Gaudi (The Alan Parsons Project album)

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Gaudi
Gaudi Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1987
RecordedOctober 1985 – August 1986
StudioThe Grange
Mayfair Studios
Genre
Length38:47
LabelArista
ProducerAlan Parsons, Eric Woolfson
The Alan Parsons Project chronology
Stereotomy
(1985)
Gaudi
(1987)
Freudiana
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[2]

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

The songs "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 by Eric Woolfson with the same name, and based on the songs of this album, was released in 1993 in Germany with the songs sung in English.

In the last change of core Project band members, saxophonist/keyboardist Richard Cottle's brother, Laurie, replaced David Paton on bass after he left to join Elton John's band. The album was recorded at the Grange in Norfolk and Mayfair Studios in London using a pair of Sony 3324 DASH digital tape recorders and mixed to a digital master.

This was the final canonical Alan Parsons Project studio album, as well as vocalist Lenny Zakatek's final contribution to any Parsons album. Although the album The Sicilian Defence was released in 2014, it was originally recorded in 1979 and was never intended to be heard by the public.

During the writing of what would have been the follow-up, Eric Woolfson turned that album into a 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 songs written and composed by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson.

Side 1
No.TitleVocalsLength
1."La Sagrada Familia"John Miles (lead)
Eric Woolfson (backing)
Chris Rainbow (backing)
8:46
2."Too Late"Lenny Zakatek4:31
3."Closer to Heaven"Eric Woolfson5:52
Side 2
No.TitleVocalsLength
4."Standing on Higher Ground" (extended to 5:48 on 2008 remaster)Geoff Barradale (lead)
Chris Rainbow (backing)
5:03
5."Money Talks"John Miles4:26
6."Inside Looking Out"Eric Woolfson6:22
7."Paseo de Gracia"Instrumental3:47
2008 remaster bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
8."Too Late (Eric Woolfson rough guide vocal)" 
9."Standing on Higher Ground/Losing Proposition (vocal experiments)" 
10."Money Talks (Chris Rainbow/percussion overdubs)" 
11."Money Talks (rough mix backing track)" 
12."Closer to Heaven (sax/Chris Rainbow overdub section)" 
13."Paseo de Gracia (rough mix)" 
14."La Sagrada Familia (rough mix)" 

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 61
Canada 53
Norway 8
Spanish Albums Chart 1
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company) 66
USA (Billboard 200) 57

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[5] Gold 50,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ DeGagne, Mike. Gaudi at AllMusic
  2. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews
  3. ^ The album refers to Antonio, rather than Antoni. The Alan Parsons Project Gaudi, The Avenue, 1997.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 229. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "Sólo Éxitos 1959–2002 Año A Año: Certificados 1979–1990" (in Spanish). Iberautor Promociones Culturales. ISBN 8480486392.