Gaudi (The Alan Parsons Project album)
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|Studio album by|
|Recorded||October 1985 – August 1986|
|Producer||Alan Parsons, Eric Woolfson|
|The Alan Parsons Project chronology|
Gaudi is the tenth album by The Alan Parsons Project, released in 1987. Gaudi refers to Antoni Gaudí, the Catalan Spanish architect, and the opening track references what is probably his best known building, la Sagrada Família.
"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" (even though in Catalan -and officially- the exact name is Passeig de Gràcia) 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. Also, although The Sicilian Defence was released in 2014, it was originally recorded in 1979 and was never intended to be heard by the public.
- "La Sagrada Familia" (lead vocal John Miles, backing vocal Eric Woolfson and Chris Rainbow) – 8:46
- "Too Late" (lead vocal Lenny Zakatek) – 4:31
- "Closer to Heaven" (lead vocal Eric Woolfson) – 5:52
- "Standing on Higher Ground" (lead vocal Geoff Barradale, backing vocal Chris Rainbow) – 5:03 original CD; 5:48 on 2008 Remaster
- "Money Talks" (lead vocal John Miles) – 4:26
- "Inside Looking Out" (lead vocal Eric Woolfson) – 6:22
- "Paseo de Gracia" (Instrumental) – 3:47
Gaudi was remastered and reissued in 2008 with the following bonus tracks:
- "Too Late" (Eric Woolfson rough guide vocal)
- "Standing on Higher Ground/Losing Proposition" (vocal experiments)
- "Money Talks" (Chris Rainbow/percussion overdubs)
- "Money Talks" (rough mix backing track)
- "Closer to Heaven" (sax/Chris Rainbow overdub section)
- "Paseo de Gracia" (rough mix)
- "La Sagrada Familia" (rough mix)
- Eric Woolfson – pianos, keyboards, vocals
- Alan Parsons – synthesizer, programming, producer, engineer
- Ian Bairnson – guitars
- Laurence Cottle – bass
- Stuart Elliott – drums, percussion
- Richard Cottle – synthesizers, saxophones
- John Miles, Lenny Zakatek, Geoff Barradale, Chris Rainbow - vocals
- 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"
|1987||The Billboard 200||57|
|1987||UK Albums Chart||66|
|"Standing on Higher Ground"||US Mainstream Rock Tracks||3|