The Avenue: Issue Fifteen

The fifteenth issue of The Avenue was released on November 1, 1999. Contents included:

Current News:

The top story of course is the new album "The Time Machine", and the cover story looks at the roll-out of the album on various record companies worldwide.

Other big news included the touring plans, as well as coverage of the arrest of the man who was impersonating Stuart Elliott.

Of Note:

In this issue, the "Of Note:" section looks at the release of the new Austin Powers movie on video and DVD, plus updates on Paul McCartney, Iconic Phare and the progress on the new biography by Harry Doherty.

David Paton interview (Part 2):

In this, the conclusion of our interview with David Paton, we look at the period from 1975 to the present day. Highlights include his work with Pilot, Fish and Elton John, as well as how he started to work with APP and why he left.

Tales Of...:

Part fifteen of this section brings our continuing history story up to 1980, where we begin a look back at "The Turn Of A Friendly Card". Highlights include a look at why they recorded it away from Abbey Road, and how those jungle sounds in "Games People Play" were made.

Behind The Scenes At The Avenue

For long-time subscribers, this is the first look at Steve Martin, the editor of The Avenue. For five years he's worked behind the scenes, now learn why he started the fan club, and what he does for a day job.

"Let's Talk About...":

The question and answer section looks at making albums, and more....

bullet What about tour dates in Israel?

bullet AP and Roy Wood: I want to know a little about their collaborations as engineer and producer on the “Boulders” and “Wizzards Brew” albums.

bullet What is your latest technological "toy" and how are you using it in your work?

"I think I would have to say hard disk recording, which is the new thing. I have a system called Pro Tools. It's essentially a 16 output hard disk recorder, which means that you can see the audio on the screen and you can grab the audio and cut and paste it, and add effects to it. It's an audio system that gives results that would be much harder to achieve with a linear system like tape. In pure terms of technical quality, their system is capable of resolving 24 bit, which means you get a very high quality result on the final mix."

bullet Do you have archives full of completed unreleased material going back years, or are there any unreleased tracks, or off-cuts from specific album projects?

bullet What are the wonderful instruments that play the main keyboard parts on "The Gold Bug", "Hyper Gamma Spaces", and "Sirius"?

Contest prizes in this issue include: the chance to win a rare promotional "The Turn of a Friendly Card" playing card, and more items autographed by Alan Parsons!

In this issue, one insert page is the discography section's look at vinyl albums, the other is the sheet music for the track "Don't Answer Me".

This, and much more happened in Issue Fifteen of The Avenue!

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