Gaudi (The Alan Parsons Project album)
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|Studio album by|
|Recorded||October 1985 – August 1986|
|Producer||Alan Parsons, Eric Woolfson|
|The Alan Parsons Project chronology|
Gaudi is the tenth album by The Alan Parsons Project, released in 1987. Gaudi refers to Antoni Gaudí, the Catalan Spanish architect, and the opening track references what is probably his best known building, la Sagrada Família.
"Closer to Heaven" and "Money Talks" were used in an episode of the third season of the TV series Miami Vice, with "Paseo de Gracia" (even though in Catalan -and officially- the exact name is Passeig de Gràcia) appearing in an episode in the show's fifth season.
A musical with the same name based on the songs of this album was released in 1993 in Germany with the songs sung in English.
In the last change of core Project band members, saxophonist/keyboardist Richard Cottle's brother, Laurie, replaced David Paton on bass after he left to join Elton John's band. The album was recorded at the Grange in Norfolk and Mayfair Studios in London using a pair of Sony 3324 DASH digital tape recorders and mixed to a digital master.
This was the final canonical Alan Parsons Project studio album, as well as vocalist Lenny Zakatek's final contribution to any Parsons album. Although The Sicilian Defence was released in 2014, it was originally recorded in 1979 and was never intended to be heard by the public.
During the writing of what would have been the followup, Eric Woolfson turned that album into a rock opera, eventually released as Freudiana in 1990. Alan Parsons continued as a solo artist in 1993 with Try Anything Once, an album which completes the musical evolution that started with this album.
- "La Sagrada Familia" (lead vocal John Miles, backing vocal Eric Woolfson and Chris Rainbow) – 8:46
- "Too Late" (lead vocal Lenny Zakatek) – 4:31
- "Closer to Heaven" (lead vocal Eric Woolfson) – 5:52
- "Standing on Higher Ground" (lead vocal Geoff Barradale, backing vocal Chris Rainbow) – 5:03 original CD; 5:48 on 2008 Remaster
- "Money Talks" (lead vocal John Miles) – 4:26
- "Inside Looking Out" (lead vocal Eric Woolfson) – 6:22
- "Paseo de Gracia" (Instrumental) – 3:47
Gaudi was remastered and reissued in 2008 with the following bonus tracks:
- "Too Late" (Eric Woolfson rough guide vocal)
- "Standing on Higher Ground/Losing Proposition" (vocal experiments)
- "Money Talks" (Chris Rainbow/percussion overdubs)
- "Money Talks" (rough mix backing track)
- "Closer to Heaven" (sax/Chris Rainbow overdub section)
- "Paseo de Gracia" (rough mix)
- "La Sagrada Familia" (rough mix)
- Eric Woolfson – pianos, keyboards, vocals
- Alan Parsons – synthesizer, programming, producer, engineer
- Ian Bairnson – guitars
- Laurie Cottle – bass
- Stuart Elliott – drums, percussion
- Richard Cottle – synthesizers, saxophones
- John Miles, Lenny Zakatek, Geoff Barradale, Chris Rainbow - vocals
- Andrew Powell – orchestral arrangements
- John Heley – cello on "La Sagrada Familia"
- David Cripp – horns conductor on "La Sagrada Familia" and "Paseo de Gracia"
- Bob Howes – The English Chorale conductor, timpani on "La Sagrada Familia" and "Paseo de Gracia"
|1987||UK Albums Chart||66|
|"Standing on Higher Ground"||US Mainstream Rock Tracks||3|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
- DeGagne, Mike. Gaudi at AllMusic
- The album refers to Antonio, rather than Antoni. The Alan Parsons Project Gaudi, The Avenue, 1997.
- "Sólo Éxitos 1959–2002 Año A Año: Certificados 1979–1990" (in Spanish). Iberautor Promociones Culturales. ISBN 8480486392.