Ammonia Avenue Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
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Update to my previous review: This is one of The Alan Parsons Project's greatest albums. It's difficult to choose among them; they are all fantastic. I bought this album in 1995 (in CD format) and it has never left my regular playing rotation. "Ammonia Avenue" was released in 1984, the same year as the following album "Vulture Culture." By this time, APP had sort of moved away from strictly them-based albums into a more pop friendly format. I know some fans prefer the earlier albums, and that is fine, but I enjoy all of them. These songs are fantastic individually, but they also work great together in this album.
Alan Parsons' music has been a very important part of my life ever since I discovered it, and this album is right up there. The music is both simple and complex at the same time. The melodies are catchy, and even the first time you hear them, they feel somehow familiar. At the same time, they are deep and complex enough to remain one of your favorites for years to come. Highly recommended.
"One Good Reason" is another great track. I love the way that the drums pan from left to right in the speakers, really takes advantage of the two-speaker spectrum, something that not many bands have really utilized. As opposed to most groups, AAP has used the studio as an instrument.
"Ammonia Avenue" the title track, is probably the highlight of the album. Eric Woolfson provides his usual wonderful and gentle voice to this ballad-ey mini epic. This is also probably one of the most musically complex tunes that AAP did, up until "Gaudi". In fact, i'd go as far to say that it's near-flawless, if not for the fact that it is so similar to the song "Silence and I" from the 'Eye in the Sky' album.
"Prime Time" is another great tune. I love the way that it builds up from the beginning. Not much else to say but that it is very satisfying. Also, "Pipeline" is a very fine instrumental, something that the band never really did much of, after their debut album.
I could go on, but I think you probably have a good idea of what it's all about. Musically, it's 80's pop, and the songs do have a dated sound, but I can't complain. Music belongs to the era it was made. Besides, AAP was and is much more sonically interesting than many bands that are around. This, however, was probably one of their last truly flawless-as-a-whole recordings. Regardless, it's a fine recording, and definetly one of those essential albums for any collection.
So...If you ONLY like the progressive edge of APP, this CD may not be for you.
However, if you simply want the pure guilty pleasure of
beautiful, well-crafted studio recordings, this album is a must have! It is a significant departure from the previous "Eye In The Sky" (also a 4 star release, in my opinion), but this album doesn't have a bad song on it.
Yes, it is more pop oriented. Yes, it does have more verse-chorus 4 minute song writing. Yes, "Don't Answer Me" was played on the radio way too much at the time, but from the
tick-tick-tick-tick of the high-hat cymbal at the beginning of
Prime Time to the last tracks final fade out, I am taken away to some other place.
If you aren't stuck in the 70's and think all rock after that sucks...find a comfortable chair and kick back for a tall, cool
glass of pure listening enjoyment.
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The last good APP album is one of the mosre blunderest recordings they've centering around the album title and the the opening track and how none of the other songs really have... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gabriel Godinez
It was a great album when it first came out! And it's still a great exclamationPublished 4 months ago by Martin D. Kane
I love this entire album - most of Alan Parsons Project - and already have it, but I got this one for the bonus tracks. I'm satisfied.Published 11 months ago by rad
not as good as I remember - but perhaps a few more complete listenings will do the trick!Published 11 months ago by Richard Constant
The Alan Parsons Project have always been known to be music perfectionists. This fact shines through in almost every release by them. Read morePublished 14 months ago by CQ DX