Session with Alan Parsons

Circa 1989 • For Paul McCartney
The Grange, Benenden, UK

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Benenden was a fair distance from London so I tried to avoid going there and stayed in Kent. It was a colossal house for our family – my then wife and our two children – something like 15 bedrooms, and the idea was that it would be used for the studio clients. It was mainly self-generated work from people connected to the Alan Parsons Project. We made two albums there – Gaudi and Freudiana – and legendary producer, Gus Dudgeon, who’d worked with Elton John for years also recorded there. John Miles was a vocalist on our albums so he was around a lot. Paul McCartney was there for a day or two and we worked on a track together but it never came to anything unfortunately. We did one album for a band called Vitamin Z with Geoff Barradale who now manages the Arctic Monkeys.I remember Donald Moleswort

Alan Parsons, from Benenden Magazine, October 2017

When was the last time you worked with a Beatle? 

A year and a half ago with Paul at my own studio. which came to nothing. We were just experimenting together in the studio to see if anything came out of it, but nothing did.

Alan Parsons interviewed by Richard Porter

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With 25 albums of pop music, 5 of classical – a total of around 500 songs – released over the course of more than half a century, Paul McCartney's career, on his own and with Wings, boasts an incredible catalogue that's always striving to free itself from the shadow of The Beatles. The stories behind the songs, demos and studio recordings, unreleased tracks, recording dates, musicians, live performances and tours, covers, events: Music Is Ideas Volume 1 traces McCartney's post-Beatles output from 1970 to 1989 in the form of 346 song sheets, filled with details of the recordings and stories behind the sessions. Accompanied by photos, and drawing on interviews and contemporary reviews, this reference book draws the portrait of a musical craftsman who has elevated popular song to an art-form.

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Eight Arms To Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium is the ultimate look at the careers of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr beyond the Beatles. Every aspect of their professional careers as solo artists is explored, from recording sessions, record releases and tours, to television, film and music videos, including everything in between. From their early film soundtrack work to the officially released retrospectives, all solo efforts by the four men are exhaustively examined.

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