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  • Audio CD (February 25, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rock Candy
  • ASIN: B00HHIN9HY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,652 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This band is proof that is loaded with very talented musicians that can play any type of music.
Jason Ekstrand
Even though "Road Island" is the least known of Ambrosia's 5 albums, I think that it's the best one they ever did.
Jennifer S. Munsel
Buying this CD, I was expecting to hear more of the same, and find a just a few tracks that I liked on this album.
Chris Cormier

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Glenn O. Kirms on February 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you're like me and owned this cd on vinyl way back when and never had the chance to get it on cd or tried to get it and then realized it was out of print and, maybe, you might be able to get one on cassette for a mere $100.00; well; here's your chance to pick it up at a bargin. Finally, after years of being out of print it's back. This would have to be Ambrosia's most underrated effort in their career. Whether or not, this spawned their break-up is anybody's guess. The reason would have to be that Ambrosia decided to follow a little bit of a different track on this release, a little more on the progressive side (just listen to the opening track) and the critics didn't like it. But who cares about the critics and what do they know anyway. Yes, they still put in their ballad for the pop 40 audience, but this album wasn't what one was expecting after their commercial success of One-Eighty. David Pack has appeared on numerous outings and some solo efforts over the years but none can match what Ambrosia accomplished here on their farewell album. Get it today before it's out of print again.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Curtiss Manly on April 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I may be in the minority here, even the band itself doesn't like this album as much as their earlier output, but I was THRILLED when this became availeable on CD. I consider it their BEST album HANDS DOWN! They began expanding their sound, using much more personal lyrics, and showing off how masterful they were in pop songwriting, experimental musical exploration (when's the last time you heard a xylophone solo in a rock song? ), and incredibly tight musicianship. I push this album on EVERYONE I KNOW. Saleswise it bombed, but I have played it on a regular basis ever since it was first released. In short, BUY THIS ALBUM, IT IS A MASTERPIECE!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Harry Hughes on February 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Ambrosia returns to their Rock and Prog roots on this album. The

song Ice Age is a classic Prog rock song. This is a great rock

album produced by James Guthrie who produced and engineered The

Wall by Pink Floyd. A must have for Ambrosia fans that felt

betrayed on the previous 2 releases!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JP Wheeler on February 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I remember the first time I heard "How Can You Love Me" on the radio and the DJ saying "that was Ambrosia". I think I fell over, I was used to a MUCH more subdued "soft rock" approach from these guys. I went out and bought the cassette (now own the CD-Japanese import version) and it immediately became one of my favorites. From the opening bombast of "For Openers (Welcome Home)" it grabbed me and never let up. So many strong songs with muscle flexing percussion that is really what separates this set from their other offerings (not to mention some true rock-howling in "Kid No More"). There are cuts meant to appeal to established fans ("Feelin' Alive Again" and "Fool Like Me") but even they are harder driving than the typical Ambrosia effort.
This album is a rock and roll nugget lost to most simply because Ambrosia didn't have a true RnR audience, and because it's fans likely felt betrayed by the driving style held within.
Simply consider this CD as that of a power-pop group and you will love it... FIVE enthusiastic thumbs-up!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jesmorh on December 10, 2005
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In the ROAD ISLAND recording (1982), Ambrosia really shows a compositional maturity (music & lyrics) that express an artistic emotional peak, different from their previous efforts. Passing through the Hard & Jazzy Rock formats to Progressive relative tracks: the performed songs are arranged with great vocal textures and amazing hypnotic fast rhythms like the fantastic "Still Not Satisfied" or the Oriental percussive "Kid No More", both tracks sang by the bass player Joe Puerta. Into another songs, we can listen the talented guitarist singer David Pack, singing great tracks like the heavy-Prog relative "For Openers", or the rhythmic Pop single "How Can You Love Me", the Progressive relative theme "Ice Age" and the romantic ballad "Endings", as the sucesor theme for "How Much I feel" (from the LIFE BEYOND L.A. album). Without a doubt, ROAD ISLAND and ONE EIGHTY, are the best recordings of the band ever, so don't lose this new opportunity to listen this underrated recording. A must for the Ambrosia fans...Good Luck!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S.J.VAN ZYL on November 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Ambrosia must certainly be the most underrated group ever!!A stronger but still distinctly Ambrosia sound. David Pack has one of the most amazing voices ever.Although expensive it's worth every cent and more.! This CD must rate as my most precious piece of music yet. The quality of both musicians and the recording is superlative. The cut " Still not satisfied" is one of the best I have ever heard.
As Curtiss Manly said - A MASTERPIECE
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris Cormier on November 27, 2005
Format: Audio CD
After their first two albums, Ambrosia seemed to shift gear and move towards soft R&B and pop fluff. Life Beyond LA, apart from its singles, seemed morose and bland. One Eighty was a bit more energetic but still lightweight and starting to get silly. Buying this CD, I was expecting to hear more of the same, and find a just a few tracks that I liked on this album. But they actually gave it their all for this! Every song is good, and most are EXCELLENT! The lyrics give away the fact the band knew they were recording their last album.

The opening song sounds very much like Pink Floyd (probably because the album is produced by Pink Floyd engineer James Guthrie). A tiny bit bland compared to the rest of the album, but it's an acceptable opener to this album. Very heavy song.

Still Not Satisfied is a very good song, just prog rock enough to make it interesting. Good harmonies and awesome groove.

Not A Kid Anymore is a bit 80s huey lewis style cheesey, but the manic marimba solo (and top notch playing) redeems it. If they had made this a bit heavier or something it might have sounded better. It's still better than most of the stuff off the previous two albums. The screaming parts in the middle would work better if the whole thing was more heartfelt, instead it just comes off as silly.

Feeling Alive Again is a beautiful McCartneyish ballad. Outstanding vocals by David Pack. When this song is fading out it sounds absolutely majestic. This is what music is about.

How Can You Love Me is an good song, not particularly original but with good harmonies and playing. A bit dated sounding, the 80s crept into this track too.
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