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Album Review

Ambrosia's third album (and first for Warner Bros.) is more commercial and less conceptual than their first two releases, Somewhere I've Never Travelled and the self-titled Ambrosia. The album opens effectively with the title track, which is about life, or the lack thereof, in Los Angeles. The better songs on this album, including the title track and the top ten single "How Much I Feel," were written and sung by lead vocalist/multi-instrumentalist David Pack.

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30 years still lovin' it!

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!

Classic 70

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".

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.


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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