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"Eye in the Sky" is a 1982 song by the British rock band The Alan Parsons Project from the album Eye in the Sky. It hit No. 3 on the Billboard charts in the U.S. in October 1982,[3] No. 1 in both Canada and Spain, and No. 6 in New Zealand and was their most successful release. The instrumental piece entitled "Sirius" segues into "Eye in the Sky"' on the original recording.

"Eye in the Sky"
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Single by The Alan Parsons Project
from the album Eye in the Sky
B-side
  • "Gemini",
  • "Mammagamma" (Germany)
ReleasedAugust 1982
Format7"
RecordedLate 1981
Abbey Road Studios
Genre
Length4:36
3:55 (7" version)
LabelArista
Songwriter(s)Alan Parsons, Eric Woolfson
Producer(s)Alan Parsons, Eric Woolfson
The Alan Parsons Project singles chronology
"Snake Eyes"
(1981)
"Eye in the Sky"
(1982)
"Psychobabble"
(1982)

OverviewEdit

The 1:54 minute instrumental piece entitled "Sirius" immediately precedes "Eye in the Sky"' on the original recording, which then segues into "Eye in the Sky". On the single release, "Eye in the Sky" appears on its own, with "Sirius" edited out; this is the version that was usually played on pop radio at the time. However, album-oriented rock and classic rock stations almost exclusively include the "Sirius" intro[citation needed].

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[18] Gold 50,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[19] Gold 25,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Cover versionsEdit

Critics in Europe and North America have pointed to similarities between the melody of Lady Antebellum's 2010 single "Need You Now" and "Eye in the Sky".[21][22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ People. 61. Time. 2004. p. 51.
  2. ^ Reed, Ryan (4 March 2019). "Justin Hayward Captains Inaugural On the Blue Cruise: Review". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  3. ^ Trust, Gary (27 October 2009). "Backwards Bullets: This Week In Charts 1982". Billboard.com. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "Eye in the Sky in Canadian Charts". CollectionsCanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 11 January 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Eye in the Sky in Canadian Adult Contemporary Charts". CollectionsCanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 11 January 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Artists". InfoDisc.fr. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  8. ^ "The Alan Parsons Project: Eye in the Sky (song)". Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  9. ^ a b "I singoli più venduti del 1982". HitParade Italia (in Italian). Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Charts.nz – The Alan Parsons Project – Eye in the Sky". Top 40 Singles.
  11. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  12. ^ "The Alan Parsons Project Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "The Alan Parsons Project Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "The Alan Parsons Project Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Top 100 Singles". RPM. republished online at CollectionsCanada.gc.ca. 37 (19). 25 December 1982. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  16. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1982/Top 100 Songs of 1982". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  17. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1982 Top 100 Pop Singles, December 25, 1982". Cashbox. Archived from the original on 18 February 2017. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  18. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Alan Parsons – Eye in the sky". Music Canada. Retrieved 20 September 2019.
  19. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  20. ^ Hermann, Andy (23 February 2004). "Jonatha Brooke: Back in the Circus". PopMatters. Retrieved 11 October 2015. Even better is her completely unexpected take on that old Alan Parsons Project chestnut, "Eye in the Sky", which she reclaims as a heart-wrenching folk ballad.
  21. ^ Rodgers, D. Patrick, "Alan Parsons' Camp Alleges Lady Antebellum Rip-Off," Nashville Scene (11 November 2010).
  22. ^ "Is this an Awards Show or What?". NOW Toronto. 14 February 2011.

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