- Audio CD (March 9, 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Fuel Records
- ASIN: B0036XN2WG
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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The Biggest Part Of Me - Greatest Hits Live
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Audio CD, March 9, 2010
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Discovered by, of all people, conductor Zubin Mehta, this LA prog-pop band sent seven hits to the charts in the '70s and '80s. Here they are in the prime, playing 'em live: Biggest Part of Me; Nice, Nice, Very Nice; Holdin' On to Yesterday; You're the Only Woman; Magical Mystery Tour , and more!
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Original members Joe Puerta (vocals/bass/acoustic guitar), Burleigh Drummond (drums/vocals) & Christopher North (Hammond B3/keys) were shoulder to shoulder with longtime members Shem von Schroeck (vocals/acoustic guitar/bass), Tollack Ollestad (vocals/keyboards/harmonica) and lead guitarist Doug Jackson as they took the audience on a rousing trip through the Ambrosia discography and more. The opening song, "Nice, Nice, Very Nice" has the band firing on all cylinders as they attack the progressive aspects with all of the intricate skill you'd expect from this outfit. Joe Puerta's vocals blend beautifully with Shem von Schroeck's giving the track more of an earthy feel versus the gloss of the studio version. The musicianship is second to none as they segue into the groove of "Livin' On My Own". Following an extended intro Tollack Ollestad delivers a loose, soulful lead vocal on "You're the Only Woman" featuring a nuanced B3 solo from Christopher North. Another impressive but frequently taken for granted detail on this disc are the tight harmony backing vocals, which are on the money. Burleigh Drummond's groove is inspired as all hands are on deck for a tour'de force rendition of "Time Waits For No One" with Shem von Schroeck on lead vocals. The band is ON FIRE. There's not a single clunker on this release and it could easily have been a double disc set. All of the performances are outstanding.
While Pack's distinctive voice is missed mainly because his was the lead vocal on the original versions of these songs, I'll never understand someone's view that Ambrosia shouldn't have continued, regardless of who composed or sang lead on a track. When the songs were recorded & released by the group, they became AMBROSIA songs forever and the band is well within their rights to play them every single night. Ambrosia is fantastic band and LIVE AT THE GALAXY is a testament to that. It's an incredible live album full of complex arrangements and performances that should be celebrated.
Over the years this show has been re-released on other Ambrosia CD's with different titles and song sequences, most recently as "Biggest Part Of Me - Greatest Hits" (with the additional track "Harvey") but they are all from the "Live At The Galaxy" performance.
Try listening with a fresh set of ears.