'You don't have to make an album anymore': Alan Parsons says no new projects in works

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Though Alan Parsons recently took part in The Prog Collective, don’t look for a new full-length album under his own name anytime soon. The legendary engineer/producer (Abbey Road, Dark Side of the Moon) and leader of the Alan Parsons Project says the occasional EP is all the market will allow these days, anyway.

The Alan Parsons Project put out 11 albums beginning in 1976, issuing one a year between 1976-80 and again from 1984-87, but hasn’t had a new album of material since Freudiana back in 1990. The prog-rock group had platinum success with 1977’s I Robot, 1980’s The Turn of a Friendly Card and 1982’s Eye in the Sky.

[SOMETHING ELSE! REWIND: The Alan Parsons Project’s music often swerved into fantasy, psychology, robotics and literature. Prog-rock? Really, it was more like nerd-rock.]

Its Top 20 hits included “Games People Play” (No. 16), “Time” (No. 15) and “Eye In The Sky” (to No. 3), while using a variety of vocalists over the years including Eric Woolfson, Lenny Zakatek, and the Zombies’ Colin Blunstone, among others. Woolfson died of kidney cancer in 2009.

More recently, Parsons has also served as producer for a new project from Jake Shimabukuro, the Hawaiian ukelele virtuoso. And just last month, Parsons appeared with bassist Chris Squire (Yes, Conspiracy), guitarist Gary Green (Gentle Giant)and keyboardist David Sancious (E Street Band, Stanley Clarke, Peter Gabriel) on the track “The Technical Divide,” from a multi-artist release called The Prog Collective, produced by Yes alum Billy Sherwood.

Still, no full-length project is in the works, Parsons told the Celebrity Cafe

“I have no plans to release anything under my own name,” he said. “It’s just production and engineering stuff for now, but I think there might be an EP with my name on it. I’ve actually got two tracks ready to go and if we just do one more, we might have an EP. It’s a very different market these days. You don’t have to make an album anymore since people only download one tune. I think we’ll try to focus on one song and put out an EP.”

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