Song of the Day, September 3: Time by the Alan Parsons Project

APPTimeToday’s song is Time by the Alan Parsons Project. It appears on their fifth album, the wonderful Turn of A Friendly Card. A sweet, sad song, Time is full of farewell, acknowledging the way life moves on and people drift apart. It’s a smart, bittersweet lyric and a rare ballad in the Project’s prog-pop catalog.

Time also features the first lead vocal by Eric Woolfson, half of the core partnership that drove the Project. While he often provided guide vocals, his work had never graced a final product. Woolfson has observed, “This is no criticism of him, but Alan has certain tastes … he never really liked my voice.”

Released as the album’s second single, it went to #15 on the Hot 100, their biggest hit to that date. Reflecting on the final product — and its success — Parsons has relented. “Time was the first point where Eric had sung on one of our records and I had always resisted it … I was obviously wrong.”

Enjoy this lovely song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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