The Alan Parsons Project "The Sicilian Defence" (found album of British progressive rock band; 1979)
The album cover
Date found: 31 Mar '14
Found by: Alan Parsons
The Alan Parsons Project was the term used for a lineup of a British progressive rock band between 1975 and 1990. The band consisted of producer Alan Parsons and songwriter Eric Woolfson along with various session musicians, with members such as guitarist Ian Bairnson and drummer Stuart Elliot showing up more regularly.
In 1981, during contract renegotiations with their label, Arista Records, the group gave them an album titled The Sicilian Defence (named after an aggressive opening chess move). The record deemed the album "unmarketable" and ended up suing the group $45 million US dollars for breaching their contract and deliberately making a bad album in order to renegotiate sooner. In the end, they renegotiated and made another album, The Turn of a Friendly Card, in place of The Sicilian Defence, which went unreleased at the time. When asked about the scrapped album, Parsons made it clear that the album would never be released if it were up to him.
In 2009, before his death, Woolfson had plans to release one of the tracks from the album, and eventually did in the CD re-release of Eve.
After relocating the original tapes, Parsons had evidently changed his mind on releasing the album, as The Sicilian Defence was officially included in The Complete Albums Collection box set released on March 31, 2014.
- Alan Parsons FAQ/Biography. Retrieved 06 May '18
- Roadkill article on the lawsuit. Retrieved 06 May '18
- Alan Parsons interview referencing The Sicilian Defence. Retrieved 06 May '18