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)
Audio
"Hyper-Gamma-Spaces" on YouTube
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.[citation needed] 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 Paton; additional vocals by Dean Ford3:31
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 Miles; additional vocals by Colin Blunstone5:34

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
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 16
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[4] 17
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[5] 23
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[6] 3
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[7] 4
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[8] 13
Spanish Albums (AFE)[9] 4
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 22
UK Albums (OCC)[11] 49

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[12] 2

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[13] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Germany (BVMI)[14] Platinum 500,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[15] Gold 7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[16] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] Gold 500,000^
Summaries
Worldwide N/A 2,000,000+ [18]

^ 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. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Alan Parsons Project – Pyramid" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Alan Parsons Project – Pyramid" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Alan Parsons Project – Pyramid" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Charts.nz – The Alan Parsons Project – Pyramid". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Alan Parsons Project – Pyramid". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  9. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  10. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Alan Parsons Project – Pyramid". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  11. ^ "The Alan Parsons Project | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  12. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Alan Parsons Project – Pyramids". Music Canada.
  14. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Alan Parsons Project; 'Pyramids')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  15. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Alan Parsons Project – Pyramids". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  16. ^ Sólo Éxitos 1959–2002 Año A Año: Certificados 1979–1990 (in Spanish). Iberautor Promociones Culturales. 2005. ISBN 8480486392.
  17. ^ "American album certifications – Alan Parsons Project – Pyramids". Recording Industry Association of America.
  18. ^ "Top Sales - Arista Records". Billboard. 27 January 1979. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  • Pyramid, Alan Parsons Project. Arista Records AB 4180, 1978 (Vinyl LP)