After the Album Gaudi, Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson split updue to artistic differences. Alan Parsons continued to produce albums with the rest of the Project, but now just under his own name, scrapping the "Project".
First of these albums was Try anything once, followed by On Air, a Live album, and finally, The Time Machine .
On these albums, Alan teams up with some better known stars, such as Enya (TTM-Call of the Wild), as well as upholding the concept album concept. For example On Air revolves around flying, while The Time Machine plays around with the concept of the same name a bit. Try Anything once the album after the break-up is about exploring new directions (conincidence?)
However, AP was never able to equal any of his former hits
on his later albums, which were only mediocre
sellers, so recently, he has decided to explore even different directions and team up with younger, more popular artists, a move already hinted at on TTM.
Incidentally, this album is available in three different versions, each one for a different market: The japanese edition includes a Bonus Track called "Beginnings", spoken by Alan himself, the British and Dutch version features a remix of the title track, "The Time Machine" with lines from the film Austin Powers II, spoken by Dr. Evil. The rest of the world got the normal release, with no bonus tracks whatsoever.