Pyramid (The Alan Parsons Project album)

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Pyramid
The Alan Parsons Project - Pyramid.jpg
Studio album by The Alan Parsons Project
Released 1 June 1978
Recorded September 1977 – February 1978
Studio Abbey Road Studios, London, England
Genre
Length 37:46
Label Arista
Producer Alan Parsons
The Alan Parsons Project chronology
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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. 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.

Side one
No.TitleVocalsLength
1."Voyager"Instrumental2:24
2."What Goes Up..."David Paton and 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 Ford5:06
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]

Year Chart Position
1978 The Billboard 200 26
1978 UK Albums Chart 49
1978 Canada 25
1978 Norway 13

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[2] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Germany (BVMI)[3] Platinum 500,000^
United States (RIAA)[4] Gold 500,000^
Worldwide (IFPI) N/A 2,000,000+ [5]

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

References[edit]

  • Pyramid, Alan Parsons Project. Arista Records AB 4180, 1978 (Vinyl LP)