Legendary British audio engineer, musician, and record producer Alan Parsons met with Guitar Shop TV recently to discuss his amazing career and current projects. Alan was involved with the production of several classic rock albums, including The Beatles‘ Abbey Road and Let It Be, as well as Pink Floyd‘s The Dark Side of the Moon for which Pink Floyd credit him as an important contributor. Parsons’ own group, The Alan Parsons Project, as well as his subsequent solo recordings, have also been successful commercially
According to his website, Parsons “had dabbled with live performance in his late teens as a folk/blues acoustic player and as a lead guitarist with a blues band in the late sixties. But as soon as he landed a job at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London at the age of 19, it became clear that the world of sound recording was to dominate his career.
He was fortunate enough to work as assistant engineer on the last two albums by The Beatles and after he qualified as a fully-fledged recording engineer, he went on to work with Paul McCartney and The Hollies among many others. But it was his contribution as engineer on Pink Floyd’s classic Dark Side OF The Moon that really got him world attention. That soon led to striking successes as a producer – notably with Pilot’s Magic, John Miles’ Highfly and Music and Steve Harley’s (Come Up And See Me) Make Me Smile. He also produced the hugely successful Year Of The Cat album with Al Stewart and two albums with American progressive rock band Ambrosia.”
In this interview, Parsons discusses his work with The Beatles and Pink Floyd, particularly his production of the classic Dark Side of the Moon, along with some of his recent projects including an exciting new new group called the Subclones (covered in a seperate story om GSTV.)