ALAN PARSONS with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra – One Note Symphony (2022)
Next Friday Frontiers Music is releasing a stunning live performance from legendary ALAN PARSONS and his incredibly skilled band of musicians, “One Note Symphony: Live In Tel Aviv“.
On how this very special performance came together, Alan says “We had been booked to play here with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and I thought it might be a great opportunity to record the show. It’s a rare treat to perform with an orchestra… so many details. We are all very proud of the final result.”
“Whenever I have an opportunity to play with a Symphony Orchestra, I always try to incorporate songs into the set-list that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to perform live, such as the epic ‘Silence and I’ from the Eye In the Sky album, for example. We also took advantage of this opportunity to play ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ from our latest studio album, The Secret.
Tom Brooks, the band’s keyboard player, is also an incredibly talented orchestral arranger. He arranged and conducted all of the orchestral pieces for this particular performance, using former Alan Parsons Project conductor Andrew Powell as inspiration for the scores of some of the other songs included in the show.
Alan Parsons’ career started when he was 18 years old and earned his first album credit on the Beatles “Abbey Road”, an album recorded in the legendary London studios of the same name. He soon became a well respected studio engineer, working for Paul McCartney, John Miles, The Hollies, Al Stewart, and Pink Floyd, among others.
He is particularly renowned for his work on the Pink Floyd masterpiece “The Dark Side of The Moon”. Recorded in 1973, Parsons experimented with many of the most advanced recording techniques of the time, showcasing his forward thinking approach.
As well as receiving gold and platinum awards from several countries, Parsons has received ten Grammy Award nominations for his engineering and production work. In 2007, he was nominated for Best Surround Sound Album for his most recent release “A Valid Path”.
In 1975, Alan formed The Alan Parsons Project along with producer and songwriter (and occasional singer) Eric Woolfson. The Project consisted of a group of studio musicians and vocalists, often involving the members of two bands Alan had produced: Pilot (Ian Bairnson, Stuart Tosh, and David Paton) and (on the first album) Ambrosia. The Alan Parsons Project released ten acclaimed studio albums, but rarely performed live, even after several US and UK Top 20 hits.
The Project ended at the end of the 80’s.
Since then, Alan has released four albums under his own name, often featuring musicians that also appeared on the Project releases. In 1994, he started touring regularly as The Alan Parsons Live Project.
In 2019, Alan returned with an acclaimed new studio album, his first in 15 years, entitled “The Secret”. The album was followed by a comprehensive world tour which saw Alan and his band perform new songs together with classic tracks from his catalog.
Additionally, Alan was awarded the OBE (Order Of The British Empire) at the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2021.
The performances on “One Note Symphony” are stunning, from the vocals to the rock instrumentation and orchestra arrangements. Parsons’ music was created with a ‘real orchestra’ in mind, so these timeless songs are really benefited by The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
1. One Note Symphony
2. Damned If I Do
3. Don’t Answer Me
5. Breakdown/The Raven
7. Silence And I
8. I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You
9. Don’t Let It Show
1. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
2. Standing On Higher Ground
3. As Lights Fall
4. I Can’t Get There From Here
5. Prime Time
6. Sirius/Eye In The Sky
7. Old And Wise
8. (The System Of) Dr. Tarr And Professor Fether
9. Games People Play
Alan Parsons: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele, Keyboards
P.J. Olsson: Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion
Todd Cooper: Vocals, Sax, Recorder, Guitar, Percussion
Jeff Kollman: Guitars, Vocals
Tom Brooks: Keyboards, Vocals
Dan Tracey: Guitars, Vocals
Guy Erez: Bass, Vocals
Danny Thompson: Drums, Vocals
Jordan Asher Huffman: Guest Vocals
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra