In the 1970s, during their heyday, the band Ambrosia consisted of David Pack, Joe Puerta, Burleigh Drummond and Christopher North. In the 2000s and 2010s the band Ambrosia continues to tour but with different members. Lead singer David pack is no longer with the group. Legendary pianist and songwriter Bruce Hornsby joined the band for their final album in 1982 entitled Road Island.
Ambrosia did not leave behind a lot of material. The band released five albums during a seven-year period between 1975 and 1982. Ambrosia only released one live album. Ambrosia’s first album was released in 1975 entitled Ambrosia. The band followed up their debut album one year later in 1976 with the great record Somewhere I’ve Never Travelled. Two years later in 1978, Ambrosia released the album Life Beyond L.A. Their 1978 album was the record that turned them into a household name as it contained their huge single “How Much I Feel.” Ambrosia followed up that 1978 successful record with another big selling album in 1980 entitled One Eighty. The band’s final album was released in 1982 entitled Road Island.
While their albums were full of substance, the band was known for their singles. Ambrosia released 12 singles during their career, many of them were big hits. Our top 10 Ambrosia songs will take a look at some of their biggest hits while also including some key album tracks.
# 10 – Can’t Let a Woman
We open up our top 10 Ambrosia songs list with the song “Can’t Let A Woman.” The song was released on the band’s second album entitled Somewhere I’ve Never Travelled. The album was released in 1976. “Can’t Let A Woman,” was the first single released from the record. The song was written by David Pack who also performed the lead vocal on the track.
# 9 – For Openers (Welcome Home)
Continuing with our top 10 Ambrosia songs list we turn to the band’s final album titled Road Island. The final studio album was released in 1982 and it was a great one. The song “For Openers (Welcome Home),” was the opening track on the album. The song was sung by David pack. “For Openers (Welcome Home),” was also released as the third single from the album.
# 8 – Somewhere I’ve Never Traveled
The legendary Ambrosia song “Somewhere I’ve Never Travelled,” was the title track to the band’s second album. It was very unique how Ambrosia managed to merge progressive music with pop music at the same time. The band Asia that featured all those legendary musicians from Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer and King Crimson did something similar to what Ambrosia did in blending genres very successfully. The song “Somewhere I’ve Never Travelled,” is a great example of Ambrosia intermixing those rock and roll genres
# 7 – Nice, Nice, Very Nice
The Ambrosia song “Nice, Nice, Very Nice,” was released on the band’s debut album in 1975. The song was released as the album’s second single. It was also the album’s opening track. Lead vocals on the song “Nice, Nice, Very Nice,” were performed by bassist Joe Puerta.
# 6 -Holdin’ on to Yesterday
At this point in the list we merge into the progressive section of Ambrosia songs. The killer track “Holdin’ on to Yesterday,” was released on the band’s debut album Ambrosia in 1975. A great mix of soul, pop and progressivism defines this key track in the band’s catalog of great music. Listen to how great David Pack sings on this one.
# 5 – Life Beyond L.A.
The great title track to the Life Beyond L.A. album defines the halfway point on this top 10 Ambrosia songs list. The keyboard work on this one is highly addicting. Simply great progressive rock pop at its finest. The song was written by drummer Burleigh Drummond and vocalist. guitarist David Pack who also performed the lead vocal on the song.
# 4 – Art Beware / Apothecary
In 1978, Ambrosia released their spectacular album Life Beyond L.A. It was such a great record we could have easily filled every spot on this top 10 Ambrosia songs list with tracks from this great record. One we definitely were not going to miss adding to this list was the two-track combo of, “Art Beware,” and “Apothecary.” Easily one of the highlights of the record. Don’t miss this one!
# 3 – Biggest Part Of Me
The next three songs to appear on this top 10 Ambrosia songs list are the big hits. One cannot write a history of Ambrosia without mentioning these big time songs. The first one to appear entitled “Biggest Part of Me,” was released on the band’s One Eighty album. It was the highly-anticipated follow-up to the band’s mighty successful Life Beyond L.A. album.The “Biggest Part of Me,” reached all the way to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980. The song was written by David pack who also sang lead vocals on the track. It was the closing song on the album.
# 2 -You’re The Only Woman (You & I)
Continuing with our top 10 Ambrosia songs list we turn to the great single “You’re the Only Woman (You & I).” It was the follow up single to the previous top 10 hit “Biggest Part of Me.” While not as successful as “Biggest Part of Me,” the single “You’re the Only Woman (You & I),” was a top 20 hit for the band peaking at number thirteen in 1980.
# 1 – How Much I Feel
For many Ambrosia fans,` the single “How Much I Feel,” was the song that introduced them to the band. The song “How Much I Feel,” was released on the album Life Beyond L.A. The album and single were both released in August of 1978. You could not go one day doing that summer without hearing “How Much I Feel,” multiple times on the radio. The song was a huge hit for the band.
Looking back, it’s very surprising that the song did not hit number one. Blame that one on the Grease soundtrack. Nonetheless, “How Much I Feel,” still did have great success on the pop charts as it reached all the way to number three on the Billboard Hot 100. In the end “How Much I Feel,” was the song that turned the group into superstars. If there is one song that people will remember this band by, its “How Much I Feel. ” That’s why it’s number one on this top 10 Ambrosia songs list.
The lyrics to “Nice, Nice, Very Nice” were adapted from Kurt Vonnegut’s 1963 novel Cat’s Cradle. Vonnegut shares writing credit. Also, several of Ambrosia’s big production numbers were pristinely produced and mixed by Alan Parsons. They are definitely worth checking out for their seamless melding of classical and rock :
From the album “Ambrosia”:
Make Us All Aware
Time Waits For No One
From the album “Somewhere I’ve Never Traveled”:
Dance With Me George
Hi 👋 John,
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I consider the Ambrosia album a masterpiece and Somewhere I’ve never traveled a close runner up. I don’t believe I’ve heard a better piano solo than that on Apothecary and the work on Dance with me George is phenomenal. I love each and every piece of music these fellas have produced. I would have to say Time Waits For No One and Glass Of Water are my all time favorites. I can’t close without mentioning the vocal lick by Royce Jones on Living on my Own (a freaking jaw dropper). Thanks for the music 🎶