10 Songs, 41 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5

16 Ratings

16 Ratings

30 years still lovin' it!

Tunemaster General

This album was a breath of fresh air in the middle of the disco era. Life beyond L.A. was & always will be my favorite Ambrosia cut! If you're an Ambrosia fan & haven't picked this one up yet, it's time! ENJOY!

A question of balance


Ambrosia's third album was transitional in many ways; for one thing, keyboardist Chris North was on some sort of hiatus, although he contributes to a couple tracks. He is sorely missed, as is the band's sense of adventure, which was so prevalent on the previous two albums. Still, this is a great pop record, or at least it has its moments. "How Much I Feel" and "Heart to Heart" really do hold up as a pair of great love songs, and "Ready for Camarillo" displays the harder, darker edge that marked some of Ambrosia's earlier work. After this, the band would go waaaay overboard with the smooth pop/R&B that marred albums such as "One Eighty." Here, they still were searching, and that was a good thing.

Classic 70

Bill Appel

I always thought "Holding On To Yesterday" was one of the best songs ever recorded and when I heard "How Much I Feel" in 1978, I knew Ambrosia had another hit single. I immediately purchased "Life Beyond L.A." and as expected, I found the album to be an extraordinary collective set as well. Ambrosia continues their hybrid of cynical humor, soaring harmonies, and catchy pop-rock full of hooks and frills in their work especially on this album. Added is the fact that David Pack has a superb vocal range and knows how to deliver it on a recording.

The 10-song set starts out with the fantastic title track with Pack's ultra smooth vocals and accompanying keyboards soaring to dreamlike heights as the rest of the album blends in and flows along with each other between mainstream melodic rock pop, the cynical humor as well as a few catchy, romantic ballads such as the standouts "How Much I Feel" and "Heart To Heart".

About Ambrosia

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 the chart singles "Holdin' on to Yesterday" and "Nice, Nice, Very Nice." (The latter was based on Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle.) Ambrosia scored another hit in 1977 with a cover of the Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" from the film All This and World War II, which they also appeared in.

North left the group just before their biggest pop breakthrough in 1978 with the number three hit "How Much I Feel." Ambrosia followed this success in 1980 with another number three hit, "Biggest Part of Me," and the number 13 follow-up "You're the Only Woman." Their next album failed, ending their run of chart success, and the group broke up; individual members are still active as session musicians and vocalists, as well as producers.

David Pack's 1985 solo album Anywhere You Go actually featured both Puerta and Drummond (alongside Kerry Livgren, Michael McDonald, Stanley Clarke, and Toto's Michael Porcaro), and the band reunited several years later. Several tours followed during the '90s, along with new recordings featured on the band's 1997 Anthology release. Pack left after 2001 for additional solo projects, and the band released the concert album Live a year later without him. ~ Steve Huey

    Los Angeles, CA




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