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Album Review

Five years after Time Machine, Alan Parsons returned to the producer's chair refreshed and ready to go with an arsenal of new songs for Valid Path. The immediate standout is Parsons' highly updated, super-polished sound, and to expect less from him would be an insult to his legacy and reputation as one of rock's most respected producers and engineers. As usual for a Parsons project (pun intended), guest appearances once again run the gamut. The Crystal Method, David Gilmour, John Cleese, Nortec Collective, and Orson Welles all make contributions, with some most definitely faring better than others. The Crystal Method seem downright out of place on "Mammagamma 04," and so do their driving breakbeats and filtered basslines. Evidence of overreaching to keep up with the current chillout trends and Middle Eastern influences du jour are also present in "Return to Tunguska," which sounds like Pink Floyd's classic "One of These Days" in its mid-forties sipping a café latte. But those are mere distractions from Valid Path's overall haunting beauty, especially for those who have been loyal to Parsons over the duration of his career. While the changes may not appeal to some or even lure any new listeners, die-hard fans will revel in this and its replay value over and over again with great delight. [This edition includes DVD audio material.]

Customer Reviews

Great Album, Unlike Any Other

This album is unlike anything I've heard from Alan Parson. He's combined Electronica with rock to create a really interesting sound I have never before heard. The remastered songs such as Mammagamma & A Recurring Dream Within A Dream are magnificent. Each song has a unique sound to it and are so different compared to one another. It is quite interesting to how he is able to make all these song fit into the bigger picture of the album. You will be impressed but head up, this is somewhat techno so you have to be ready to experience a different sound for a few of the songs. Besides that listen closely to the transitions and effects in the album and you will be seriously impressed.

A.P. Lealing back into Progressive

I agree with the last listener. I hope that he stretches it even further! It's not the old witch I love but, it's time for reinvention! Why not change it up. I like the direction. Just need to seal the deal with a follow up that is even more perhaps agressive and beutiful at the same time to get my vote for great progressive music.


This is an awsome album, a little bet techno, a little bit rock. This will make you feel good.


Born: December 20, 1948 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As indicated by its name, the Alan Parsons Project was not a band so much as a concept overseen by the titular Parsons, a successful producer and engineer. Born in Britain on December 20, 1948, he began his musical career as a staff engineer at EMI Studios, and first garnered significant industry exposure via his work on the Beatles' 1969 masterpiece, Abbey Road. Parsons subsequently worked with Paul McCartney on several of Wings' earliest albums; he also oversaw recordings from Al Stewart, Cockney...
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