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The Alan Parsons Project / Ammonia Avenue 6-disc super deluxe box set

New stereo mix • 5.1 surround mix • Outtakes • 2LP vinyl

As mentioned in the recent SDE Reissue Preview of 2020 The Alan Parsons Project‘s  1984 album Ammonia Avenue will be reissued in March as a six-disc super deluxe edition box set.

This was the seventh album from The Alan Parsons Project (Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons) and the record features contributions from musicians such as Ian Bairnson (guitars), David Paton (bass), Stuart Elliott (drums) with Eric Woolfson playing keyboards and lead vocals on four of the album’s nine songs. Colin Blunstone, Chris Rainbow and Lenny Zakatek also provided lead vocals on the remaining songs.

Ammonia Avenue was quite successful at the time, even delivering a hit single across Europe with ‘Don’t Answer Me’. Other songs including ‘Dancing On A Highwire’ and ‘Since The Last Goodbye’.

The new box set comprises 3CDs, a blu-ray and a 2LP 45 RPM vinyl edition of the album. The first CD features the original mix remastered, the second a series of Eric Woolfson’s ‘song-writing diaries’ and the third a series of studio outtakes, alternates and instrumentals.

The blu-ray features a new 5.1 surround sound mix and a new stereo remix of Ammonia Avenue, both by Alan Parsons himself. As a bonus, the blu-ray also delivers two promo videos (this disc is not region-locked).

The double 45 RPM vinyl also offers the new stereo remix (as opposed to the original mix) and the box also includes an illustrated book with photos and recollections from Alan Parsons and the Woolfson family and others. It also includes a reproduction poster and a reproduction press kit folder.

The Ammonia Avenue box set will be released on 27 March 2020.

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DISC ONE: CD
“AMMONIA AVENUE” ORIGINAL STEREO MIX – NEWLY RE-MASTERED

1. PRIME TIME (2020 RE-MASTER)
2. LET ME GO HOME (2020 RE-MASTER)
3. ONE GOOD REASON (2020 RE-MASTER)
4. SINCE THE LAST GOODBYE (2020 RE-MASTER)
5. DON’T ANSWER ME (2020 RE-MASTER)
6. DANCING ON A HIGHWIRE (2020 RE-MASTER)
7. YOU DON’T BELIEVE (2020 RE-MASTER)
8. PIPELINE (2020 RE-MASTER)
9. AMMONIA AVENUE (2020 RE-MASTER)
BONUS TRACKS
10. DON’T ANSWER ME (EARLY ROUGH MIX)
11. YOU DON’T BELIEVE (DEMO)
12. SINCE THE LAST GOODBYE
(CHRIS RAINBOW VOCAL OVERDUBS)
13. SINCE THE LAST GOODBYE
(ERIC GUIDE VOCAL – ROUGH MIX)
14. YOU DON’T BELIEVE (INSTRUMENTAL TRIBUTE TO THE SHADOWS)
15. DANCING ON A HIGHWIRE / SPOTLIGHT (WORK IN PROGRESS)
16. AMMONIA AVENUE PART (ERIC DEMO VOCAL)
17. AMMONIA AVENUE (ORCHESTRAL OVERDUBS)

DISC TWO: CD

ERIC’S SONGWRITING DIARIES

1. PRIME TIME (ERIC’S SONGWRITING DIARY 1)
2. ONE GOOD REASON (ERIC’S SONGWRITING DIARY 1)
3. ONE GOOD REASON (ERIC’S SONGWRITING DIARY 2)
4. ONE GOOD REASON (ERIC’S SONGWRITING DIARY 3)
5. ONE GOOD REASON (ERIC’S SONGWRITING DIARY 4)
6. SINCE THE LAST GOODBYE (ERIC’S SONGWRITING DIARY)
7. DON’T ANSWER ME (ERIC’S SONGWRITING DIARY)
8. DANCING ON A HIGHWIRE (ERIC’S SONGWRITING DIARY 1)
9. DANCING ON A HIGHWIRE (ERIC’S SONGWRITING DIARY 2)
10. DANCING ON A HIGHWIRE (ERIC’S SONGWRITING DIARY 3)
11. AMMONIA AVENUE (ERIC’S SONGWRITING DIARY 1)
12. AMMONIA AVENUE (ERIC’S SONGWRITING DIARY 2)
13. AMMONIA AVENUE (ERIC’S SONGWRITING DIARY 3)
14. AMMONIA AVENUE (ERIC’S SONGWRITING DIARY 4)
15. DON’T TAKE CHANCES WITH ME (ERIC’S SONGWRITING DIARY)
16. YOU’LL BE SURPRISED (ERIC’S SONGWRITING DIARY)
17. WISH I WAS MILES AWAY (ERIC’S SONGWRITING DIARY)
18. TOBY’S THEME (ERIC’S SONGWRITING DIARY)
19. AMELIE’S THEME (ERIC’S SONGWRITING DIARY)

DISC THREE: CD

STUDIO BONUS TRACKS

1. AMMONIA AVENUE RADIO ADVERT
2. PRIME TIME (ERIC WOOLFSON DEMO VOCAL ON ROUGH MIX)
3. PRIME TIME (MUSO’S EXPERIMENTING)
4. LET ME GO HOME (ROUGH BACKING TRACK)
5. ONE GOOD REASON
(ERIC WOOLFSON VOCAL WITH ROUGH MIX)
6. ONE GOOD REASON (ROUGH BACKING TRACK)
7. SINCE THE LAST GOODBYE (ROUGH BACKING TRACK)
8. DON’T ANSWER ME (ERIC WOOLFSON VOCAL WITH ROUGH MIX)
9. DON’T ANSWER ME (MUSO’S EXPERIMENTING)
10. DON’T ANSWER ME
(BACKING TRACK – BEFORE PHIL SPECTOR
TREATMENT AND ALTERNATIVE SAX SOLO)
11. DANCING ON A HIGHWIRE
(ERIC WOOLFSON DEMO VOCAL ON ROUGH
BACKING TRACK)
12. YOU DON’T BELIEVE
(ALAN PARSONS DEMO VOCAL ON ROUGH MIX)
13. AMMONIA AVENUE
(ERIC WOOLFSON DEMO VOCAL WITH
ORCHESTRAL ROUGH MIX)
14. AMMONIA AVENUE (CHRIS RAINBOW BACKING VOCALS)
15. AMMONIA AVENUE (INSTRUMENTAL SECTION ROUGH MIX)
16. AMMONIA AVENUE (ERIC WOOLFSON PIANO TAKES)
17. AP 1 (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED BACKING TRACK)

DISC FOUR: BLU RAY
5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX (2019) &
HI-RES STEREO REMIX (2019) BY ALAN PARSONS

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 HIGHWIRE
7. YOU DON’T BELIEVE
8. PIPELINE
9. AMMONIA AVENUE

THE PROMOTIONAL VIDEOS
1. DON’T ANSWER ME (PROMOTIONAL VIDEO)
2. PRIME TIME (PROMOTIONAL VIDEO)

45 rpm 12” VINYL

“AMMONIA AVENUE”
THE NEW STEREO REMIX
BY ALAN PARSONS
(2 x 45 RPM 12-INCH)

SIDE ONE
1. PRIME TIME
2. LET ME GO HOME
3. ONE GOOD REASON

SIDE TWO
1. SINCE THE LAST GOODBYE
2. DON’T ANSWER ME

SIDE THREE
1. DANCING ON A HIGHWIRE
2. YOU DON’T BELIEVE

SIDE FOUR
1. PIPELINE
2. AMMONIA AVENUE

54 responses to The Alan Parsons Project / Ammonia Avenue 6-disc super deluxe box set

  1. Frank says:

    Just received the box set of an album I wore out as a 15-year old boy. So for me personally it’s great to have this big package with a great book, press releases, the bonus discs and the double vinyl. First impression: this is carefully curated and very well presented.
    My music taste developed: after I discovered The White Album and Sign ‘O’ the Times I moved the bulk of my Alan Parsons records to a box at my parents attic, but this record always stayed with me. (And now I’m older, I even bought some APP-reissues on cd).
    If you love this album, I can recommend this box set!

  2. Norbert says:

    It might be helpful for some record company executives to take a look at discogs and to check the number of entries per album; the ranking for TAPP is as follows:
    #1 – Tales from… 229 entries
    #2 – I robot – 209 entries (9 editions alone from MoFi – this is audiophile stuff, dudes!)
    #3 – Eye in the sky – 173 entries
    #4 – The turn of… – 170 entries
    #5 – Pyramid – 162 entries
    #6 – Eve – 131 entries
    #7 – Ammonia avenue – 100 entries
    #8 – Vulture culture – 87 entries
    #9 – Gaudi – 86 entries
    #10 – Stereotomy – 75 entries

    … so I guess they’re gonna release Stereotomy next ;-)

  3. Stephen Hunt says:

    Thanks James MacDonald and Gisabun, I was able to order the Eye In The Sky Bluray from the US store link you posted. I was only charged £19, not £24, unless the difference is due to a possible customs charge I can look forward to!

  4. Jeff says:

    This scalping of fans has gone on long enough regarding The Alan Parsons Project (or should I start calling it PARSNIPS)!! Forget about the so so ran albums and let’s get right to the heart of the problem and finally release “I ROBOT”

    Enough said

  5. Marc says:

    I’m waiting for an SDE of Freudiana. Heck, even any updated release, SDE or not.

  6. musicoloog says:

    6 discs…and no “Prime Time (7” edit)”?

  7. Stephen Hunt says:

    Pre-ordered the blu ray only release. Can somebody please tell me if the Eye In The Sky bluray audio only release has been deleted? I’m having trouble finding it anywhere other than discogs. Thanks

  8. Gisabun says:

    Always been an APP fan. Saw them open for Yes [a free show] at the time when AP starting to go out on tour.
    But spending that amount for a box set doesn’t justify the content.
    Even though ATOAFC got a 2CD treatment a year or so ago, that should of been the super deluxe release.

  9. Karl says:

    The price can not justify the content once again even at half price…. maybe yes?

  10. Dean says:

    There are three main point here, I think.

    1) Sony have licensed out an Alan Parsons box for the first time. I don’t know what that means overall. We also don’t know which titles have been licensed. Perhaps the previous boxes didn’t sell well enough, and this is their fallback plan. Or perhaps Sony only wanted to do the bigger titles (earlier)? There’s no way of knowing for sure without word from the inside.

    2) That extra slab of Vinyl – now 2 discs – have battered the price point. The previous boxes were not cheap, but had a lower price point than this. If this is a sign of where the series is going there’s going to be some issues, imo. I just don’t know who is willing to pay £90 for a release like this. I have the previous two boxes, but see point 3……

    3) Inexplicably, they’ve jumped time line again and now find themselves at the wrong end of history. We got Tales first, which admittedly – for me – is their best record. They then leap-frogged to Eye in the Sky, and now Ammonia Avenue. It appears they’re following single/album sales on these. From a spreadsheet-jockey’s point of view, all good right? Well, hardly. The albums between Tales and Eye in the Sky are the real meat of AP’s music: I-Robot, Pyramid, Turn of a Friendly Card, and to a lesser extent, Eve. These are the titles I want. I own all AP’s recordings, and when I first read about this release a couple weeks ago I decided to spin AA to remind myself of its merits. Turns out there aren’t many. Sure it had a big hit – but this is third-tier AP, imo. I’m not convinced I’ll be adding this to my collection – it’s not just the price, it’s the album itself. The price you can take on the chin, but the music is the music.

    I don’t know. For me they’ve got this wrong. There should have been two discrete releases of each box. One should have been the CD’s and Blu-Ray in a complete package, which would have had a lower price point. The second should have been the Vinyl. This too would have a more affordable price for those wanting that format.

    Why do they keep up with this nonsense? The Ramones are doing it too, as did the Ian Dury boxes. It’s a rubbish way to sell music.

    In the end this is a tough tough sell. It costs too much, it mixes up formats, and it’s not even a good album. That ain’t a good combination. It leaves me with the question of whether I want to be a completist or not. All the excitement of a new AP box is set aside for a simple decision. If this had been ANY of the previous albums I’d mentioned, I’d of pre-ordered before posting this message!

    • Wayne C says:

      I really enjoyed reading that, some very good points which are well put forward. Excellent and thought provoking comments.

    • Graham says:

      Funny you saying that but Ammonia Avenue is my favourite APP album. At £90 though I won’t be tempted. It’s a Price way beyond reason.

    • Kauwgompie says:

      Dean, I noticed you and many others are wondering why AA was reissued next. It seems to me they are following the sales figures. Although I don’t know the exact figures, Eye In The Sky had a huge hit with “Old and Wise” and Ammonia Avenue had a huge hit with “Don’t Answer Me”. Those were APP’s biggest hits. Their first album was also very successful and it makes sense to start with that. I think the big question for the labels is which SDE sells best, so they often start with that. They often cherry pick the most successful albums and go from there. Other reasons could be availability of bonus material or an artist personal preference for an album. Look at Prince, they started with Purple Rain. Bowie goes up to the 80’s and then goes back to an album from late 60’s. Marillion starts with their smash Misplaced Childhood.

      Personally I like the AA album very much but I fully agree with your point about mixing vinyl and cd’s. If they want to add vinyl so it becomes commercially viable to reissue an album or box, then ok I get that. Like Alphaville and the Ramones did. But adding TWO discs of vinyl is plain wrong and completely unnecessary.

    • Steven Roberts says:

      I agree with all the points made by Dean. The completist in me would like this box for it to sit along side the other two I purchased. BUT both those boxes were heavily discounted when I purchased, and as Dean points out, AA just ain’t that good an album (YMMV on this point)…..

      But the real kicker is that this is coming out on Cherry Red who, as others have pointed out, don’t really discount to the same extent as other labels. So chances of getting a similarly discounted box set on this occasion are looking kinda slim.

      First world problems, I know!

  11. Matthew Collier says:

    BluRay only for me (as per usual ;) ).

    But, c’mon…WHERE IS IROBOT!!!! ;) :(

    (I’ve bought all the APP BluRay individual releases these last few year, but iRobot is the one I REALLY want! ;) )

    Fingers (long time) crossed!

  12. Chrissi says:

    I really thought and hoped they did the Pyramid Album next.This is my all time favourite Album from Alan Parsons Project! But well…

  13. Kauwgompie says:

    Cherry Red is going all out here, $125, that’s crazy. We barely survived the Cherry Red Howard Jones box sets and now this. Even more expensive. At least it contains a 5.1 mix. This is pushing it, even in my book. I don’t need the vinyl, I can buy the BluRay separate, I already have the first disc so I’ll end up paying $125 for CD 2 and 3. That’s not a lot of value to put it mildly. And Cherry Red never lowers the price of these boxes. Look at the Howard Jones boxes, all sold out at full price. Don’t expect any Deal Alerts on this box.

  14. Norbert says:

    Don’t know why they keep releasing this rather uninteresting “Project’s” in full lightweight pop flight; well, they never were a “heavy” prog… ahem, project, but nonetheless my faves are (in this order):
    1. I robot (listened to… I don’t know how often)
    2. Tales of mistery…
    3. The turn of a friendly card
    4. Pyramid
    And these are the records that would be very welcomed in a 5.1 surround mix, because they have this broad soundscapes with real orchestra and things like that.
    Well, at least “Tales…” was very well delivered… and the guys from MoFi finally managed to release an excellent SACD of “I robot” in 2016.
    “Eve” and “Eye in the sky” are more like sophisticated pop albums – I can’t see the need for a surround mix for such kind of music, although I bought the “Eye…” Blu-ray as well.
    But I guess I pass out on “Ammonia avenue”, even for the single Blu-ray. The extras are quite uninteresting for me, I must say; part of them have already been released as part of the 30th ann. ed. in 2007.

  15. Adrian says:

    So riddle me this…

    AP does a new stereo mix and 5.1 mix and puts them on the Blu-Ray. Then, the first CD had the original stereo mix, remastered. Why couldn’t that have been included in hi-res as well? It’s not like the disc ran out of space.

  16. Geoff Dubois says:

    Question for Graham as a fellow Canadian (or any other fellow Canadians) – have you noticed that amazon.co.uk Postage and Packing costs seem to have gotten a lot more expensive over the last 6 months or so? I’ve had to cut down on my co.uk purchases a lot due to this – the VAT removal isn’t close to covering the shipping and import increase. For example I made an order in March 2019 – Item Subtotal: £18.56, Postage & Packing: £4.07, Import Fee Deposit: £2.49 – Order Total: £25.12. A similar test order today is Items: £20.05, Postage & Packing: £10.67, Import Fees Deposit: £2.69 – Order Total: £33.41. Both orders are Standard shipping not the more expensive AmazonGlobal options. I would say the March 2019 order is actually the bigger order from a packaging perspective vs the test order but it’s cheaper. Thoughts?

    Paul – thanks for your amazing site and happy new year to you and yours.

    • Tonk says:

      Because it is Amazon. Once they’ve closed everything else down and they’re the only source, this will be the norm. It’s called a monopoly.

      This being said, Courier and Postal prices worldwide are rising beyong reasonable bounds – we recently shipped a box of 25 cds from the US to the UK and it cost £45 through the USPS, and that didn’t include customs charges . . . .

      Everyone hunker down. Only buy stuff in your own country. Draw in your borders . . . ‘;0)

    • Gisabun says:

      Amazon US pricing is ridiculous. Apocalypse Now Final Cut was $13US. They charged almost $10 for shipping and another fee for the importing.
      At the time, it was about $28 on Amazon Canuckistan before taxes. After exchange, it was about $27 CDN when ordered from the US.
      Hilariously, if chose express shipping the shipping would of been way more than the item!

    • James says:

      At least you can purchase from Amazon UK…some of us can’t.

      • John Drayton says:

        Well said James. Although since Amazon UK ditched us in Oz and NZ I have discovered alternative suppliers who package with far more care than Amazon showed.
        Burning Shed, in particular, are outstanding.

  17. Dave says:

    The bluray option is very welcome. I bought the Eye in the Sky on that format. It does give the buyer a real choice unlike ( at this stage ) Pink Floyd.

  18. The Gedemondan says:

    I’d like the book, but the vinyl and two bonus cds do not appeal to me. I’ve never been one for demos, and there are no real alternative versions.
    The 5.1 BluRay for me.

  19. Margaret Lynch says:

    My funeral song is Old and Wise, my song is Eye in the Sky. I Love APP X

  20. Ken says:

    Like the previous set you will be able to purchase just the Blu Ray. Amazon does not have it listed yet but many vendors do; UPC 5013929480698

  21. Graham says:

    It’s expensive, but it’s one of my favourite albums so a must have for me.
    The Eye in The Sky box was impressive, the 5.1 Audio I particularly enjoyed.
    This box is basically the same format as that. (Though a higher price I think).

    Pre ordered from Amazon UK for shipping to Canada.
    Cheaper than buying it from Amazon Canada even with shipping costs and prepaying import duties. Will never understand Amazons global pricing.

    I have the pre order price guarantee and hopefully Amazon will have it discounted for 5 minutes sometime before release date.

    IT is very rare that they dont discunt an item at some point.

    • Bridge says:

      Conversion (including postage and duty) to CAN works out to be $4 cheaper by purchasing from the UK. Not worth the hassle of importing it, and if something is wrong with it, good luck getting your full return shipping covered. Amazon sets a standard shipping rate refund and it almost always ends up being less than you pay at the post office to send it back. This happened to me with a simple vinyl return. I lost money. With the increased shipping rates from Europe now, I am pretty much forced to buy from Amazon Canada.

  22. Guido says:

    Great Box Set for a great Album! Looking forward to this.
    Alan Parsons also announced a standalone Blu-ray Edition.

  23. Kevin McKee says:

    The Cherry Red website also offers a standalone Blu Ray with high resolution 5.1 and new stereo versions. Just ordered it for about £11.

  24. H says:

    Not one my favourite APP albums but again it’s a pass due to the vinyl.
    What do those who prefer vinyl think about the inclusion of cd’s – would they prefer vinyl only as I assume they have similar thoughts to those with cd only preferences ?

    • Julian Hancock says:

      H – Well yes, as someone who would only want to keep the LPs, it would mean paying £90 for 2 x 12″ 45s. I can’t justify that.

  25. Jules(Rules) says:

    Huh. Didn’t expect that. I like the album but it’s far from a favorite. I can understand why AP did a new stereo mix too – it’s a rather thin sounding album and the first with that 80s drum sound creepiing in.

    Too much vinyl for me, sadly – I don’t get why these sets don’t have a CD/BD only option.

  26. Quante says:

    As a young boy with zilch money I came across The Alan Parson’s Project via the free flexi disc at HMV for Eye In The Sky. I eventually bought the album in a sale and loved it. When Ammonia Avenue came out, I headed out to HMV to buy it on release, and was so underwhelmed. It wasn’t that it was bad, it just wasn’t as good as Eye In The Sky. My decision to pay full price on release felt like a mistake, so I took it back and exchanged it for Foreigner 4.

    Via a pirate tape from a friend in Dubai, I listened more to Ammonia Avenue and appreciated it as more than a substandard Eye in The Sky. Roll forward decades (!) later to the cd box set of TAPP albums and Ammonia Avenue is the one that gets the most listens. It’s a classy MOR album that the young boy in me didn’t appreciate so much at the time. Foreigner 4 was still the better choice!

    • John McCann says:

      So h.m.v let you borrow the record,play it and return it,in the days when home taping is killing music,thats a result, wouldn’t have happened when h.m.v.was in Union Street Glasgow in the80s .

      • Quante says:

        It was HMV Gloucester. I must have pleaded well, as you’re right, it wasn’t an accepted practice to take back records. No such issues today in buying records in order to tape them.

        • John McCann says:

          Brilliant bit of pleading,how many times did you get away with it,

          • Quante says:

            I didn’t try again. I didn’t have the money to buy much, but I did spend hours browsing through the racks of lots of record stores every time I was in town.

            That youth behaviour must have locked into my psyche the desire to buy as much music as possible at a later time, when it became affordable to me. At the time I was a magpie for home recording as many albums as I could get hold off, via my elder siblings and friends who had deeper pockets than I. So my home taping never helped kill off the music industry, quite the opposite; it just deepened my love of music and led to me spending a fortune in later years. SDE also has a lot to answer for, with regard to my music acquiring ‘habit’!

    • Norbert says:

      “Foreigner 4 was still the better choice!” – totally agree, although it has been released a few years earlier and is a total different style.

  27. Andreas says:

    Interestingly this is being issued on Cherry Red Records… In opposite to Eye In The Sky.

    A pity there is no 2-3 CD Version, like for “The Turn Of A Friendly Card” or “I Robot”. I like the album very much, but so much $… I don’t know… This has to come down in price significantly for me to be interested.

  28. Wayne C says:

    I’m a big fan of The Project and have this album in my collection as well as their other albums and Super deluxe editions. I’m wondering if this may come down in price after a while?, as I’ve bought the other deluxe editions after receiving alerts from Paul via this tremendously informative site!!. I guess I may as well wait to see if it drops in price as it wasn’t as big an album commercially as “Eye in the Sky” which also dropped in price…

  29. Robert says:

    Interesting. Ill probably wait for a price drop and then consider it.
    ‘Don’t Answer Me’ is still one of my all time favorite music videos
    and ‘Prime Time’ was used during NBA highlight reels back then.

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