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Ammonia Avenue [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Alan Parsons ProjectAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 27, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Arista
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,816 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 High Wire
7. You Don't Believe
8. Pipeline
9. Ammonia Avenue

Editorial Reviews

2008 digitally remastered edition of the Alan Parsons classic album that was originally released in 1984. Parsons himself digital remastered all his catalog albums reissued in 2007 using the original master tapes. The difference in sound quality is amazing-each sounds absolutely fantastic! The packaging includes revamped booklets with fresh, elaborated liner notes based on interviews with Parsons and Woolfson as well as rare photos and memorabilia.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prime Time For Parsons' Project February 1, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The Alan Parsons Project's 1984 release, "Ammonia Avenue," is definitely one of their best albums. Following the highly-successful "Eye In The Sky," "Ammonia Avenue" is yet another winning blend of this excellent studio group's progressive pop/rock, anchored by writer/producer Alan Parsons and his partner, singer/composer Eric Woolfson. Great songs are everywhere---the radio hits "Prime Time" & "Don't Answer Me," the catchy "One Good Reason," the excellent melodic rock of "Dancing On A Highwire," the dreamy instrumental "Pipeline," and the lovely title track that closes the album. The tunes are memorable, the vocals by such singers as Eric Woolfson himself, Lenny Zakatek, Chris Rainbow & Colin Blunstone are first-rate, the musicianship from such Project regulars as guitarist Ian Bairnson, drummer Stuart Elliot, et al, is tight, and Parsons' 80's polish to the production is sparkly. "Ammonia Avenue" is an excellent album from Alan Parsons & company. You can't go wrong purchasing this one. :-)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ammonia Avenue Rocks May 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I enjoy this album. If the music moves you, it moves you, whether it's pop, opera, or whatever. This album helped me get out of a bad relationship, along with Vulture Culture. I enjoy the entire APP catalog. I also say OF COURSE Alan was influenced by the 80s culture. This album was released SMACK DAB in the middle of the 80s. I commend Alan, Eric, et al for producing this nice collection of thoughtful songs. These are enjoyable songs, each with a great message. ONE GOOD REASON is the ultimate break-up song, which every young naive guy needs at some point. Buy it, play it, enjoy it.

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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their Second Best!!! May 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
After "I Robot", 'Ammonia Avenue' is definitely their finest. Mind you, it's a close second. This is a very consistant and rewarding album, with so many great tracks that I can't really cite any specifics without pointing out another that is just as good, or better! Contrary to what another reviewer has said, "Don't Answer Me" is a great track. It has kind of a Roy Orbison thing going on with the music. If you ever get an oppurtunity to see the music video for this song, it is amazing.
"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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best! May 18, 2005
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Groups like Yes or Genesis or Pink Floyd or Moody Blues or ELO have two different musical "eras", an early progressive period, and a later more "radio friendly" period. You can find fans of either period and these fans can be quite "die-hard" in their preferences. The Alan Parson Project is no exception.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Love APP
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Published 2 months ago by Gritty
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Once a fan always a fan, not the first I had purchased but bought as many as there were because of the sounds.
Published 6 months ago by Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of His Best
Of the 9 albums/CDs the Alan Parsons Project put out, this is one of the best. If you have never heard them and want to gamble on getting one CD, give this a shot.
Published 7 months ago by Dave In Tampa
4.0 out of 5 stars Had it, Lost it
A CD I had on Vinyl, but lost when I switched to all CD and vinyl was too scratched to transfer to CD.
Published 14 months ago by George Michaelson
5.0 out of 5 stars APP Fan!
I have always loved this album, ever since the 80's when I first heard it, and am so glad I found it again!
Published 14 months ago by Tauna
5.0 out of 5 stars It is great all the many sounds in the music.
It is Great Alan Parson was way ahead of the time. I wish I could get more. I like to snap my fingers. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Gary
2.0 out of 5 stars Just O.K.
A couple of good songs was about it. It sounded a tad fay like the other one. The first song was good.
Published 21 months ago by M. Ulrich
3.0 out of 5 stars Five very good cuts + four horrible ones = statistically average
As an old APP fan, I look back on this album as the first sign that the Project was beginning to decline. Read more
Published 22 months ago by PsAustrinus
AMMONIA AVENUE has the distinction of being the Project's last big hit album, although there were some great albums later, e.g. TRY ANYTHING ONCE and ON AIR. Read more
Published on June 14, 2012 by Michael Butts
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