Gaudi (The Alan Parsons Project album)

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Gaudi
Gaudi Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1987
RecordedOctober 1985 – August 1986
The 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 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.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson.

Side One[edit]

  1. "La Sagrada Familia" (lead vocal John Miles, backing vocal Eric Woolfson and Chris Rainbow) – 8:46
  2. "Too Late" (lead vocal Lenny Zakatek) – 4:31
  3. "Closer to Heaven" (lead vocal Eric Woolfson) – 5:52

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Standing on Higher Ground" (lead vocal Geoff Barradale, backing vocal Chris Rainbow) – 5:03 original CD; 5:48 on 2008 Remaster
  2. "Money Talks" (lead vocal John Miles) – 4:26
  3. "Inside Looking Out" (lead vocal Eric Woolfson) – 6:22
  4. "Paseo de Gracia" (Instrumental) – 3:47

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

  1. "Too Late" (Eric Woolfson rough guide vocal)
  2. "Standing on Higher Ground/Losing Proposition" (vocal experiments)
  3. "Money Talks" (Chris Rainbow/percussion overdubs)
  4. "Money Talks" (rough mix backing track)
  5. "Closer to Heaven" (sax/Chris Rainbow overdub section)
  6. "Paseo de Gracia" (rough mix)
  7. "La Sagrada Familia" (rough mix)

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1987 The Billboard 200 57
1987 UK Albums Chart 66
1987 Canada 53
1987 Norway 8
1987 Spain (AFYVE) 1

Singles[edit]

Title Chart (1987) Peak
position
"Standing on Higher Ground" US Mainstream Rock Tracks 3

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.