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That symphonic, spacey interplay between keyboards, synths, and basic rock instrumentation continued into "Psychobabble," a bass guitar lover dream and venerable creepshow of weird effects, including wild guitar licks that morphed into demented laughter while "Pop Goes the Weasel" played in the background. "All Our Yesterdays," a new song from Parson just released CD/DVD project "The Art And Science Of Sound Recording," was like attending a master class in studio recording one could hear the tracks build up layer by layer. "Prime Time," from the 1984 album "Ammonia Avenue," featured Greene as lead singer and lead guitar, and ended with a simply phenomenal guitar solo.
STEPHANIE SIGAFOOS: A Jersey native raised in Northeast PA, she was reared in a house littered with 8 tracks, 45s and cassette tapes of The Beatles, Elvis, Meatloaf and Billy Joel. She also grew up on the sounds of Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw and can be found traversing the countryside in search of the sounds of a steel guitar. A fan of today's 'new country,' she digs mainstream/country pop crossovers like Lady Antebellum and Sugarland and other artists that illustrate the genre's diversity.
How about listing Concerts before they happen in your coverage area for those that live outside the area and never heard about them! All you do is review! what Pa. Commonwealth lacks is a accurate very good concert and festivals website. Another question is "What concert was he at on Saturday night"? This concert, aside from a couple of songs was pretty awesome and a lot more than what I expected. This band had great energy, was very tight, and delivered much more than I expected. They played every song that I wanted to hear, and all very well. Steve Siegel obviously has an axe to grind with bands that he probably not familiar with. I like to know how old he is and if he really was qualified to review a show for a band that he probably didn know much about prior to attending this show. Alan Parsons was, at best, a ground breaking prog rock artist and at worst a smooth production adult pop artist. There would be no way, short of the equipment PINK FLOYD used to travel with, that he could capture the multi layered smoothness of his albums live. And to assume, and hold back a better review of this concert, for lack of the equipment he couldn fit into the Zoellner even if he wanted to, shows a lack of perspective on your part. This band pulled off a fantastic show of classic prog rock music that would be basically unperformable by any one else, and anyone who attended felt fortunate to have seen this in such a small and intimate venue. Seeing the Parsons project in this small venue is akin to the fortune of seeing YES, ELP, Pink Floyd or others of the genre in a small venue in other words, virtually non existent. Any shortcomings of the show were certainly outweighed by the brilliance and professionalism of the Parsons band. I don think you quite appreciate the rarity of the opportunity. Really strange. From my vantage point, which was REALLY close, they put on a great, if slightly under rehearsed, show. I thought PJ Olsson vocals were stellar throughout, PARTICULARLY on Time, which is a ridiculously hard song to sing. My disappointments were that the guitar player, while doing an adequate job most of the time, was clearly playing right at the absolute edge of his abilities. He didn have the chops to really command most of that music the way I would like to have seen. And the horn player/part time singer was a disappointment as well. Didn know the words, missed entrances and he kind of fumbled through the sax solo on Old and Wise, which just broke my heart after seeing PJ absolutely HAMMER the vocals on that song. Alan vocals weren stellar, but they weren terrible, and who really is going to have an easy time replacing Eric Woolfson?
Problem was, while the sound quality was great one would expect nothing less from the Britsh rock pioneer the seven piece group sounded too much like just another R band, and not enough like the unique polyphonic orgy of layered sound one hears on the albums. Strong keyboard work by Parsons and Manny Focarazzo and some awesome bass playing by Guy Erez were the only saving graces.
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"Eye in the Sky" was a classic exercise in pure rhythm driven light rock, with a lively audience sing along and Parsons thankfully back on keyboards. And "Games People Play," another Project classic, was an exuberant closing rocker.
But then came "Turn of a Friendly Card," in its complete version, and for the rest of the generous two hour long show, all was made right. Olsson, and soaring guitar riffs by Alastair Greene.
I had my doubts that Alan Parsons could take his rich, multi layered prog rock sound from studio to stage unscathed. And frankly, 40 minutes or so into the sold out Alan Parsons Live Project at Arts Center Saturday night, I still had my doubts.
Less inspiring was "One More River" from the 1978 album "Pyramid," here performed for the first time live. Except for some nice synth work, it sounded like standard R fare. While Parsons is a wiz on keyboards, his voice is just adequate. As a result, "Don Answer Me" was merely passable. And Women Canada Goose Montebello Parka Black New Zealand even Olsson, for all his lively bounding about the stage, had his low points, notably in "Time," where he consistently went flat in the high registers. A shame, since this is a Project staple, and one of the loveliest ballads the group recorded.
JODI DUCKETT: As The Morning Call's assistant features editor responsible for entertainment, she spends a lot of time surveying the music landscape and sizing up the Valley's festivals and club scene. She's no expert, but enjoys it all especially artists who resonated in her younger years, such as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Tracy Chapman, Santana and Joni Mitchell.
KATHY LAUER WILLIAMS enjoys all types of music, from roots rock and folk to classical and opera. Music has been a constant backdrop to her life since she first sat on the steps listening to her mother's Broadway LPs when she was 2. Since becoming a mother herself, she has become well versed on the growing genre of kindie rock and, with her son in tow, can boast she has seen a majority of the current kid's performers from Dan Zanes to They Might Be Giants.
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