Alan Parsons Project- Pyramid 40th Anniversary

“It started trying to be an album based on witchcraft,” Alan Parsons confessed to me about about  Pyramid  , along with co-writer the late Eric Woolfson their much-anticipated follow up to the breakthrough hit album I, Robot .  “All areas of it, black magic, and the occult. But somehow we focused on the pyramid energy cult which was very fashionable at that time. You know, people were buying plastic pyramids in stores and keeping milk under them,” Parsons chuckled.” So it was led by this ‘pyramid power’ fashion. I had always been fascinated by the pyramids and their history and their mystery and why the Egyptian and Mayan cultures went to such feats to construct such structures.”

 

In 1976 when Tales of Mystery and Imagination  was released, even working behind the scenes as a recording engineer with such world-changers as the Beatles and progressive rock titans Pink Floyd could actually land you a recording contract yourself. “Basically he signed a blank tape,” Alan Parsons chuckles about 20th Century Records President Russ Regan greenlighting a concept album, based on the books of Edgar Alan Poe, composed by the young Abbey Road studio hound and songwriter Eric Woolfson as The Alan Parsons Project.This was my second interview with Parsons, the producer/engineer/electronic composer, the first occurring a decade earlier and specifically focused on the Alan Parson Project’s breakthrough 1977 album I Robot,  their second . This time we would cover the three million-sellers that followed between 1978 and 1982, PyramidThe Turn of a Friendly Card,  and Eye in the Sky.  Parsons was at the time releasing the album A Valid Path,  the culmination of a divorce, a move from his native England to Southern California, remarrying, & building his own recording studio, where this interview was done. –Redbeard