The complete albums collection is a wonderful box set with all the studio albums by Alan Parsons Project between 1976-1987, including the never previously released 1979 album The Sicilian Defense. However, this experimental and instrumental album is not the main reason you should open your wallet for this 11 cd box set. I find it quite uninteresting and rather far away from the classic APP sound.
Lead singer and songwriter Eric Woolfson who died sadly in 2009, was a keen chess player who named all the songtitles on The Sicilian Defense as well known opening moves in the game.
What we´re looking at here that makes this a great investment, are their 10 officially released studio albums here as replica and with a booklet of 26 pages with all the info you need about APP and liner notes by Alan Parson himself.
I never get tired of hearing their biggest album Eye in the sky from 1982 again and again, but it was a joy to re-discover their first album Tales of mystery and imagination of Edgar Allan Poe (1976). Not to mention, their most overlooked and weakest charting album Gaudi (1987). Which would become their last album.
APP created the most adorable mix of 70´s pop a la 10cc with the progressive music of Pink Floyd.
Playlist : The raven, Dr Tarr and Professor Fether (Tales of mystery and imagination of Edgar Allan Poe)
Don´t let it show, Genesis Ch 1 V 32 (I robot)
What goes up, The eagle will rise again (Pyramid)
Lucifer, If I could change your mind (Eve)
Games people play, The turn of a friendly card (The turn of a friendly card)
Eye in the sky, MammaGamma (Eye in the sky)
Prime time, Ammonia avenue (Ammonia avenue)
Seperate lives, Same old sun (Vulture culture)
Stereotomy, In the real world (Stereotomy)
La Sagrada Familia, Standing on higher ground (Gaudi)