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Ambrosia - 1975 Ambrosia



ARTIST: Ambrosia
ALBUM: Ambrosia
LABEL: 20th Century
SERIAL: T-434
YEAR: 1975
CD REISSUE: 2000, Warner Bros, 9 47565-2

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: David Pack - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Burleigh Drummond - drums, percussion, bassoon * Joe Puerta - vocals, bass * Christopher North - keyboards, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Nice, Nice, Very Nice * 02 Time Waits For No One * 03 Holdin On To Yesterday * 04 World Leave Me Alone * 05 Make Us All Aware * 06 Lover Arrive * 07 Mama Frog * 08 Drink Of Water

WEBLINKS: www.ambrosiaweb.com


Background
Ambrosia are one of those bands whose fan base seems to fall in two categories. Progressive rock listeners who find the first two albums of interest while crying 'sell-out!' with the mere mention of 'Life beyond L.A.' and AOR/west coast fans who find the same albums 'Ambrosia' and 'Somewhere I've Never Travelled' a little too 'quirky'. Personally, I enjoy both sides of the band. Yes, Ambrosia at the time of their debut were heavily influenced by British progressive rock, but this should not turn away melodic rock listeners. Ambrosia were working the same territory musically as Kansas and Styx in 1975 and although I am hard pressed to call Ambrosia a pomp band, there are some moments on this record, and the follow-up that will make fans of the sound stand up and take notice.


The Songs
Opening with 'Nice, Nice, Very Nice' and lyrics credited to cult writer Kurt Vonnegut, it's clear this is not going to be an average rock album. The songs psychedelic lyrics and imagery are offset by the superb keyboard work of Christopher North. 'Time Waits For No One' takes us even deeper into the progressive sound using Javanese gongs and a Russian balalaika ensemble. Sound a bit to heavy? It's not! Very melodic with beautiful vocals from David Pack. If I were ever to compile a list of the best 70's rock ballads, 'Holdin' On To Yesterday' would surely be in the top five with a timeless quality that still holds up to this day. 'Make Us All Aware' again features North's driving keyboards. Man, was this guy underrated! 'Mama Frog' is the strangest and most progressive track here, reminding me of Rick Wakeman's early solo work complete with narration. 'Drink Of Water' closes the album on a high note with stunning organ work and a hauntingly beautiful melody.


In Summary
Ambrosia would tour heavily in support of this album with Kansas, The Strawbs, Johnny Winter and others, but I imagine some of this material might have been a little too difficult to relate to in a smoke filled hockey arena. I wonder.


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Comments
#1 | rostoned on July 03 2008 12:00:39
Superb American prog rock. Buy or die.
#2 | george_the_jack on July 03 2008 12:27:29
Well Filippo I have the Midnight Special DVD collection in which I heard 'Ambrosia' for the first time...I was really amazed by their quality material and stage performance.! Great band indeed!
#3 | rkbluez on June 16 2012 03:01:30
Nice laid back pomp rock of a very high quality and pristine production.
#4 | gdazegod on October 04 2013 16:33:54
Here's a nice 2009 performance of 'Holdin' On To Yesterday'. Still a magnificent tune to this day..
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