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20 February 2009 @ 12:37 am
Song of the Week #38: Alan Parsons "The Three of Me"/"Oh Life (There Must Be More)"  
Yes, it's essentially two songs, but this album is just such a gem and I've been spinning both songs a lot this week. Your favorite AP record might be one of his earlier as part of Alan Parsons Project, but my favorite is the one that my good friend Matt introduced me to in college in 1995, 1993's, Try Anything Once. Parsons' first 'solo' record which is stacked front to back with brilliant cuts. These two are the first and last songs on that amazing album. I like APP's older work, but there is a lightness to much of it lacks some power. This album though, is a powerhouse of soundscapes.

Both of these songs feature vocals from David Pack.

The Three of Me:

When the piano comes in at :45 the magic begins – what a melody. The shifts and mood changes are brilliant. As the youtube poster states, "excellent transitions between pop and prog," it's exactly correct. At 4:07 on the right stereo, the bass washes are sublime – on the 24K Gold Disc version it’s some of the most thrilling sounds you'll hear.

"Oh Life (There Must be More)" (homemade video – just listen)
While it seems like a dark lyric, I've always seen it as hopeful, maybe because I’ve never been as far down as the woman characterized in the song. But the majestic and cinematic quality – that quintessential aspect of Parsons' productions, is in full swing.

Enjoy.

More Alan Parsons from Try Anything Once:
Turn it Up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WplvDCe8_hw
Siren Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD6jS0Gq-wk