AOL HAS BLOCKED EMAIL FROM TAO
(October 18/03): One of the benefits of membership at The Avenue has been the updates that are sent by email. AOL recently upgraded their anti-spam tools and that resulted in their tool detecting the last update as spam, and then responding by blocking all mail from TAO.
Right now we are no longer able to send any mail to AOL users.
Any AOL users who still wish to receive the updates, or any other mail from The Avenue are recommended to contact AOL to unblock our mail.
(January 15/04): Some emails are now getting through to AOL users, but some may still not be getting through
"5-25-77" MOVIE UPDATE
(July 5/03): Last year we reported that Alan would be doing the music for the movie 5-25-77. Shooting of the movie is now expected to begin in August. Alan won't start work on the music until the shooting is almost completed; so it will be a little longer until Alan begins work on that project. More updates once the film begins production.
(Jan. 17/04): The film is still in pre-production (signing actors, budgeting, etc.). Filming is still on schedule to start in the Spring, and Alan will work on music later.
JOHN MONTAGNA RELEASES
(March 12/04): John Montagna, the bass player in the Alan Parsons Live Project has some CD release news. His solo cd, "Enjoy Your Dessert", is now available on cdbaby.com. To hear sound samples and purchase the disc, go here.
John also played bass on a new album by Chris Orbach. The new Orbach album, titled "Safely Through The Night" was released by the High Functioning Media label.
SPECIAL MINI ISSUE OF THE AVENUE
(Mar. 14/04): More details on the album and other news will be in a special limited-run mini-issue of The Avenue newsletter. This will be a free bonus to those members who were long-term members or previously signed-up for the "final four". This issue will not be available as a back-issue.
Full track-by-track details of the album will instead be in Issue 25. Alan is expecting to approve the release of the mini-issue soon, and it will be released quickly thereafter.
(Apr. 30/04): The issue has been shipped to all members.
(May 28/04): Just when you thought it was safe to go into the record stores, along comes ANOTHER 'best of' compilation.
The latest is titled "Ultimate - The Alan Parsons Project". This 18-track compilation is available now at Amazon.com
NEW ALBUM FROM NEIL LOCKWOOD
(May 29/04): In June, Neil hopes to release his new album called "You Can't Get There From Here". Neil describes the sound as "quite dark and atmospheric". More details coming soon, and I hope to be selling it through the Avenue soon.
BENEFIT CONCERT CANCELLED
(May 30/04): Recently there had been rumours that Ian Bairnson and Chris Thompson were to perform at a benefit in the U.S. An American Legion post was arranging for a benefit concert to help Riley Hospital For Children in Indianapolis, IN, and Ian and Chris were asked to be in the show. Unfortunately the concert has been canceled due to issues over the accounting of the funds raised in last year's benefit. A copy of the article that appeared in "Truth" is posted on the bulletin board.
A VALID PATH - Release Dates and Artwork
(May 31/04): The new Alan Parsons album "A Valid Path" will be released in August, 2004 by:
This will be the first record without his long-time bandmates Ian Bairnson, and Stuart Elliott. The new album will be take Alan in a new direction and into world of electronica.
Artists appearing on this record include: Nortec Collective, The Crystal Method, Shpongle, PJ Olsson, and Pink Floyd's David Gilmour.
The cover artwork for "A Valid Path" (left) was created by Storm Thorgerson.
"A VALID PATH" - RELEASE UPDATE
(July 7/04): The album will be released in the US on Artemis Records. Earlier we had reported that 5.1 Entertainment was to be the label, but they instead will be releasing a DVDA version of the album (Release Date - TBA).
Alan is quite proud to be with Artemis. Since launching in 1999 they have soared to success with multiple gold & platinum releases, and Grammy nominations. In 2000 and 2001, Billboard Magazine named Artemis the #1 Independent label in the United States based on actual sales.
The following is the press release from Artemis:
June 22, 2004 - ARTEMIS RECORDS TO RELEASE ALAN PARSONS' NEW ALBUM "A VALID PATH" IN NORTH AMERICA ON AUGUST 24TH
On August 24th Artemis Records will release Alan Parsons' new album A Valid Path in North America, his first record in five years. A Valid Path is Parsons' leap into the world of electronica music, filled with poly-rhythmic drumbeats and soaring guitar solos, provided in part by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. The record's gem, "More Lost Without You", features P.J. Olsson on vocals. Another great collaboration is with The Crystal Method on "We Play The Game". Alan Parsons has released three records without the 'Project' identity behind him; his last, entitled The Time Machine, earning rave reviews, including four stars from the All Music Guide.
Parsons, an engineer and producer, worked on classic albums like Let It Be, Abbey Road, and Dark Side of the Moon, for which he earned one of his ten Grammy nominations. He emerged in 1976 as the artist behind his own group, ground breaking progressive rockers The Alan Parsons Project. The Alan Parsons Project had two Top Ten Albums, six Top Ten Singles and were awarded 3 platinum and 7 gold records by the RIAA. Their 1982 Eye In The Sky is recognized as a seminal classic rock album, and its title track reached #3 on both the Billboard Adult Contemporary and Pop Singles charts. As well as the Alan Parsons Project, Alan has also produced and engineered records for Paul McCartney's Wings, The Hollies, Ambrosia and Al Stewart, including the classic "Year Of The Cat".
|A VALID PATH|
|1.||Return To Tunguska|
|2.||More Lost Without You|
|4.||We Play The Game|
|6.||L'Arc En Ciel|
|7.||A Recurring Dream Within A Dream|
|8.||You Can Run|
NEIL LOCKWOOD: "YOU CAN"T GET THERE FROM HERE"
(July 8/04): The latest album by Neil Lockwood has been released, and is called "You Can't Get There From Here". The album is not your run of the mill pop album, and is a daring effort with hints of Lennon, Parsons and Pink Floyd in it. It's the kind of album where you may not get into after one play, but after each play the details become more clear and the pieces of the album really begin to shine.
You can hear song samples, get the song lyrics and other information at NeilLockwood.com
|Available now from The Avenue|
|Rest of World||24 USD|
|Postage included! Avenue members get $1 off!|
|1. The Epilogue
2. You Can't Get There From Here
3. Crystal Heart
4. Toxic Grace
5. God and Chips
6. Just Passing
7. Out Of Control
8. The Edge Of Forever
Click abouve for MP3 samples. (Files are appx. 350k)
NEW AP TRACK: "ANTARCTICA"
(July 11/04): If you can't wait until August 24th for new Alan Parsons music, there is one alternative. A new song called "Antarctica" is available on a soundtrack called "Out of Order". Another version of the song will be on "A Valid Path", and Alan explains, "'Return To Tunguska' is the new title and its a basically a remix of 'Antarctica' including David Gilmour's contribution - otherwise not much different."
SAME PLACE - NEW WAY TO GET THERE
(July 14/04): To make things easier to find this site, the address AlanParsonsMusic.com also points here. Same content, with a name that rolls off the tongue better.
Another site with a new name is our sponsor MaisonDuSoleil.ca A reminder to Avenue members, active members get $25 off bookings of a week or more.
ALAN PARSONS CONCERT ON THE HIGH SEAS!
(July 15/04): Once again this year there be a Home Theatre Cruise to Mexico. The cruise departs from Port Canaveral, Florida on October 24, 2004, and returns to port on October 31, 2004.
Just like last year there will be demos and presentations, but the added attraction this year will be The Alan Parsons Live Project. On Friday October 29th, Alan will perform two 75 minute shows on the cruise.
Book early - space is limited!
NO AP MUSIC ON "I, ROBOT" SOUNDTRACK
(July 16/04): Opening today in theatres is the new Will Smith movie "I, Robot". The movie is loosely inspired by Isaac Asimov's book.
Since the movie is based on the same material as The Alan Parsons Project album "I Robot", many fans have asked if APP music will be in the movie. Unfortunately not, instead the soundtrack is composed by Marco Beltrami. Beltrami was composer for the movies Scream, Scream 3, and Crow: Salvation. He was also producer on Blade II and Terminator 3 soundtracks.
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
(August 5/04): A tour of Europe is being planned for October. Selected dates are already listed in the Tour Date section, and further information will be added as it becomes available. Please note that this is note a "reunion tour", and that the current band line-up is scheduled to appear.
"A VALID PATH" - CREDITS ONLINE
(August 7/04): With the album release coming very soon, we are proud to release more details of A Valid Path. Credits, lyrics and links to selected song samples are available now.
(Jan. 22/05): The new Alan Parsons album "A Valid Path" has arrived! The album has been released on Artemis Records in the USA Canada, and on Eagle Records in Europe.
A leap into the world of computers and electronic music, A Valid Path is filled with polyrhythmic drumbeats and soaring guitar solos (provided in part by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour), and sees a number of fascinating new collaborations, including The Crystal Method, Shpongle, Jeremy Parsons, Uberzone, The Nortec Collective and PJ Olsson, who also now sings with the Alan Parsons Live Project.
The cover artwork for "A Valid Path" (left) was created by Storm Thorgerson.
(January 25/05): For more details about this album - Credits, lyrics, song samples, and comments from Alan himself - check out our special page for A Valid Path.
|ORDER "A VALID PATH"|
(December 21/04): Due to yet another postal increase, rates for back issues and merchandise will increase on January 1, 2005. Anything ordered by December 31st will be accepted at the current rate. People mailing in orders need not worry, as long as the envelope is post-marked by December 31st, the old rate will be honored no matter how slow the post office is.
LATIN AMERICAN TOUR
(December 22/04): Tour dates for Latin America are online. Alan Parsons, PJ and the gang will be making stops in Mexico, South and Central America. Check out the tour date page for details!
NEW ISSUE OF THE AVENUE
(December 23/04): Issue 25 of The Avenue has just been shipped. The issue is larger than normal: 16 pages! As usual it has news, QA, and the "Tales Of..." section, but the majority of the issue is devoted to an in-depth look at "A Valid Path". From the initial inspiration to a track-by-track breakdown, it's a pretty thorough look at Alan's new direction.
This issue has been printed in a limited run, which means that after shipping the copies to the subscribers there are less than three dozen left! So, if you're interested in adding this to your collection - act fast! Cost (including shipping):
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