)
- Lenny Zakatek: main vocal (Tracks 6 & 9)
- Dave Terry: main vocal (Track 7)
- Eric Woolfson: keyboards, main vocal (Tracks 2 & 5)
- Colin Blunstone: main vocal (Track 10)
- The English Chorale: choir vocals
- Alan Parsons: keyboards, Fairlight programming, vocals
- David Paton: acoustic, electric & bass guitars, main vocal (Track 3)
- Ian Bairnson: acoustic & electric guitars
- Mel Collins: saxophone
- Stuart Elliott: drums, percussion
|1982||The Billboard 200||7|
|1982||UK Albums Chart||27|