The Secret of Movin' On

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All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
The heart of Ambrosia's soft rock success was found in two major arteries: super-polished, smooth productions easily accessible for the top of the pop charts, and the songwriting skill and vocals of lead singer David Pack. After nearly a two-decade sabbatical from releasing any new material, Pack returns with an arsenal of '70s arena rock all-stars making guest cameos: Ann Wilson, Timothy B. Schmidt, and Steve Perry all make guest appearances to accentuate songs that are predictably light and accessible. But these guest contributions only help already well-written and performed songs ascend to a level of quality that Ambrosia fans have come to expect. Enlisting the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
The heart of Ambrosia's soft rock success was found in two major arteries: super-polished, smooth productions easily accessible for the top of the pop charts, and the songwriting skill and vocals of lead singer David Pack. After nearly a two-decade sabbatical from releasing any new material, Pack returns with an arsenal of '70s arena rock all-stars making guest cameos: Ann Wilson, Timothy B. Schmidt, and Steve Perry all make guest appearances to accentuate songs that are predictably light and accessible. But these guest contributions only help already well-written and performed songs ascend to a level of quality that Ambrosia fans have come to expect. Enlisting the dynamic smooth jazz duo of Russ Freeman and David Benoit for arrangements and production helps out at points, and traces of their two collaborative projects find their way into The Secret of Movin' On. But the album is certainly not without fault. A re-recording of "Biggest Part of Me" and a hideous remake of "You're the Only Woman" are nowhere near as good as the originals and only serve as a reminder of how good Ambrosia truly was, especially in comparison to this coffeehouse fodder double irony points for a re-recording of a song that includes the lyric "You can't go back and change the way things are". And the duet on "A Brand New Start" needs less Pack and a lot more Steve Perry, who only provides glimpses and traces of vocal contributions in the background. It's an above-average adult contemporary album from an artist finding his way back to the top of the soft rock heap.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2005
  • Label: Peak Records
  • UPC: 013431851929
  • Catalog Number: 8519
  • Sales rank: 59,617

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Pack Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Steve Perry Vocals, Background Vocals
Alex Al Bass, Bass Guitar
David Benoit Keyboards
Dewey Bunnell Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Luis Conte Percussion
Steve Ferrone Drums
Eric Marienthal Saxophone
Timothy B. Schmit Vocals
Ann Wilson Vocals
Michael Zuanich Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Stacey Hymes Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Beth Pack Voices, Spoken Word
Russ Freeman Guitar
Technical Credits
Steve Perry Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
David Benoit Arranger, Composer
Cliff Downs Composer
Clark Germain Engineer
David Pack Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production, Photo Montage
Johnny Potoker Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Victoria Shaw Composer
Bernie Taupin Paintings
Dave Dillbeck Engineer
Norman Moore Art Direction
Robert Hadley Mastering
John James Engineer
Doug Tyo Engineer
Russell Wiener Engineer
Russ Freeman Arranger, Composer
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