The Sicilian Defence (album)

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The Sicilian Defence
The Sicilian Defence Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released23 March 2014 (2014-03-23)
The Alan Parsons Project chronology
The Sicilian Defence

The Sicilian Defence is an album by The Alan Parsons Project, released in 2014. It was named after the Sicilian Defence, a famous chess play.

This was the final Alan Parsons Project studio album to be released, 24 years after the split of the band. Originally recorded in 1979, it was never actually intended for release, but was sent to the band's label, Arista, as a sort of "chess move" as they did not feel they were given adequate time to make a new album while Eric Woolfson negotiated their contract, but were under obligation to deliver one anyway. As such, this consists of incomplete sketches that were never fleshed out into proper songs.

The Sicilian Defence was our attempt at quickly fulfilling our contractual obligation after I Robot, Pyramid, and Eve had been delivered. The album was rejected by Arista, not surprisingly, and we then renegotiated our deal for the future and the next album, The Turn of a Friendly Card. The Sicilian Defence album was never released and never will be, if I have anything to do with it. I have not heard it since it was finished. I hope the tapes no longer exist.

— Alan Parsons[1]

It was made almost as a throwaway, contractual obligation album. It was made very quickly. We delivered Eve and The Sicilian Defence simultaneously and told the label “There are your last two albums. Now, give us a new deal.” [laughs] There were all kinds of politics that went on at the time. The Sicilian Defence is very instrumental. I don’t think there’s a single vocal on it. We’ve been pretty protective of it. I haven’t even possessed a copy of it since 1979 when it was made. Don’t hold your breath on this one. It’s interesting, but not the greatest piece of work.

— Alan Parsons[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson.

  1. "P-K4" (Instrumental) – 5:00
  2. "P-QB4" (Instrumental) – 6:22
  3. "Kt-KB3" (Instrumental) – 3:07
  4. "...Kt-QB3" (Instrumental) – 1:15
  5. "P-Q4" (Instrumental) – 3:54
  6. "PxP" (Instrumental) – 3:27
  7. "KtxP" (Instrumental) – 4:01
  8. "Kt-B3" (Instrumental) – 0:53
  9. "Kt-QB3" (Instrumental) – 8:16
  10. "P-Q3" (Instrumental) – 3:30


  • Alan Parsons – pianos, keyboards, synthesizer, programming, producer, engineer
  • Eric Woolfson – pianos, keyboards, synthesizer


  1. ^ "". 20 December 1948. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  2. ^ "". 1 January 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2018.

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