The Essential Alan Parsons Project

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The Essential Alan Parsons Project
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Greatest hits album by
Released6 February 2007
GenreProgressive rock
Length2:33:17 (2-disc version)
3:40:29 (3-disc version)
Label
Producer
The Alan Parsons Project chronology
The Best of The Alan Parsons Project
(2002)
The Essential Alan Parsons Project
(2007)
The Sicilian Defence
(2014)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars (2-disc version)[1]
AllMusic4.5/5 stars (3-disc version)[2]

The Essential Alan Parsons Project is a compilation album released by English progressive rock musician Alan Parsons and The Alan Parsons Project on 6 February 2007.[3] It was released through Sony BMG as part of The Essential album series.

Track listing (2-disc version)[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Originally fromLength
1."The Raven"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonTales of Mystery and Imagination (1976)4:06
2."The Tell-Tale Heart"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonTales of Mystery and Imagination (1976)4:16
3."To One In Paradise"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonTales of Mystery and Imagination (1976)4:38
4."I Robot [instrumental] [edit]"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonI Robot (1977)5:15
5."I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonI Robot (1977)3:23
6."Some Other Time"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonI Robot (1977)4:02
7."Day After Day (The Show Must Go On)"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonI Robot (1977)3:43
8."What Goes Up"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonPyramid (1978)3:30
9."The Eagle Will Rise Again"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonPyramid (1978)4:19
10."In The Lap Of The Gods [instrumental]"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonPyramid (1978)5:25
11."Lucifer [instrumental] [edit]"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonEve (1979)4:18
12."Damned If I Do"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonEve (1979)4:52
13."Games People Play"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonThe Turn of a Friendly Card (1980)4:24
14."Time"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonThe Turn of a Friendly Card (1980)5:05
15."Turn Of A Friendly Card, Part 1"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonThe Turn of a Friendly Card (1980)2:45
16."Snake Eyes"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonThe Turn of a Friendly Card (1980)3:15
17."The Ace of Swords"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonThe Turn of a Friendly Card (1980)2:58
18."Nothing Left To Lose"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonThe Turn of a Friendly Card (1980)4:06
19."Turn Of A Friendly Card, Part 2"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonThe Turn of a Friendly Card (1980)3:21
Total length:1:17:50
  • Tracks 15-19 are part of the "Turn of a Friendly Card" suite.
  • Tracks 15-19 are combined as one on some pressings.

Disc 2[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Originally fromLength
1."Sirius"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonEye in the Sky (1982)1:54
2."Eye In The Sky"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonEye in the Sky (1982)4:36
3."Silence And I"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonEye in the Sky (1982)7:20
4."Old and Wise"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonEye in the Sky (1982)4:55
5."Mammagamma [instrumental]"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonEye in the Sky (1982)3:35
6."Prime Time"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonAmmonia Avenue (1984)5:03
7."Ammonia Avenue"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonAmmonia Avenue (1984)6:33
8."Don't Answer Me"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonAmmonia Avenue (1984)4:04
9."Let's Talk About Me"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonVulture Culture (1984)4:29
10."Days Are Numbers (The Traveller)"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonVulture Culture (1984)4:27
11."No Answers Only Questions [alternate version]"Eric WoolfsonVulture Culture (1984)2:10
12."Stereotomy"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonStereotomy (1985)7:15
13."Limelight"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonStereotomy (1985)4:39
14."La Sagrada Familia"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonGaudi (1987)8:47
15."Standing On Higher Ground"Alan Parsons, Eric WoolfsonGaudi (1987)5:48
Total length:1:15:43

Track listing (3-disc version)[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."The Raven"4:06
2."The Tell-Tale Heart"4:39
3."The Cask Of Amontillado""4:27
4."To One In Paradise"4:38
5."I Robot [instrumental] [edit]"5:15
6."I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You"3:23
7."Some Other Time"4:02
8."Don't Let It Show"4:20
9."Day After Day (The Show Must Go On)"3:43
10."What Goes Up"3:30
11."The Eagle Will Rise Again"4:19
12."Can't Take It With You"5:06
13."In The Lap Of The Gods [instrumental]"5:25
14."Shadow Of A Lonely Man"5:34
15."Lucifer [instrumental] [edit]"4:18
16."Damned If I Do"4:52
17."If I Could Change Your Mind"5:50

Disc 2[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Games People Play"4:24
2."Time"5:05
3."The Gold Bug [instrumental]"4:34
4."Turn Of A Friendly Card, Part 1"2:45
5."Snake Eyes"3:15
6."The Ace Of Swords"2:58
7."Nothing Left To Lose"4:06
8."Turn Of A Friendly Card, Part 2"3:21
9."Sirius [instrumental]"1:54
10."Eye In The Sky"4:36
11."Silence And I"7:20
12."Psychobabble"4:53
13."Mammagamma [instrumental]"3:35
14."Old And Wise"4:55
15."Pipeline [instrumental]"3:58
16."Ammonia Avenue"6:32
17."No Answers Only Questions [alternate version]"2:10

Disc 3[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Don't Answer Me"4:04
2."Prime Time"5:03
3."Let's Talk About Me"4:27
4."Separate Lives [alternate mix]"4:19
5."Days Are Numbers (The Traveller)"4:27
6."Sooner Or Later"4:27
7."Hawkeye [instrumental]"3:48
8."Stereotomy"6:49
9."Limelight"4:39
10."Where's The Walrus? [instrumental]"7:25
11."La Sagrada Familia [edit]"7:29
12."Closer To Heaven"5:55
13."Standing On Higher Ground"5:48
14."Paseo de Gracia [instrumental]"3:40

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
Australia 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment [4] CD, Music download 88697043372

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Position
Official New Zealand Music Chart[5] 5

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]