Published on April 7th, 2013 | by DrWass1
Sample Sunday: Alan Parsons Project- “Ammonia Avenue”
Good Sunday to all and welcome to another Sample Sunday. I was playing with some vinyls last night and one of my favorite 70s/80s bands was The Alan Parsons Project. Being a big basketball fan, I pretty much liked them from the moment I found out that the 90’s Chicago Bulls lineup song was from them (“Sirius” from Eye in the Sky). So going through one of their albums I caught a really clear sample…..so here. we. go!
The Sample: The Alan Parsons Project – “Ammonia Avenue”
I am almost certain a lot of you have not even heard about The Alan Parsons project, or at least listen to their catalog. Those who have, I tip my cap. For those who haven’t, be ready for some amazing stuff. The man known as Alan Parsons not only is well known for his band, but also for his musical genius. Having helped engineer for the Beatles Abbey Road and Let It Be, as well as the legendary Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon, its hard to dispute the musical mind of Alan Parsons. Teaming up with Eric Woolfson, a friend whom he met at the Abbey Road Studios in the mid-1970’s, together they formed the group The Alan Parsons Project. As the Alan Parsons Project, they created 13 studio albums from the mid-1970s to the late 1980’s. Of those 13 studio albums, 3 went Platinum and 3 went Gold. As successful as they were, their influence has reached levels well above those album successes. One of their more popular songs, which I alluded to earlier, “Sirius” is a great gateway song into who they are. On their 7th Studio album, Ammonia Avenue, the self titled track is our focus for this weeks Sample Sunday. About 3:35 into the song you can here a fairly familiar airy pipe sound.
The Flip: Kanye West – “Heartless”
Coming off of his 808’s and Heartbreaks album, Kanye West highlighted it with having “Heartless” as his second released single from the album. With the musical genius of Kanye, “Heartless” shot up to #1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks as well as #1 on the U.S Hot 100 Airplay chart. Produced by No I.D. in addition to Kanye himself, it was a very very successful song, ultimately being certified as a 5x Platinum track. ENJOY!