Alan Parsons Project – Eve

Alan Parsons Project - EveThe Alan Parsons Project is nothing if not mold-breaking. This was the biggest mold-breaker the Project introduced since their mindblowing Edgar Allan Poe debut. Having already broadened the sound of their faceless ensemble by employing the services of numerous lead vocalists, Parsons and Woolfson now expanded their horizons even further by introducing female lead vocalists on two songs, a peculiar twist on an album that seems to concern itself with a theme which is less than complimentary to women! 4 out of 4My favorites from this collection are the slow and somber “You Won’t Be There”, the comical (but somber) “Winding Me Up”, the disco-ish and angry “You Lie Down With Dogs”, and this album’s Parsons Heartbreaker, “If Only I Could Change Your Mind”. The album’s opening instrumental number, “Lucifer”, is dandy, but does not achieve its fullest potential until coupled with “Mammagamma” on 1995’s live album.

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  1. Lucifer (5:06)
  2. You Lie Down With Dogs (3:48)
  3. I’d Rather Be a Man (3:54)
  4. You Won’t Be There (3:35)
  5. Winding Me Up (4:04)
  6. Damned If I Do (4:50)
  7. Don’t Hold Back (3:38)
  8. Secret Garden (4:42)
  9. If I Could Change Your Mind (5:44)

Released by: Arista
Release date: 1979
Total running time: 39:31

Star Trek: The Motion Picture – music by Jerry Goldsmith

Star Trek: The Motion Picture soundtrackThis Oscar-nominated score redefined the musical mindset of Star Trek and set a standard by which all future music for the Star Trek entity, whether in the theater or on TV, would be judged. (Need proof? What music did Star Trek: The Next Generation use for its theme?) This definitive Trek movie score has yet to be surpassed or even so much as equalled – not even by Goldsmith himself, who scored the fifth, eighth, ninth and tenth movies in the Trek saga as well as coining the theme music for the Voyager spinoff series. The unique combination of contemporary, ancient and futuristic sounds for the first Star Trek movie is indicative of the enormous scope of the story, and makes for some excellent listening away from the sound effects and dialogue. The traditional orchestral complement combines with the distinctive sound of something (!?) called the Blaster Beam (the signature sound of this movie, it sounds not unlike the combination of a distorted electric guitar and a chainsaw) and the gothic tones of the organ to produce a sweeping, awe-inspiring atmosphere. Countering that effect, this was the only Trek movie to date which required a genuine, sweeping, romantic love theme – which really says more about the nature of the later Star 4 out of 4Trek films than their successive composers. Due to the length of the movie and the length of the overbudgeted special effects sequences, Goldsmith’s score is prominent throughout the film, and there’s a lot of it. This is easily the best score ever to have graced any of the Star Trek movies.

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  1. Main Title / Klingon Battle (6:50)
  2. Leaving Drydock (3:29)
  3. The Cloud (5:00)
  4. The Enterprise (5:58)
  5. Ilia’s Theme (3:01)
  6. V’ger Flyover (4:56)
  7. The Meld (3:15)
  8. Spock Walk (4:17)
  9. End Title (3:16)

Released by: CBS
Release date: 1979
Total running time: 40:02