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On Air [DTS Surround Sound]

Alan Parsons ProjectDVD Audio
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Audio CD, 1996 $21.32  
DVD Audio, DTS Surround Sound, 1997 --  
Audio Cassette, 1996 $2.75  

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Product Details

  • DVD Audio (November 25, 1997)
  • Please Note: This is a DVD-Audio disc which is playable on most DVD players as well as all DVD-Audio players. Click here for additional information regarding compatibility.
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound
  • Label: Digital Sound
  • ASIN: B000007R16
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blue Blue Sky
2. Too Close To The Sun
3. Blown By The Wind
4. Cloudbreak
5. I Can't Look Down
6. Brother Up In Heaven
7. Fall Free
8. Apollo
9. So Far Away
10. One Day To Fly
11. Blue Blue Sky

Editorial Reviews

This DTS CD is an out of print collectible! It is a DTS Entertainment release. Catalog 71021-54414-2-9. There is a saw cut on the spine of the case. The bottom hinge is broken off the case. Digital Surround for DTS-capable 5.1 sound systems. This CD is in the DTS 5.1 format and requires a DTS decoder or preamp to play.

Customer Reviews

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alan Parsons soars the skies!!! Excellent! September 18, 2000
Format:DVD Audio
"On Air" rates as one of Alan Parsons finest works to date. This is an album of pure bliss for anyone who who calls themselves a melodic rock fan. It also stands as an excellent entry into the world of "concept albums", something that music fans like myself need more of! This time the concept is the history of flight, and Parsons pumps plenty of emotion into his subject matter with bold musical themes, and lyrical references to aviation, the Challenger space mission, and an especially intense (almost paranoid) ode to the fear of flying titled "Can't Look Down". Like previous Alan Parsons releases, "On Air" covers a wide variety of musical moods and styles, and this time you can expect much of the same. "Too Close To the Sun" has a dreamy atmospheric quality, with lyrics about the fall of Icarus. "Brother Up In Heaven" is a lush piano-based ballad, with a fine vocal from former ELO Part 2 singer Neil Lockwood, the song also makes nice use of a sparse orchestral arrangement. "Fall Free" is a rocker with a powerful chorus, and an equally powerful vocal performance by Steve Overland. Another guest vocalist, Eric Stewart of 10cc, adds greatly to "Blue Blue Sky", a gentle acoustic piece which is reprised at the end of the album. "Cloudbreak" is an exhilarating instrumental with great guitar licks from long-time Parsons cohort Ian Bainson, another instrumental, "Apollo", is a throbbing burst of synths and electronic percussion, interspersed with quotes about the Apollo Mission from John F. Kennedy. All in all, if you are a fan of Alan Parsons, or just quality melodic rock in general, then "On Air" should NOT be missed! Read more ›
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get this in DTS October 10, 2000
Format:DVD Audio
This is a tough album to rate. You think one thing with the stereo version and another with the DTS mix. For starters, the stereo version is less "Project-sounding" than Alan's first "solo" album, Try Anything Once. On the other hand, the theme is tight and very well done. People who pine away for the days of Woolfson's thematic contributions to the Project are apt to be dissapointed because the lyrical constructs are different. However, the thematic element contained in On Air is equal to most material from the Project days, it's simply different.
Musically, it's very understated and almost low-key to a fault in places. Until one listens to the DTS mix. Then you're suddenly thrown back 20 years to the entire premise of the Project and studio engineering as an extension of musical instruments. In this case, the DTS version allowed Alan to do so much more and you'll "hear" things that make you wish something like I Robot were mixed in DTS as well. No kidding, even the low key songs (So Far Away for example) are sparkling clear and take on an entire new complexion with surround sound. Alan crammed so much more into the DTS mix that you'll never go back to the stereo version again. The instrumental Apollo, in DTS, rivals anything instrumental from any other AP/P album. It will just blow you away.
And there are some rocking pieces on the album that are up there with the best of the Project or other post-Project work (Fall Free and Can't Look Down). And the end of the album, Blue Blue Sky II, is argueably the best ending to an AP/P album ever. And that puts it in some mighty impressive company.
So, if you have a DTS system (and they're awfully affordable now), get this album.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Use of 5.1 Channel DTS Surround July 25, 2001
Format:DVD Audio
Alan Parsons (note : No "Project") DTS release of the "On Air" CD was heralded as the first of many releases where the 5.1-channel DTS version would appear at the same time as the regular CD. That was not to be, but the results are still enjoyable.
All the songs on the CD are about flying in one manner or another. The songs include tributes to hot air balloons, powered flight, Apollo missions to the moon and the Space Shuttle. The album makes excellent use of the six channels. At times a little too much use of the six channels.
As with mid-60s stereo, much of the sound is mixed completely to one of the 5 main channels. A little more blending would have helped this DTS CD. However, it is interesting to hear a vocal pan around a room once or twice. To be fair, the "gimicky" use of the surround channels only occurs a few times.
It isn't hard to believe that the music on this DTS CD was created with 5.1-channel sound in mind. The music would sound much less "natural" in any stereo format. While maybe not quite a "must have", it is good enough to recommend for any DTS CD collection.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to DTS Music! December 12, 2000
By Phibnax
Format:DVD Audio
I used to be a great fan of the Alan Parsons Project in the eighties, enjoying albums like 'Tales of Mystery and Imagination' and 'I, Robot'. But somewhere along the way I lost track of this great band. I rediscovered them as I was looking to enter the brave new world of DTS sound, and am I glad I did!
The music on this cd is dynamic and melodic. It is a concept album (a lost art) written on the theme of flight and aviation. And the music is enhanced even more by the use of DTS surround sound. The surround mix makes full use of the possibilities of DTS surround. If you are looking for a cd to introduce you to the pleasures of DTS surround sound, I highly reccomend this disc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A softer Album
Compositionally it's very respectable, but it doesn't have the drive some of the earlier albums had. It's more jazz oriented, thoughtful and quiet. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael Z. Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Alan Parsons CD
I have been a great fan of the Alan Parsons Project music, so to complete my collection I purchased this CD, I have everything that Alan Parsons has had anything to do with, aka... Read more
Published 4 months ago by THE KRELLDUDE
4.0 out of 5 stars may-day! the balloon has a leak!
I struggled between a 3>4 star. Strong in lyrics, melody. I found little variety in tempo, thus making this a little too mundane, having but 1 song, as i remember, upbeat. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dale R. Sandt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great listen
Nice mix of soft guitar work and meaningful lyrics. Actually a great CD to relax by. Not too much driving sound
Published 8 months ago by Arthur Whitman
5.0 out of 5 stars On Air 5.1
Great Album

Arrived in unopened, new condition, as advertised.

The 5.1 experience wasn't as good as I had hoped, but still extremely enjoyable.
Published 8 months ago by Brendan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Music
Great compositions here. I had nearly all of the Alan Parsons CDs, not sure how I missed this one, but glad I added it to my collection. Love this band.
Published 9 months ago by Alan M. Donn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent buy
This was a gift for my husband. He is hard to buy for because he has nearly all of this type music. The cd was in great condition and is being enjoyed.
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF HIS VERY BEST!
If you're an Alan Parson's fan, this is one of his BEST. I've been in to AP since the '80s and have most all of his work, and I can honestly say this is one of the best ones he's... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Curt Brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars glad I bought it
Have the original cd and this high definition surround version blows the original away. The use of surround sound brings out the depth of the songs allowing you to hear things that... Read more
Published 12 months ago by bill s.
5.0 out of 5 stars Concept Albums at its' Finest
I love the Alan Parsons Project but when I got the first AP solo Cd back in the 90's I thought it was good but not like the past APP albums. Read more
Published 12 months ago by William M. Garcia
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