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The Project debuted in 1976 with Tales of Mystery and Imagination, a collection inspired by the work of Edgar Allen Poe. Similarly, the science fiction of Isaac Asimov served as the raw material for 1977’s follow-up I Robot. After the further success of Pyramid in 1978, he moved to Monaco to record Eve, acheiving a Number 1 in Germany and a Number 1 single with “Lucifer” in 1979. The Monaco residence clearly influenced The Turn of a Friendly Card, a meditation on gambling, recorded in Paris in 1980. The Alan Parsons Project scored two Top 20 hits from this album, Games People Play and Time. Having resettled back home in England, 1982’s Eye in the Sky, was their most successful effort to date, and notched a Top Three hit with its title track. More successes followed – Ammonia Avenue (1983), Vulture Culture (1984), Stereotomy (1985) and Gaudi (1987).