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Album Review

After achieving moderate success with their self-titled debut, Ambrosia decided to up the ante by going for a bigger, more symphonic sound on this follow-up outing. To achieve this goal, they enlisted Alan Parsons, who mixed their first album, to produce and Andrew Powell (arranger for the Alan Parsons Project) to do full-blown orchestral arrangements on a number of the tracks. The resulting album lacks the careful fusion of pop and prog elements that characterized Ambrosia, with songs tending to fall into either progressive or soft rock categories. Just the same, it is a strong album with a number of sonically arresting moments. The finest songs are the most overtly progressive, the most dazzling being "Danse With Me, George," a tribute to Chopin that leads the listener through a bewildering array of styles (classical, jazz, and pop, to name just a few) in just under eight minutes. "Cowboy Star" is another knockout, bringing its tale of a city dweller who dreams of cowboy glory to life with a beautiful orchestral mid-section that is strongly reminiscent of Aaron Copland. None of the straightforward pop songs are as catchy or instantly memorable as "Holdin' on to Yesterday," but "Runnin' Away" presents an appealing blend of carefully arranged harmonies and acoustic sounds, and "We Need You Too" provides the album with a suitably stately finale by building from a piano-led solo ballad into a cascade of soaring strings and harmony vocals. All in all, Somewhere I've Never Travelled lacks the crossover appeal that made Ambrosia such a unique album but is still a worthwhile listen for progressive rock fans.

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Outstanding

Wasn't sure this ablum could match 'Ambrosia' - but it does. Heat the hot tub, draw a glass of wine and unplug the phone...

Somewhere I've Never Traveled

Truly one of my favorite albums and most influential. The whole album flows and is remarkable in the fact that in can incorporate so many styles and yet retain cohessiveness. Cowboy Star is a mini play in it's own , showcasing Joe Puerta ( bassist for Bruce Hornsby) . Amazing changes of tempo with a movie like ending that is yours to interpret. I wanna Know is a incredible hard rock song which coming after the introspective Harvey shows how this band cannot be categorized. Really just buy the album sit back let your mind wander and you will not be disappointed. By the way the original cover had a fold out triangle . very cool. Can't do that with a download. I could review in depth all the sounds but it is so much fun to discover. I truly envy all of you who will hear for the first time. Reminds me of a Superman episode where the professor invents a spray to erase memory.

great music

I bought this album in 1976 from a small record store in Ithaca ny where I was a college student at Ithaca College... music was flowing like rivers back them...there was so much great music. I was attracted to the album cover which formed a pyramid and hoped it would be a good album. It was so much more. Of all the albums I've ever owned, I find myself playing this one the most and I have over 500 albums and cd's to choose from. These guys can really play. It is so much more than a bunch of songs.... It is a compilation of musical songs that you never get tired of listening to, and how many albums can you say that about... abbey road, sgt. pepper, pet sounds, etc...
My kids now in there 20's have been listening to this since they were little and are hooked on it too. Just great musicianship and great music that you keep coming back to. Listen to the album in its entirety... You may just call in sick tomorrow to listen some more!
"Running away" is just in my head.... enjoy and pass it on....

Biography

Formed: 1971 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Los Angeles quartet Ambrosia, whose founding members included guitarist/vocalist David Pack, bassist/vocalist Joe Puerta, keyboardist Christopher North, and drummer Burleigh Drummond, fused symphonic art rock with a slickly produced pop sound. The group was discovered in 1971 by Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Zubin Mehta, who featured Ambrosia as part of a so-called All-American Dream Concert. However, it took them four more years to get a record contract; Ambrosia was released in 1975 and spawned...
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