Alan Parsons Project - PyramidThis is one of the best, if not the unchallenged best, product of the Alan Parsons Project in the 1970s. Beginning with the “Voyager” instrumental – sonically far ahead of its time – which segues into the bleak mortal pangs of “What Goes Up…” and then to the utter devotion of “The Eagle Will Rise Again”, this album kicks off with – to use a phrase which is now an entry in the dictionary of clichè – an emotional roller coaster ride through the Valley of Death. The Parsons Heartbreaker for this album is “The Shadow Of A Lonely Man”, a long and pitiful summation of the entire album’s theme –4 out of 4 that all attempts at permanence are futile, resistance is irrelevant, and even attempting to create something as mighty as a pyramid is pointless, for all those who see and remember it will pass on. Not a good choice of listening for those prone to bouts of suicidal depression, but for those wishing to rise above the banality of bubble gum pop, this is it.

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  1. Voyager (2:15)
  2. What Goes Up… (3:57)
  3. The Eagle Will Rise Again (4:04)
  4. One More River (4:17)
  5. Can’t Take It With You (5:03)
  6. In the Lap of the Gods (5:30)
  7. Pyramania (2:43)
  8. Hyper-Gamma-Spaces (4:20)
  9. The Shadow of a Lonely Man (5:35)

Released by: Arista
Release date: 1978
Total running time: 37:44