Andromeda Heights

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Andromeda Heights
Studio album by
Released2 May 1997 (1997-05-02)
ProducerPaddy McAloon
Prefab Sprout chronology
A Life of Surprises: The Best of Prefab Sprout
Andromeda Heights
38 Carat Collection
Singles from Andromeda Heights
  1. "A Prisoner of the Past"
    Released: April 1997
  2. "Electric Guitars"
    Released: July 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Andromeda Heights is the sixth studio album by English pop group Prefab Sprout. It was released by Kitchenware Records on 2 May 1997. It peaked at number 7 in the UK Albums Chart.[2] "A Prisoner of the Past" and "Electric Guitars" were also released as singles, peaking at number 30 and number 53, respectively, in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave the album 3 stars out of 5, saying, "the album doesn't quite fulfill the hopes of the group's fervent followers."[1] He added, "Andromeda Heights is a solid Prefab Sprout record, filled with elegant melodies, wry lyrics and immaculate production, but after seven years, that nevertheless ranks as a disappointment."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Paddy McAloon.

1."Electric Guitars"3:41
2."A Prisoner of the Past"5:01
3."The Mystery of Love"4:37
4."Life's a Miracle"3:44
5."Anne Marie"4:35
6."Whoever You Are"2:47
7."Steal Your Thunder"3:41
8."Avenue of Stars"3:59
10."The Fifth Horseman"4:42
12."Andromeda Heights"4:03
Total length:47:02


Credits adapted from liner notes.


  • Wendy Smith – vocals
  • Paddy McAloon – vocals, piano, keyboards, programming, mandolin; guitar (on "A Prisoner of the Past")
  • David Brewis – guitar, mandolin
  • Martin McAloon – bass guitar
  • Paul Smith – percussion
  • Tommy Smith – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute
  • Frazer Spiers – harmonica
  • Jim Hornsby – mandolin; guitar (on "A Prisoner of the Past")
  • Martin Taylor – guitar (on "Anne Marie" and "Andromeda Heights")
  • Calum Malcolm – piano, keyboards, programming; organ (on "The Fifth Horseman")
  • Alan Clark – organ (on "The Mystery of Love")

Technical personnel

  • Paddy McAloon – production
  • Calum Malcolm – recording, mixing
  • Stylorouge – sleeve design
  • Stuart Douglas – sleeve photography
  • Anne Magill – cover painting


Chart Peak
UK Albums (OCC)[2] 7


  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Andromeda Heights - Prefab Sprout". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Prefab Sprout". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 March 2018.

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