Alan Parsons Live Project at Parker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale, with Commentary by Ed Matus
The Alan Parsons Project is one bizarro creature born of England's matured prog-rock scene in the latter half of the 1970s. Most important progressive pop music albums, including the famously Parsons-engineered Pink Floyd LP Dark Side of the Moon , had already been released. That album was still famously charting on Billboard in 1976 when APP debuted with Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Edgar Allen Poe . Parsons had joined forces with his then-manager, Eric Woolfson, to write and record music. At this point, King Crimson had stopped recording, Peter Gabriel had left Genesis, and Roxy Music had just broken up. The Sex Pistols and punk rock had stolen the spotlight, with Johnny Rotten calling any surviving prog acts like Genesis "boring old farts" in the media. British prog had lost its edge.
I needed a rock nerd to assist in taking this all in, so I brought along Ed Matus, a local musician who burst on to the local scene as guitarist for hardcore trio Subliminal Criminal in the 1990s and currently dabbles in several electronica projects. He believes there is a clear line in Parsons' music, and it was on full display last night. To things like "La Sagrada Familia," Matus groaned, "This stuff is like soap opera music." During a section that included the entire second side of the group's 1980 album, The Turn of a Friendly Card, he commented, "If you're gonna do music like that, you might as well reenact a joust."
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