Ammonia Avenue

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Ammonia Avenue
Studio album by The Alan Parsons Project
Released 7 February 1984
Recorded Mid 1982-Late 1983
Abbey Road Studios
Genre Progressive rock, pop rock
Length 40:10
Label Arista
Producer Alan Parsons
The Alan Parsons Project chronology
Eye in the Sky
(1982)
Ammonia Avenue
(1984)
Vulture Culture
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]

Ammonia Avenue is the seventh studio album by The Alan Parsons Project, released in 1984. It is one of the band's biggest-selling albums, carrying an RIAA certification of gold and reaching the Top 10 (and sometimes the n°1) in numerous countries.[3]

The Phil Spector-influenced million-selling smash hit "Don't Answer Me" was Ammonia Avenue's lead single; it reached the Top 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts as well as the fourth position on the Adult contemporary chart. The single also reached the Top 20 in several countries[4] and represents the last big hit for the Alan Parsons Project. "Prime Time" was a follow-up release that fared well in the top 40. "Since The Last Goodbye" and "You Don't Believe" were also minor hits. Music videos for "Don't Answer Me" and "Prime Time" were produced in 1984, the former with art and animation by MW Kaluta. The latter video is inspired by John Collier's story "Evening Primrose".

Background and release[edit]

The title of the album was inspired by Eric Woolfson's visit to Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in Billingham, England, where the first thing he saw was a street with miles of pipes, no people, no trees and a sign that said 'Ammonia Avenue'. The album focuses on the possible misunderstanding of industrial scientific developments from a public perspective and a lack of understanding of the public from a scientific perspective.[5]

Ammonia Avenue was remastered and reissued in 2008 with bonus tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson.

Side One
  1. "Prime Time" (lead vocal Eric Woolfson) – 5:03
  2. "Let Me Go Home" (lead vocal Lenny Zakatek) – 3:20
  3. "One Good Reason" (lead vocal Eric Woolfson) – 3:36
  4. "Since the Last Goodbye" (lead vocal Chris Rainbow) – 4:34
  5. "Don't Answer Me" (lead vocal Eric Woolfson) – 4:11
Side Two
  1. "Dancing on a Highwire" (lead vocal Colin Blunstone) – 4:22
  2. "You Don't Believe" (lead vocal Lenny Zakatek) – 4:26 (This track first appeared on The Best of the Alan Parsons Project released a year earlier)
  3. "Pipeline" (instrumental) – 3:56
  4. "Ammonia Avenue" (lead vocal Eric Woolfson) – 6:30
2008 Bonus Tracks
  1. "Don't Answer Me" (Early Rough Mix)
  2. "You Don't Believe" (Demo)
  3. "Since the Last Goodbye" (Chris Rainbow Vocal Overdubs)
  4. "Since the Last Goodbye" (Eric Guide Vocal – Rough Mix)
  5. "You Don't Believe" (Instrumental Tribute to The Shadows)
  6. "Dancing on a Highwire/Spotlight" (Work in Progress)
  7. "Ammonia Avenue Part 1" (Eric Demo Vocal – Rough Mix)
  8. "Ammonia Avenue" (Orchestral Overdub)

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1984 The Billboard 200 15
1984 UK Albums Chart 24
1984 Canada 29
1984 Norway 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "allmusic ((( Ammonia Avenue > Overview )))". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 September 2009. 
  2. ^ "Ammonia Avenue : Alan Parsons Project : Review : Rolling Stone". rollingstone.com. Retrieved 26 September 2009. 
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  5. ^ Woolfson, Eric. "Albums, Back Catalogue" (– Scholar search). Retrieved 28 May 2007. [dead link]