Saturday, June 25, 2016

"You Don't Believe" by Alan Parsons Project

Song#:  1699
Date:  11/19/1983
Debut:  77
Peak:  54
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  Earlier in '82, the Alan Parsons Project had their biggest success with the album Eye in the Sky (#7, platinum), which featured the #3 title-track single. While prepping their next studio LP, the time seemed right to collect up their singles and issue a hits package. The Best of the Alan Parsons Project featured twelve songs - eleven previously released tracks plus this new tune that was issued as a single. The song would do well at Rock reaching #12, but it couldn't quite make it into the top half of the Pop chart. Although the hits disc would peak at a lowly #53, over time it would become a gold seller. 

ReduxReview:  There is a nice rolling undercurrent of synth in this track that moves this song right along. I like it, yet I don't think it's a very strong single. I'm not sure, but I'd guess that this song was really an outtake from the Eye on the Sky sessions. It has the same sound and feel as many of the tracks on that album including the title hit. Perhaps it had too much in common with the title track and got set aside for later. That time came, but it just didn't have the same magic.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  For many of their songs, APP employed several singers to supply the lead vocals. While Project co-founder Eric Woolfson would end up singing on three of the Project's four Top 20 entries (including "Eye in the Sky"), the other hit, 1980's "Games People Play" (#16) was sung by Lenny Zakatek. He would end up supplying vocals for twenty-four of the Project's songs over the years. Zakatek had some success prior to assisting APP. He was a member of the British funk group Gonzalez from 1974 to 1980. During that time, the band scored one minor hit in the US. In 1979, a remix version of their song "Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet" would get to #26 (#7 Dance, #15 UK). Zakatek would leave the band to work for APP. Gonzalez continued on but ended up disbanding in 1986


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