Timeline

1974

Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons met at Abbey Road Studios.

Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson

1975

The Alan Parsons Project was created and a record deal signed with 20th Century Records.

1976

The first APP album Tales of Mystery and Imagination was released.

Tales of Mystery and Imagination

1977

Clive Davis signed the APP for what became a 10 album record deal for

I Robot was released which coincided with the cinema releases of Star Wars and Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind.

I Robot

1978

Pyramid released and received a Grammy nomination for best engineered recording.

Alan nominated for Grammy for Best Engineer of the Year.

Eric and Alan (and their families) moved to live in Monaco.

Alan Parsons Project Pyramid

1979

Eve released and was Grammy nominated for Best Engineered recording.

Eve

Nominated for a Grammy award for Best Album or Original Score written for a Motion Picture or Television for the film Ice Castles which featured “Voyager” and part of “What Goes Up” from Pyramid.

EMI Electrola Manufacturing plant in Germany had every press in the factory making APP albums for a period of time.

Pat Benatar releases a cover version of “Don’t Let it Show”.

1980

The Turn of a Friendly Card released.

The Turn of a Friendly Card
Phillips invent the audio CD.

Companies at Hardware electronic shows often used APP albums to demonstrate new CD players coming onto the market.

Eric & Alan (and their families) return to the UK.

1981

Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Recording for The Turn of a Friendly Card.

Eric met John Harvey Jones (Chairman of ICI) who would later invite him to the ICI plant which gave rise to the inspiration for Ammonia Avenue.

1982

Eye in the Sky released and was Grammy nominated for Best Engineered Recording.

Eye in the Sky Alan Parsons Project

1983

The Best of The Alan Parsons Project compilation album was released.

1984

Ammonia Avenue released.

Alan Parsons Project Ammonia Avenue Cover Art

APP albums were released on CD for the first time.

1985

Vulture Culture released.

Vulture Culture

“Don’t Answer Me” music video was nominated in the first annual MTV awards.

1986

Stereotomy released. Grammy nominated for Best Album package and Best Instrumental performance for “Where’s the Walrus?”.

Stereotomy

1987

Gaudi released.

Gaudi

Tales of Mystery was re-mastered and released on CD for the first time.

Spanish fans started singing “La Sagrada, Barcelona” in the style of the track on the Gaudi album on the terraces of football stadiums.

“Closer to Heaven” was used in an episode of Miami Vice.

1988

Limelight, Best of The Alan Parsons Project Volume 2 released.

1990

Freudiana album released – the last album Eric and Alan worked on together. The Freudiana musical was premiered in Vienna in Austria. It marked a new direction for Eric into musical theatre.

freudiana

“Sirius” starts to be used by the NBA as the background introduction music for the Chicago Bulls.

1996

The APP was featured in a Simpsons episode 3F21 “Homerpaloooza”.

Bonnie Tyler cover version of “Limelight” (Stereotomy) was used as the official Olympic theme song in Germany.

1997

“What Goes Up” (Pyramid) was used in the film Donnie Brasco.

“Sirius” (Eye in the Sky) was used in the Disney film Flubber.

1998

A long standing fan of the APP, Mike Myers (as Austin Powers in the film The Spy Who Shagged Me) name-checked the Alan Parsons Project

2000

“Sirius” from Eye in the Sky was used in an IMAX documentary film about Michael Jordan

2001

P Diddy chose “Sirius” as the backbone to the title track of his multi-platinum selling album The Saga Continues.

2006

New APP re-mastered compilation released

2007

Re-mastered expanded editions of I RobotEye in the Sky and Vulture Culture are released with never before heard bonus material including previous unreleased tracks and demo recordings.

Deluxe 30th anniversary edition of Tales of Mystery and Imagination released.

2008

Re-mastered expanded editions of PyramidEveThe Turn of a Friendly CardAmmonia AvenueStereotomy and Gaudi are released.

2008

“Sirius” is featured in the film Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Kanye West samples Ammonia Avenue in his “Heartless” track

2009

Eric Woolfson recorded and released his last album The Alan Parsons Project That Never Was.

Eric Woolfson passed away on 2nd December aged 64 after a long battle with cancer.

2011

Lil Wayne feat. Drake and Jadakiss’s “It’s Good” samples the APP track “The Cask of Amontillado” from Tales of Mystery and Imagination in Tha Carter IV album.

2012

Slaughterhouse sample “Eye in the Sky” in “Juggernauts”.

2013

All APP albums are re-released on vinyl.

35th anniversary Deluxe Legacy edition of I Robot is released, re-mastered with 14 bonus track.

“Sirius” is used in the trailer for the Anchorman 2 trailer.

2014

Release of APP box set with all 10 albums plus the never before released
“Sicilian Defence” album.