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is the third album by Pyramid 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. Liner notes read "From the rise and fall of an ancient dynasty, to the quest for a key to unlock the secrets of the universe, this album seeks to amplify the haunting echoes of the past and explore the unsolved mysteries of the present. Pyramid...the last remaining wonder of the ancient world."
The album also dabbles with
new wave, a genre that was emerging in Britain around the time of the album's recording. Many progressive and soft rock artists incorporated this style into their albums during the time spanning from late 1977 to 1979. In this album, the genre is mildly evident, through rhythm, in songs such as "Can't Take it with You" and immensely so in others such as "Pyramania".
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs written and composed by
Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson.
"In the Lap of the Gods"
Jack Harris 2:45
"Shadow of a Lonely Man"
John Miles 5:34
Bonus tracks [ edit ]
Pyramid was remastered and reissued in 2008 with the following bonus tracks:
"Voyager/What Goes Up/The Eagle Will Rise Again" (instrumental) - 8:55
"What Goes Up/Little Voice" (early version demo) - 4:07
"Can't Take It With You" (early version demo) - 1:45
"Hyper-Gamma-Spaces" (demo) - 2:21
"The Eagle Will Rise Again" (alternate version – backing track) - 3:20
"In the Lap of the Gods" (Part I – demo) - 3:14
"In the Lap of the Gods" (Part II – backing track rough mix) - 1:56
Personnel [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
Pyramid, Alan Parsons Project. Arista Records AB 4180, 1978 (Vinyl LP)