Ammonia Avenue is the seventh studio album by the British progressive rock band The Alan Parsons Project, released on 7 February 1984 by Arista Records. The Phil Spector-influenced "Don't Answer Me" was the album's lead single, and 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 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, reaching No. 34. "Since The Last Goodbye" was a minor hit.
|Studio album by|
|Released||7 February 1984|
|Recorded||Mid 1982 – Late 1983|
|Studio||Abbey Road Studios, London, England|
|The Alan Parsons Project chronology|
Background and releaseEdit
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 read 'Ammonia Avenue', whose portrait was used for the front cover. 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. This album was the second of three recorded on analogue equipment and mixed directly to the digital master tape.
"You Don't Believe" had already been released as both a single and a new song on 1983's "The Best of The Alan Parsons Project" compilation.
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" and features two mannequins, a female and a male one, coming to life and falling in love with each other. About halfway through the video, a street sign for "Ammonia Ave." appears - a reference to the album title.
Ammonia Avenue was remastered and reissued in 2008 with bonus tracks.
|1.||"Prime Time"||Eric Woolfson||5:03|
|2.||"Let Me Go Home"||Lenny Zakatek||3:20|
|3.||"One Good Reason"||Eric Woolfson||3:36|
|4.||"Since the Last Goodbye"||Chris Rainbow||4:34|
|5.||"Don't Answer Me"||Eric Woolfson||4:11|
|1.||"Dancing on a Highwire"||Colin Blunstone||4:22|
|2.||"You Don't Believe"||Lenny Zakatek||4:26|
|4.||"Ammonia Avenue"||Eric Woolfson||6:30|
- 2008 Bonus Tracks
- "Don't Answer Me" (Early Rough Mix)
- "You Don't Believe" (Demo)
- "Since the Last Goodbye" (Chris Rainbow Vocal Overdubs)
- "Since the Last Goodbye" (Eric Guide Vocal – Rough Mix)
- "You Don't Believe" (Instrumental Tribute to The Shadows)
- "Dancing on a Highwire/Spotlight" (Work in Progress)
- "Ammonia Avenue Part 1" (Eric Demo Vocal – Rough Mix)
- "Ammonia Avenue" (Orchestral Overdub)
- Ian Bairnson – electric and acoustic guitars
- Colin Blunstone – vocals
- Mel Collins – saxophone
- Stuart Elliott – percussion, drums
- Alan Parsons – Fairlight programming
- David Paton – bass
- Andrew Powell - orchestral arrangements and conducting
- Chris Rainbow – vocals
- Eric Woolfson – all keyboards, vocals
- Lenny Zakatek – vocals
- Christopher Warren-Green - The Philharmonia Orchestra leader
- Storm Thorgerson - album cover design
|1984||The Billboard 200||15|
|1984||UK Albums Chart||24|
|1984||Netherlands Album top 100||1|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Gold||50,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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