Pyramid (The Alan Parsons Project album)

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Pyramid
The Alan Parsons Project - Pyramid.jpg
Studio album by
Released1 June 1978
RecordedSeptember 1977 – February 1978
StudioAbbey Road Studios, London, England
Genre
Length37:46
LabelArista
ProducerAlan Parsons
The Alan Parsons Project chronology
I Robot
(1977)
Pyramid
(1978)
Eve
(1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Pyramid (stylized as Pyr△mid) is the third album by progressive rock band The Alan Parsons Project, released in 1978. It is a concept album centred on the pyramids of Giza. At the time the album was conceived, interest in pyramid power and Tutankhamun was widespread in the US and the UK. Pyramid was nominated for the 1978 Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. [2]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
No.TitleVocalsLength
1."Voyager"instrumental2:24
2."What Goes Up…"David Paton3:31
3."The Eagle Will Rise Again"Colin Blunstone4:20
4."One More River"Lenny Zakatek4:15
5."Can't Take It with You"Dean Ford; additional vocals by Colin Blunstone5:06
Side two
No.TitleVocalsLength
1."In the Lap of the Gods"instrumental5:27
2."Pyramania"Jack Harris2:45
3."Hyper-Gamma-Spaces"instrumental4:19
4."Shadow of a Lonely Man"John Miles5:34

Bonus tracks[edit]

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

  1. "Voyager/What Goes Up/The Eagle Will Rise Again" (instrumental) - 8:55
  2. "What Goes Up/Little Voice" (early version demo) - 4:07
  3. "Can't Take It with You" (early version demo) - 1:45
  4. "Hyper-Gamma-Spaces" (demo) - 2:21
  5. "The Eagle Will Rise Again" (alternate version – backing track) - 3:20
  6. "In the Lap of the Gods" (Part I – demo) - 3:14
  7. "In the Lap of the Gods" (Part II – backing track rough mix) - 1:56

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1978-79) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[3] 17
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[4] 23
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[5] 3
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[6] 4
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[7] 13
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 22
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 49

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[10] 2

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[11] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Germany (BVMI)[12] Platinum 500,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[13] Gold 7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[14] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] Gold 500,000^
Summaries
Worldwide N/A 2,000,000+ [16]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ DeGagne, Mike. Pyramid at AllMusic[dead link]
  2. ^ "Grammy nominations - Alan Parsons". Grammy. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Alan Parsons Project – Pyramid" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Alan Parsons Project – Pyramid" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Alan Parsons Project – Pyramid" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Charts.nz – The Alan Parsons Project – Pyramid". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Alan Parsons Project – Pyramid". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Alan Parsons Project – Pyramid". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  9. ^ "The Alan Parsons Project | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Alan Parsons Project – Pyramids". Music Canada.
  12. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Alan Parsons Project; 'Pyramids')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  13. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Alan Parsons Project – Pyramids". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Sólo Éxitos 1959–2002 Año A Año: Certificados 1979–1990" (in Spanish). Iberautor Promociones Culturales. ISBN 8480486392.
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Alan Parsons Project – Pyramids". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  16. ^ "Top Sales - Arista Records". Billboard. 27 January 1979. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  • Pyramid, Alan Parsons Project. Arista Records AB 4180, 1978 (Vinyl LP)