Try Anything Once

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Try Anything Once
Alan Parsons - Try Anything.jpg
Studio album by Alan Parsons
Released 26 October 1993
Recorded October 1992 – August 1993
Genre Progressive rock
Length 59:36
Label Arista
Producer Alan Parsons
Alan Parsons chronology
Try Anything Once
On Air
(1996)On Air1996
Singles from Try Anything Once
  1. "Turn It Up"
    Released: 1993
  2. "Wine From the Water"
    Released: 1994 (Europe only)
  3. "Oh Life (There Must Be More)"
    Released: 1994 (US only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Try Anything Once is the first solo album created by Alan Parsons following the split of The Alan Parsons Project.

This album features vocals by Ambrosia's David Pack, Jacqui Copland, Former Mindbender and 10cc guitarist Eric Stewart, and Manfred Mann's Earth Band frontman Chris Thompson.

The album takes a different turn from the previously ethereal Project albums, and seems to continue the directional development that started with Stereotomy and Gaudi, combining rock elements ("Back Against The Wall" & "Breakaway") and mood-oriented beats ("Turn It Up" & "I'm Talking To You"), while still retaining certain elements of the classic Project albums that are unique ("Mr Time", "Wine From The Water", the instrumentals).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Three of Me" – (Pack, Powell) Lead Vocals by David Pack of Ambrosia – 5:52
  2. "Turn It Up" – (Bairnson) Lead Vocals Chris Thompson of Manfred Mann's Earth Band – 6:13
  3. "Wine From The Water" – (Parsons, Bairnson) Lead Vocals by Eric Stewart of 10cc – 5:43
  4. "Breakaway" – (Parsons) Instrumental – 4:07
  5. "Mr Time" – (Elliot, Copland, Driscoll) Lead Vocals by Jacqui Copland – 8:17
  6. "Jigue" – (Parsons, Powell) Instrumental – 3:24
  7. "I'm Talkin' To You" – (Pack, Powell) Lead Vocals by David Pack – 4:38
  8. "Siren Song" – (Bairnson, Musker) Lead Vocals by Eric Stewart – 5:01
  9. "Dreamscape" – (Parsons) Instrumental – 3:01
  10. "Back Against The Wall" – (Bairnson) Lead Vocals by Chris Thompson – 4:38
  11. "Re-Jigue" – (Parsons, Powell) Instrumental – 2:28
  12. "Oh Life (There Must Be More)" – (Pack, Parsons) Lead Vocals by David Pack – 6:33

There is an easter egg inside the inlay. One of the pictures is a stereogram; when the viewer looks at it correctly, an image of a man and woman upside down will appear, similar to the other pictures in the album's artwork. This image is also on the CD itself.


  • Alan Parsons – synthesizer, acoustic guitar, bass, flute, background vocals, producer
  • Ian Bairnson – synthesizer, bass, guitar, pedal steel guitar, background vocals
  • Richard Cottle – synthesizer, saxophone
  • Andrew Powell – bass, synthesizer, electric piano, autoharp, orchestra director
  • Stuart Elliott – drums, synthesizer
  • David Pack – synthesizer, guitar, vocals
  • Jeremy Parsons – guitar
  • Philharmonia Orchestra – strings
  • Graham Preskett – fiddle, violin, mandolin
  • Eric Stewart – vocals
  • Chris Thompson – vocals
  • Jacqui Copland – vocals, background vocals


Year Chart Position
1993 The Billboard 200 122


  1. ^ Mike DeGagne (1993-10-26). "Try Anything Once - Alan Parsons | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-08-19.