Somewhere I've Never Travelled

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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, ...
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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. ~ Donald Guarisco
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2000
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624756620
  • Catalog Number: 47566

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 And (0:46)
  2. 2 Somewhere I've Never Travelled (4:12)
  3. 3 Cowboy Star (6:24)
  4. 4 Runnin' Away (3:31)
  5. 5 Harvey (1:29)
  6. 6 I Wanna Know (6:02)
  7. 7 The Brunt (5:29)
  8. 8 Danse with Me George (Chopin's Plea) (7:51)
  9. 9 Can't Let a Woman (4:24)
  10. 10 We Need You Too (5:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ambrosia Primary Artist
Burleigh Drummond Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Christopher North Keyboards, Vocals
David Pack Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Joe Puerta Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Ian Underwood Saxophone
Ruth Underwood Marimbas
Technical Credits
Tom Trefethen Engineer
Alan Parsons Producer, Engineer
David Larkham Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A serious contender for best Progressive Rock Album of all time...

    Although this album did not produce a big hit for Ambrosia, it is by bar the best of their collection. When anyone is suprised that I like Ambrosia's music (all most people have heard is the pop dribble unfortunately issued by the band a few years after this release), I play them this album. Then they know. In my opinion, this is also the best producing Parsons ever executed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant CD

    My favorite Ambrosia CD. Brilliantly recorded by Alan Parsons. This is a Classic CD. Christopher North destroys his steinway on the fabulous song Danse With Me George. If you like Yes, Genesis, and King Crimson you will love this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ambrosia Alan Parsons Create Masterpiece

    Ambrosia with Alan Parsons production have created a Prog Art Rock Album for the ages. Brilliantly performed and recorded. This album was nominated as the best rock album recorded in 1976 for engineering. It has some of the best orchestral parts ever recorded. Danse With Me George is an all time Classic Song. One of my favorite albums. Get this album and you will truly be amazed.

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