The Alan Parsons Project – Stereotomy (1985) – Lp
The Alan Parsons Project were a British progressive rock band, active between 1975 and 1990, consisting of Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson surrounded by a varying number of session musicians and some relatively consistent band members such as guitarist Ian Bairnson, bassist and vocalist David Paton, drummer Stuart Elliott, and vocalist Lenny Zakatek.
Artist: The Alan Parsons Project
Label: Arista Records
Stereotomy is the ninth studio album by The Alan Parsons Project, released in 1985.
Not as commercially successful as its predecessor Vulture Culture, the album is structured differently from earlier Project albums, containing three lengthy tracks – “”Stereotomy” at over seven minutes, “Light of the World” at over six minutes, and the instrumental “Where’s the Walrus?” running over seven and a half minutes (making it the longest instrumental the Project ever made) and two minute-long songs at the end.
The cover artwork features an image of the demon “rainman”. The original vinyl packaging of the album was different from all the reissues: it featured somewhat more elaborate artwork of the paper sleeve supplied with a special colour-filter oversleeve. When inserted, the oversleeve filtered some of the colours of the sleeve artwork, allowing four different variations (2 per side) of it. That was supposed to symbolize visual stereotomy. In the reissues, only one variant remained.
The word “stereotomy” is taken from “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” by Edgar Allan Poe. It refers to the cutting of existing solid shapes into different forms; it is used as a metaphor for the way that famous people (singers, actors. etc.) are often ‘shaped’ by the demands of fame.
Stereotomy earned a Grammy nomination in 1987 for Best Rock Instrumental Performance – Orchestra, Group, or Soloist for the track “Where’s the Walrus?”
1. Stereotomy (7:15)
2. Beaujolais (4:27)
3. Urbania (Instrumental) (4:34)
4. Limelight (4:39)
1. In The Real World (4:17)
2. Where’s The Walrus? (Instrumental) (7:34)
3. Light Of The World (6:22)
4. Chinese Whispers (Instrumental) (1:02)
5. Stereotomy Two (1:18)