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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
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Top Tracks

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  2.   How Much I Feel
  3.   Biggest Part of Me
  4.   You're the Only Woman (You & I)
  5.   Holdin' on to Yesterday
  6.   Cowboy Star
  7.   That's Just How Much I Feel
  8.   Sad Eyes
  9.   How Long (Has This Been Going On)
  10.   Heart to Heart
  11.   That's How Much I Feel
  12.   Somewhere I've Never Travelled
  13.   Can't Let a Woman
  14.   Still Not Satisfied
  15.   Beautiful World
  16.   The Gossip
  17.   You're the Only Woman (Y
  18.   Magical Mystery Tour
  19.   In My Life
  20.   Harvey
  21.   Drink of Water
  22.   Lover Arrive
  23.   Ready For Camarillo
  24.   Apothecary
  25.   Time Waits for No One
  26.   Livin' on My Own
  27.   Nice, Nice, Very Nice
  28.   Endings
  29.   Ice Age
  30.   Fool Like Me
  31.   How Can You Love Me
  32.   Feelin' Alive Again
  33.   Angola
  34.   Up in Smoke
  35.   Strut
  36.   Hopes and Dreams
  37.   Glitter & Gold
  38.   Magic
  39.   Chasing the Sunsets
  40.   Poor Rich Boy
  41.   My Main Thing
  42.   No Big Deal
  43.   Rock N' a Hard Place
  44.   Kamikaze
  45.   Shape I'm In
  46.   We Need You Too
  47.   Not as You Were
  48.   Art Beware
  49.   For Openers (Welcome Home)
  50.   We Can Fly by Benj Heard
  51.   Werewolf
  52.   Mama Frog
  53.   Make Us All Aware
  54.   World Leave Me Alone
  55.   Kid No More
  56.   Wham Bam Shang-a-Lang
  57.   Mama Don't Understand
  58.   Your Heart Is My Place
  59.   Cryin' in the Rain
  60.   And...
  61.   Dancin' by Myself
  62.   I Just Can't Let Go
  63.   I Wanna Know
  64.   Ready
  65.   The Brunt
  66.   Runnin' Away
  67.   Danse With Me George (Chopin's Plea)
  68.   Sky Is Falling
  69.   If Heaven Could Find Me
  70.   Life Beyond L.A.
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