❉ Sally Woolfson speaks to We Are Cult about her father, born on this day in 1945.
“He really was the songwriter in The Alan Parsons Project. The lyrics were all Dad. Alan wrote some instrumentals. Once dad had the idea, he’d bring it into the studio and would often write the lyrics after. Alan was very much involved with the production, that was the relationship with Alan.” – Sally Woolfson.
First released in February 1984, Ammonia Avenue was the seventh album by The Alan Parsons Project, the brainchild of composer, musician and singer Eric Woolfson and celebrated producer and engineer Alan Parsons.
On March 27, 2020, Cherry Red Records release a Blu-ray boxed edition of Ammonia Avenue, newly remixed from the original master tapes in 5.1 surround sound & high resolution stereo by Alan Parsons, who recently spoke of Woolfson’s contributions in an interview with We Are Cult writer Eoghan Lyng.
Eric Woolfson died in 2009. Today marks what would have been Eric’s 75th birthday, and his daughter Sally very kindly agreed to speak about her father´s legacy for We Are Cult…
“Ammonia Avenue was the album he came in as a singer” she tells us. “I think that he’d had the big hit, Eye In The Sky, and now felt more comfortable as a singer, he’d become a commercial singer.”
Sally knows Eric Stewart and reiterates that her father was nearly a 10cc member. While the four 10cc members shared a Mancunian geography, Eric´s upbringing veered even further North.
“He grew up in Glasgow, he was Scottish. He took some piano lessons as a child, but he was largely self taught. He had an uncle who played, and he´d sit underneath and look up. I think he made the first two grades, but he taught himself the rest. He wasn’t classically trained”.
Though a piano player, it’s his lyric writing that stands out in his trajectory. “He really was the songwriter in The Alan Parsons Project. The lyrics were all Dad. Alan wrote some instrumentals. Once dad had the idea, he’d bring it into the studio and would often write the lyrics after. Alan was very much involved with the production, that was the relationship with Alan.”
Sally is as much a fan of Ammonia Avenue‘s title track as We Are Cult are (“I love that song”) and still measures her father´s work with enormous pride. “I still get emails from people to this day, saying how much they love his songs. It´s been used for sports events, they really have stood the test of time. Silence & I is another favourite of mine, because that is so dad… He used to sit in silence whenever he was writing.”
The Alan Parsons Project album ‘Ammonia Avenue’ (Esoteric Recordings BECLEC2706) will be released March 27, 2020 by Esoteric Recordings/Cherry Red Records. Pre-order the Deluxe Box Set or Stand-alone Blu-ray here: http://cherryred.co/APPAmmoniaAveDeluxe
❉ Visit the official Eric Woolfson Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EricWoolfson/
❉ A regular contributor to We Are Cult, Eoghan Lyng’s writing has also appeared in New Sounds, Record Collector, CultureSonar, Punk Noir Magazine, DMovies, Phacemag and other titles. Follow him on Twitter. Visit his homepage.