CD Ammonia Avenue [The Alan Parsons Project] [828768386224] (CD 1356045),
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Ammonia Avenue [The Alan Parsons Project] [828768386224]

  • 1. Prime Time
    2. Let Me Go Home
    3. One Good Reason
    4. Since The Last Goodbye
    5. Don't Answer Me
    6. Dancing On A Highwire
    7. You Don't Believe
    8. Pipeline [Instrumental]
    9. Ammonia Avenue
    10. Don't Answer Me [Early Rough Mix] [Bonus Track]
    11. You Don't Believe [Demo]
    12. Since The Last Goodbye [Chris Rainbow Vocal Overdubs]
    13. Since The Last Goodbye [Eric Guide Vocal - Rough Mix]
    14. You Don't Believe [Instrumental Tribute To The Shadows]
    15. Dancing On A Highway/Spotlight [Work In Progress]
    16. Ammonia Avenue Part 1 [Eric Demo Vocal - Rough Mix]
    17. Ammonia Avenue [Orchestral Overdub]
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 82876838622

  • Credits
    ProducerAlan Parsons Project; Eric Woolfson (Reissue); Alan Parsons Project (Reissue); Jeff Magid (Reissue)
    EngineerAlan Parsons Project; Alan Parsons Project; Tony Richards

    The Alan Parsons Project: Eric Woolfson (vocals, keyboards); Chris Rainbow, Lenny Zakatek, Colin Blunstone (vocals); Ian Bairnson (guitar); Mel Collins (saxophone); David Paton (bass); Stuart Elliot (drums, percussion); Alan Parsons (Fairlight programming).
    Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London.
    Personnel: Alan Parsons (guitar, synthesizer); Eric Woolfson (vocals, piano, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals); Chris Rainbow (vocals, keyboards, background vocals); Lenny Zakatek, Colin Blunstone (vocals); Ian Bairnson (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, Spanish guitar, guitar synthesizer); David Paton (acoustic guitar); Mel Collins (saxophone); Stuart Elliott (drums, percussion).
    Liner Note Author: Jerry Ewing.
    Recording information: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England.
    One of the most interesting aspects about the Alan Parsons Project is the band's ability to forge a main theme with each of its songs, while at the same time sounding extremely sharp and polished. Much of this formula is used in Ammonia Avenue, only this time the songs rise above Parsons' overall message due to the sheer beauty of the lyrics partnered with the luster of the instruments. The album touches upon how the lines of communication between people are diminishing, and how we as a society grow more spiritually isolated and antisocial. But aside from the philosophical concepts prevalent in the lyrics, it is the music on this album that comes to the forefront. The enchanting saxophone of Mel Collins on "Don't Answer Me" adds to its lonely atmosphere, while the briskness of Eric Woolfson's wording throughout "Prime Time" makes it one of the Project's best singles. On "You Don't Believe," the seriousness of the lyrics works well with the song's energetic pace. The subtlety of the ballad comes to life on the elegant "Since the Last Goodbye," which focuses on a failed attempt at a relationship. With Ammonia Avenue, the sum of the parts is greater than the whole product, which can't be said for all of the Alan Parsons Project's albums. Vocalists Eric Woolfson, Chris Rainbow, Lenny Zakatek, and Colin Blunstone equally shine, placing their talents above and beyond the album's main idea. ~ Mike DeGagne

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