Andrew Powell



Andrew Powell was born April 18, 1949 in London, England.

Andrew began his musical journey at the age of four when he began taking piano lessons. Later he would learn orchestral percussion, as well as the viola and violin. At the age of 11 he was writing scores for school produced films, which Andrew describes as, "15 minute shorts produced by the film society".

Following a period in Germany where he studied with composer Stockhausen, Powell returned to England to take a music degree at Cambridge. While there, he joined an electronic band called Intermodulation, who were pioneering the use of synthesisers. "That band was really kind of 'a live electronic'. The kind of things that people had spent years in the studio recording onto tape in the laborious ways that you had to do it in those days. We worked with people like Stockhausen and John Cage, and other composers."

Andrew’s early work with rock albums was on Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel's 1973 debut album. "I had worked on their first album and when it came around to their second album they wanted to produce it themselves. The record company said, 'we want to put you together with one of our engineers'. Alan was a very experienced engineer at this stage. When it came to orchestration, Alan said 'I've got a guy', and Steve said 'no, use the same guy as last time'". So, as fate would have it, "The Psychomodo" would be the first album Powell and Parsons would work on together, but certainly not the last.

The two obviously enjoyed working together and have worked jointly on albums for John Miles, Pilot, The Hollies, and Al Stewart.

Over the years, Powell has played many roles: performer, writer, arranger, and producer. Among his production credits are Kate Bush's first two albums, and the "Power" album by Kansas.

When Alan Parsons decided to begin the historic "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" album, Andrew would be called upon to play an important role. Andrew said, "At it's very early stages I was approached about this idea for this mammoth full-sized orchestra and choir. Straight away it was right outside of their writing field of expertise." Andrew's involvement shines through, especially on "The Fall of the House of Usher", a track which could never sound the same without him. On "I Robot" he would return to write "Total Eclipse", the only APP track not written by Parsons and Woolfson.

Powell would appear on every album, with the exception of one, "Vulture Culture". He also released an album featuring his orchestral interpretations of APP tunes on his 1983 "Andrew Powell and The Philharmonia Orchestra Plays The Best of The Alan Parsons Project".

In 1985, movie-goers attending the mystical "Ladyhawke" were to hear the equally magical soundtrack. The soundtrack was written by Powell, produced by Alan Parsons, and was performed by an APP alumni: Ian Bairnson, David Paton, Stuart Elliott, and Richard Cottle.

In 1994, Andrew joined Alan Parsons on Alan’s first post-Project album. In addition to arranging and performing on "Try Anything Once", he also wrote four of the songs. Powell also toured with The Alan Parsons Live Project.

More recently, Powell did arrangements for Elaine Paige and The Hollies.

For more about Andrew Powell, see Issue Two of The Avenue.


Selected Discography

Andrew Powell Solo Albums / Soundtracks
1974 Caravan To Vaccares (Movie Soundtrack)
1982 Triumphs of a Man Called Horse (Movie Soundtrack)
1983 Andrew Powell and the Philharmonia Orchestra Play The Best of The Alan Parsons Project
1985 Ladyhawke (Movie Soundtrack)
1988 Rocket Gibraltar (Movie Soundtrack)

  Work With Other Artists  
1974 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel Human Menagerie Strings, Arranger
1975 Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel Psychomodo Strings, Arranger
1975 David Courtney David Courtney's First Day Keyboards
1975 Al Stewart Modern Times Arranger
1976 The Alan Parsons Project Tales of Mystery and Imagination Organ, String Arrangements, Conductor
1976 Al Stewart Year of the Cat Strings, Arranger, String Arrangements
1976 John Miles Rebel Arranger
1977 The Alan Parsons Project I Robot String Arrangements, Conductor, Writer
1977 Sammy Hagar Musical Chairs String Arrangements
1977 Sammy Hagar Sammy Hagar Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
1978 The Alan Parsons Project Pyramid String Arrangements, Conductor
1978 Kate Bush Kick Inside Synthesizer, Keyboards, Piano (Electric), Producer
1978 Kate Bush Lionheart Keyboards, Producer
1978 Al Stewart Time Passages Strings, Arranger, String Arrangements
1979 The Alan Parsons Project Eve String Arrangements, Conductor
1979 Chris De Burgh Crusader Piano, Producer
1980 John Miles Sympathy Arranger, Conductor
1980 The Alan Parsons Project The Turn of a Friendly Card Arranger, Conductor
1981 Mick Fleetwood Visitor String Arrangements
1981 Elaine Paige Elaine Paige Producer
1982 The Alan Parsons Project Eye In The Sky String Arrangements, Conductor
1983 Nick Heyward North of a Miracle Conductor, Adaptation, Orchestral Arrangements
1983 The Alan Parsons Project Ammonia Avenue String Arrangements, Conductor
1984 Al Stewart Russians & Americans Strings, Arranger, Conductor
1985 The Alan Parsons Project Stereotomy Arranger, Conductor, Orchestral Arrangements
1986 Kansas Power Producer
1987 The Alan Parsons Project Gaudi Arranger, Orchestra
1987 Johnny Kemp Secrets of Flying Guitar
1989 Michael Crawford With Love Arranger, Conductor
1990 Various / APP Freudiana Arranger, Conductor
1993 Alan Parsons Try Anything Once Bass, Piano, Synths, Autoharp, Electric Piano, String Arrangements, Conductor, Writer
1995 Alan Parsons Very Best Live Keyboards
1996 Alan Parsons On Air Arranger, Conductor
1996 Leo Sayer Show Must Go On: Anthology String Arrangements, Brass Arrangement, Woodwind Arrangement
1998 Elaine Paige Queen Album Arranger, Conductor
1999 Alan Parsons The Time Machine Conductor, Orchestral Arrangements
2000 The Hollies Orchestral Heaven Arranger

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