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Alan Parsons Live /
The Very Best Live
Live album by Alan Parsons
Released 1994 (EU)
1995 (worldwide)
Recorded May 1994-February 1995
Genre Progressive rock
Length 57:10 (EU)
74:40 (USA/Canada)
Label Arcade Records (EU)
RCA Victor/BMG (elsewhere)
Producer Alan Parsons
Alan Parsons chronology
Try Anything Once
(1993)
Alan Parsons Live /
The Very Best Live

(1994)
On Air
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]

Alan Parsons Live is the first live album by Alan Parsons, recorded in May 1994 during his European tour, and released late that year by Arcade Records in Europe.[2] RCA/BMG added three new studio tracks and changed the cover art when releasing the album in the rest of the world in 1995, renaming it The Very Best Live; stylized on the cover with "The Very Best" in a smaller font between Alan Parsons and Live. The live performances on the album are all songs from his years with The Alan Parsons Project.[3]

Project regulars Ian Bairnson, Andrew Powell, Stuart Elliott and Richard Cottle anchor the band. The album is notable for instrumental track "Luciferama" (a blending of "Lucifer" and "Mammagamma"); "When", another Parsons songwriting contribution by Bairnson; "Take the Money and Run", the second songwriting and first lead vocal contribution to a Parsons album by Elliott; and the first time Chris Thompson did a studio recording for release of his co-composition "You're The Voice", a song first recorded by John Farnham in 1986.

Reception[edit | edit source]

Despite rating the album 2.5 stars out of 5 for AllMusic, reviewer Mike DeGagne praised "When" for "being the catchiest of the trio" of the new songs, as well as the "explosiveness" of the live performances, especially on "Prime Time" and "Standing on Higher Ground", "which both sound livelier than the album versions". He further praised the "fresh and crisp" sound throughout, and concluded "The stellar execution of the songs played live on this album proves that the group -- which remained shy of the spotlight -- should have toured more frequently."[3]

Mark Jenkins, reviewing the album for The Washington Post prior to a joint Parsons concert with Kansas, had equal criticism of his keyboard-oriented rock as "rather prim and a bit stiff; it betrays little of the spontaneity of live performance," yet praise for its being "less bombastic than much British art-rock" as well as "a cunning balance between mainstream and snob appeal." Jennings concluded that "slick, tame adult-rock may be out of vogue, but "Live" shows that its melodic quotient is undiminished."[4]

Track listing (EU edition)[edit | edit source]

All songs written by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson.[2]

1. Sirius - 2:25
2. Eye In The Sky - 4:55
3. Luciferama - 4:56
4. Old And Wise - 4:49
5. Psychobabble - 5:22
6. The Raven - 5:39
7. Time - 5:08
8. You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned - 4:18
9. Prime Time - 5:15
10. Limelight - 4:40
11. Don't Answer Me - 4:13
12. Standing On Higher Ground - 5:30

Track listing (US and Canada)[edit | edit source]

All songs written by Parsons and Woolfson, except as indicated.[3]

Side 1
1. Sirius - 2:25
2. Eye In The Sky - 5:04
3. Psychobabble - 5:31
4. The Raven - 5:58
5. Time - 5:19
6. Luciferama - 5:04
7. Old And Wise - 4:52
8. You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned - 4:27

Side 2
9. Prime Time - 5:28
10. Limelight - 4:48
11. Don't Answer Me - 4:28
12. Standing On Higher Ground - 5:17
13. When (Bairnson) - 4:15
14. Take The Money And Run (Elliott, Powell) - 6:18
15. You're The Voice (Andy Qunta, Chris Thompson, Keith Reid, Maggie Ryder) - 5:06

Personnel[edit | edit source]


  • Artwork – Julien Mills
  • Tour coordinator – Keith Morris
  • Design – Peter Curzon, Storm Thorgerson
  • Layout (EU edition) – Myosotis
  • Cover (non-EU editions) - Jon Crossland, Peter Curzon, Storm Thorgerson
  • Management – Pete Smith, Isis Music
  • Mastering – Simon Heyworth
  • Photography – Paul Maxon, Storm Thorgerson
  • Live Engineering – Bill Irving, Gary Bradshaw


  • Recorded Digitally on Tascam DA-88s using Audio Technica Microphones.
  • Mastered at Chop'em Out.
  • Recorded on tour in Europe in May 1994.
  • Live Post production at Parsonics, Sussex, October 1994.
  • Tracks 13-15 Recorded and mixed at Parsonics, February 1995.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. DeGagne, Mike. Alan Parsons Live at AllMusic. Retrieved 20 January 2019 (2019-01-20).
  2. 2.0 2.1 DeGagne, Mike. "Alan Parsons Live (Arcade release)". AllMusic. Retrieved January 20, 2019. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 DeGagne, Mike. "Alan Parsons Live". AllMusic. Retrieved January 20, 2019. 
  4. Jenkins, Mark (August 11, 1995). "Parsons comes alive". The Washington Post. p. WW14. Retrieved January 22, 2019. 

Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • Creedy, Steve (July 23, 1995). "Recording Review". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. G-8. 
  • Colling, John (July 27, 1995). "Album Reviews". San Diego Union-Tribune. p. 14. 
  • Konz, Joe (July 28, 1995). "Alan Parsons "The Very Best Live," RCA Records". Indianapolis Star. p. D 3. 
  • Sculley, Alan (August 10, 1995). "Solo Sojourn Parsons' Latest Project Returns Him to the Driver's Seat". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. 13. 
  • Jenkins, Mark (August 11, 1995). "Parsons comes alive". The Washington Post. p. WW14. 




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