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Pack, David - 1985 Anywhere You Go



ARTIST: Pack, David
ALBUM: Anywhere You Go
LABEL: Warner Bros
SERIAL: 25336
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2006, Wounded Bird, WOU 5336

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LINEUP: David Pack - vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass * assorted guests

TRACK LISTING: 01 Anywhere You Go * 02 I Just Can't Let Go * 03 Why Let You Lose Me * 04 My Baby * 05 That Girl Is Gone * 06 She Don't (Come Around Anymore) * 07 Do Ya * 08 Prove Me Wrong * 09 No Direction (No Way Home) * 10 Just Be You

WEBLINKS: www.davidpack.com


Background
I have been a big fan of the band Ambrosia, right throughout their career, and remember them well, growing up on their radio hits through the late seventies. Their brand of soft rock somewhere between the Doobie Brothers and Firefall was right up my alley. Stalwart and leader David Pack has a wonderful voice, and is easily identifiable from a distance. After Ambrosia had run its course, Pack returned to the scene in a solo capacity, releasing this brilliant West Coast/AOR crossover album 'Anywhere You Go'. Still retaining the services of the Warner Bros team, and having the Toto management team of Fitzgerald and Hartley, Pack allowed himself the liberty of utilising all his talent in an array of styles, reflected on the songs assembled on the album.


The Songs
To these ears, and writing about it years after the event, it reminds one of the softer bits of Tim Feehan, Richard Marx, and the awesome Christian artist Chris Eaton. If you like any of these guys, then you'd be wanting to hear a slice of this. The cast of players is amazing too. Kerry Livgren, the guys from Toto, a few from Ambrosia, Michael McDonald, John Elefante, James Newton Howard, Hawk Wolinksi, Prairie Prince but to name a few. The title track 'Anywhere You Go' is breathtaking, the chorus is killer. The keyboards are everywhere on this one, and I even think I can hear some guitar synthesizer in there too. 'She Don't Come Around Anymore' is a faster paced track, like a mellow version of Michael Sembello. 'Won't You Lose Me' is another fervent slice of AOR which sounds great loud! 'Prove Me Wrong' from the White Nights movie could very well be Richard Marx on heat. Pack's Ambrosia influences shine through on 'I Just Can't Let Go' and 'That Girl Is Gone', softer ballad based tracks. 'Do Ya' is a funkier piece while the album closer 'Just Be You' is an absolute tearjerker of a ballad which only the wimpiest of the wimps would appreciate.


In Summary
Getting to hear this on CD I'm sure would be a treat because the production is top notch. Considering we get the collective talent of the assembled cast and you can guarantee this album is going to be good.


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#1 | DrakeSinister on June 11 2011 00:11:22
As far as 80's West Coast goes, Anywhere You Go was about as good as you can get (bar Tim Feehan's S/T, Toto's The Seventh One and Tatsuro Yamashita's output). Hell, I can't even THINK of another vocalist who could outsing Pack when he was on the top of his game.

But yeah, this is a gem among gems and easily in the top ten Westcoast records of all time. Everyone should own this!
#2 | swazi on November 18 2012 18:26:48
You can still find CD's, but even the 2006 reissue by Wounded Bird is going for big money these days.
 
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