The Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky (1982) [MFSL 2021]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:39 minutes | Scans included | 1,31 GB
or DSD64 2.0 (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Full Scans included | 1,18 GB
or FLAC (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,1 GB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2221
The opening track to the Alan Parsons Project’s Eye in the Sky remains the most recognized instrumental in sports – fanfare inseparably tied with introducing NBA legend Michael Jordan and his six-time world-champion Chicago Bulls mates before games, and still used by many teams as an energy-raising prelude. Indeed, the subdued grandiosity, cosmic bluster, and lights-out wonder of “Sirius” also sets the table for the band’s smash 1982 album, whose hallmark smoothness, lushness, and balance reach epic heights on Mobile Fidelity’s collectible reissue. Mastered from the original master tapes, this numbered hybrid SACD of Eye in the Sky features succulent warmth, magnificent balance, low-end heft, and see-through transparency that takes you into the studio with Parsons and creative partner Eric Woolfson at Abbey Road. this super-clean edition will test the full-range capabilities of the world’s finest stereo systems.
Eye in the Sky provided the Alan Parsons Project with their first Top Ten hit since 1977’s I Robot, and it’s hard not to feel that crossover success was one of the driving forces behind this album. The Project never shied away from hooks, whether it was on the tense white funk of “I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You” or the gleaming pop hooks of “Games People Play,” but Eye in the Sky was soft and smooth, so smooth that it was easy to ignore that the narrator of the title track was an ominous omniscient who spied either on his lover or his populace, depending on how deeply you wanted to delve into the concepts of this album. And, unlike I Robot or The Turn of a Friendly Card, it is possible to listen to Eye in the Sky and not dwell on the larger themes, since they’re used as a foundation, not pushed to center stage. What does dominate is the lushness of sound, the sweetness of melody: this is a soft rock album through and through, one that’s about melodic hooks and texture. In the case of the spacy opening salvo “Sirius,” later heard on sports talk shows across America, or “Mammagamma,” it was all texture, as these instrumentals set the trippy yet warm mood that the pop songs sustained. And the real difference with Eye in the Sky is that, with the exception of those instrumentals and the galloping suite “Silence and I,” all the artiness was part of the idea of this album was pushed into the lyrics, so the album plays as soft pop album – and a very, very good one at that. Perhaps nothing is quite as exquisite as the title song, yet “Children of the Moon” has a sprightly gait (not all that dissimilar from Kenny Loggins’ “Heart to Heart”), “Psychobabble” has a bright propulsive edge (not all that dissimilar from 10cc), and “Gemini” is the project at its dreamiest. It all adds up to arguably the most consistent Alan Parsons Project album – perhaps not in terms of concept, but in terms of music they never were as satisfying as they were here.
02. Eye In The Sky
03. Children Of The Moon
05. Silence And I
06. You’re Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned
09. Step By Step
10. Old And Wise
Mastered by Rob LoVerde at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Sebastopol, CA.
The album was originally mixed to both analogue tape & the Sony PCM 1610 digital recorder.
For this release, the Original Master Tape was utilized.