By Michael Popke
The Alan Parsons Project never performed live, because the band’s namesake reportedly claimed his brand of sophisticated, breezy and keyboard-driven orchestral pop was difficult to recreate outside of the studio. Thanks to technology advances, that all changed in the mid-1990s, and now Alan Parsons — who dropped the “Project” moniker after splitting with musical collaborator Eric Woolfson in 1990 — tours regularly.
Eye 2 Eye captures a 2004 show recorded in Spain (and filmed for a region-free DVD, sold separately), featuring Parsons and a five-man band. All musicians share lead-vocal duties, and the 74-minute hit-filled set includes “Don’t Answer Me,” “Breakdown,” “Games People Play,” “Psychobabble” and “Eye in the Sky.” Parsons ignores all post-Project albums, save the Grammy-nominated “A Valid Path,” from which “More Lost Without You” comes, and his band adheres closely to the studio versions.
Newcomers might enjoy indulging in a bit of nostalgia here, but longtime fans likely will prefer the original albums.
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