Alan Parsons had acted as Assistant Engineer on The Beatles‘ albums Abbey Road (1969) and Let It Be (1970), engineered Pink Floyd‘s The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), and produced several acts for EMI Records.
He met session musician and composer/songwriter Eric Woolfson in the canteen of Abbey Road Studios in the summer of 1974, and the two formed what would be an enduring musical partnership.
Their first collaboration as The Alan Parsons Project was the album Tales of Mystery and Imagination which was released by 20th Century Fox Records in 1976 and included contributions from all members of Pilot and Ambrosia. The LP was a success, reaching the Top 40 in the US Billboard 200 chart.
Signing to Arista, the Alan Parsons Project released further albums, always proving more popular in America and Europe than in the UK. Gaudi (1987) was the last studio album.