Alan Parsons – The Secret
Wow, Alan Parsons, what a legend! This is a man that started out as possibly the most important sound engineer in the history of rock, working closely with The Beatles and took a great part in the creation of Pink Floyds classic sound, produced 70’s classics such as John Miles – Rebel, and went on to become a superstar of his own right in the late 70’s with his own band Alan Parsons Project. Myself, though, I have sort of neglected Alan Parsons Project, not giving them/him the attention that I am sure they/he deserves, probably just because I discovered him at a time where I’d just discovered so many other legends in that sort of music. But having heard “The Secret” I can only say: My god, what a mistake I’ve done!
“The Secret” is not only a comeback from a legend, this is a comeback for an entire genre, and on top of that a piece of really, really good music! This album feels big and grande but at the same time incredibly instant and direct, in the same way the great classics of the 70’s felt big, grande, instant and direct. This is the kind of music that works just as good on a radio as in a concert hall. Parsons swings back and forth from symphonic tracks such as “A Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (inspired by the Disney classic Fantasia, with guest guitars by Steve Hackett) and “One Note Symphony”, and pure pop diamonds such as “Miracle” and “As Lights Fall”. Both sides work perfectly, and Parsons mixes them beautifully. When he reaches the end in beautiful closing ballad “I Can’t Get There From Here” I can do nothing than lift my hat and bow.
If you’re a fan of the old records, this is really something you should check out as soon as possible. If you’re a fan of the 70’s and 80’s softer progressive rock scene and bands such as Yes, Supertramp and Electric Light Orchestra, you should also really check this out. Actually, everybody should check this out! This is just great music from a great musician. Thank you, Alan, and welcome back!
Band: Alan Parsons
Title: The Secret
Date of release: 26/4-19
Stand out tracks: I Can’t Get There From Here