Eye in the Sky (album)

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Eye in the Sky
TheAlanParsonsProject-EyeintheSky.jpg
Studio album by The Alan Parsons Project
Released June 1982
Recorded 1981–82
Studio Abbey Road Studios, London
Genre
Length 42:30
Label Arista
Producer
The Alan Parsons Project chronology
The Turn of a Friendly Card
(1980)
Eye in the Sky
(1982)
Ammonia Avenue
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[2]

Eye in the Sky is the sixth studio album by English rock band The Alan Parsons Project, released in June 1982 by Arista Records.

Overview[edit]

Songs on this album are in a number of different styles, from cool and funky to lyrical and heavily orchestrated. The Hipgnosis-designed sleeve is 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 The Alan Parsons Project's best-selling album, and was the last platinum record in the United States from the band (joining I Robot and The Turn of a Friendly Card).[3]

Vocal performers are Eric Woolfson, David Paton, Chris Rainbow, Lenny Zakatek, Elmer Gantry and Colin Blunstone.

Eye in the Sky contains 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.[4]

This album is 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).[citation needed]

The album features 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[5] (and continued to the present).[citation needed] "Sirius" segues into "Eye in the Sky". The former is almost always[citation needed] followed by the latter on airplay, though not always in live performances — at the 1995 World Liberty Concert "Sirius" was played as the introduction to "Breakaway" (from the Alan Parsons solo album Try Anything Once), with Candy Dulfer on saxophone.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson.

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Sirius"Instrumental1:54
2."Eye in the Sky"Eric Woolfson4:36
3."Children of the Moon"David Paton4:51
4."Gemini"Chris Rainbow2:11
5."Silence and I"Eric Woolfson7:19
6."You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned"Lenny Zakatek4:22
7."Psychobabble"Elmer Gantry4:51
8."Mammagamma"Instrumental3:34
9."Step by Step"Lenny Zakatek3:54
10."Old and Wise"Colin Blunstone4:55
2007 Remaster Bonus Tracks
No.TitleLead vocalsLength
11."Sirius" (Demo)Instrumental1:56
12."Old and Wise"Eric Woolfson4:43
13."Any Other Day" (Woolfson) (studio demo)Instrumental1:42
14."Silence and I"Eric Woolfson7:33
15."The Naked Eye"Instrumental10:49
16."Eye Pieces" (Classical Naked Eye)Instrumental7:51

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1982 The Billboard 200 7
1982 UK Albums Chart 27
1982 Canada 3
1982 New Zealand 3
1982 Norway 3

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[6] 684,800 [7]*
Italy (FIMI)[8] Gold 25,000*
United States (RIAA)[9] Platinum 1,000,000 [10]^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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