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Studio Album, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Nice, Nice, Very Nice (5:49)
2. Time Waits for No One (5:01)
3. Holdin' On to Yesterday (4:19)
4. World Leave Me Alone (3:17)
5. Make Us All Aware (4:28)
6. Lover Arrive (3:12)
7. Mama Frog (6:05)
8. Drink of Water (6:29)

Total Time 38:40

Line-up / Musicians

- David Pack / guitar, lead vocals, keyboards (6)
- Christopher North / keyboards, vocals
- Joe Puerta / bass, lead vocals
- Burleigh Drummond / percussion, bassoon, vocals

- Alan Parsons / engineer & mixing (nominated for a Grammy for Best Engineered Recording)

Releases information

Artwork: Eddie Douglas

LP 20th Century Records ‎- T-434 (1975, US)

CD Warner Bros. Records ‎- 47565-2 (2000, US) Remastered

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AMBROSIA Ambrosia ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(30%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(40%)
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Review by lucas
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars Mastered by Alan Parsons (the guy who produced Pink Floyd's 'Dark side of the moon'), Ambrosia's first record is one of the finest symphonic prog rock albums ever released. In fact, it features fabulous vocal harmonies, punchy and odd-metered drumming, fantastic keyboard and guitar playing. The music could be seen as a cross between Eagles and Yes. There are also some surprises in their music : balalaikas on 'Time waits for no one' played by a real balalaika ensemble, an antique Thai-gong, pipe-organ on 'Drink of water' and a reading from Lewis Carroll's 'Jabberwocky' on 'Mama frog'. Although mainly song based, Ambrosia managed to produce an album that should appeal to prog lovers as the vocals harmonies are not less impressive than those of classic prog bands, and the music features many variations in the rhythm section. Recommended to fans of symphonic prog !
Review by Sean Trane
3 stars I almost had a heart attack when I found Ambrosia in our beloved Archives. I could not believe it! How could such a tedious soft-rock or FM rock band be included here? So I had to check out this band from closer because all I knew from them was one or two hits from the late 70's. Was it possible I missed out on something? I went to the library and rented out their first three albums (that's all they had) and came back home to throw an ear on it.

Well the third album is exactly what I had expected from them (tedious US FM rock) but the debut is probably the reason why Ambrosia is included here. The least one can say is that Ambrosia sounds like you've already heard this before but cannot quite place it outside the evident Steely Dan sound. If you can imagine S D with a lesser jazzy sound and a more symphonic sound, you will have a good idea of the sound. A lot of fuss is made of the Mama Frog track that incorporates some apparently well-known story and poetry, but I cannot get that excited about it. The following track Drink of Water is most boring but most of the tracks are well done and well produced (we are with Alan Parsons here) and are deliciously arranged but very commercial-sounding but never really driving up the wall in a frenzy.

I dare say my fellow reviewers are much more enthusiastic than I about this album, but there is no way this is worth five stars. By all means this debut is not bad especially in terms of early US prog, but fellow progheads, make sure you get an ear on the siliceous slice of music before investing your hard earned money. Give it another halfstar at most.

Review by loserboy
4 stars Here is a rock that I certainly left unturned until recently and thanks to my fellow music loving pal Jeff Ferguson for pointing this album in my direction. AMBROSIA's debut album is a wonderful mix of progressive and 'clever' pop genres with some fantastic vocal harmonies and instrumentation. Now I know what you might be thinking and clutching the cheesier side of their later 70's pop hits but let me tell you on this debut album their music is not bland or ordinary. The standout feature for me on this album is their wonderful vocal harmonies, guitar and keyboard work. Fans of "Star Castle" will definitely need to get this album. The band was Joe Puerta (bass guitar & lead vocals), David Pack (guitars, vocals), Christopher North (keyboards & vocals), Burleigh Drummond (percussion, bassoon & vocals). A little known fact is AMBROSIA's close connection with Alan PARSONS with him not only engineering this album for AMBROSIA (producing the second), but all four members of AMBROSIA played on the first ALAN PARSONS PROJECT masterpiece "Tales of Mystery and Imagination of Edgar Alan Poe" (which was recorded soon after AMBROSIA's first album). Interesting trivia note also that David Pack appears on the 1993 ALAN PARSONS PROJECT album "Try Anything Once" co-writing, playing and providing vocals on a couple of tracks. Their music on this album is rich and deep in thought and definitely deserves to be included in the journals of "Progressive Rock".
Review by Matti
5 stars I may not add anything crucial, but I'm only the tenth to write about this very entertaining album of poppy prog. If I should describe Amrosia's music in one sentence: Alan Parsons Project with more feeling, groove, action and progness. The APP connotation comes naturally due to David Pack (voc,g) who has a typical tight APP voice, plus Parsons engineering this album. But it's certainly the songwriting gift of Ambrosia guys themselves that makes this a wonderful listening experience. It would make a good quiz question: which prog album has literary sources in Kurt Vonnegut and Lewis Carroll? Actually I thought 'Nice, Nice, Very Nice' lyrics ARE by Vonnegut, not only influenced by him. And 'Mama Frog' includes the reading of the famous Jamberwocky poem. Both these authors are sort of kindred spirits of Ambrosia.

There are no weak tracks. 'Holdin' On To Yesterday' is a good example of mindblowing grooviness, the kind that you may get tired of but never get bored with; 'Lover Arrive' is the soft ballad of the album, nothing wrong with it. 'Drink Of Water' is a majestic closing number. (4,5 stars; full rate could be a little exaggerating but no clear reasons not to round it upwards. This debut deserves more attention!)

Review by ClemofNazareth
4 stars I have to admit I never considered these guys to be even remotely related to progressive music, but then again I was more familiar with their later Southern California pop recordings than with this debut album. This is actually a pretty innovative album with some wide swings in tempo, luscious keyboards, and pretty remarkable drum work. Like Wishbone Ash, these guys opened with their best and kind of faded as they went along.

The opening “Nice, Nice, Very Nice” is one of the more well-known Ambrosia songs, with some great piping keyboard and acoustic guitar. It has an almost Haight-Asbury psychedelic feel to it, but with much better production. That of course comes from the fact that Alan Parsons produced them, but also because this was recorded several years after the early San Francisco hippy albums and studio techniques were already improving significantly.

The balalaikas on “Time Waits For No One” are very cool, even if they serve to clearly date this as a seventies album. David Pack’s guitar sings beautifully on this track, and although only sporadically played, it is among the best he would do with the band. This is a true trippy-hippy tune, and is just fun to listen to.

Joe Puerta’s bass is totally funky on “Holdin' On To Yesterday” and Christopher North’s keyboards and Puerta and Pack’s vocals practically defined the summer of 1975 with this huge American hit. This is a much milder and more palatable version of the Eagles Southern California sound, more soulful and with some great backing vocals. I just can’t say enough about this song, still fresh after more than thirty years.

“World Leave Me Alone” is a bit of a departure with its twangy, almost country-sounding guitar and rockabilly vocals, but the spacey transition just past the halfway mark reveal the flower-power sensibilities of the band, and once again firmly plant this album in the seventies.

On “Make Us All Aware” Pack plays some delicate and beautiful piano, setting a bucolic mood behind the melodic backing vocals and ‘give peace a chance’ lyrics. The layered keyboards in the bridge are totally spaced-out and reaffirm that these guys at least deserve to be mentioned as at least temporarily progressive for this brief moment in time.

“Lover Arrive” is sort of the ballad of the album, very slow and peaceful with vocals that at times sound very much like early Elton John, complete with melodic piano accompaniment and some great drum work. Very short but a great tune.

The last two songs on the album are much closer to bluesy early prog ala Captain Beyond or Theee Image than anything else on the album. “Mama Frog” is completely vocals-driven, with a choppy reactive piano that gives way to some very bluesy and funky guitar work atop an almost jazz-influenced drum rhythm. Top that off with some trippy keyboards and you have a song that would not have been out-of-place a half- dozen years earlier at a love-in somewhere.

And the album closes with the Allman-influenced “Drink of Water”, a good ole’ boy peacenik anthem that leaves you feeling good as it fades away. A great way to close.

This is by far the most creative and interesting studio release from a band that would lean very far to the right and into pop territory before they called it a day in the early eighties. If you have to have one Ambrosia album (and really, you do need to have one) – this is it. Four stars.


Review by Sagichim
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Melody school...

Ambrosia's debut is one of the best prog related albums! Although every one of the members is a great player no one is trying to show off and the music is not about that!! it's all about the great song writing. And ambrosia definitely has that, when it comes to writing melodies they are gifted, joe puerta's vocals are outstanding too. Another thing is of course the sound, alan parsons is a master, the final mix sound so good and so right, this is one of the top five sounding albums in the 70's IMO.

The music is not heavy, it's on the light side of prog, the songs are not simple even if they could be played on the radio, you always get the feeling that it is all proffesional it is excuted very good. Prog lovers will find a lot here to their liking despite the AOR atmosphere, what's wrong with some beautiful friendly like melodies anyway?? The music is very rich too thanks to the great production including some violins sometimes. The more progressive songs here are located at the end of the album "mama frog" and "drink of water" , definitely the best cuts here. "mama frog" has a lot of changes and great time signatures and some freaky part in the middle totally awsome!! "drink of water" has one of the finest melodies ever written by anybody...yes yes, everything about this song is perfect, guitar and of course the keys great energies great sound again, this is probably the best ambrosia song ever.

For the one's who love some great singing, beautiful melodies you can not go wrong with this. Beautiful stuff great talented band. 4 stars on a prog related scale.

Review by Prog Leviathan
3 stars A fun diversion into a classy '70's rock sound played with heart and soul, "Ambrosia" delivers a nice (very nice) collection of songs and melodies that straddle the fence between FM anthems and the margins of progressive music.

Sharing only a little in common with the prog-giants of the day, Ambrosia still manages to bring a lot of artistic flair to the table with this release, featuring some complex melodies, skilled playing and the occasionally avant-garde moment for good measure. Most of all though, they play with infectious enthusiasm and beautiful vocal harmony-- something that most of the prog-greats never even attempted.

The songs themselves begin accessible with the radio classics "Nice", "Time Waits for No One", and the beautiful and bluesy "Holdin' On To Yesterday." At the half-way point, however, the band begins to experiment with the more complex and experimental, which despite their lack of epic scope or monstrous instrumental moments are largely successful and thoroughly enjoyable.

A fun purchase for anyone who digs classic '70's rock, but also for the jaded prog-snob looking for a smart sing-a-long to put next to their Fripp.

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 2 Lyrics/Vocals: 3 Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars 3.5 stars actually...

Formed in 1970 in Los Angeles,California of US,AMBROSIA,though not regarded as a 100% progressive rock band,created a highly-acclaimed album in 1975 within the progressive rock circles.Using a number of different instruments apart from the rock instrumentation,like piano,violins and mandolin,and based on their superb vocal lines,AMBROSIA deliver in their debut album a fantastic journey in the world of progressive/art rock.The band blended a lot of different styles,ranging from ballad-like tracks to complicated symphonic arrangements,drawing influences from southern and boogie rock like THE ALLMAN BROTHERS,KANSAS or THE EAGLES and prog rock giants like YES,KING CRIMSON and GENTLE GIANT.Deep and intense emotions are not hard to emerge listening to this album and I strongly recommend AMBROSIA's debut to all fans of multi-influenced inventive music!

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars "Ambrosia" is the eponymously titled debut full-length studio album by US, California based progressive rock/AOR rock act Ambrosia. The album was released through 20th Century Fox Records in February 1975. Ambrosia formed in 1970 and did some touring under the Ambergris Mite monicker before changing their name to Ambrosia.

Stylistically Ambrosia play an interesting combination of progressive rock and more mainstream oriented melodic rock. Itīs generally a very melodic and quite catchy hybrid music form, performed by a very skilled cast of musicians. Itīs one of the first things you notice when listening to the album. These guys are highly skilled musicians. All four members of Ambrosia would also perform as session musicians on the Alan Parsons Project debut full-length studio album, "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" (June 1976). Probably as a service for Parsons engineering this album.

The sound production values are top notch here. Powerful, organic, and clear sounding, and perfectly suiting the material. Itīs a smooth and pleasant listen. The vocal style is both mellow but also louder and more expressive. When the later occurs Iīm often reminded of a less hard rocking Kansas vocal style. The lead vocals are often complimented by harmony vocals and choirs. The early releases from artists like Toto, Styx, and Boston are also valid references, although Ambrosia are probably a tad more progressive oriented.

Upon conclusion "Ambrosia" is a difficult album to describe because itīs such an eclectic and creative listen. But fans of pop/rock oriented progressive rock should find a lot to appreciate here. Just donīt expect this to sound anything like the more pure progressive rock acts from the 70s (Yes, King Crimson, Genesis...etc.). A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

Review by TCat
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5 stars I just had to put in my two cents worth on what I consider one of my all time favorite albums. Unlike most people, I had this album long before Ambrosia went commercial. I loved this album when I first got it and I still do. Because of Ambrosia's commercial success with top 40 radio, this album has been forgotten, which is very unfortunate. This album should be essential. It was a forerunner to Dark Side of the Moon in that it was produced by Alan Parson who would go on to produce DSotM. It is too bad that Ambrosia didn't follow the progressive path because they would have been one of the best if they had continued making music growing off of this album. The album opens with Nice, Nice Very Nice and Time Waits for No One, both of which have their share of tempo and style changes, but mostly upbeat. And the lyrics are great too. The next track is Holdin' on to Yesterday which I remember as having some radio airplay, but the radio back then seemed to play an edited version that leaves out the beautiful violin part which is on the album. World Leave Me Alone has some great lyrics and phrasing and Make Us All Aware is one of the louder songs of the album with some nice surprises in the instrumental section of the song. Lover Arrive is a very beautiful ballad which is just progressive enough to not be commercial. Mama Frog is amazing with a very cool reading of "Jabberwocky" in the middle. Last of all is the biggest highlight of the album...Drink of Water... which boasts an amazing range of dynamics in the interplay of the guitars, the amazing organ solo and the varying louds and softs of the vocals. Amazing song. Yes, this is an essential album that has sadly been ignored because of the path that Ambrosia took afterwards. But if you can find it, you should give it a chance.
Review by Progfan97402
4 stars One of those bands I long dismissed. I just thought of them as a soft rock band and that's it. Doesn't help that their big hit was "How Much I Feel". Didn't quite realize they started off playing art rock, as this 1975 debut, released on 20th Century Fox Records (they moved to Warner Bros. in 1978 and had their first two albums reissued there, unfortunately the Warner reissue of Somewhere I've Never Travelled missed the gimmick cover of the original) plainly shows. I found an LP copy of their 1975 debut for next to nothing at a local record store, feeling like I have nothing to lose, and I was rather surprised. Nice, sophisticated use of vocal arrangements, as if these guys listened to Gentle Giant (not to mention Yes, and perhaps Queen), but their music, for the most part, is rather accessible (obviously, compared to say, Gentle Giant).. Some of the cuts features a Chamberlin (an American predecessor to the Mellotron which works in a similar way). With help from Alan Parsons as an engineer, I am not one big surprised of the high quality production. In fact Ambrosia did lend a hand on the Project's own Tales of Mystery & Imagination.

"Nice, Nice, Very Nice" is a rather nice, '70s piece set to a Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. poem. Those flutes you hear come from a Chamberlin. "Time Waits For No One" is a great example of those sophisticated vocal arrangements I was telling you about. "Holdin' On to Yesterday" is a rather straightforward soft rock song, and unsurprisingly gave them their first hit. I really can live without "World Leave Me Alone". It tries to rock, but many of those lyrics really make me cringe. "Lover Arrive" is a gentle ballad, but I really get a kick off "Mama Frog". This is probably the most full-on prog, that, and the next piece, "Drink of Water". The former also features some synth droning and a quote from Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky. "Drink of Water" starts off a bit like a Styx song sung by Tommy Shaw (the vocals even sounds a bit like him), but I really dig the vocal harmonies (almost Yes-like), but I really like how the piece gets more progressive.

I like it when I find albums like this and be rather surprised. I understand that they become more of an AOR act by the time of Life Beyond L.A. (which features "How Much I Feel"), so I'm glad early on they had so much to offer as this 1975 debut demonstrates.

Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars I'm afraid that I won't share the ratings of my fellow reviewers. This debut album is an average rock album for sure. But I can't find any great song in here.

Production is top notch, musicianship is excellent but this type of music has never been my cup of tea. Some sort of US basic rock vaguely (?) leaning on prog (even if this feature is quite alien in my opinion). There is no way that I can compare this band with "Kansas" like some of my colleagues.

The vocal department is excellent; and to some extent the example must have been "Crosby, Stills & Nash". My fave out here which features this element is "Time Waits for No One". But the next and syrupy "Holdin' on to Yesterday" holds all the characteristics of American music which I am not found of.

A bit more a rocking atmosphere for "World Leave me Alone" might sound attractive, but frankly this is just average AOR to my ears. Press next. In terms of relation to prog, I must admit that "Make us all Aware" is acceptable. But it is the only one track that can share this view.

US rock music. If you like this, fair enough! I am only remote to this even if the closing number "Drink of Water" is not too bad. There are great keys and as I have mentioned already, excellent vocals.

Two stars for the whole as far as I am concerned.

Review by Sinusoid
2 stars One of those albums that I probably would not have really given too much thought about getting around to hearing, but getting a big whiff of ''Nice, Nice, Very Nice'' convinced me too much that Ambrosia's debut was worth grabbing. I was hoping for a prog-related surprise much like FM's debut or Wishbone Ash's ARGUS album. My response to AMBROSIA is unfortunately, quite different.

Ambrosia comes off on this album as a slick pop-jazz outfit that tries to channel prog rock as one of its influences. Some of the tracks have an AOR quality to them that isn't quite a stink, but it's that feeling of muggy air on your body (makes you drowsy). Comparisons with the debut of Journey don't sound too farfetched. There's a market for this kind of music, but it would work with me if it didn't sound so mediocre.

I feel that tracks like ''World Leave Me Alone'' and ''Time Waits For No One'' sound like Spirit suffering a case of writer's cramp. Most of the album as a whole is off-putting to me as the songs sound like they just exist and don't really do anything. ''Drink of Water'' and ''Holdin' On To Yesterday'' sound tailor made for FM radio without much progging about; they're fine for what they are otherwise. In contrast, ''Mama Frog'' has potential with the jaunty electric keyboard, odd figured opening number channeling Steely Dan. However, a recitation of poetry right in the middle of the song spoils the plot for me. Sure, I understand that prog rock has to have some pretentiousness to it, but this really takes the cake.

Overall, AMBROSIA failed to live up to the hype that is the opening number. Even ''Nice, Nice, Very Nice'' with its whimsical attitude has some of the most asinine vocals I've ever heard, and it lasts about a minute longer than it should. Could have been a nice complement to the debut Journey album, but it has too many, "Why is this here?" moments. Judging by the overall rating, there's a vast base of progheads that will eat this up, but AMBROSIA is simply too plastic and in some cases, laughable for me to seriously give praise to.

Review by stefro
2 stars American outfit Ambrosia - David Pack(vocals, guitar, keyboards), Joe Puerta(bass, vocals), Christopher North(keyboards, vocals) and Burleigh Drummond(drums) - were a decent enough act who straddled the divide between slick pop and progressive rock with playful abandon yet somehow never really managed to create a truly memorable sound of their own. Existing for seven years and five studio albums, and helped along the way by engineer-and-producer Alan Parsons(yes, that one), Ambrosia's first, self-titled album would prove to be one all other subsequent releases were compared against. Released in 1977 - too late for prog yet also, ironically, a bit too quickly for the burgeoning pop-rock movement spearheaded by the likes of Foreigner, Journey, Boston etc - 'Ambrosia' is an enjoyable slice of lightweight prog featuring impressive interplay and snappy lyrics, yet no real killer tunes. Opening gambit 'Nice, Nice, Very Nice' showcases the group's fluffy style, with stringy guitars, tasteful keyboards and deceptively-complex harmonies showcasing the Ambrosia dynamic, whilst both 'World Leave Me Alone' and 'Lover Arrive' feature catchy, toe-tapping melodies undercut with rasping guitars. There's some nice keyboard-flexing adorning the oddly-monikered 'Mama Frog', and the album's final track 'Drink Of Water' also manages to exude a certain rosy charm, with a slightly more ambitious structure finding the group leaning towards a more overtly-progressive edge. Later efforts would find the group heading in a much more commercially-acceptable direction, making this the pick of their five studio releases, yet with the new, aggressive punk movement trashing anything faintly expressive it was always going to be difficult for a group such as these. Entertaining then, 'Ambrosia' is by no means a bad album, and paying special attention to some of their group's spiky lyrics garners some interesting rewards for the listener, yet overall this is simply far too tame for it's own good.


Review by Warthur
3 stars Here's an odd one - Ambrosia's debut album leads off with the occasionally grating Nice Nice Very Nice (which features vocals which are either a half-hearted and somewhat racist attempt at an Indian accent or just whimsical and weird for the sake of it) and is littered with more commercial moments here and there, but when you get into the meat of it the band actually excel at vivid prog-psych instrumental workouts - it's just a shame they don't make as much space for those on the album as they could have done. It's decent enough pop-prog which doesn't quite hit the tier of the likes of, say, Supertramp or the Alan Parsons Project, but you can see how Ambrosia might have made it to that tier had they stuck with this approach and polished it a bit. Three stars, maybe three and a half if you don't mind cheesy vocals and unexpected outbursts of dirty funk or blues.
Review by BrufordFreak
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4 stars I got this album when it first came out cuz "Holdin' on to Yesterday" and "Nice, Nice, Very Nice" got a lot of airplay on our local progressive-minded AM radio station. The album has always intrigued me with its complex and diverse song compositions--some quite proggy, others quite poppy. I always thought its high points, its proggiest points, were a bit like quirky and condensed versions of YES. The songs throughout the album are all of excellent musicianship and compositional quality--in places they may be perhaps even a bit too tricky for their own good--and too YES-like, in others a bit too imitative of some of the pop masters of the late 60s and early 70s.

Five star songs: "Time Waits for No One," Holdin' on to Yesterday," the jazzy, GENTLE GIANT-like "Mama Frog," the medieval folk/THE ASSOCIATION-llike "Make Us All Aware," and the beautiful and emotional CARPENTERS/SIMON AND GARFUNKLE-like "Lover Arrive"

Song on the Breech: "Nice, Nice, Very Nice"

Songs that bring the album down a bit: The Beatles/pre-XTC-like "World Leave Me Alone"; the plodding STYX/PROCUL HARUM/URIAH HEEP-like "Drink of Water"

Still, a four star effort that, in my opinion, contributed something positive to the progressive rock world.

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5 stars "Nice Nice Very Nice" Poor old Ambrosia are still remembered primarily for their string of hits in the early eighties like "How Much I Feel" and "Biggest Part Of Me" all very pleasant love ballads but hardly Prog right? In fact there is a lot more to them than those singles. Their eponymous d ... (read more)

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3 stars The debut album by Ambrosia is the most progressive one but still does not quality beyond an average prog-related material despite scoring high in a pop-rock territory. Excellent vocal harmonies, catchy songs and various instruments used belong to the definitive highlights. Neither compositio ... (read more)

Report this review (#2182980) | Posted by sgtpepper | Saturday, April 13, 2019 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Okay, this is prog. It's a special kind of album, because I've read the other albums of the band are more disco-pop, which can be a good thing aswell. But for a progressive rock-website, a prog-album is what we want. And a prog-album it is. The album starts of with some easy listening pop-ro ... (read more)

Report this review (#1871900) | Posted by Kingsnake | Sunday, February 4, 2018 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Although this review should just be on this self-titled album of the American band AMBROSIA (1975), I need saying that in my opinion the band could have stopped in this excellent work, therefore I already advance that I think you won't find anything similar to this preciousness in Ambrosia's ... (read more)

Report this review (#357364) | Posted by maryes | Sunday, December 19, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars One of the tragedies of Prog. Why could this not have been continued through subsequent releases? It is a great commericial/rock/prog album the same way Alan Parsons Project was. Not pure Prog but with prog tendancies, great harmonies and musicians, and good tunes. There are no soft spots on thi ... (read more)

Report this review (#281673) | Posted by mohaveman | Wednesday, May 12, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars When this album came out in 1975, I was, coincidentally, just reading Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle" for the first time. I had been wondering just how the Bokononist hymn from the second page of that novel would sound if it were actually sung. I just couldn't imagine any appropriate music for it. ... (read more)

Report this review (#110369) | Posted by rsmoore | Friday, February 2, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I heard that the album was good and i wasnt actually excited about it; cause i thought it will have some kind of 70's guitar wank fest , but no..this is exactly what you get when you have Kansas meets ELP on popish mood. For those who appreciate Kansas and Elp or either one of them should get ... (read more)

Report this review (#81296) | Posted by OvergroundMusic | Friday, June 16, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Stop! Before the strains of "That's How Much I Feel" or "You're the Only Women" go rushing through your head, listen without predjudice and you will hear a terrific set of songs with a strong melodic base, great vocals, superb musicianship and production. In reading about this band in the liner ... (read more)

Report this review (#69468) | Posted by | Wednesday, February 15, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars One thinks of Ambrosia as a top 40 pop band, in some cases this is true. Their first album is anything but. To appriciate ambrosia you must listen to their first album. Why they changed their format is a mystery to me. Back to the first album, they took jazz, classical and rock and found a ... (read more)

Report this review (#68677) | Posted by titfortat03 | Tuesday, February 7, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Ambrosia is one of the most talented and creative bands to emerge from the post-psychedelic Los Angeles music scene of the early 70s. It is unfortunate that they are under-rated and virtually unknown in progressive rock circles. Hopefully, you will be compelled to give them an honest try after r ... (read more)

Report this review (#28249) | Posted by | Thursday, April 28, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This self titled debut release by Ambrosia is on my list of the ten best progressive rock albums by American bands in the 1970s. This work features all of the essential elements of the genre and also boasts an impressive grasp of pop music sensibilities, and more memorable themes and catchy hook ... (read more)

Report this review (#28248) | Posted by | Thursday, April 28, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The first Ambrosia album is a true masterpiece. It is brilliant from the opening track Nice Nice Very Nice, to the awesome ending track Drink Of Water. Alan Parsons does his best work mixing this album. This is one of the best American Prog Albums and holds it's own along side the best of Yes, Gen ... (read more)

Report this review (#28247) | Posted by | Wednesday, April 27, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Absolutely brilliant debut album by Ambrosia. This album is one of the greatest debuts of all time. It is fantastic from start to finish. The album is an incredible blend of Prog, Rock, and Pop. The song writing, musicianship, recording, and production are just brilliant! The album was nominated f ... (read more)

Report this review (#28246) | Posted by | Wednesday, April 27, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars One of the greatest debut albums of all time. This album is brilliant from start to finish. The song writing, musicianship, vocals, recording, and production are amazing. Alan Parsons is in top form mixing this one. This is America's answer to the great English Prog bands Yes, King Crimson, Genes ... (read more)

Report this review (#28245) | Posted by | Tuesday, April 26, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This band shows that there is world class progressive rock made in America. Four young and talented musicians and songwriters made this album with a heavy FM feel yet very progressive. It stands far from the likes of Genesis or ELP, being truly original American progressive rock. There are som ... (read more)

Report this review (#28243) | Posted by Prosciutto | Saturday, December 25, 2004 | Review Permanlink

5 stars All those wonderfull vocals ....on the first AMBROSIA.....its like they invented beautiful vocals....never have i heard such fabulous vocals!! This was my first American prog record!!And i have to say i love it!! its like an American cabaret with wonderfull music....with plenty guitars!! Did i ... (read more)

Report this review (#28242) | Posted by Tonny Larz | Wednesday, March 17, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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