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The album, A Valid Path by Alan Parsons.

 

After Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson decided to go their own ways, Parsons attempted to carry on the feel of the APP in his "solo" works. Like Woolfson, he revisited several APP songs and reworked them. In this case, it's two songs from Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Edgar Allan Poe, with more of a Techno feel provided by his son, Jeremy Parsons. Other guests on the album included the Crystal Method and David Gilmour. 

 

 

 

The cover art displayed in this video belongs to the original CD release. Parsons also released the album on DualDisc with a lab-coated figure on the cover, which had a DVD side featuring the album in 5.1 surround and a "CD" side with the original stereo release.

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The song was adapted into the English-language standard "Beyond the Sea", but the original version is literally about the pleasures of visiting the seaside. Trenet wrote the song during World War II, when France's beaches were pretty much cut off from the public as potential invasion sites. He only bothered to record and release it once the war ended, and it was a huge success.

 

Trenet's legacy is uncomfortable, given his fondness for teenage boys and the compromises he needed to make to continue his career during the occupation of France. But this is a beautiful song anyway. He also wrote the comic song "Boum!" that was featured in The World at War and released when France was anxious about potential war with Germany (as it turned out, it was for good reason).

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