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The Alan Parsons Project / Eye in the Sky blu-ray audio with 5.1 surround mix

Standalone blu-ray audio coming in August

As promised, the blu-ray audio element of last year’s Alan Parsons Project Eye in the Sky box set is being made available separately.

The blu-ray audio features the new 35th anniversary 5.1 surround sound remix and a stereo hi-res (or ‘HD’) version of the original 1982 mix. Speaking about both last year, Alan Parsons said “audiophiles will be pleased to know that there is a brand new 5.1 Surround Sound mix, which I am extremely pleased with incidentally, and also a Hi Def stereo version taken from the original analog stereo master tape which was recorded simultaneously alongside the digital mix”.

This new blu-ray audio (interesting to note that Sony are persevering with the ‘High Fidelity Pure Audio’ moniker, which seems to have been all but forgotten by Universal) will be issued on 3 August 2018. The box set was issued in November last year and is still available.

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Alan Parsons Project

Eye In The Sky (35th Anniversary Edition Bluray Audio) [DVD AUDIO]

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The Alan Parsons Project

Eye In The Sky (35Th Anniversary Boxset)

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Amazon uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 76.92
Amazon de 6LP coloured vinyl box 74.99
Amazon usa 6LP coloured vinyl box 110.94
Amazon fr 6LP coloured vinyl box 90.35
Amazon it 6LP coloured vinyl box 88.13
Amazon es 6LP coloured vinyl box 92.84
Amazon ca 6LP coloured vinyl box 133.99
JPC de 6LP coloured vinyl box 84.99
HMV uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 79.99
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CD1 Original Album & Expanded Bonus Tracks (originally released 2007)

  • 1. Sirius
  • 2. Eye In The Sky
  • 3. Children Of The Moon
  • 4. Gemini
  • 5. Silence And I
  • 6. You’re Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned
  • 7. Psychobabble
  • 8. Mammagamma
  • 9. Step By Step
  • 10. Old And Wise

Bonus Tracks

  • 11. Sirius (Demo)
  • 12. Old And Wise (Eric Woolfson Vocal)
  • 13. Any Other Day (Studio Demo)
  • 14. Silence And I (Eric Woolfson Vocal)
  • 15. The Naked Eye
  • 16. Eye Pieces (Classical Naked Eye)

CD2 – Eric Woolfson’s Songwriting Diaries 
(Previously Unreleased)

  • 1. Eye in the Sky (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 1)
  • 2. Eye in the Sky (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 2)
  • 3. Eye in the Sky (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 3)
  • 4. Eye in the Sky (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 4)
  • 5. Children of the Moon (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 1)
  • 6. Children of the Moon (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 2)
  • 7. Gemini (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 1)
  • 8. Gemini (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 2)
  • 9. Gemini (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 3)
  • 10. Gemini & Silence and I (Eric’s Songwriting Diary)
  • 11. Silence and I (Eric’s Songwriting Diary)
  • 12. Cooper’s Theme/ Silence and I chord beginnings (Eric’s Songwriting Diary)
  • 13. Cooper’s Theme/ Silence and I beginnings (Eric’s Songwriting Diary)
  • 14. Silence and I/ Fly Away (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 1)
  • 15. Silence and I/ Fly Away (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 2)
  • 16. Old and Wise (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 1)
  • 17. Old and Wise (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 2)
  • 18. Old and Wise (Eric’s Songwriting Diary 3)

CD3 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED BONUS MATERIAL & Single Edits

  • 1. Eye In The Sky (Ian 12-string Acoustic Guitar Out Take)
  • 2. Sirius and Eye In The Sky (Early Rough Mix)
  • 3. Eye In The Sky (Eric Demo Verses – No Lyrics)
  • 4. Children Of The Moon (12-string Acoustic Guitar & Marching Band Snare Drum)
  • 5. Children Of The Moon (Early Rough Mix With Eric Demo Vocal)
  • 6. Gemini (Chris Rainbow Vocal Harmonies)
  • 7. Silence And I (Orchestral Take With Eric Demo Vocal)
  • 8. You’re Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned (Rough Mix Section – Different Guitar Solo)
  • 9. You’re Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned (Rough Mix with Alan Demo Vocal – Few Lyrics)
  • 10. Psychobabble (Orchestral Take)
  • 11. Psychobabble (Rough Mix With Eric Demo Vocal)
  • 12. Step By Step (12-string Acoustic Guitars)
  • 13. Step By Step (Rough Mix Backing Track – Extended Intro)
  • 14. Old and Wise (Chris Rainbow Beach Boys Experiment)
  • 15. Old & Wise (Eric Piano Track)
  • 16. Eye in the Sky (Single Edit)
  • 17. Old and Wise (Single Edit)
  • 18. Psychobabble (Single Edit)

DISC 4 (BLU-RAY) 

5.1 Surround Sound Mix (2017)

Stereo HD version (1982)

  • 1. Sirius
  • 2. Eye In The Sky
  • 3. Children Of The Moon
  • 4. Gemini
  • 5. Silence And I
  • 6. You’re Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned
  • 7. Psychobabble
  • 8. Mammagamma
  • 9. Step By Step
  • 10. Old And Wise

VINYL (at 45 rpm)

Vinyl 1 Side 1

  • Sirius
  • Eye In The Sky
  • Children Of The Moon

Vinyl 1 Side 2

  • Gemini
  • Silence And I

Vinyl 2 Side 1

  • You’re Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned
  • Psychobabble

Vinyl 2 Side 2

  • Mammagamma
  • Step By Step
  • Old & Wise

FLEXIDISC

Excerpts from Eye in the Sky:-

  • Sirius
  • Eye in the Sky
  • Psychobabble
  • Old and Wise

27 responses to The Alan Parsons Project / Eye in the Sky blu-ray audio with 5.1 surround mix

  1. Jason says:

    Would be interesting to analyse how many Blu-ray audio discs that were initially box set exclusives were later sold alone (and how *much* later).

    Bowie’s Station To Station and Goldfrapp’s Tales of Us both had surround mixes in box sets (admittedly on DVD) and have yet to be sold separately.

    • Bill B says:

      Jason,
      Looking through my collection 5.1 blu-rays, dvd-as and sacds (and I have over 200) I can say, not many.

  2. Edwin Muller says:

    I just noticed that the complete album collection is for a good price on Amazon.de:
    https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00H7EV49S/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&psc=1&linkCode=ll1&tag=superdeluxe0c-21&linkId=7816723e153576ce4e80cb08ce9a8122
    It includes the Sicilian defense

  3. Sam says:

    Now let’s hope Guns n’ Roses does the same thing and release a stand alone bluray from the new Appetite For Destruction box set

  4. Graham says:

    I have the box set of this, and the the 5.1 surround mix is glorious, (nicely understated mix, focus is on the music not on soundscape trickery)
    Weirdly, I have yet to play the cd’s or vinyl, so I spent a lot of money on a box simply to play the blu ray that is now coming out. Although this has reminded me and I’ll probably dig out the bonus cd’s this weekend. I will say that the book in the box set is also very good, but my prime reason for buying the box set was for the 5.1 mix and maybe if I’d known this was coming out later I wouldn’t have stumped up the big bucks. (Which is not saying I regret it, it’s a nice set)

  5. J T says:

    I remember really having loved a couple of songs off this, and I’m the kind of person who’d really like a chance to hear the “songwriting diaries” that led to those gems, but I can’t abide the extra cost demanded for the same material spread over multiple formats.

    I have no intention to pay for what I have no intention to play.

    They should devise a packaging whereby we can purchase only those elements we actually want to have from these sets. I’d love to be able to get the album in 5.1/stereo (with a download so I can put it into my iTunes) and the CDs with the bonus tracks (and maybe even the album-size packaging), only without the standard album on CD, AND vinyl, AND flexi-disc, which together surely add $30 or $40 to the set’s price.

    • Dean says:

      Can’t ever see that happening, JT. You’re describing a Pick and Pay type set up, and that won’t ever work for record companies.

      On the other hand, you can get most, if not all, the bonus stuff by simply buying the last reissue on single disc, that included the bonus material at the end (personally virtually none of the bonus material on those reissues was worth hearing even once, let alone twice).

      The large format size, which is only there to accommodate the Vinyl, is really too big, and doesn’t sit on the shelf very well.

      The best example of what you describe was the Alice Cooper School Days box, imo. That originally came out in a replica school desk, with all kinds of things thrown in. Later it was reissued in book format, without all the posters etc, for much less.

  6. Mathew Lauren says:

    About time, yet we still have to wait TIL 3 Aug 18.

    Take my money and send it along, now!

    Would really prefer a 5.1 Blu/cd combo.

    Is anybody in special projects, at ANY of the record companies, listening?

    Curious HD, 2.0, language, also present on the “Tales…,” standalone, Blu-ray.

    Unfortunately, HD means something different, depending on the record company. HD ATMOS means 24/48 b/c they’re too cheap to use a 4K Blu-ray Disc (to fit the metadata at this time) for a true, hires presentation. I’ve also noticed, when soundtracks or music is:

    @ 48khz
    on dts-cd
    on DVD-V
    or isn’t 24/96 or better,

    the words HD are commonly used instead of hires, but with “Eye..,” it seems we have, another exception to the “rule,” as it’s lossless 2.0 24/96 pcm (hires), just like “Tales…,” and again called: “HD.”

    I, just, wonder how much longer it’s gonna take musical artists to use the “tried and true” 5.1/cd bookset format to reissue their back catalogue and make some, retirement income — I mean: give us what we want.

    I’m so conflicted about $100-plus SDE boxsets. Rush’s “AFTK” SW 5.1 will see a stand-alone release (eventually), just like “Eye…” I’m not so sure about a stand-alone “Appetite for Destruction” 5.1 Blu.

    I like the HFPA monicker. Wish UMe would unload much more 5.1, ATMOS or X HFPA, Blu and 4K Blu. *There’s a lot of unreleased and still to be commissioned, 5.1 Steely Dan, UMe. (Hint. Hint.)

    I don’t need or want the excess, boxset baggage, and I am lucky enough to afford it. Yet, I won’t buy it anymore. I’ve got drawers full of crap, just to attain the surround-sound material. The expensive, boxset purchases ended for me, this past Nov. ‘17.

    I have to think, most have a ltd. budget, and these expensive sets prevent MANY of US from attaining the 5.1 and ATMOS material. This pricing model seems counterintuitive if one desires to move product — ESP modern surround-sound. We own everything else, 2.0 in multiples.

    The answer is affordable 5.1/cd booksets!

  7. wayne klein says:

    The price for the Blu-ray has gone up to $19.96

  8. Steven Roberts says:

    So now that the 5.1 mix is being released separately, I’m betting the Eye In the Sky box set will drop dramatically in price.

    You know, like the Tales box did :)

  9. Stephen K. says:

    Cool.

  10. Guido says:

    Any information about the packaging?

  11. Geoff Garvoille says:

    Ordered! Thanks for the news.

    For grins, check out the Amazon US listing. The DVD version of the listing is for the Helen Mirren movie of the same name. D’oh!

  12. Dean says:

    I actually have the previous Tales of Mystery set. To be honest, if you don’t want the Vinyl (and I don’t), then the only pull is a large booklet. There’s nothing else of great value in there. There’s a poster, but it’s very dull.

    So….. this is a good deal.

  13. Gisabun says:

    I’m confused with this paragraph: “The blu-ray audio features the new 35th anniversary 5.1 surround sound remix and a stereo hi-res (or ‘HD’) version of the original 1982 mix. Speaking about both last year, Alan Parsons said “audiophiles will be pleased to know that there is a brand new 5.1 Surround Sound mix, which I am extremely pleased with incidentally, and also a Hi Def stereo version taken from the original analog stereo master tape which was recorded simultaneously alongside the digital mix”.”
    Is there just one 5.1 and stereo mix of each or 2?

  14. Gisabun says:

    About friggen time!

  15. Kenneth says:

    Ordered! This is how to do it for the folks who love the album, but can not justify the price of the box set. Thank you, Paul!

  16. Very welcome news. If only more artists and labels broke out the 5.1 mixes as standalone. I hate being held to ransom to get these.

    • Perpendicular says:

      9-12 months.

      This would give them plenty of time to sell their box sets to the die-hard fans and the people who don’t want to wait for a single disc release.

    • Mathew Lauren says:

      Agreed.

    • Jeff says:

      I’m with you on this. How much could it cost for these companies to just release the 5.1 Blu ray as a separate thing and would it really stop the people who want the box sets from buying them? I think not.

    • Michael says:

      Rob, I also agree. It sometimes gives me discomfort to have to fork out big money for a box set, when I’m only really interested in the 5.1 mix disc exclusive to the box set. I think it’s great that SONY is offering ‘Eye in the Sky’ 5.1 mix and HD stereo as a stand-alone item, and hope that other record companies will eventually do the same with their remastered releases. Definitely buying this :-)

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